ARRIVAL AT BERGEN AIRPORT
SERVICES TO PARTICIPANTS
(Map; On-Site Registration, List of Registered
Meals; Internet, PC access and photocopying
EXHIBITIONS & SIDE
Side Events: Catering; Shipping of Material)
POSTAL & BANK FACILITIES
TIME ZONE AND WEATHER
VOLTAGE AND TYPE OF PLUGS
NO SMOKING POLICY
The 10th Conference
of the Parties to CMS and its associated meetings
will take place at the “Salem Conference
Center” which is part of the:
Scandic Bergen City Hotel
Phone: +47 55 30 90 80
Fax: +47 55 30 90 91
AT BERGEN AIRPORT
Bergen Airport Flesland is 20 kilometres south-west
of the centre of Bergen. The airport is served by
buses and taxis.
Upon arrival at Bergen Flesland Airport, we recommend
that participants take the Airport Bus “Sentrum”
to the centre of Bergen (bus stop Radisson Blu Hotel
Norge will be the nearest to the meeting venue). The
bus leaves outside of the arrival hall, on the right
hand side. The ride to Bergen takes approximately
30 minutes and departs every 15 minutes between 6am
and 11pm on weekdays, less frequent on weekends. Remember
to calculate extra time during rush hour. Tickets
can be bought on the bus (both cash and credit cards
accepted). A slightly lower fare can be achieved by
buying a return ticket (single NOK 95, with return
NOK 150). For more information on timetables, click
Once you reach the bus stop at the
Radisson Blu Hotel Norge, walk along Olav Kyrresgate
(straight ahead) for 3 blocks. Turn right into Håkonsgaten
and the Scandic Bergen City Hotel is at number 2.
The taxi stand is just opposite the main entrance.
The trip to the city centre takes approx. 30 minutes,
depending on traffic. The price is around NOK 300
(it will be more at night or on weekends).
Norway is a member of the Schengen
Agreement. For information concerning which nationals
require a visa to enter Norway, please visit the Norwegian
Directorate of Immigration (UDI) - click here.
For more information on the procedures for applying
for a visa, click here.
To facilitate the issuance of visas,
the Secretariat will issue upon request invitation
letters to be attached to the visa applications. It
should be noted that it is not possible to acquire
a visa upon arrival in Norway. Furthermore, air line
companies do not allow boarding in the absence of
a valid visa.
Accommodation for sponsored delegates
is being arranged by the CMS Secretariat. For non-sponsored
participants, a list of hotels (including room rates,
contact details and a location map) is available here.
TO PARTICIPANTS AT THE VENUE
Participants are requested to bring
an identification document (e.g. passport, ID card,
driver’s licence) which should be shown at the
registration desk. At the registration desk, participants
will receive a badge which should always be worn visibly
while they are on the meeting premises.
A map showing all meeting rooms and facilities as
well as the schedule of meetings will be distributed.
Information to follow.
List of delegations
A list of delegations that have attended the above
mentioned meetings, to be prepared by the Secretariat,
will be made available on the website (www.cms.int)
under heading “Information documents”,
as well as distributed during the meetings. Participants
not wishing their full coordinates to appear on the
list of participants should notify the Secretariat
staff at the registration desk.
In order to minimize the environmental impact of the
meeting and for reasons of economy, delegates are
kindly reminded to bring their own copies of the pre-session
documents for the meeting, including the Information
documents, which can be downloaded from the CMS website
. A limited number of pre-session documents, in the
Convention's three official languages, as well as
the information documents of the meeting shall also
be made available to participants, upon request, at
the documentation counter at the Conference venue.
Information to follow.
Internet, PC access and photocopying
Participants will have access, free of charge, to
PCs located at the Scandic Bergen City Hotel, and
wireless internet (WIFI) will be available everywhere
at the meeting premises. Limited printing and photocopying
facilities will be also at disposal of participants.
The official opening of the COP10
will take place on Sunday, 20th November. The formal
sessions of the meeting will be held daily from 9am
to 12:30 pm and from 2:30pm to 6pm at the Conference
venue and will start on Monday the 21st of November.
For full schedule please refer to “Provisional
schedule for CMS COP10 and associated meetings”
(UNEP/CMS/Conf.10.3) - click
EXHIBITION AND SIDE EVENTS
All partner organizations and stakeholders of CMS
are encouraged to actively contribute to the success
of the meeting by presenting their work or any related
issue of interest in the form of an exhibition as
well as posters.
Activities to be exhibited and posters
should be relevant to the objectives of the Convention
on Migratory Species and related Agreements. Exhibitions
will be set up mainly in the lobby of the Scandic
Bergen City Hotel. You are free to bring your exhibition
equipment, including technical items, on your own
responsibility. The area is equipped with power plugs
(220 Volt) and wireless Internet connection.
The CMS Secretariat cannot provide
technical equipment such as computers, LCD projector,
VCR, screens or a TV. Tables and chairs can be provided
by the conference venue. Exhibition panels can be
hired through the Scandic City Bergen. Please contact
Mr. Svein Aksnes, whose contacts can be found below.
The Secretariat will allocate exhibition
space and equipment depending on the number of requests.
Since the exhibition area is limited, the Secretariat
will allocate the exhibition space on a first come
first saved basis. Please specify your requests in
form. We kindly request those
who are interested to inform the Secretariat by the
end of October to enable us to make the necessary
arrangements. The person to contact at the UNEP/CMS
Secretariat is Ms. Hanah Al Samaraie, Email: HAlSamaraie@cms.int.
You will be responsible for the transport,
setting up and dismantling of your exhibition materials
and their Customs clearance.
You may set up your exhibition between
Thursday, 17 November 2011, and Sunday, 20 November
2011. The final deadline for dismantling is the evening
of Friday, 25 November 2011.
Please be aware that only registered persons with
a badge have access to the conference building.
Applications for time slots and room allocation for
side events should be done by using the form obtainable
to allow timely and proper processing of the requests.
These applications should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or fax: (+49 228) 815 2449 no later than 30 September.
Processed side-event requests can be viewed on the
The Secretariat is responsible only
for time slot and room allocation that will be made
on a “first come, first served” basis.
Assignment of time slot and room will be confirmed
a few days before the event is scheduled. It should
be noted that side-events may be rescheduled in the
interests of the official sessions of the meeting.
Should this be the case, side-event organizers will
be notified accordingly. No interpretation for side
events will be provided.
Catering for side events
If you wish to enquire about costs and arrangements
for catering please liaise directly with the designated
focal person, Mr. Svein Aksnes, whose contact details
are as follows:
Scandic Bergen City
Tel: +47 55 30 90 84
Mobile: +47 97 72 40 10
Organizers of side events shall bear
in mind that lunch will be provided free of charge
to all COP10 participants by the Host Country.
Shipping of material for
exhibitions and side events
If you wish to ship information material to the meeting
venue, please contact directly the designated focal
person, Mr. Svein Aksnes, whose contact details are
Participants interested in shipping material to the
venue should make sure that the items shipped are
clearly labelled with the contact information of the
sender and for which meeting it is intended.
AND BANK FACILITIES
There are ATMs (called ‘Minibank’
in Norway) close to the exit of the airport terminal.
The ATMs in Norway are available 24 hours a day, while
most banks are open Monday-Friday 9am to 3:30pm. Extra
cash can also be withdrawn from the cashier at most
The main post office is at Småstrandgaten
3, in the shopping center Xhibition, from 9am to 8pm
on weekdays, and from 9am to 6pm on Saturdays.
The currency in Norway is the Norwegian
krone (NOK). The current exchange rate is: 1 NOK=
0.13 € and 1 NOK= 0.18 US$ (1 July 2011).
The official language in Norway is Norwegian. However,
English is widely spoken and well understood.
ZONE AND WEATHER
Norway is in GMT+1 time zone during
The day temperature in Bergen in
November will vary between 0 to +10 degrees Celsius.
Current weather and forecast for Bergen can. be found
We recommend that participants bring warm and waterproof
AND TYPE OF PINS
Electric current, 230V 50Hz. Click
here for a picture.
Phone numbers in cases of emergency:
Shopping times vary,
many shops close at 5pm, Thursday at 7pm, Saturday
at 3pm, Sunday closed all day. Shopping centres are
open from 9am to 8pm, Saturday to 6pm. Many supermarkets
are open until 9pm, 10pm or even 11pm.
Credit cards like Mastercard, Eurocard,
Visa, Diners, Amex and JCB are widely accepted at
hotels, restaurants, taxis, train stations and tourist
shops (but not at supermarkets).
Information about Bergen (e.g. excursions, museums,
activities) will be provided at the information desk
of the Scandic Hotel. Further information is available
from the Bergen
Tourist Office. For more information
on travelling to Norway we recommend the official
travel guide (click
Smoking is not allowed inside any
publicly accessible building in Norway, including
shops, cafes, restaurants, public transportation,