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Dear Participant,

We are looking forward to welcoming you at The 3rd Latin America Congress on Controversies to Consensus in Diabetes, Obesity and Hypertension (CODHy), 13-16 March, 2014 at the Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis in Panama City, Panama. 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 Visas
Arrival to the Congress Venue from the Airport Currency Exchange
Registration and Hospitality Desk Dress Code
CODHy Scientific Program Climate
Welcome Reception Time Zone
Lunch Dialling Codes
Poster Presentation Electrical Guide
CME Accreditation Liability
CODHy Feedback Form
Congress Organizer

Congress Venue

Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis

Avenue Balboa al lado de Multicentro
Panama City
T: +507 294 4000

Arrival from the Airport to the Congress Venue

From the Tocumen International Airport to Panama City Centre:
Tocumen International Airport is approximately 22 kilometers (14 miles) west depending on traffic and time of day.

Public taxi stands: Tourist Taxi Service Tel. (507)238-4305 / (507)220-1210 These are the only taxis that can be boarded at the Tocumen International Airport because they are used exclusively to provide service to tourists and to guarantee passenger safety.

From Tocumen International Airport to Panama City, 1 to 2 persons costs approximately $25, a group (3 or more) costs approximately $10 each.

CODHy Registration and Hospitality Desk at the Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis

The Registration Desk will operate during the following hours:
March 13, 2014
17:00 – 20:00
Friday, March 14, 2014 07:30 – 19:00
Saturday, March 15, 2014 07:30 – 18:00
Sunday, March 16, 2014 08:00 – 12:00

Please register upon arrival in order to receive your kit containing the CODHy Congress Program Book, your personal name tag, invitations, 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 and registered accompanying persons are invited to the Welcome Reception, which will take place on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 19:00-20:00. Invitations are included in the personal registration kit.


A buffet lunch will be served for participants of the Congress on Friday, March 14, 2014 12:30-13:30 and Saturday, March 15, 2014 12:00-13:00. Please present your name tag at the entrance.

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 Friday, March 14, 2014 at 07:30 and removed by 12:00 on Sunday, March 16, 2014.
The Organizing Committee is not responsible for posters that are not removed on time.

Poster presentation times are as follows:
Friday, March 14, 2014 09:00 – 19:00
Saturday, March 15, 2014 08:00 – 18:00
Sunday, March 16, 2014 08:30 – 12:00

CME Accreditation

Please note that you have your CME Accreditation feedback form 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.

EACCME - Upon receiving the Certificate from the CODHy Congress Secretariat for CME points. Participants must contact their own national accreditation organization to receive the points. UEMS gives recommendation of up to how many points the Congress is worth but it is up to the participants' national accreditation organization to decide exactly how many they will get.
Further information will be available on site at the COMy Congress.

CODHy Feedback Form

Please note that you have a CODHy-CME Feedback Form in your Congress Kit. We would greatly appreciate hearing your comments. Once completed, this form may be handed in to the Registration Desk.


Prior to booking flights, registrants are strongly advised to confirm with their travel agent whether they require a Visa to travel to Panama. Generally, a foreign citizen who wishes to enter Panama is required to obtain a Visa. However, nationals of certain countries do not require a Visa if the meet Visa exemption requirements. Please click here to view the list of countries with agreements on Visa exemption with Panama.

Information about Visa requirements can be found on the World Travel Guide website:

ComtecMed will not be responsible for any cancellations or delays caused by authorities due to a lack of Visa or other required documentation.

Currency Exchange

Panama uses the US dollar as its currency. The official name for it is the balboa, but it's exactly the same bill, and in practice people use the terms ‘dólar' and ‘balboa' interchangeably. Panamanian coins are of the same value, size and metal as US coins, though both are frequently used. Coins include one, five, 10, 25 and 50 centavos (or centésimos) – 100 centavos equal one balboa. Most businesses won't break US$50 and US$100 bills, and those that do may require you to present your passport.
Dress Code

Informal for all occasions.


Temperatures are high across the whole country throughout the year, though cooler at high altitudes.

Time Zone

UTC/GMT +5 hours

Dialing Codes

00 is the international prefix used to dial outside of your country
507 is the international code used to dial to Panama.

Electrical Guide

In Panama the Electricity is 120 Volts, 60 cycles/sec. The electricity sockets in Panama accommodate both: Flat prongs (USA and Japan)


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 Panama!

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

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