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Travel Update: May
« on: 02.05.2017, 20:58:55 »

Hi everybody!

As usual, a quick rehash of what's ahead of us, with a mere three and a half months to go until the convention.


General travel tips
Now's a good time to prepare a few things, especially if you've never been on a longer trip before.

- Make sure your travel documents are up to date (see section below!)
- Check up on your vaccinations
- Now's a good time to break in new shoes if you want to take them to EF (it's not fun trying to do that at the con)
- Generally make a rough draft outline of your trip, including (coarse) times and dates of your flight, road trip, dinghy raft, whatever.
If you require alternative accomodations, the Nearby Hotels and Hostels thread in this forum has valuable information.


Travel documents

Remember that you were told multiple times in the past that visitors from outside Schengen countries need both a valid government ID and may need a travel visa? If you didn't act back then - well, get your ass in gear NOW. I mean it.

You will find further information on the web site of the German Foreign Office and can find out there whether you need a visa for the Schengen area.

Waiting time for German embassies and consulates may be significant, especially in lesser developed countries. Also, some countries are notorious for taking a long time to process passport applications, especially for first-time issues.

Remember to sort out your health insurance well in advance too - visitors from the EU should get a EHIC card from their national insurer, others should get private travel insurance to be on the safe side. A trip to the hospital, for whatever reason, can easily cost you thousands when not insured.

Roads

Please note that near the A100 / A113 exit AD Grenzallee a diversion is in place until late 2017 due to the construction of the new A100 tunnel.

Also, there currently is some heavy construction going on south of the hotel, where the new A100 exit Sonnenallee is being built. It is as of yet unclear whether Sonnenallee will still be diverted as in 2015 and 2016, but the road is presently scheduled to be open during the days of the convention.

Do remember that the low-emission zone starts just around the corner from the hotel though, so if you feel like driving anywhere within the central districts of Berlin (i.e. you are totally crazy and in dire need of professional help) you will need the appropriate sticker for your vehicle.

Rail

Domestic saver fares are now bookable from 180 days in advance until the day before you travel.
However, to get a good fare it is advisable to book early - for your convenience, there is a special search form for saver fares at the DB web site.

As usual, there is a fair amount of planned construction ahead for 2017, albeit nothing major during the time window of EF so far. If there are any service disruptions, they will likely be worked into the summer timetable.

After 12 years of construction, Ostkreuz station is supposed to be done by late August, but not quite 100% finished. Minor issues may arise.

Further updates on construction and other timetable changes will follow about a month before the convention, when the full summer schedule has been released.

Air travel


Is that really all? No, it isn't! Here at Eurofurence Headquarters, we've been secretly planning for that little bit extra this year. While we finalise the deal, let me say that you'll be all contacted soon in a travel-related manner.
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