General information

Travel documents for entering the Slovak Republic

The Slovak Republic is a part of the European Union and the Schengen Treaty. If you are traveling from the EU country, you need an ID card or a passport for when you stay in a hotel or at the conference venue (Smolenice Castle). You may also be asked to present some form of ID on other occasions.

For citizens of countries outside Europe, you need a valid passport. A visa is required from some countries. Please check if there are any visa requirements before leaving your home country. If you need an invitation letter, please contact Milan Čertík, as the conference chair.


The official language is Slovak, but a lot of people in Bratislava understand and speak English. The official language at the conference is English.


The conference cannot be liable for any personal injuries, or damage/loss of property, that may occur during the conference. Please check in advance that all relevant insurances are valid before you attend the meeting.


The currency in the Slovak Republic is the Euro (€).

Payment by cash is common in shops, hotels, restaurants and taxis. You can also use credit cards, primarily VISA, VISA electron, MasterCard and Maestro. Money can be changed at the airports (Vienna and Bratislava) and in downtown Bratislava.

Apologies for the inconvenience but we only accept payment in cash for the accommodation at the conference venue (Smolenice Castle).


Power plugs and sockets are type E. The standard voltage is 230 V.

Time and daylight

During the conference Central European Summer Time will be valid (GMT +1h).

At the time of the conference you can expect daylight from about 05:20 to 21:00 h.


At the beginning of May, the weather tends to changeable. Morning temperatures vary between 7 - 14 °C and day temperatures between 15 - 25 °C.


No formal dress is required at the conference. The conference room is air-conditioned. If the weather is fine, a welcome party will be held in the castle courtyard on the 1st evening, so please bring warmer cloths.


Generally, Bratislava is a safe city but be aware of pickpockets in crowded places in shops, bus and train stations and on public transport.