General Information on the Congress
The Congress Secretariat is B.P. Servimed and will be in operation in the Cancun ICC. The address for the convention center is
Registration and badge pick: TBD
Hours of operation: TBA
NAME TAGS / BADGES
A PAAO Cancún 2019 Congress official name badge is required for all Congress activities. Duplicate badges may be requested from the Congress Secretariat for a fee, based on confirmation of prior registration.
Registration on site will open on Friday May 24th, 2019 at the Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Hotel, Coral Gallery Room
The only methods of payment that will be accepted in onsite registration are as follows:
- Credit or Debit Cards: VISA, MASTERCARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS
- Cash: ONLY MEXICAN PESOS
We will not accept: US dollars or any other currency in cash or checks.
We suggest that if you are planning to pay in cash, you exchange your money in an exchange bureau.
For more information see the registration page.
Certificates will be provided to all participants of the Congress. Certificates will be available AFTER the congress and may be obtained from B.P. Servimed.
COAT / LUGGAGE CHECK
A Coat / Luggage Check area is TBD. Neither the Congress nor the secretariat is responsible for lost or stolen items.
SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM SCHEDULE
**Purchase tickets for the PAAO/PAOF fundraising events at the PAAO booth in the Exhibit Area
General Information about Mexico
Buses, shuttles and car services are available in Cancún. Please request taxi service from your hotel, by telephone or through various apps used in Mexico. Most taxis requested in these manners accept cash and credit cards. Limited shuttle service will be available from select hotels to the convention center. The schedule will be posted as the congress approaches.
Taxi apps to use in Cancún:
LOCATION & WEATHER
Cancun is located in the Yucatan Peninsula; a flat platform of limestone emerged from the sea millions of years ago, there are no elevations or hills, underground rivers come to the surface in the form of sink holes or wells, the soil is not very thick so the vegetation is a semi – tropical jungle with a wild and exuberant fauna.
Cancún has a tropical climate, with few temperature differences between seasons, but pronounced rainy and dry seasons. The city is hot year-round, and moderated by onshore trade winds, with an annual mean temperature of 27.1 °C (80.8 °F). Unlike inland areas of the Yucatán Peninsula, sea breezes restrict high temperatures from reaching 35 °C (95 °F) on most afternoons. Annual rainfall is around 1,340 millimetres (52.8 in), falling on 115 days per year.
Due to proximity to the Caribbean and Gulf humidity is high the year round, especially during hurricane season (averages close to 70% on rainfree days). The hotel zone juts into the Caribbean Sea, it is surrounded by ocean therefore daytime temperatures are around 1-2C less. February to early May tend to be drier with only occasional scattered showers.
The official currency is the Mexican Peso although U.S. dollars are widely accepted in most businesses throughout Cancun. Major credit cards are also accepted in most establishments. Banks offer currency exchange during business hours. Universal ATM’s are widely available for cash withdrawals at the current exchange rate.
- Electricity in Mexico is 127V, with a frequency of 60hz, the following plugs are used:
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
Upon arrival in Mexico you will need to produce an up to date passport plus a visitor’s permit which is now known as the FMM “Forma Migratoria Multiple”. This form is provided free of charge by your travel agent, airline or at point of entry. As before, passport holders from countries on Mexico’s no visa required list do not need to apply for a formal visa to visit Mexico. If you’re visiting Mexico from the US or Canada, this applies to you.
Visa requirements may differ according to the country of origin. Mexico does not require visa for many countries, however we advise delegates to check their individual needs in advance.
Official letters of invitation are designed to help overcome administrative difficulties in certain countries. Such letters do not imply any financial support, nor offer the guarantee of a visa. B.P. Servimed will provide you with an invitation letter if you need one. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACCEPTED CREDIT CARDS
Major international credit cards are accepted almost everywhere in Mexico (VISA, MASTERCAD, AMEX)
WEIGHTS and MEASURES
Mexico uses the metric system for weights and measurements
LANGUAGE IN MEXICO
Mexico’s native language is Spanish. English is spoken in some hotels and restaurants.
Delegates are encouraged to purchase travel insurance before leaving their home country. Insurance plans typically cover accidental loss of belongings, medical costs and other risks of international traveling.
TELEPHONE and TIME ZONE
The country code for Mexico is 52.
Time Zone GMT (-) 5 hours / US Central time.
The Congress and the Secretariat will not be responsible for:
- Changes in advertised prices
- Stolen or lost personal belongings
- Attendee´s health problems, accidents or other casualties in or outside the Congress Venue
- Related claims rendered by any commercial or non-commercial organization