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Finland is a member of the European Union and is a part of the Schengen area. Citizens of EU countries do not need a visa, but a valid passport is required. Citizens of other countries kindly contact the nearest Finnish Embassy for further information. Also, please check visa formalities if you plan to visit the Russian Federation during your trip.

The congress organizers will send a proof of registration as soon as the full registration fee has been received. The confirmation document will serve as your invitation letter when applying for the visa.

The organizer will assist applicants if needed in the visa application process. If you know you will be needing visa for your entry in Finland, please start the application process in good time.

More information about visas for Finland, please see and further questions can be e-mailed to


Helsinki’s climate combines characteristics of both a maritime and a continental climate. The proximity of the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic creates cold weather, while the Gulf Stream brings in warmer air. Summer in Helsinki is bright. Days are at their longest in the second half of June, when the sun stays above the horizon for 19 hours. The evenings grow cool towards the end of September, and the days grow noticeably shorter as winter approaches. The crisp air is spiced with the colours of the splendid autumn foliage.

For the latest weather forecast, see website by the Finnish Meteorological Institute.


The registration fee does not cover any insurance (travel, medical, accident or liability) taken by the ESA2019 Organizers. The ESA2019 Organizers cannot accept liability for any loss or damage suffered by participants or accompanying persons or other persons during travel to and from the congress or during the congress. Participants of ESA2019 are advised to consider purchasing their own travel insurance and to extend their personal policy to cover personal possessions.


The currency in Finland is the Euro (EUR/€), divided in 100 cents. Please check the current exchange rates.

Foreign currency and travellers’ cheques can be exchanged in exchange offices located for example at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport, Helsinki Railway Station as well as in the centre of Helsinki. Banks are usually open on weekdays 10am–4:30pm.

For an ATM machine, look for the sign “OTTO”. These 24-hour cashpoint machines are widely available and accept the following international ATM and credit cards: Visa, Visa Electron, EuroCard, MasterCard, Maestro, Cirrus and EC.

In addition to banks, there are several foreign currency exchange points available around the city centre. See for example:

Forex: Stockmann Department Store or Central Railway Station

Tavex: Fabianinkatu 12 or Kaivokatu 1 (Asematunneli)


Voltage: 220–240 Volts. Electrical sockets (outlets) in Finland are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: ”Type C” Europlug and ”Type E/F” Schuko.


Time Zone

The time zone in Finland is Eastern European Time (EET), 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), GMT+3 during summer time.


The travel app, Tripsteri, will enable visitors to find top attractions regardless of time and place. Tripsteri App provides the user with an overall view of important places to visit, introducing themed tours and allowing the user to customize tours to suit their individual needs. Free to the user, the app allows the visitor to tour for example tourist attractions and urban development sites, and to virtually visit the cities from any part of the world.