Useful Information

Venue
HILTON Colombo
2 Sir Chittampalam A Gardiner Mawatha, Colombo 02, Sri Lanka

Awarded the title of Sri Lanka’s Leading Hotel and Sri Lanka’s Leading Business Hotel at the World Travel Awards, this Colombo hotel is centrally located in Colombo’s business district.


Language
The official language of the Congress is English


Weather
The best weather is expected between November and April. Average temperatures throughout rarely drop much below 30 °C, but at certain times high rainfall and stormy conditions mean that your idyllic beach plans are best made elsewhere.
The climate is tropical and warm, due to the moderating effects of ocean winds. Mean temperatures
range from 17 °C (62.6 °F) in the central highlands, where frost may occur for several days in the winter,
to a maximum of 33 °C (91.4 °F) in other low-altitude areas. Average yearly temperatures range from
28 °C (82.4 °F) to nearly 31 °C (87.8 °F). Day and night temperatures may vary by 14 °C (25.2 °F) to 18 °C
(32.4 °F).
Rainfall is at its highest between June and September, although August is often an exception with much lower rainfall.


Time Zone
The time zone in Sri Lanka is 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of GMT/UTC (UTC+05:30)


Telephones
Telephone country prefix: +94


Banking and Exchange
Currency - Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)


Exhibition
A Professional Medical Exhibition will be held during the Congress. More information about the exhibition opportunities can be found Here


Letter of Invitation
The organizers will be pleased to send a letter of invitation to any pre-registered and paid participant requesting one. It is to be understood that such an invitation is intended to help potential participants raise travel funds or obtain a visa. It is not a commitment on the part of the meeting to provide any financial support.


VISA to Sri Lanka
Obtaining a travel Visa is the responsibility of the participants. We will assist you by providing an invitation letter for registered participants but we are not an authority on Visa issues. Normally you  must be  registered participant  to be considered  for  business Visa. Therefore please register early and prepare for visa.

About Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)
What is an ETA? ETA is an official authorization for a Short Visit to Sri Lanka and is issued electronically. The ETA is introduced with the intention of providing an efficient, reliable and simplified service to those who visit Sri Lanka. ETA holders will be issued a 30 day Short Visit visa at the port of entry in Sri Lanka.

The ETA is issued through an on-line system. No passport copies, documents or photographs are required. There is no requirement to endorse the ETA on the passport.

On arrival at the port of entry in Sri Lanka
Upon arrival, produce your passport to the immigration officer at the port of entry to obtain the necessary clearance. Bring a copy of the ETA approval notice along with you. No need of photos.


GroundTransport
By Bus
This is the cheapest way to get into Colombo, but will take some effort and time. The public bus (number 187) to Colombo Fort leaves from the airport bus depot which is located outside the airport. You can get there by free shuttle or walk (about 10 – 15 mins).
Airport Taxi
Travel time to Colombo city ( 20 min ) via highway.
International flights arrive at Colombo International Airport (CMB) and it is recommended to take the Sri Lankan government operated Taxi Service


Registration
Kindly wear your name badge during all the congress days and social events!


Insurance
The Conference Secretariat and Organisers cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participants. Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.


Congress Secretariat
Paragon Group
Email: cip@cipediatrics.org
18, Avenue Louis-Casai
1209 Geneva, Switzerland