Thailand is located in the center of South-East Asia, with its capital Bangkok an important aviation hub. Bangkok’s modern Suvarnabhumi International Airport is one of the world’s top airports, welcoming more than 45 million passengers annually. It is served by at least 80 international airlines linking 170 cities around the globe.
Visitors from 58 countries and Hong Kong SAR are automatically granted permission to stay for 30 days in the country.
Visitors from an additional 19 countries can apply for a “Visa on Arrival” at the Immigration Hall in all Thai international airports and border checkpoints.
For citizens of countries not covered by the above, visas can be obtained from the nearest Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate.
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), in conjunction with the related Thai government agencies will provide visa assistance and fast lane immigration clearance at all immigration checkpoints. For more information, visit www.mfa.go.th.
Getting around Bangkok
The BTS Skytrain and MRT Underground offer safe and convenient travel throughout the city. There is also a major bus network crisscrossing the city, a river taxi on the Chao Phraya River as well as metered taxis.
Getting to downtown Bangkok is also quite easy from the airport, as there is a selection of transport including limousine, mini-van, coach or the Airport Rail Link.
Bangkok offers a wide variety of accommodation with over 70,000 hotel rooms ranging from 2-star to 6-star hotels to suit the diverse needs of delegates. There is a plentiful choice of satellite hotels along the BTS SkyTrain, within close proximity of BITEC.
IDF will provide housing services through a professional housing bureau at no charge to delegates.
Registration for the IDF Congress 2021 will open in January 2021.The registration rate scheme with attractive early rates and discounted group rates will be published here during the course of 2020.
The IDF Congress strives to provide high quality education and access to knowledge to all and is particularly committed to reach out to those with limited resources and from emerging countries:
IDF offers a reduced rate for all professionals in the healthcare sector.
Student rate & World Bank countries
IDF also offers a heavily subsidized rate for students and delegates from low income economies as per World Bank classification.
IDF members at the IDF Congress
IDF is an umbrella organization of over 240 national diabetes associations in 168 countries and territories. IDF supports representatives from its Members to attend the congress and showcase their activities in the Global Village.
IDF is a non-profit organization. All funds received through registration are invested in diabetes projects to enhance the lives of people living with diabetes worldwide.
The next IDF Congress will take place in Bangkok, Thailand on 6-9 December 2021.
IDF is excited to bring this event to the ASEAN community, comprising of over 600 million people in 10 countries. Diabetes is causing an unprecedented human and economic toll on the region and there is a lot of room for development when it comes to the standard of diabetes care provided. Thailand is a well-suited destination for the IDF Congress. With a rich cultural heritage, the country offers an excellent meeting venue and facilities and legendary hospitality and friendliness.
We look forward to welcoming the global diabetes community in Bangkok to share knowledge and expertise and shape the future of diabetes.
The IDF Congress 2021 is supported by the following local affiliations & organisations:
The Royal College of Physicians of Thailand
The Endocrine Society of Thailand
Thai Association of Diabetes Educators
Diabetes Nurses Society Of Thailand
Ministry of Public Health
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration
Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau
Thai Airways International
Thai Hotels Association
• April 2020: Call for Topics • 2 January 2021: Registration opens • 3 February to 17 April 2021: Abstract submission • June 2021: Scientific programme online
Located in the heart of Bangkok and only 15 minutes from Suvarnabhumi International Airport, BITEC offers several large scale, multi-purpose event halls and comprehensive exhibition services. BITEC has successfully hosted a variety of international conventions and welcomed numerous delegates from around the world. With a total event space of 70,000 sq.m., the purpose-built facility addresses the needs of convention organisers and delegates for easy accessibility, quality and professional services. The column-free venue accommodates up to 40,000 delegates within fully flexible spaces that include 10 expansive exhibition halls, 6 grand convention halls and 28 breakout meeting rooms.