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THE INTERNET OF OPPORTUNITY: Building a sustainable future through an inclusive Internet in Asia-Pacific Bangkok, Thailand 3-4 October 2016 
Information for participants

I. General

1. The Asia-Pacific Regional Internet & Development Dialogue (RIDD) is scheduled to be held at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), in Bangkok, from 3 to 4 October 2016.

2. The inaugural session will begin at 1400 hours on Monday, 3 October 2016, in Conference Room 3, 1st floor, UNCC. All subsequent sessions will be held in the same room.

3. Information on these meetings will be made available online at http://dev.internetsociety.org/internet-events.

II. Registration and identification badges

4. In order to enable more effective access control and speed up the screening by security personnel, ESCAP uses photo badges for meeting participants. Participants are requested to register and obtain meeting badges with photo at the registration counter, located on the ground floor, UNCC, from 0730 hours to 0900 hours and 1200 to 1400 hours on the opening day of the event. Participants who are not able to register during the time indicated above are requested to do so upon their arrival at UNCC before going to the conference room. Only the names of duly registered participants will be included in the list of participants.

Online registration

5. Participants are requested to register online at https://dev.internetsociety.org/form/ridd well in advance, but no later than 15 September 2016, to facilitate smooth coordination of the issuance of photo badges and compilation of the list of participants. Participants are encouraged to submit their photo in advance in order to speed up the registration process.

Furthermore, kindly note that prior online registration is mandatory in line with the standard United Nations security procedures to facilitate security clearance. Please bring with you a government issued photo ID to collect your meeting photo badge.

6. For identification and security reasons, all participants are requested to wear their meeting badges at all times during meetings, social functions and in the United Nations complex. The loss of a meeting badge should be communicated to the Conference Management Unit, located on the ground floor of UNCC behind the registration counter, so that a new one can be issued immediately.

III. Visa requirements

7. Participants are REQUIRED to obtain an appropriate entry visa from a Thai Embassy or Thai Consulate before entering Thailand, EXCEPT for nationals of countries listed below.

List of countries and territories entitled for visa exemption and visa on arrival

A. Ordinary passport

Visa exemption for a maximum of 14 days

1. Cambodia 2. Myanmar (international airports only)

Visa exemption for a maximum of 30 days

1. Australia 26. Macao, China
2. Austria 27. Malaysia
3. Bahrain 28. Monaco
4. Belgium 29. Mongolia
5. Brunei Darussalam 30. Netherlands
6. Canada 31. New Zealand
7. Czech Republic 32. Norway
8. Denmark 33. Oman
9. Estonia 34. Philippines
10. Finland 35. Poland
11. France 36. Portugal
12. Germany 37. Qatar
13. Greece 38. Russian Federation
14 Hong Kong, China 39. Singapore
15 Hungary 40. Slovakia
16. Iceland 41. Slovenia
17. Indonesia 42. South Africa
18 Ireland 43. Spain
19. Israel 44. Sweden
20. Italy 45. Switzerland
21. Japan 46. Turkey
22. Kuwait 47. United Arab Emirates
23. Lao People’s Democratic Republic 48 United Kingdom of Great Britain
and Northern Ireland
24. Liechtenstein 49. United States of America
25. Luxembourg 50. Viet Nam

Visa exemption for a maximum of 90 days

1. Argentina 4. Peru
2. Brazil 5. Republic of Korea
3. Chile

B. Diplomatic/Official Passport

Visa exemption for a maximum of 30 days

1. Brunei Darussalam 8. Macao, China
2. Cambodia 9. Mongolia
3. China 10. Myanmar
4. Ecuador 11. Oman
5. Hong Kong, China 12. Pakistan (diplomatic passport only)
6. Indonesia 13. Singapore
7. Lao People’s Democratic Republic 14. Viet Nam

Visa exemption for a maximum of 90 days

1. Albania 23. Mexico
2. Argentina 24. Montenegro (as of 31 October 2015)
3. Austria 25. Nepal
4. Belgium 26. Netherlands
5. Bhutan 27. Panama
6. Brazil 28. Peru
7. Chile 29. Philippines
8. Colombia 30. Poland
9. Costa Rica 31. Republic of Korea
10. Croatia 32. Romania
11. Czech Republic 33. Russian Federation
12. Estonia (diplomatic passport only) 34. Slovakia
13. France (diplomatic passport only) 35. South Africa
14. Germany 36. Spain (diplomatic passport only)
15. Hungary 37. Sri Lanka
16. India 38. Switzerland
17. Israel 39. Tajikistan
18. Italy 40. Tunisia
19. Japan 41. Turkey
20. Liechtenstein 42. Ukraine
21. Luxembourg 43. Uruguay
22. Malaysia

C. Visa on arrival (for a maximum of 15 days)

1. Andorra 11. Maldives
2. Bhutan 12. Malta
3. Bulgaria 13. Mauritius
4. China 14. Romania
5. Cyprus 15. San Marino
6. Ethiopia 16. Saudi Arabia
7. India 17. Taiwan Province of China
8. Kazakhstan 18. Ukraine
9. Latvia 19. Uzbekistan
10. Lithuania

Updated as of 26 October 2015 by the Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand

8. Participants holding UN Laissez-Passer (UNLP) travelling on official business to Thailand are REQUIRED to obtain appropriate visa before entering.

9. To apply for an appropriate entry visa to Thailand, participants are required to contact the respective Thai Embassy/Consulate for accurate information regarding to their visa application procedures and required documents. The list of Thai Embassies/Consulates can be found at www.thaiembassy.org.

10. Participants who may wish to apply for a visa outside of their country of residence or reside in a country where there is no Thai Embassy/Consulate should check the location where it is possible for them to apply for a Thai visa. Please note that certain nationalities, for security reasons, are not allowed to apply for a visa elsewhere except at the Thai Embassy/Consulate that has jurisdiction over the territory. For more information, please consult with your meeting organizer.

11. Participants who may need further assistance from ESCAP on their visa application should contact their meeting organizer in order to coordinate with the Visa and Shipment Unit, Division of Administration, ESCAP for necessary actions.

12. Participants who wish to apply for a visa on arrival at Suvarnabhumi International Airport or at Don Mueang International Airport should follow the requirements below:

(a) The applicant must be in possession of a passport with the validity of at least six months and a valid return ticket with date of departure within 15 days of the date of entry;

(b) The applicant must fill out an application form, which is available at the Visa-on-Arrival counter at the airport, supply one recent passport-sized photograph and a fee of 1,000 baht.

NOTE: The information provided above is accurate as of December 2015.

All participants are advised to consult with the Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate in their respective countries regarding the latest applicable immigration requirements prior to their departure to Thailand.

13. Furthermore, in line with security procedure for United Nations staff, travel notification through the Travel Request Information Process (TRIP) is required prior to any official travel to a non-phase area. Upon notification of travel on TRIP, United Nations staff members will automatically receive an updated security advice for United Nations visitors to Thailand. Please visit https://dss.un.org to apply for this travel notification. United Nations staff are required to complete the “BASIC SECURITY IN THE FIELD” training before travelling.

IV. Weather

14. The weather in Bangkok is usually warm and humid. Light tropical clothing would be appropriate. The conference rooms where the meetings are to be held are air-conditioned and the temperature is maintained in the range of 23-24 degrees Celsius (73-75 degrees Fahrenheit). 

V. Health and vaccination

15. Upon arrival at the port of entry in Thailand, participants who are nationals of or have traveled from/through countries listed below which have been declared yellow fever infected areas must provide an International Health Certificate proving that they have received a valid yellow fever vaccination at the Health Control Office upon arrival before proceeding to immigration. A valid vaccination certificate means that the vaccine was administered at least 10 days prior to travel to the affected country. The International Health Certificate must also be submitted together with the visa application form.

16. The countries/areas listed below have been declared yellow fever infected areas:

1. Angola 24. Guyana
2. Argentina 25. Kenya
3. Benin 26. Liberia
4. Bolivia 27. Mali
5. Brazil 28. Mauritania
6. Burkina Faso 29. Niger
7. Burundi 30. Nigeria
8. Cameroon 31. Panama
9. Central African Republic 32. Paraguay
10. Chad 33. Peru
11. Colombia 34. Rwanda
12. Congo 35. Sao Tome and Principe
13. Cote d’Ivoire 36. Senegal
14. Democratic Republic of the Congo 37. Sierra Leone
15. Ecuador 38. Somalia
16. Equatorial Guinea 39. Sudan
17. Ethiopia 40. Suriname
18. French Guiana 41. Tanzania
19. Gabon 42. Togo
20. Gambia 43. Trinidad and Tobago
21. Ghana 44. Uganda
22. Guinea 45. Venezuela
23. Guinea-Bissau

17. Thailand is currently experiencing ongoing sporadic transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. All travelers are advised to protect themselves from mosquito bites while in Thailand. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, pregnant women should consider postponing travel to Thailand or talk to their doctor about the implications of traveling to Thailand during this time.

18. In addition to the above, Medical Services Division at headquarters advises that pregnant United Nations personnel should not undertake duty travel or be relocated to countries/areas where local transmission of Zika virus is known to occur. Women who are seeking pregnancy should obtain individual advice from their medical practitioner on risk management regarding their plans to travel into a Zika-affected area.

19. First-aid and emergency medical service is available at the Medical Centre, which is located on the ground floor of UNCC, during weekdays. The ESCAP Medical Officer and Nurse are available from 0730 to 1545 hours, with the exception of lunch time from 1200 to 1245 hours. Appointments may be made through extensions 1352 or 1761.

20. The United Nations buildings are smoke-free areas. Smoking is permitted only in the designated areas outside of the buildings.

VI. Foreign currency declaration

21. Any person who brings into or takes out of Thailand an aggregate amount of foreign currency exceeding US$ 20,000 or its equivalent shall declare the amount to a customs official. Failure to make such a declaration or making any false declaration to a customs official is a criminal offence.

22. Currency exchange facilities are available at hotels and all over Bangkok. Such services are also available at the Siam Commercial Bank, United Nations Branch, which is located on the 1st floor of the Service Building (telephone extension 2168). The branch is open from 0830 to 1530 hours, with no lunch break, from Monday to Friday.

VII. Airline reservations

23. Many international airlines operate regular services to and from Bangkok. Participants are advised to secure their return bookings prior to their departure for Bangkok. If this is not possible, they should make firm return bookings immediately upon arrival in Bangkok. Travel services are available through the American Express office located on the 4th floor of the Service Building.

VIII. Hotel accommodation

24. The following hotels, located relatively close to ESCAP, have been designated as recommended hotels for which the room rates indicated below are inclusive of service charge and value added tax. Please make your own hotel arrangements as appropriate.

Name and address Driving distance to UNCC (min.) Room type Daily room rates (Baht)
Single Double
Shangri-La Hotel *****

89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangkok

Tel: +66.2.2367777
Fax: +66.2.2368579
E-mail: thiptera.tanthasri@shangri-la.com
Website: www.shangri-la.com
Contact person: Ms. Thiptera Tanthasri

 

30-40

 

Deluxe room

 

3,600a/c

 

4,100a/c

The Sukosol *****

477 Si Ayuthaya Road, Phayathai, Bangkok

Tel: +66.2.2470123
Fax: +66.2.2470165
E-mail: ratchanikrit@sukosolhotels.com
Website: www.sukosolhotels.com
Contact person: Ms. Ratchaneekrit Khankath

 

15-25

 

Deluxe

 

2,700a/c

 

2,900a/c

Amari Watergate Hotel & Spa *****

847 Petchaburi Road, Bangkok

Tel: +66.2.6539000 Ext. 5122
Fax: +66.2.6539045
E-mail: sutrapat.k@amari.com
Website: www.amari.com/watergate
Contact person: Ms. Sutrapat Kumwan

 

20-30

 

Deluxe

 

3,000a/c

 

3,200a/c

 

Name and address Driving distance to UNCC (min.) Room  type Daily room rates (Baht)
Single Double
Pullman Bangkok Kingpower *****

8 Rangnam Road, Kweang Thanon-Phayathai Rachathewi, Bangkok

Tel: +66.2.6809999 Ext. 2529
Fax: +66.2.6809998
E-mail: sm@pullmanbangkokkingpower.com
Website: www.pullmanbangkokkingpower.com
Contact person: Ms. Orawan Jirathanasin

 

20-25

 

Superior

Deluxe

Executive

Executive suite

 

3,055a/c

3,376a/c

4,018a/c

5,088a/c

 

3,269a/c

3,590a/c

4,232a/c

5,302a/c

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel *****

155 Rajadamri Road, Bangkok

Tel: +66.2.1268866
Fax: +66.2.2539195
E-mail: sarochinee_na@anantara.com
Website: http://siam-bangkok.anantara.com/
Contact person: Ms. Sarochinee Napapong

 

30

 

Deluxe

 

3,900a/c

 

4,600a/c

Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park Hotel *****

952 Rama 4 Road, Bangkok

Tel: +66.2.6329000
Fax: +66.2.6329001
E-mail: chalita.chokvanit@ihg.com
Website: www.crowneplaza.com
Contact person: Ms. Chalita Chokvanit

 

30

 

Superior

 

3,700a/c

 

3,700a/c

Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square ****

392/44 Siam Square Soi 6 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok

Tel: +66.2.2098888
Fax: +66.2.2551824
E-mail: h1031-sl1@accor.com
Website: www.novotelbkk.com/unitednations/
Contact person: Ms. Jarunun Sripromma

 

30

 

Standard

Superior

Executive Premier Floor

 

3,414a/c

4,002a/c

5,179a/c

 

3,767a/c

4,355a/c

5,179a/c

Royal Princess Larn Luang Hotel ****

269 Larnluang Road, Bangkok

Tel: +66.2.2813088
Fax: +66.2.2801314
E-mail: benjarat@royalprincesslarnluang.com
Website: www.royalprincesslarnluang.com
Contact person: Ms. Benjarat Rusakul

 

5-10

 

Superior

Deluxe

 

2,800a/b/c

3,400a/b/c

 

3,000a/b/c

3,600a/b/c

 

Name and address Driving distance to UNCC (min.) Room type Daily room rates (Baht)
Single Double
Grand China Hotel ****

215 Yaowarat Road, Bangkok

Tel: +66.2.2249977, +66.2.2247997
Fax: +66.2.2247999
E-mail: phetanong@grandchina.com
Website: www.grandchina.com
Contact person: Ms. Phet-Anong Naksuthi

 

15-20

 

Deluxe

 

2,500a/b/c

 

2,700a/b/c

Prince Palace Hotel ****

488/800 Bo Bae Tower, Damrongrak Road, Klong Mahanak, Bangkok

Tel: +66.2.6281111
Fax: +66.2.6281000
E-mail: wannajit@princepalace.co.th
Website: www.princepalace.co.th
Contact person: Ms. Wannajit Chulamakorn

 

10-15

 

Superior

 

1,700a/b

 

1,900a/b

Siam @ Siam Design Hotel ****

865 Rama 1 Road, Wangmai, Patumwan, Bangkok

Tel: +66.2.2173000 Ext. 1103
Fax: +66.2.2173030
E-mail: assist.dos2@siamatsiam.com
Website: www.siamatsiam.com
Contact person: Ms. Natkhanit Chirawacharanant

 

15-20

 

Superior

 

3,200a/c

 

3,500a/c

Nouvo City Hotel ****

2 Samsen 2, Samsen Road, Banglumphu, Pranakorn, Bangkok

Tel: +66.2.2827500 Ext. 0110
Fax: +66.2.2821243
E-mail: adam@nouvocityhotel.com
Website: www.nouvocityhotel.com
Contact person: Mr. Adam Phadungsilp

 

5-10

 

Superior

Deluxe

Grand Deluxe

 

1,600a/b/c

1,900a/b/c

2,200a/b/c

 

1,800a/b/c

2,100a/b/c

2,400a/b/c

Riva Surya – Bangkok ****

23 Phra Arthit Road, Bangkok

Tel: +66.2.6335000
Fax: +66.2.6335050
E-mail: info@rivasuryabangkok.com
Website: www.rivasuryabangkok.com
Contact person: Ms. Thannaree Ketkaew

 

10-15

 

Urban

Riva

Deluxe

Premium

 

3,340a/c

3,902a/c

4,347a/c

4,647a/c

 

3,630a/c

4,222a/c

4,667a/c

5,027a/c

 

 

Name and address Driving distance to UNCC (min.) Room  type Daily room rates (Baht)
Single Double
Trang Hotel ***

99/1 Wisutkasat Road, Bangkok

Tel: +66.2.2822141-4
Fax: +66.2.2803610
E-mail: reservations@tranghotelbangkok.com
Website: www.tranghotelbangkok.com
Contact person: Ms. Thongtem Lerknawapairoj

 

5-10

 

Superior

Superior

Premium Deluxe

 

1,400a/b

1,600a/b

1,800a/b

 

1,400a/b

1,600a/b

1,800a/b

Hotel Dé Moc (former Thai Hotel) ***

78 Prajatipatai Road, Bangkok

Tel: +66.2. 6292100-5
Fax: +66.2.2801299
E-mail: sales@buddygroupthailand.com
Website: www.hoteldemoc.com
Contact person: Ms. Chalita Sombutboon

 

5-10

 

Standard

Superior

 

1,300a/b*

1,500a/b*

 

1,500a/b*

1,700a/b*

 

a. Inclusive of daily American breakfast, service charge and government tax.

b. Complimentary transport services provided according to fixed schedules, from the hotel to UNCC in the morning and back to the hotel in the evening.

c. Free Internet access.

* Hotel Dé Moc has one way transfer from hotel to UNCC.

25. Participants are requested to contact the hotel directly at least 10 working days in advance and provide the participant’s full name, date and time of check-in and check-out, flight numbers and contact details.

26. Rooms are available to participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Any cancellations, postponements or other changes should be notified to the hotel at least 48 hours in advance. Rooms not occupied in accordance with the latest advice will be held for 24 hours at the participant’s expense and then released.

27. The rates provided in the table are as of December 2015 and subject to change without notice. Please confirm the room rates with the hotel directly.

IX. Payment of hotel accounts

28. Before departure from Bangkok, participants should settle directly with the respective hotels all accounts, including room charges and other expenses, such as for local and long-distance telephone calls, Internet use, business center use, laundry, room and hotel transportation services, mini-bar items, as well as restaurant and bar services. Participants are also responsible for any charges incurred with respect to rooms remaining vacant owing to late arrival or rescheduled departure for which inadequate prior notice is given.

X. Transport from and to Airport

29. Participants should make their own transportation arrangements from Suvarnabhumi Airport to their respective hotels. Limousine, metered-taxi and bus services are readily available at the airport. Detailed information about Suvarnabhumi Airport can be found at www.suvarnabhumiairport.com.

30. To avail themselves of the limousines and public metered-taxi services as indicated above, it is strongly recommended that participants contact only the staff at the official counters located in the airport arrival zone. The officials, upon contact, will issue a ticket for the assignment of either a limousine or a public metered taxi for transporting passengers to the desired destination. Participants may access public taxi counters by exiting gates 3 or 9 of the arrival zone in Survarnabhumi Airport. In addition to toll fees, there is a 50 baht surcharge to be added to the meter charge from airport to the city.

XI. Transport to attend meetings

31. Most hotels indicated in paragraph 24 provide complimentary transport, according to fixed schedules, to and from UNCC. Otherwise, participants must make their own transport arrangements in order to attend meetings.

XII. Internet services

32. Free wireless internet access is available in all conference and meeting rooms and in the public areas of UNCC. Password is not required.

XIII. Catering services

33. Catering services are available at the cafeteria, which is located on the 1st floor of UNCC, from 1100 to 1400 hours for lunch. Rajapruek Lounge, on the ground floor of UNCC, is open from 0700 to 1700 hours from Monday to Thursday, and from 0700 to 1900 hours on Friday. The canteen, on the ground floor of the Service Building, is open from 0700 to 1300 hours. In addition, a Coffee Corner, which serves sandwiches, pastries, coffee, tea and soft drinks, is located on the 1st floor of UNCC and is open from 0700 to 1700 hours.

XIV. Communications

34. Mail intended for participants during the session should be addressed as follows:

(Name of delegate)

c/o Ms. Atsuko Okuda, Chief, ICT and Development Section

ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction Division
ESCAP secretariat
United Nations Building
Rajdamnern Nok Avenue
Bangkok 10200
Thailand

Fax: +66.2.2881085, +66.2.2883012
E-mail address: escap-idd@un.org

XV. Meeting documents

35. Participants are requested to bring with them copies of the meeting documents distributed by the meeting organizer prior to the session. Documents may also be reproduced for an additional fee at the self-service copy centre located in UNCC. To facilitate downloading and access to documents, meeting rooms and public areas will be fully equipped with Wi-Fi connections and power sources.

36. All meeting documents will be made available in electronic format.

XVI. Accessibility support for persons with disabilities

37. In order to enhance accessibility to UNCC for persons with diverse disabilities, whether visual, physical, brain lesions, hearing or speech impairments, a set of assistive devices are available upon request in a designated area at the Accessibility Centre, 1st floor, UNCC. For more information please email escap-conference-management@un.org or call +66.2.2881806.

XVII. Library facilities

38. ESCAP Library facilities are available on the 1st floor, Service Building from 0730 to 1600 hours, Monday to Friday. For details on the use of the ESCAP Library facilities, please consult the staff on duty at the Library or call extensions 1329 and 1360. Further information about the ESCAP Library can be found at www.ESCAP.org/unis/library. 

XVIII. Banking facilities

39. Banking services are available at the Siam Commercial Bank, United Nations branch, located on the 1st floor of the Service Building, from 0830 to 1530 hours during weekdays (telephone extension 2168).

XIX. Postal services

40. Postal services are available at the Post Office, United Nations branch, located on the ground floor of UNCC. It is open from 0800 to 1600 hours, Monday to Friday. The Post Office can be contacted at extensions 1260 and 2911.

XX. Souvenir shop

41. The souvenir shop is located on the 1st floor of UNCC.

XXI. Travel agent

42. The American Express Travel office is located on the 4th floor of the Service Building. It is open from 0800 to 1700 hours weekdays and can be contacted at extensions 2820, 2821, 2822 and 2823.

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Monday 03 October 2016 –

Tuesday 04 October 2016

Location

United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC)

Bangkok, Thailand

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