10th African Congress of ImmunologyImmunology for a healthy Africa
3-7 December 2017 Hammamet, Tunisia

10th FAIS-African Immunology Congress

10th FAIS-African Immunology Congress

Congress Venue

Le Royal Hammamet Hotel is the congress venue  www.leroyal-hammamet.com.

The hotel is located in the new tourist resort called Yasmine Hammamet, 3 to 4 km from the old city of Hammamet. 

Hammamet (Arabic: الحمامات ‎ El-Hammamat means Hot baths) is located in the south east of the peninsula of Cap Bon in the Governorate of Nabeul, on the northern edge of the Gulf of Hammamet. The entire town is mixed into a huge garden. Oranges, lemons and other citrus trees grow here, as well as olive groves. Hammmamet is particularly known for jasmine, and this is how the tourist resort of Yasmine Hammamet got its name. Hammamet is also known by its’ sandy beaches. White sand covers the entire coast, meeting up with crystal clear blue water.

hammamet

 

Airport transfer

The main airport in Tunisia is the Tunis-Carthage International Airport in Tunis, the capital, 65 km (1 hour) from Le Royal Hotel in Hammamet, but there is another airport near to Hammamet, the Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport in Enfidha, 45 km (30 min) from the congress venue.

Airport transfer from the Airport to the Congress Venue and from the Congress Venue to the Airport will be provided by the PCO, Imagine Agency. The airport-hotel transfer will be carried out using cars and mini-buses with a maximum waiting time of 1h. The flat rate is 50 USD/Euros for the transfer from and to the airport.

Please transmit by e-mail to the PCO info@i-maginevents.com details of your arrival flight (company, air flight number, airport of arrival, date, hour...) to be sure of the airport transfer and pickup.

Tourist Taxis are available at the Tunis-Carthage airport exit; the usual rate is 80 Tunisian Dinars (TND) for one way. 

Language

English is the official language of the congress.

Arabic is the official language in Tunisia, however Tunisian people use a local Arab dialect called Tunisian with many French, Italian and Berber words and phrases.

On the other hand, French is widely understood and used, while English is much less so. Berber dialects are also spoken, especially in some islets in the South.

Climate

Tunisia has a temperate climate in the north with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers especially in the desert in the south. 

Hammamet has a Mediterranean climate with a hot dry summer season moderated by its proximity to the sea. December, temperatures begin to fall as winter comes to North Africa. This is a great time of year to visit a Thalassotherapy centers, sauna and Hamman.

The average temperature stays around 14 degrees Celsius during the month of December. The low temperature drops down to 10 degrees Celsius, often at night, and the high temperature can rise up to 18 degrees Celsius. 

The average amount of sunshine on any given day rises up to 8 hours but rainy days are frequent in December.

Bank services/Money matters

  • Cash : As the Dinar is not convertible, you will have to change your currency in Tunisia and spend your local money before leaving. It is possible to exchange at the hotel and in banks. The exchange rate in banks is often more advantageous. The banks at the airport remain open at night for change until the arrival of the day's last flight, they apply the same exchange rate as the other agencies.
  • Cards : Visa card and Mastercard are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and tourist shops. They can also withdraw Tunisian currency in most large cities, airports and in tourist areas. Remember that your bank will charge you fees for each of your withdrawals, so better opt for cash payments for your small expenses

Currency

The currency in Tunisia is the Tunisian Dinar (TND). A currency calculation can be found online at : www.xe.com/en/currencyconverter  

Time zone

UCT + 1 (with no daylight saving time)

Electricity Supply

220-240 Volt / 50 Hertz

For some African, American and other countries, an adaptor may be necessary, see : www.my-travel-adapter.com/fr/adaptateur-voyage-tunisie.html

GSM cell phone roaming

You can use your mobile phones normally.

The country code for Tunisia is +216, to call a number in your country, you must begin by 00.

If you want to use your mobile phone at a lower cost in Tunisia, you can buy a SIM card upon your arrival at one of three operators at the airport and insert it instead of the SIM card of your operator in your country.

Then you can buy prepaid reloadable cards (5, 10 or 20 dinars) to make international calls or to call other persons’ mobile phones... This is very convenient to stay in touch. Telephone operators in Tunisia are : Tunisie Télécom; Orange tunisie and Ooredoo.

Visa Information

Entry to Tunisia requires a VISA for citizens from many countries.

Entry procedures to Tunisia for a stay not exceeding 3 months are flexible. Foreign participants have to apply for an entry visa to Tunisia several weeks prior to their travel date.

All participants must hold a valid international passport (06 months) or a travel document allowing them to return to their country of origin after having obtained their entry visa.

Nationals of the following countries are exempted from visas for a stay not exceeding three months:

  • Arab World : Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar.
  • Africa : Côte d'Ivoire, Gambie, Guinée, Mali, Maurice, Niger, Sénégal and Seychelles.
  • Europe : Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Island, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Turkey, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (ordinary passport only) and the Vatican.
  • The Americas : Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Honduras, Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and USA.
  • Asia - Oceania : Brunei, Fiji, Hong Kong, Japan, Kiribati, Malaysia, Maldives, South Korea and Turkey.
  • Are also exempted from visa, holders of diplomatic and special (service) passports from : Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cuba, Jordan, Mexico, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, the Czech Republic, Rwanda, Slovakia, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand and Zimbabwe.


Citizens from countries where there is not a Tunisian Embassy can obtain their visa at their arrival to the Airport; of course they have to show the usual administrative documents (Air-Ticket, Registration to the Congress, Letter of Invitation, Accommodation) to the Border Police of the Airport.

The visa information herein provided might be subject to change. So, before travelling please check potential update on the official website  : www.tunisia.org.ua/fr/travelling/visa or contact the PCO info@i-maginvents.com

Health

No vaccinations are required for Tunisia. Just be up to date with your universal vaccinations.

Useful Links

Useful Phone Numbers

  • Police : 197
  • Emergency Ambulance Service : 190
  • Civil Defense : 198
  • Flight information (Tunis-Carthage Airport) : (+216) 71 115 800

Private Touring, Hospitality Arrangements

Should you have any requirements for private touring, transportation or hospitality services other than those organized for the official program, please contact the Congress Managers Imagine www.i-maginevents.com at info@i-maginevents.com who will be pleased to assist with arrangements.