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LOGISTICS INFORMATION NOTE
UN RIAS/ RIAS
6 – 9 September 2016 Istanbul Turkey
1.Date and Venue
The UN RIAS/ RIAS meeting 2016 will be
held on 6 – 9 September 2016 at:
Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli
Europe Conference Room – Lobby floor
Abide-i Hurriyet Caddesi No:142
34381 Sisli Istanbul, Turkey
Telephone number: +90-212-375-0100
Please confirm your participation latest by 15 July 2016 in the event website.
RIAS 2016 webpage
It is recommended that participants stay at the Marriott Hotel Sisli (please see
Participants are kindly requested to make their own arrangements with the
Marriott Hotel by contacting directly via email:
Phone :+90 212 375 01 00
Please quote “UN RIAS / RIAS 2016” in your email.
Room and Rate Information:
Deluxe City / Sea View Single Room: Rate: Euro 130 +VAT -per room & per night
Deluxe City / Sea View Double Room: Rate: Euro 150 +VAT-per room & per night
Above rates are inclusive of buffet breakfast & wireless internet.
Other hotels in proximity of the venue are listed in point 10. below.
4.Travel & Transportation
Participants are responsible for arranging their own transfers and
Please note that Istanbul has two airports. TAV Istanbul Ataturk Airport is
located on the European side where the event will take place, while Sabiha
Gokcen International Airport (SAW) is located in the Asian side. Ataturk Airport
is considerably more convenient. Various transportation options for transfers to
and from the airport are provided below:
Havatas shuttle provides a bus service to and
from both airports to Taksim. Taksim is
approximately 3km from the Marriot Hotel.
Buses leave at 30 minute intervals - Please
check the website for details:
The Istanbul metro (M1 Line) runs from the Ataturk Airport into the city
centre. UNDP IRH and the Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli are both located within
walking distance (5 minutes) of the “Mecidiyekoy/Sisli” metro stop (M2 Line).
Follow the signs indicating “Metro” from the arrivals hall at Ataturk Airport.
Tokens may be purchased for 4 TRY per line. Take the M1A line from Ataturk
Havalimani (Airport) and alight at the final stop, Yenikapi station. Follow the signs
for transfer to M2 line and alight at Sisli-Mecidiyekoy station. See Links below for
Link to public transportation map
Link to public transportation routes
Taking a yellow taxi is also an option. Please make sure the taximeter is on. A
taxi from Ataturk Airport to the Marriot hotel will cost approximately 60 TRY
(approximately USD 20). You will find the taxi stand just outside the arrival hall.
Airport pick-ups and drop-offs can be arranged through Libra Travel Agency. The
transfer should cost:
120 TRY: transfer one way from / to Ataturk airport.
180 TRY: transfer one way from / to Sabiha Gokcen airport.
Please kindly check the prices directly when contacting the agency from
email@example.com if you wish to use these services (quote “UNDP”):
Libra Tourism & Travel Agency
Koza Sokak No:65/2 Gaziosmanpasa
6700 Ankara Turkiye Tel : + 90 312 442 78 44
Fax: + 90 312 442 78 45
Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com,
Banks and exchange
The Turkish lira (Turkish: Türk lirası) (sign: ₺; code: TRY; usually abbreviated
as TL) is the currency of Turkey. There are many banks and exchange offices at
the airport where you may change your money to the local currency or use bank
machines to have cash for taxi.
Below is a list of Banks and Currency Exchange Offices available at Ataturk
Airport. Also 30 Cash Points are located in easy access areas for our esteemed
INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL - BANKS & CURRENCY EXCHANGE OFFICES
No Company Name
1 Akbank T.A.S.
Field of Service
Bank & Currency
0 212 465 42 47
0 212 465 42 48
0 212 463 30 00 - 2788
0 212 465 42 30/ 468
0 212 468 31 80
0 212 465 41 02
0 212 316 06 99
Travelex Döviz Ticaret
Currency Exchange Office
Bank & Currency
Arrivals Floor Land/Air Side
Bank & Currency
Arrivals Floor Land/Air Side
4 Türkiye Is Bankasi A.S.
5.Meal & DSA Calculation
DSA will not be covered by the UNDP and should be covered by the respective
Buffet lunch and two coffee breaks per day will be provided on all days (6 – 9
September 2016). A welcoming reception will be arranged for the evening of
Monday 5 September at the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub premises. The Head
of Supreme Audit Institution of Turkey will host a reception on Wednesday
evening to close UN RIAS and open Plenary RIAS.
A boat ride on the Bosporus with dinner will be arranged on Thursday
evening for 200 TRY per person (70 USD/ 60 EUR). Participants are free to
bring a guest for this event.
6.Passport & Visa requirements
Participants are responsible for securing their entry visa before departing from
Participants holding Red-colored UN Laissez-Passers are exempt from visa
requirements (given that their stay in Turkey does not exceed 90 days within the
last 180 days).
Participants holding Blue-colored UN Laissez-Passers can enter Turkey with an
invitation letter issued by the event organizers in advance. For an invitation
letter, please contact: Ms Zeynep Yuceozsoy: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To avoid any possible problems at the airport participants holding Blue-colored
UN Laissez-Passers are advised to consider obtaining e-visas
(https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/) before their arrival if they require visas with their
Participants without Laissez-Passers are also required to apply for an e-VISA
prior to departure at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/, and follow the instructions
based on the country of their respective passports.
All Passport holders should have at least 6 months of validity past the date of
arrival in Turkey. To check your nationality-specific entry requirements, you can
use this link: http://www.mfa.gov.tr/visaHolders of a UNLP should also be in possession of a valid national passport.
Participants should contact the Turkish consulate in the country of residence as
soon as possible to ensure the issuance of an entry visa. Some nationals are
eligible to obtain visas online: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
Currently, Turkey has
various security levels in
the country, while
Istanbul is level 2 (Low), all UN staff are to register their travel in TRIP before
embarking on travel to the country.
For any emergency please contact:
Regional Security Associate, UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub
Regional Buro for Europe and the CIS
Key Plaza, Abidei Hürriyet Cad. Istiklal Sokak No:11 Kat:10
Şişli, Istanbul / Turkey
Mob: +90538 3399129 skype: ali.celenn
Turkish Emergency Numbers
Police: Dial 155
Fire: Dial 110
Ambulance: Dial 112
American Hospital Istanbul
Güzelbahçe Sok, No:20, 34365 Nişantaşı İstanbul,Türkiye
Telephone +90(212)444-3777 / +90(212)311-2000
Time zone: (GMT + 3 hours).
Currency: Turkish Lira –
Electricity: 220 volts AC.
Event’s Dress Code: Business Casual
Driving: on the right hand side of the
AVERAGES FOR ISTANBUL IN SEPTEMBER
§ Temperature 21°C 69°F
§ Low Temperature 16°C 61°F
§ High Temperature25°C 77°F
§ Sunshine Hours 9 hrs
§ Chance of Sunny Day 17 %
§ Rainfall 50m
§ Rainfall days 8 days
§ Chance of Rain 17 %
§ Chance of Cloudy Day 33 %
§ Chance of Windy Day 50 %
9.Annex 1 Map
10. UNDSS recommended Hotels
Hotels nearby UNDP’s Istanbul Regional Hub, Sisli:
Marriot Hotel Şişli
+90 212 315 01 00
Radisson Blu Hotel,
+90 (212) 3750000
Holiday Inn Istanbul, Sisli http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/ en/istanbul/istsi/hoteldetail
+90 312 373 38 00
Grand Cevahir Hotel, Sisli www.grandcevahirhotel.com
+ 90 212 314 42 42
Hilton Istanbul Bomonti - http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/tur key/hilton-istanbul-bomontiSisli Hotel