Before you travel

Dear Participant,

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the 5th World Congress on Controversies to Consensus in Diabetes, Obesity and Hypertension (CODHy), 5-7 November, 2015 at the Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center in Istanbul, Turkey. In preparation for this upcoming Congress we would like to provide you with the below information for your perusal before travelling to join us at CODHy!

Included in this mail is the following information:
Congress Venue
Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center
Cumhuriyet Mh.,
Silahşör Cd No:42,
Şişli, Istanbu,
Ph: +90-212-375 3000
Fax: +90-212-375 3001
Arrival from the Airport to the Congress Venue
The Hilton Istanbul Bomonti is 35 kilometers (miles) from Istanbul Ataturk International Airport (IST) and 50 kilometers from Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW)

Taxis are available outside the arrival hall. The journey to the Hilton Istanbul Bomonti, takes approximately 30 minutes, depending on traffic and costs approximately 60 TRY the equivalent of 20 EUR.Marmara Taksin, takes approximately 30 minutes, depending on traffic and costs approximately 20 EUR.
CODHy Registration and Hospitality Desk at the Hilton Istanbul Bomonti
The Registration Desk will operate during the following hours:
Thursday, November 5, 2015 16:00 - 20:00
Friday, November 6, 2015 07:00 - 19:00
Saturday, November 7, 2015 07:30 - 18:00
Please register upon arrival in order to receive your kit containing the CODHy Congress Program Book, your personal name tag, etc. Please remember to wear your name tag to all Congress activities and social events
CODHy Scientific Program
A very exciting and diverse program has been prepared for you and we are looking forward to your active participation at the various sessions. For the updated program, please visit the Congress website by clicking here.
Welcome Reception
All registered participants are invited to the Welcome Reception, which will take place on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 18:00-18:45 followed by a special opening session.
A lunchbox lunch will be served for participants of the CODHy Congress on Friday, November 6, 2015, 12:30-12:40 and Saturday, November 7, 2015,13:00-13:10. Please present your name tag upon collection.
Poster Presentation
Poster presenters should plan to be beside their posters during the designated coffee breaks, as specified in the program. Please see the Congress Secretariat for board allocation at the Congress. Posters should be mounted on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 17:00-17:45 and removed by 18:30 on Saturday, November 7, 2015.
Please note: Poster Guided Tours will take place on Saturday, November 7, 2015 between 17:00-18:00
The Organizing Committee is not responsible for posters that are not removed on time.
Poster presentation times are as follows:
Thursday, November 5, 2015 18:00 - 19:45
Friday, November 6, 2015 09:00 - 17:30
Saturday, November 7, 2015 09:00 - 18:00
CME Accreditation
Please note that you have your CME Accreditation feedback forms in your Congress Kit. In order to receive your accreditation points, please submit the completed feedback form to the Registration Desk before the end of the Congress. Your certificate will be sent to you directly.
CODHy Certificate of Attendance
Your Certificate of Attendance will be available in alphabetical order at the on-site Registration Desk on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 14:00.
Prior to booking flights, registrants are strongly advised to check whether they require a Visa to travel to Turkey.
Information about Visa requirements can be found here
Please remember that obtaining an entry visa is your own responsibility.
Currency Exchange
The unit of currency is the Türk Lirası (Turkish Lira; TL).
Automated teller machines (ATMs, cashpoints) are common in İstanbul. Virtually all of them offer instructions in English, French and German and will pay out Turkish liras when you insert your bank debit (cash) card. ATMs will also pay cash advances on Visa and MasterCard. The limit on cash withdrawals is generally TL600 to TL800 per day, though this varies from bank to bank.
There are 24-hour exchange bureaux (döviz bürosu) in the arrivals hall at Atatürk International Airport that offer rates comparable to those offered by bureaux in the city. Count the money you're given carefully and save your currency-exchange receipts (bordro), as you may need them to reconvert Turkish liras at the end of your stay.

US dollars and euros are easily changed at exchange bureaux. They are also often accepted as payment without being changed. Rates are similar whichever bureau you go to, with the possible exception of those in the tourist precinct of Sultanahmet. Bureaux are open long hours (at a minimum, between 9am and 7pm). You will usually need to show your passport when changing cash.
Dress Code
Informal for all occasions.
November is the end of autumn in Istanbul. The average temperature is just 12C, with barely warmer highs of 14C.
Time Zone
UTC/GMT +2 hours
Dialing Codes
00 is the international prefix used to dial outside of your country
90 is the international code used to dial to Turkey
Electrical Guide
Turkey operates on 220 volts, 50 Hz, with round-prong European-style plugs that fit into recessed wall sockets /points.
The Congress Secretariat and Organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents, nor loss of or damage to private property of participants, either during or directly arising from the CODHy. Participants should make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.
Congress Organizer
ComtecMed Congress Management is the initiator and the official Congress Organizer of the CODHy Congress. ComtecMed works internationally with offices in Barcelona and Shanghai, offering solutions for medical, corporate and governmental meetings.For more information, please visit

See you in Istanbul!

Tel: +972-3-566-6166
Fax: +972-3-566-6177