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Venue Information
Leonia International Centre for Exhibitions & Conventions (LICEC)
Leonia Holistic Destination
Bommaraspet, Shameerpet, Ranga Reddy District, Hyderabad 500 078, India
Phone : +91 40 6640 0000
Fax : +91 40 6640 4040
Email : stay@leonia.in
Facebook : www.facebook.com/leoniahyderabad
Twitter : www.twitter.com/leoniaholistic

Airport and Transport
The Leonia Holistic Destination is 60 km north of the International Airport and takes approximately 60 minutes to reach by car.

Taxis : A taxi costs approximately $40.00 from the Airport to the Conference venue. Taxis in Hyderabad operate under two pricing structures. From 0500-2300 hours, the standard fare applies. From 2300-0500 hours, a 25% night tariff applies. Please check the meter is set correctly when you begin your journey.
Lifts are available at both the International and Domestic Terminals for the easy transfer of luggage.

Banking / Currency
Decimal currency is used in India with the Rupee as the basic unit (100 paisa=Rs 1). Notes come in Rs 2000, Rs 500, Rs 100, Rs 50, Rs 20 and Rs10. Coins come in 50p, Rs 1, Rs 2, Rs5 and Rs 10 denominations.
Currency exchange facilities are available in most banks, hotels and airports and operate normal business hours. Credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and shops, the most widely used being Mastercard, Visa. The American Express and Diners Club are accepted only in larger establishments.

Business Hours
Banks generally open from 0900-1500 hours Monday-Friday and 0900-1200 on Saturdays. General office hours are 0900-1700 Monday-Friday.

Climate and Clothing
During the Congress, the temperature in Hyderabad will range from 17 to 30 degrees Celsius. GenerallyIndian are casual dressers. We suggest you bring a jacket and tie with you for special occasions. Please review the social programme section for dress details at social functions.

Eating Out
Bistros, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops offer varied menus, prices and decor. Localspecialties such as Dosa, Idli and Vada are worth trying.

Electricity
Electrical current is 220V/240V, AC 50Hz. The Indian three-pin power outlet is different from that in many countries, so you win need an adaptor. India uses type C,D and M type of plug connector. If your appliances are 110V, check if there is a 110/240V switch. If not, you will need a voltage converter. Universal outlets for 240V or 110V shavers are usually found in leading hotels.

Goods and Services Tax (GST)
Since 2017, India has adopted a new taxation system incorporating the Goods &Services Tax(GST)-All prices quoted in this brochure are inclusive of GST, unless otherwise specified. There is no Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) in India .

Language
English will be the language used during the Congress, Student and Junior Graduates Conference and Pre-congress seminars. Depending on demand and numbers, attending the Congress there may be interpreting services for a limited number of languages at the Congress. If you require an interpreting service, please contact the Congress Managers.

Passport and Visa Important Information
All travellers to India, other than Nepal, require a valid entry VISA prior to travel to India. For many nationalities(150 in total) an Electronic Visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) can be obtained from your travel agent or airline when making your travelarrangements. Please see your travel agent or airline for further details.
To obtain an official letter of invitation for the ICMDA World Congress and/or Student and Junior Graduates Conference, you must first register for one or both of the events to be provided with an official letter of invitation to attend.
Please note, the Congress Managers are unable to assist with processing or obtaining visa applications, other than verifying your intention to attend the World Congress and/or Student and Junior Graduates Conference. Granting of visas is at the sole discretion of the Indian Embassy-
Further information on passport and visa requirements can be obtained from https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html

Planning your Travel
Because of time change and jet lag, the Organising Committee suggests you consider arriving in India a few days prior to the commencement of the Congress. This will enable you to relax and familiarise yourself with your hotel and its surrounds before the start of the Congress.

Privacy
India introduced The Privacy (Protection)Bill in 2013. The Congress Managers comply with such legislation, whichis designed to protect the right of the individual to privacy of their information. Information collected in respect of proposed participation in any aspect of the Congress will be only used for the purposes of planning and conduct of the Congress and may be provided to the organising body or to organisers of future events. It is also usual to produce a 'List of Participants' of attendees at the Congress and to include the individuals’ details in such a list.
Consent for publication of the individuals’ information may be withheld when completing the registration form for the Congress. Individuals are also entitled to access the information held by written application to the Congress Managers.

Quarantine
India is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries. Very strict quarantine rules apply to the import of animals and plants, which cannot be brought into the country without prior application. Animal and plant products are also restricted.

For more information, visit the following websites:
http://plantquarantineindia.nic.in/PQISMain/Default.aspx
http://dahd.nic.in/Trade/Animal-quarantine-and-certification-services

Shopping
Shops in Hyderabad open from 1000 to 2030 during the week with late night shopping on weekends. The major department stores in the centre of the city are open from 0900 to 2100.

Time
Indian Standard Time (IST) is 5:30 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

Tipping
Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in India as it is in other parts of the world. Tipping is your prerogative, a reward for service. It is customary to tip hotel porters of about 10 per cent is usual in restaurants if good service is received. Tips for taxis are regarded as optional.

Vaccinations
Specialised travel-medicine clinics are your best source of up-to-date information; they stock all available vaccines and can give specific recommendations for your trip. Most vaccines do not give immunity until at least two weeks after they are given, so visit a doctor well before departure. Ask your doctor for an International Certificate of Vaccination (sometimes known as the ‘yellow booklet’), which will list all the vaccinations you have received.
The only vaccine required by international regulations is yellow fever. Proof of vaccination will only be required if you have visited a country in the yellow-fever zone within the six days prior to entering India. If you are travelling to India from Africa or South America, you should check with the airlines or travel agent to see if you require proof of vaccination.



Key Dates

ICMDA Students and Junior Graduates World Conference
21-23 August 2018

Pre Congress Seminars
22-23 August 2018

Main Conference
23-26 August 2018

Programme Highlights

  • Morning Prayers
  • Worship & Bible Study
  • Global health and Social issues from wide perspective
  • Plenary Sessions
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Evening Social Events
  • International Night