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The official language of the congress will be English (no simultaneous translation).

Smoking Policy

The ECI2018 is officially a “No-smoking-Conference”.

Taking Pictures

Please note that taking pictures or filming during the sessions is forbidden (no matter if done with a camera or a mobile phone). Persons who will not observe this rule will be excluded from the session by the chairpersons.

Congress Venue

The 5th European Congress of Immunology will be held from Sunday 2 to Wednesday 5 September 2018 and will take place at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre.


RAI Amsterdam
Europaplein (Entrance D)
NL 1078 GZ
The Netherlands

Public transport

Public transport in Amsterdam city center is operated by GVB company which provides integrated metro, tram and bus services. As tickets you will use an Amsterdam transport OV-chipcard loaded with money or timeframe product. You can buy these from a machine at places like metro stations or shops.

>>> How to get to the congress venue

Central Medical Service

(Centrale Doktersdienst, open 24h) will inform you about the general practitioner in your area as well as doctors who will help you during the weekend.
Phone: 0900 503 20 42
Central Service (Centraal Apotheken Dienst) informs you about the pharmacies on duty, their number is (Dutch speaking service): 020 592 33 15


European Emergency Number: 112


The conference fee does not include insurance. All participants should arrange for their own insurance. Health and accident insurance is recommended and has to be purchased in your country of origin.


The VAT rate in The Netherlands is 21%.
All stated prices charged by the ECI2018 include VAT.

Currency and Exchange Bureaus

The Dutch currency is the Euro (EUR). Major credit cards are accepted at most large businesses. When you are exchanging your currency, you need your passport or official ID card. If you don’t have it with you, the bank may refuse to exchange your currency.

Banks, ATM and Offices

Banks are usually open from 09:00-16:00 (Monday-Friday), with a few big city banks also open Thursday evening until 21:00 or on Saturday morning. Offices are usually open from 09:00-18:00 (Monday-Friday) and closed during the weekends.

There will be ATMs all over the city of Amsterdam. At the airport and main station and along the main streets you find currency exchange offices as well.

The RAI Amsterdam disposes ATMs.

Credit Cards

All major cards are widely accepted, though in some small shops or hotels, there might an extra charge (2-6%). When paying by credit card for your shopping, you will be asked to show identification.

Please have your ID card or passport with you all the time, otherwise they may refuse to accept your credit card as payment.


Pay phones are available at the Congress venue, both for local and long distance calls. Public phones in Amsterdam operate by using phone cards which can be purchased at tobacconists and VVV tourist offices.


EU citizens must either present a passport or ID card valid for the duration of your stay in order to enter the Netherlands for tourist visits. Citizens of other countries must have a valid passport. Some non-EU citizens are required to produce a visa.


All congress participants with a pre-paid registration fee can obtain a visa invitation letter for the congress.

Further Visa information