English & Spanish are the official languages of the Congress.
Buenos Aires has a mild and warm climate throughout the year. The Summer is considered from December 21 to March 20 with average temperature: 23ºC (76ºF)
Informal for all occasions.
The currency in Argentina is the "peso" and it is subdivided in 100 cents. Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as well as shopping malls. Most businesses, stores, restaurants and bars accept credit cards, but due to the bad economy and inflation it is possible that there is a 15 to 20% surcharge for credit cards payments. We suggest that, before paying with a credit card, you ask and confirm if you will get surcharged. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club are the most widely accepted.
There are several options to go to and from the two metropolitan area airports:
Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza)
International flights, located 35 kilometers (21 miles) from the center of the city of Buenos Aires.
Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
Domestic flights and flights to Uruguay and other locations; located 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) north of the center of the city, on Costanera Avenue (North Riverside).
Note: As soon as you claim your baggage and exit the customs area of the airport, you will notice that many people (mainly men) will approach you and offer car services to the city. It is strongly recommended that you DO NOT take any of these people's cars, since they are not authorized to carry passengers and usually take advantage of tourists. If you do not have a reservation prior to your arrival, you can make it as soon as you arrive at the transportation booths located outside the customs area.
GMT -3 hours
Taxes on purchases is 21% and it is already included in the final sale price, otherwise you'll see a sign stating: $$$ + IVA (Impuesto al Valor Agregado=Valued Added Tax).
Unlike other big cities around the world, tipping is not mandatory. If you are happy with the service you receive, it will be more than welcome.
Normal business hours are 09:00 to 19:00, Monday to Friday, and a siesta doesn't usually feature in Buenos Aires' working day.
Invitation and Visas
An official invitation letter can be issued via this website. However, this invitation implies no obligation, financial or otherwise, by the Congress. Contact the embassy or consulate of Argentina in your home city to confirm if you require a visa to enter the country. Neighboring countries (Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay and Brazil) citizens do not need to have a passport, they can enter with their ID's.
Liability and Insurance
The organizer carries no liability whatsoever for injuries or damages involving persons and/or property during the Congress. Participants are advised to issue their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Organizers for any additional information or assistance. Please address all correspondence to: codhyLA@codhy.com