Force Majeure

For reasons beyond its control (such as war, strikes, lockouts, riots or any such civil disturbances, any acts of god, including but not limited to earthquakes, floods, droughts and typhoons and any other cause of circumstance of whatsover nature beyond control) that have an impact on the arrangements, timetables or planning of the 15th Congress of the Asia Oceania Federation for Sexology & CSEPI’s 34th Annual Conference of Sexology and their corresponding activities in Chennai, India. AOFS & CSEPI have the right to immediately alter or cancel the activities or events or any of the arrangements, timetables, plans or other items relating directly or indirectly thereto. No party involved shall be entitled to any compensation for damages that result from such alteration or cancellation.

Climate and Weather:

Chennai has a hot and humid climate, with summer temperatures in late May and early June often reaching an extreme 38–42 degrees Celsius (100–107 degrees Fahrenheit).

The city receives most of its rainfall during the northeast monsoon, from mid September to mid December, and heavy rains can be a problem. The temperature decreases to an average of 24 degrees Celsius (75 Fahrenheit) during winter, from November to February, but doesn’t drop below 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit).

Transport:

Three wheeled auto rickshaws offer the easiest way of getting around but unfortunately fares are rarely charged as per the meter. Foreigners are invariably quoted high rates (typically more than double) and should be prepared to negotiate hard before the journey. Ola and Uber taxis are available and recommended. The mobile application for Ola and Uber can be downloaded from Apple store (iphone) & Play store (Android phones). It’s a good idea to hire one of these taxis to go sightseeing, as attractions are spread out. Buses are cheap and cover most of the city. There’s the local train service as well.

Railways :

There are two main railway stations connecting Chennai with other cities and towns in India: Chennai Central & Chennai Egmore station. Prepaid taxis and auto rickshaws are available at these stations. The rates are fixed and reasonable.

Airport :

Chennai, also known as Madras, is the major and capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the megacities of India after Kolkata, Mumbai and Delhi with a total metropolitan population of more than 10 million people. Given the high amount of health tourists visiting the city, it is commonly known as India’s health capital. Prepaid taxis (Aviation Express, Fast Track etc) are available at the airport. These have fixed rates and are safe. It is recommended that these be used. Ola and Uber taxis are also available and recommended.

Visit http://www.chennaiairport.com for more information.

Communications :

Telephone :

There are various options for making international and domestic telephone calls in Chennai and the rest of India. The prepaid SIM cards can be obtained from major service providers like BSNL, Airtel and Vodafone. The prepaid SIM cards are also available from Matrix (http://www.matrix.in)

Important Phone Numbers :

Emergency services:

Services Phone Numbers
Police 100
Traffic Police 103
Ambulance 108
Fire Control 101
Women Help Line 1091
Apollo Ambulance 1066
Government General Hospital +91 44 2530 5000
Government Kilpauk Hospital +91 44 2836 4951
Government Royapettah Hospital +91 44 2848 3051
Apollo Hospitals +91 44 2829 6453
Fortis Malar Hospital +91 44 4933 4933
Institute of Child Health & Hospital +91 44 2819 1135
Tourism Enquiry office of Govt. of TamilNadu +91 44 2533 3444
Tourism Enquiry office of Govt. of India +91 44 2846 0285 / 2846 1459

Currency :

The Indian Rupee (₹) is the official currency of Republic of India. It is abbreviated as INR. The units for INR are 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, & 2000. Coins are also available in the denomination of Rupees, 1, 2, 5 and 10,

Currency can be obtained from Money changers at the airport and various centers in the city.

Electricity :

The standard voltage in India is 220 volts.

India uses 220 Volts, 50 Hz alternating current as the power source. Plugs and sockets have either grounded / earthed 3 Pin connections or ungrounded 2 pin connections.

Insurance & liability :

Participants are strongly advised to arrange their own travel, health and cancellation insurance in the unfortunate case of having to cancel the meeting participation and/or travel and/or hotel accommodation because of illness or other (personal) circumstances. Neither AOFS & CSEPI, nor the Organizing Committee or any of their officers, agents, employees or representatives assume any liability whatsoever.

Language :

India has got many languages. The main local language at Chennai is Tamil. However English is understood in many places including shopping malls, banks, tourist spots, etc.

The official language of the Congress is English.

Safety and Security :

India is generally safe compared with other countries. Violent crime targeting tourists is rare. Petty crime, such as pickpocketing, bag snatching and theft of laptops and mobile telephones is the main concern for travelers. Exercise caution while on public transport, in train stations, airports and other crowded places, such as markets, bars and shopping areas in all suburban areas after dark. There it little serious risk to those who adopt a relatively low profile and do not travel alone.

Take routine travel precautions against computers crime, financial scams and credit card fraud.

As with travel to many other countries, delegates should take precautions to protect computers and smartphones and ensure that important data is backed up and safeguarded.

Healthcare is not provided free of charge in India and medical bills can be substantial. Ensure that you have comprehensive travel insurance covering healthcare for the duration of your stay. Tap water in India is generally not safe to drink. Travelers are advised to drink only bottled water.