Hotel, Travel & Visa

ACCOMMODATION

International Conference Services (ICS) is the official and exclusive housing bureau for the IDF Congress 2017, offering assistance with the coordination of housing requests.

ICS have secured rooms in different hotel categories across Abu Dhabi. Visit our housing portal at the link below for easy and convenient booking.

All sponsors, exhibitors and delegates are encouraged to book only through the ICS housing bureau to benefit from special rates. 

Book your hotel

IDF Congress Housing Bureau:
T: +1 720 325 2944
Fax: +1 604 681 1049
Email: [email protected]

For group bookings (10 or more) please contact:
Email: [email protected]
T: +1 604 682 153

Hotel rates are quoted in United Arab Emirates Dirham AED.

TRAVEL

Esser Travel is the official travel agency for the IDF Congress 2017 and will offer assistance with the coordination of travel requests.

Book your flight here* and benefit from discounts of up to 20% on Star Alliance airlines. These reduced rates are only applicable to flights booked through the IDF website.

*Please note that flight schedules for December 2017 may not yet be available.

IDF 2017 Congress Travel Agency:
T: + 30 21 0963 2404
F: +30 21 0963 2589
Email: [email protected]

VISA

Please read the information below to check if you can obtain a visa on arrival or if you require a prearranged visa to enter the United Arab Emirates. 

Visa on Arrival

Citizens of eligible countries/regions are allowed to enter the UAE without a visa prior to arrival.

*Delegates from China: The United Arab Emirates’ government has announced plans to introduce a ‘Visa On Arrival’ initiative for visitors from China, a scheme currently in operation for visitors from 47 countries and visitors from GCC nations. It is anticipated the scheme will be in operation in advance of Abu Dhabi’s hosting of the International Diabetes Forum, and we look forward to welcoming Chinese delegates as a result of its initiative. Full details of the implementation timetable will be announced in due course by the General Directorate of Residence & Foreigners Affairs Abu Dhabi  

Important information:

  • Passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months 
  • Type of Visa: 30 days Tourist visa
  • Duration of stay: 30 Days including the entry and the departure days 
  • Number of entries: Only single entry is permitted 
  • An eye scan will be taken at the Immigration desk in the airport
  • Fee: Free of charge
  • Only normal passports can be used for visa applications (i.e. no Diplomatic Passports)

Other Countries - Prearranged Visa

Nationals of countries not included in the visa on arrival list will require a prearranged visa to enter the United Arab Emirates.

How to start an application 

The easiest way to obtain a UAE Visa is to apply online - http://www.ttsuaevisas.com/idf2017 (link active as of 7 October 2017)*

  • Fill out a simple, self-explanatory application form 
  • Keep scanned copies of all the required documents ready 
  • Upload the documents as explained 
  • Pay the corresponding visa fee online through the secure link 

A confirmation e-mail will be sent to you when your application has been received. The progress of your application can be checked online.

After communication from UAE Immigration, an email will be sent to you with the corresponding decision. Successful applicants will then receive their visas by email. 

After receiving your visa, you must print it out and carry it with you for boarding the airplane

Alternatively, you can apply for a visa through your nearest UAE embassy. 

Important information:

  • Passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months 
  • Type of Visa: 30 days Tourist visa
  • Entry into UAE: Within 60 days from and including the visa issuance day 
  • Duration of stay: 30 Days including the entry and the departure days 
  • Number of entries: Only single entry is permitted 
  • An eye scan will be taken at the Immigration desk in the airport
  • Fee: AED370 / US$100
  • Cancellation Charge: AED150 / US$41 per visa
  • Only normal passports can be used for visa applications (i.e. no Diplomatic Passports)

*PLEASE NOTE: prearranged visas are only valid for 60 days from the date that they are issued (i.e. you have to enter the UAE within 60 days, or the visa becomes invalid). Therefore, the online visa application page will not be available until approx. 58 days before the event start date - 7 October 2017. 

Visa Application Timing

If the online application link indicated above is used, the processing time for an application is typically 3-5 UAE working days (Sunday to Thursday). 

Whether an application is approved or not is at the sole discretion of the UAE Immigration Department and it is no other party’s responsibility if the visa is declined. Fees paid in regards to approved or declined application cannot be refunded.

Issuance of a visa or approval on the visa application does not in any way guarantee right of entry to UAE. Entry is at the sole discretion of the Immigration officer at the Airport.