Since the LOC knows that preparing for the Forum and staying in a foreign country can be challenging, we tried to collect all the important information here. So, don’t worry, stay cool and take your time to read this important information.
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The Local Organising Committee provides the following
- A practical and well organised event venue with technical supports, coffee breaks and lunch
- Free accommodation for the entire duration of the forum at the Zurich Youth Hostel. Alternative accommodations are at the discretion and expense of individual participants.
- A stimulating scientific program full of topical discussions
- Dinners and social events
- Useful information for your stay and constant availability for your support
Questions & Answers
If you live in a country that belongs to the Schengen Area, you do not need a visa. You can stay up to 90 days in Switzerland. Tourists from some countries outside the Schengen Area don’t need to have a visa either. Therefore, we strongly recommend you to check your status on the official SchengenVisa Info website.
People with statutory health insurance cover from an EU/EFTA country are entitled to receive treatment in the event of illness, non-occupational accident or maternity during visits to Switzerland (holidays or business trips). With the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), they are entitled to receive medical care that is considered essential given the type of treatment and the expected length of their stay in Switzerland. People who do not have their European Health Insurance Card with them can apply for a Provisional Replacement Certificate from their health insurer. For more information, check the the Federal Office of Public Health website and the Swiss Health Insurances Foundation.
People who require a Schengen Visa to visit Switzerland must take out private medical insurance providing minimum coverage of EUR 30’000.
There are currently no entry restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. No proof of vaccination, recovery or testing is required for entry into Switzerland. However, this may change. We will inform you per email in case of changes.
You can speak German, but in the German speaking part of Switzerland English is also a widely spoken language. People in Switzerland are normally ready to help others, so don’t have a problem asking for help!
Keep in mind that Switzerland is not part of the European Union, so almost all visitors have to pay roaming charges for connection and–you got it- they can be really expensive. Check if your phone company offers an affordable option for roaming in Switzerland or check the possibility of buying a temporary Swiss phone sim. In any case in the hostel, the university and many places in the city you can access free wifi networks.
We know that Zurich is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Therefore, upon payment of registration fees, we will provide you with a lot of services that will lower (we could even say drop) the cost of your stay in Zurich. To get a reference, a coffee in a café costs normally between 4 and 6 Swiss francs (CHF), a takeaway meal usually costs between 8 and 20 CHF. You can check the exchange rate here.
Upon payment of fees, we will send you a City Pass (Zürich Card) valid from July 4 to 8. This pass will allow you to travel for free in all public transports of Zurich within the zones 110 and 121 (City Centre and Airport). Your travels between the airport and the hostel will therefore be free. You can check the travel times and download the city transport app here.
If you want to rent a car, you should know that renting and parking are very expensive in Zurich and the city is hard to drive through (and also definitely not eco-friendly).
In Zurich there are also a lot of bikes or e-scooters that you can rent.
As mentioned, also included in the fees will be the possibility of staying at the Zurich Youth Hostel (4 nights, check-in July 4th, check-out July 8th). The Hostel is located at the address Mutschellenstrasse 114, 8038 Zürich . Before your arrival, we will send you precise directions on how to get there from the airport and how to get from the Hostel to the Forum.
Check-in is available from 3 to 12 pm.
The rooms are for two, four or six people. The distribution in the various rooms will be up to the LOC and will take into account several factors. For specific needs please use the comments section of the registration form.
To check-out you got time from 6 to 10 am.
During the week public transport is only available until about 1am and starts again at about 5am. Taxis are available in Zurich but cost a lot of money, so it is more usual to get an uber. During the weekends public transport will be available throughout the night.
You are free to choose another accomodation for your stay, but you will have to worry yourself about the organisation, booking and costs. Please indicate your decision while filling out the registration form so that we can optimise the cost management and organisation of the forum.
The Hostel, the University and the event locations are obstacle-free. Public transport in Zurich is also designed for people with special accessibility needs.
Please use the space specially dedicated when you fill out the registration form to tell us additional needs.
To make this night a real international experience you are all invited to bring along something to drink or eat that is typical and well known in your country! To make things even more fun, bring along a typical, upbeat song from your nation (possibly on a usb stick).