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Málaga, Spain
18 - 20 September 2019

Palacio de Ferias y
Congress de Málaga

Useful Tips

Entering Spain:

Visitors from other European Union member countries may enter Spain using either a passport or their national identity document. Visitors from other countries must have a valid passport and a visa if required. Inquiries regarding visas can be directed to Spanish diplomatic representatives abroad.


Weather and climate:

The Málaga climate is mainly Mediterranean with warm and dry summers as well as mild winters. The rainy season for Málaga is mainly in spring and autumn with torrential rainfalls happening often as well as rainfall turning inland to snow. Additionally, Málaga weather temperatures are pleasant year wide with an average temperature not falling below 15°C, with the exception of mountainous areas where they can fall below freezing.


The Autum is one of the best time to visit Málaga. Compared to July and August, September is a much quieter month.

Still warm – daytime temperatures average a warm 28 degrees so the beach is still a favourite spot and the sea is at its warmest. Evenings are cooler but you still won’t need a jacket when you’re dining outside. The statistics say Malaga usually has 2 days of rain in September.


Language:

Spanish is the main language spoken in Málaga. English, and to a lesser extent French, are also fairly widely spoken. Tourist information, menus, etc. are nearly always available in English, French, and German.


General Safety Advice for Visitors:

Málaga is a safe city, with almost no violent crime, and tourists and visitors can stroll around and sightsee at ease. However, as in any big city, some basic safety precautions should be observed. When walking around typical tourist spots, be especially vigilant of handbags and wallets.


Health Regulation:

No international immunization is needed when entering Spain. However, be sure to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations of all countries through which you may have to pass on your way to Spain.


Liability and Insurance:

The Congress organizers cannot accept liability for personal injuries, loss or damage to property belonging to Congress participants (or their accompanying persons), either during or as a result of the Congress. Please check the validity of your own insurance.


Electrical Plug and Voltage:

Electrical sockets  in Spain are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: The "Type C" Europlug and the "Type E" and "Type F" Schuko. If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance's plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into. If it's crucial to be able to plug in no matter what, bring an adapter for all three types.

Electrical sockets in Spain usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need. 

But travel plug adapters do not change the voltage, so the electricity coming through the adapter will still be the same 220-240 volts the socket is supplying. North American sockets supply electricity at between 110 and 120 volts, far lower than in most of the rest of the world. Consequently, North American appliances are generally built for 110-120 volts. 


Banks:

Banks are open from 8:30h to 14:00h from Monday to Friday during the autumn months.


Credit Cards:

Currency and Exchange: AII major international credit cards are accepted. Foreign currency and traveler’s checks can be exchanged in Spain at banks and foreign exchange offices. Cash-point machines accepting major international credit cards and charge cards are available at most banks. The Spanish currency is the Euro.


VAT:

There is a variable value added tax (VAT) of 10% to 21% applied to most items and services, but most prices you see will include it. When it is not included, it should be clearly indicated.


Shopping:

Normal trading hours are Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 13:30 and 17:30 to 20:30; however, in the city center and shopping malls, many shops stay open all day from 10:00 to 21:00.


Duty Free:

There are no restrictions on visitors entering Spain with goods bought in another European Union member country, as long as they are for their own use and not to sell.