Travelling to the Congress
Getting to Erfurt
... by plane
The easiest way is to fly in via Frankfurt International (FRA), then take the Train directly from the Airport to Erfurt Main Station ("Hauptbahnhof"). High speed trains (IC/ICE) go once every hour between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. every day from right outside the terminal ("Fernbahnhof") to Erfurt without change of trains.
Alternative Airports are in Leipzig (LEJ) and Berlin, especially for inner-European flights. Trains from Berlin go directly or via Leipzig between Erfurt and Berlin Hauptbahnhof; trains to Leipzig go every hour.
... by train
Erfurt is easily accessible by train from all directions. Be sure to book your ticket in advance: the earlier you do so, the less expensive it is. Best deals are available ninety days ahead of the intended travel date. Go to www.db.de to book your ticket. Please note: You must purchase your ticket in advance of boarding! Tickets are not available on the trains themselves! It is also advisable to make seat reservation if travelling on a weekend.
... by car
If you are travelling to the Congress by car, please be sure you are equipped with the necessary fine particular sticker. Only cars with a green sticker may drive in the inner City (including the Erfurt campus), other cars must be left outside at Park&Ride stations. To find out which sticker you need for your car, go to http://www.dekra.de/en/online-plakettenpruefung. Stickers may be purchased at service stations. Learn more under www.bmub.bund.de.
For IAHR participants
The type of medical care you will and can receive when travelling abroad depends on the kind of insurance you have and on your country of origin. We encourage all Congress participants to consider travel insurance before or when booking your trip to Erfurt, so that whatever emergencies may arise, you will receive the necessary treatment without further trouble.
Some guidelines regarding medical aid for non-residents in Germany:
The type of medical care you may receive in medical practices in Germany depends on your country of origin.
Patients from States within the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
Patients from states within the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland will receive full immediate medical care, i.e., in cases of virus infections etc. The patient needs to carry their European Health Insurance Card or an adequate equivalent as well as ID.
Countries include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
Patients from States with a Bilateral Social Security Agreement
Patients from states with a bilateral social security agreement will receive illness and motherhood care. They must first approach a German insurance company of their choice with the relevant documentation (proof of claim). They may only receive treatment that cannot be postponed until post return.
Countries include: Bosnia, Croatia, Herzegovina, Israel (motherhood care only), Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey
Patients without claim of proof
Patients without claim of proof will be billed according to the GOÄ, the German Medical Fee Order.
Please note: This information is a rough outline only and does not claim for completeness. Please be sure to know which insurance you carry and what it covers in cases of medical emergencies abroad.
Planning Your Trip
Please remember that you may need a visa to enter Germany when coming to the IAHR World Congress.
Check the website of the German foreign office to see if a visa application is necessary for your country of issue. Remember to check also with local offices to be sure of deadlines and procedure.
The German Foreign office provides a list of German diplomatic representations on their website.
Make sure to apply for a visa well in advance of your trip. Many diplomatic representations have fixed application deadlines that must be observed. Check the homepage of your diplomatic representation for information concerning deadlines, qualifying periods etc.
A letter of invitation by the organizers of the Congress must be submitted when applying for a visa. The organizers will provide this letter after registration as participant to the Congress, containing information about purpose of travel, destination, duration of stay and financing.
As of June 2014, visas are requested from the following countries*
China (People's Republic) (1)
Congo (Republic of the Congo)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
United Arab Emirates
White Russia (see also Belarus)
Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Hong Kong, see China (People’s Republic) (1)
Papua New Guinea
Trinidad and Tobago
Central African Republic
São Tomé and Principe
Timor-Leste (East Timor)
Belarus (see also White Russia)
Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Korea (Democratic People's Republic, North Korea)
(1) The visa waiver applies to holders of SAR passports (Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Region passports).
Persons who do not require a visa to enter Germany may not remain on German territory for more than 90 days in any six month period. Nor may they take up gainful employment whilst here.
Source: Federal Foreign Offices (Auswärtiges Amt), Germany, June 11, 2014, 15:30 MEST
*no responsibility is taken for the correctness of this information