General Information

Language

The official language of ICS2017 is English.

Climate & Clothing

The weather in Tel Aviv in February is cool and pleasant. Temperatures range from 10°C to 19°C (50°F to 66°F). Casual dress is appropriate for all occasions.
Entry Visa Holders of EU, USA and Canadian passports do not need an entry visa to Israel. For participants from other countries, we suggest you check with your travel agent or local Israeli embassy/consulate. The procedure may be lengthy and it is recommended to apply for a visa approx. 3 months prior to the conference. All visitors to Israel must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date they enter the country. Please contact the meeting secretariat to obtain a letter of invitation to assist in applying for a visa. Additional information on visa requirements can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
http://www.mfa.gov.il/mfa/consularservices/pages/visas.aspx

Transportation

Trains

Train from airport and other destinations to the David InterContinental Hotel  Get-off at the Tel-Aviv Hagana Station.  From there, take a taxi (approx. NIS 40 = ~$10), or bus (see below) .  
General train schedule: Sunday – Thursday: 00:53-23:20; Friday : 00:53-14:00;
Saturday: 19:30-23:45
Train information: http://www.rail.co.il/EN/Pages/HomePage.aspx

Taxis

Taxis from Ben Gurion Airport to the David InterContinental Hotel are freely available outside the airport terminal. Fares to Tel-Aviv are approx. $38. A 25% surcharge for night trips is in effect from 21:01 until 05:29 and from 14:00 on Fridays.

Public Transportation

From the Hahagana train station Tel Aviv: Dan bus line no. 16,17,30,31 From the Savidor (Arlozerov) train station Tel Aviv: take Dan bus line no. 61 or 66.
From the central bus station Tel Aviv: Dan bus lines 16,17 & 31.
Bus information: http://www.bus.co.il/otobusimmvc?Language=en
You may use all bus lines that reach the Carmelit Terminal, which is at a 5 minutes walk from the meeting venue.
Public transportation (trains & busses) in Israel do not operate from Friday afternoon (one hour before sundown) until Saturday evening (one hour after sunset).

Electricity

The Israeli power supply is single phase 220 volts at 50 Hertz. Most power sockets in Israel have three pin holes, but many of them will work with double-pin European plugs. Visitors who want to use shavers, traveling irons and other small appliances may need both transformers and adaptor plugs.

Currency

The currency unit in Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS – “Shekel” in short). International credit cards are accepted for payment in most hotels, restaurants and shops. Exchange offices and ATM machines are easily available throughout the city and at Ben-Gurion International Airport. We recommend that you change some money at the airport for immediate needs.
Liability and Insurance The Meeting Secretariat and Organizers will be exempt from all liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participants and accompanying persons. Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.