Travel Information

Welcome! We look forward to seeing you in Munich!

At ICIS 2019 you will have the opportunity to meet like-minded professionals from across the world and exchange information and insights, discuss research opportunities and learn about the research of others.

About Munich

Munich, German München, city, is the capital of Bavaria Land (state), southern Germany. It is Bavaria’s largest city and the third largest city in Germany (after Berlin and Hamburg). Munich, by far the largest city in southern Germany, lies about 30 miles (50 km) north of the edge of the Alps and along the Isar River, which flows through the middle of the city. It is home to three universities and has a population of 1.5 million. It is also a city with a notable zest for life, a tradition of hospitality, and a cosmopolitan outlook. 

Getting around is easy, whether walking, taking public transportation, or hailing a cab.

Destination: ICIS 2019

Below are a few details to know prior to registering for the conference or before coming to Munich.

  • Venue

    The International Congress Center München (ICM) is a state of the art venue for international conferences and events. ICM plays host to more than 80 events each year with more than 100,000 visitors experiencing the facility.

    ICM is easily accessible by subway and highway and is only 30 minutes from the airport. With many hotels and restaurants in the immediate vicinity, ICIS 2019 attendees are sure to find convenient opportunities to meet, network and catch up with friends.

  • Official Conference Hotels

    You will need to book a hotel room with the Novotel Munchen Messe, H4 Hotel Munchen Messe, H2 Munchen Messe, and Motel One Munchen Messe. A negotiated rate has been established for the conference. For more ICIS 2019 Conference Hotel information, click here.

  • Language

    Sessions at the event are conducted in English.

  • Weather

    In December, Munich has average highs of 37°F (3°C) and average lows of 27°F (-3°C). Prior to traveling for the conference, you may wish to check the 10-day weather forecast in Munich.

  • Exchange Rate

    Help plan your trip by checking the current exchange rate of your currency to Euros.

    While major supermarket chains and shopping outlets are likely to accept your credit card, most restaurants and stores in Munich will only accept cash or EC-cards (which are like debit cards). Make sure you have enough euros with you for everyday usage.

  • Value Added Tax (VAT)

    Depending on the product you buy the VAT can be either 7% or 19% and it is always included in the price you see. If you are from outside the EU you can claim a tax refund upon your return home.

  • Time

    Munich is in the Central European Time Zone.

  • Electricity

    Germany uses 230V, 50 Hz (Type F)

  • Internet Access

    Most hotels offer high-speed Internet connections either in the room or on public areas within the hotel. Some access requires a fee. Ask the hotel staff if you are unsure.

  • Telephone

    • Germany’s country code: 0049
      LOCAL area codes: 0089
      To call a local number within your own area, dial the number only.
    • To call to another area, dial the respective area code first. When calling from within Germany, you have to dial “0” followed by the area code (i.e. 089 for Munich). Area codes and phone numbers in Germany are variable length: the bigger the city, the shorter the area code, so that 089 is Munich, but 07252 will be a smaller town. A list of area calls can be found in any phone directory.
    • To call from abroad to a number in Germany, dial your international access number (usually 00), followed by the country code of Germany and then the area code without the 0 (i.e. 0049-89 for Munich)
    • To call abroad, dial 00 before the country code.
  • Emergencies

    Emergency call/Police Phone and Fax 110
    Emergency call/Police via SMS +49 (0) 89 / 19 294
    Doctor on call/Ambulance service/Fire department 112
    Medical emergency service 116 117
    Emergency poison number +49 (0) 89 / 19 240
    Pharmacy emergency service, www.apotheken.de +49 (0) 89 / 59 44 75
  • What to Pack

    • Warm, waterproof walking boots
    • Warm jacket
    • Warm hat (and possibly an umbrella)
    • Scarf
    • Sunglasses (snow reflects the sun quite heavily)
    • Warm gloves

Visas

To help you with your travel arrangements, below are links to important information regarding visa invitation letters, visas, and other resources.

  • Visa Invitation Letters

    Once the conference registration site opens you may complete your conference registration, and then complete the Invitation Letter Request Form. After completing both, please email the completed request form to the AIS Registrar at registrar@aisnet.org or fax to +1 (404) 240-0998.

    Please Note: Prior to receiving a letter of invitation you will need to complete and pay for your conference registration. As Visa requests can take several weeks, registrants are strongly encouraged to apply for the Letter of Invitation no later than two months prior to the conference.

  • Visa Information

    The German government requires residents of many countries to obtain a temporary visa before entering the Germany. Recent changes to the visa application process may have increased the length of time required to receive your visa. It is very important to apply for a visa at least 90 days prior to departure. For information on German visa policies and procedures, visit   https://www.germany-visa.org/.

    US Citizens and US Green Card Holders – https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/travelers-with-special-considerations/schengen.html

  • Schengen Visa Information

    A Schengen visa is a short stay visa allowing its holder to circulate in the Schengen area.  The Schengen area covers 26 countries (“Schengen States”) without border controls between them. These countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

    https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-visas/visa-policy/schengen_visa_en

Cultural Nuances

If you are not familiar with the German culture you may want to become familiar with them prior to traveling.

  • Attire

    Attire at ICIS2019 Conference is business casual. Since meeting room temperatures and personal comfort ranges may vary, a light sweater or jacket is recommended.

  • Etiquette

    Become familiar with German etiquette in private, public, and business interactions here.