11th International Conference on Applied Phycology, June 22-27, 2008

Visitors from all nations are welcome to Ireland however need a valid passport to enter the country. Certain visitors need beside a valid passport an additional VISA. Please consult your travel agent or the Irish Embassy well in advance before traveling. You may check your status at: http://www.dfa.ie/home/index.aspx?id=8777
• Visas:  For the latest information on visa requirements check. www.foreignaffairs.gov.ie/services/visas/
• Currency: The currency of Ireland is the Euro which is made up of 100 cents, for daily exchange rates check,   http://www.ecb.int/stats/eurofxref/eurofxref-xml.html as a guide:
1 EUR = 1.30 US$
1 EUR = 165 JPĽ

Travel - www.irelandinspires.com
• Language:  There are two official languages in Ireland: Irish, which is the national language, and English which is spoken well by all Irish people.
• No Smoking:  Smoking is now forbidden in all enclosed places of work. This includes office blocks, various buildings, public houses/bars, restaurants; for more information: http://www.oasis.gov.ie/employment/health_and _safety_in_employment/ban_on_smoking_in_the_workplace_in_ireland.html 
• Time Zone: Ireland operates on GMT+1 (known as BST).
• Tipping: Many hotels and restaurants include a service charge of 10% to your bill. A small tip of 10% is appreciated for good service, if a service charge is not applied. Tipping is not expected in pubs. 
• Useful facts: More useful information can be found at http://www.irelandwest.ie/practical_info
• Vat Refunds: Value Added Tax (VAT) is usually included in the price of goods and services in Ireland. Visitors to Ireland from outside the EU can obtain a refund of VAT. www.fexco.com
• Voltage: Mains electricity is supplied at 220 Volts, 50 Hz www.iol.ie/~discover/elect.htm.

Galway is situated on the West Coast of Ireland and may be easily reached by air, ferry, train, bus or car or a combination of these. To help you find the best access route to suit you, please see the following site for further information:  http://www.irelandwest.travel.ie/getting/
Our local airport Galway offers connections to many of the major British Airports including Luton, Manchester etc.,  there is also a service to Lorient  so please check this web site as new routes are opening up regularly. Galway airport is just a 15 minute drive from the city circa €15.00 by taxi.                                     
Alternatively, there are a number of other access points - please see the following links for further information.
Shannon Airport (approx. 1.5 hours by bus/car)
Dublin Airport (approx. 4 hours  by car/bus or 3 h by train)
Galway Airport  (approx 15 min by car/bus)  
Knock Airport  (approx 1.5 hours by car/bus)
Cork International Airport
Road Maps

Travel around Ireland
During your stay you may wish to take in some of the wonderful sights of Ireland.  For further information please see website http://www.map-ireland.com/

Internet and phone
There are public telephones just outside the main entrance of the University, which operate on coins, telephone cards or credit card. During the conference a PC suite will be made available for the delegates to check email.