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Congress Language
English, Russian

Badges
You will receive a personalised name badge when collecting your registration documents. During the congress, this badge must be clearly visible at all times and grants access to the scientific sessions, commercial exhibition and official networking events. Admission to the congress will not be allowed without badge identification.

 

 

Insurance
The congress organizers will not assume any responsibility for accidents, losses or damages, as well as for delays or modifications in the programme, caused by unforeseen circumstances. No claims for indemnification from the organizers shall arise for contractors or participants in case of cancellation, for any reason, of the entire Congress.
Delegates are advised to arrange cancellation insurance for their congress costs (i.e. registration fee, travel or accommodation)

Liability
The organisers cannot be held responsible for any personal injury, loss, damage or accident to private property, or for additional expenses incurred as a result of delays or changes in air, rail, road or other services, strikes, sickness, weather and other causes.

Changes to the Congress Programme
In the event of cancellations by speakers or other changes in the main Congress programme, no full or partial refund of the registration fee can be made.

Important Telephone Numbers
Police 02, from the mobile 112
Emergency 03, from the mobile 113
Firefighters 01, from mobile 111

The rouble is an official monitary unit, so you will have to exchange any US money or Euros. Credit cards are accepted, but like any country, some shops and restaurants accept cash only. You should use only authorised Exchange services and the banks (bring your passport with you).

Electricity & Time
Pay attention to the fact that the electricity in Russia is 220 volt and the plug is two pin thin European standard. Take a power converter/adapter for any electronics you plan to plug in and use while in the country.
St. Petersburg is in the Moscow Standart Time (MSK), UTC/GMT +3 hours

Shopping
Shops are usually open from 08:00 – 20:00 from Monday to Sunday..

Tipping
St. Petersburg is not tipping city, so tip no more than 10 percent at restaurants and always in cash. If you leave the tip on your credit card slip, your server is unlikely to get it.

Transport
The metro is undoubtedly the best bet for visitors, and covers nearly all of the city. Overground transport is bewilderingly varied, but not difficult to use with the help of a few pointers (see below), you can even use the city's waterways to get around. The only real disadvantage of the public transport system is the lack of nighttime services, so if you plan to stay out after midnight, you will have to rely on taxis or your own two feet to get home.

 

Saint Petersburg Tourist Information.

TRANSPORT

By Plane

St. Petersburg is well connected with most of European and some Asian countries by air routes. In case there is no a direct flight you can use connection flights via Moscow, Helsinki (the most popular options) or most of European capitals.

All flights are being served by Terminal-1 of St. Petersburg Pulkovo airport located 10 km away from the city.

From the Airport to the City

To get from airport to the city use bus lines №39, №39A (Pulkovo — Moskovskaya subway station without stopovers) and marshrutka (commercial mini-bus) №39. Travel time between Pulkovo airport and St. Petersburg is about 25 minutes. There are no night lines.

We strongly recommend you to do not use private cars and services!
Official Pulkovo taxi stand is located on the way to the exit area in arrival zone
More info and rates here

By train

Saint Petersburg can be easily reached by trains from Central Europe countries as well as from the Baltics, France, Germany and Finland. Direct trains come from Vilnius, Tallinn, Riga and Helsinki. Moscow is linked to St. Petersburg by numerous train routes both overnight and daytime with carriages of different types and fares. High-speed trains are also available several times a day in each direction.

For buying railway tickets in Russia use the website of the Russian railways company: pass.rzd.ru or tutu.travel service.

Travelers from the Baltic countries, Central Europe come to the Vitebsky railway station, the Allegro train from Helsinki, Finland, comes to the Finlyandsky station, and the train Leo Tolstoy (Moscow – Helsinki via St. Petersburg) stops at the Ladozhsky station. Almost all trains from Moscow arrive at the Moskovsky station with only one from Moscow to Murmansk coming to Ladozhsky. Commuter trains which are often the most comfortable way to get to nearby towns with their superb landmarks (Vyborg, Gatchina, Pushkin, Ivangorod) are operated by the North West commuter passenger company.

By coach

There are direct coach routes connecting Saint Petersburg with the capitals of Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia with travel times of just a few hours. It’s the cheapest way to get to St. Petersburg from the neighboring countries.

The routes are operated by a few coach companies, among which two international providers Ecolines https://www.ecolines.net – namely Ecolines, not Eurolines!

By ship

Ferry operator St. PeterLine runs one line connecting the city with Helsinki (Finland), Stockholm (Sweden) and Tallinn (Estonia) https://stpeterline.com/.

By Car

Luckily located at an infall of international transport corridors, St. Petersburg is easily reached by car from the Baltic countries and Finland, for example, just a few hours from Tallinn or Helsinki. Though we’d not recommend auto as the quality of Russian roads cannot be considered as of the highest level. Moreover, crossing borders seems to be stressful sometimes because of the limited capacity of border establishments coupled with increased traffic on holidays and in the warmer months.

Road from Moscow to St. Petersburg where a trip takes about 6-10 hours depending on traffic intensity is a good test for your nervous system and driving skills.

VISA REGIME

Most foreign citizens NEED TO OBTAIN A VISA TO ENTER THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION.

More info & details here

According to Russian law, your Russian visa must be registered within 7 working days of your arrival (excluding weekends and official holidays).

Registration of visas is a form of migration control within Russia managed by UFMS (Federal Migration Service Organization).

Basically, registration involves placing a stamp either in your passport or on your migration card and obtaining a registration slip. The stamps and registration slip show the period you are registered to stay in any one place. In addition to the dates it will also contain the name of the hotel, hostel and mini hotels, where you are staying.

Please note, keep your migration card with you upon arrival and departure.

SAFETY

Saint Petersburg is a rather safe city measured even by European standards. Of course, pickpockets, robberies and other unpleasant things are not unheard of, but don’t happen often. In case of emergency, dial 112. For further details, go to our post here.

EVERYDAY LIFE

Climate & Weather

The weather is very unsettled with high level of humidity and only 62 sunny days a year, on average. You never know what the evening will be even if it’s sunny and warm in the morning. Whenever you’re traveling to St. Petersburg, consider taking with you at least a coat or a jacket in case of rain. When walking out, do not forget to take your umbrella with you. It’s hard to believe that the bright sun you’re enjoying with at 10 a.m. can be replaced by a severe shower in just two hours, but this sometimes happens.

Average temperature in the September: 1-15 September 9.0 – 17.8°C

It’s often colder in nearby areas outside of the city than in the city itself, the difference between Saint Petersburg and, for example, a town of Pushkin can be 10-12 degrees Celsius. The city center is hotter than sleeping districts, the difference can be 2-3 degrees.

English Language

English is not widely spoken in St. Petersburg even by young people, though some people will be glad to help you find the right address and point you in the right direction. In the city center, the names of most streets are also written in the Latin alphabet as are the names of metro stations.

Currency, Money, Credit Cards

Russia’s official currency is the Russian ruble (RUR). In Russia, it’s permitted to pay for goods and services only with rubles, other currencies officially cannot be used. Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere, even at many little shops. ATMs can be found at shopping centers, halls of metro stations, railway stations and other facilities and venues.

It’s highly recommended to exchange money at bank offices or separate exchange units easily recognized by the sign «Exchange» or, in Russian, «Обмен валюты». Every bank sets its own exchange rates.

St. Petersburg Guest Card

The city launched the visitor’s card a few years ago, and it proved to be a very useful tool for travelers as it offers discounts or free access to many attractions and transport. The official website of the card is here

Telephone Area Code

International telephone code of Russia is +7, code of St. Petersburg is 812.

Internet, Wi-Fi

Cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, railway stations, shopping centers provide free Internet access, sometimes limited to a number of minutes. Internet via mobile networks is also available everywhere even underground.