International Congress of Mathematicians
August 13 - 21, 2014
Coex , Seoul , Korea
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Announcements, correspondence, and all other business matters will be written in English.
Passport and Visa
Any foreign visitors wishing to enter the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport and, if necessary, obtain a Korean visa prior to entering Korea. However, many are permitted visa-free entry for a limited time under certain conditions. Nationals of those countries or regions with which Korea has signed a visa waiver agreement can enter without a visa, on the condition that they do not engage in remunerative activities during their stay. The homepage of the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade provides information on which countries citizens require a visa. Please contact the Korean Embassy or Consulate in your departure country for further details.
Letter of Invitation
An official invitation letter will be sent by the Chair of the ICM 2014 LOC upon request. This personal invitation is intended only to facilitate travel and visa arrangements to the registered participants. Visa applications are the sole responsibility of participants. Delegates must complete the formal registration process to receive an official invitation letter.
Guarantee Letter
Please note that the SEOUL ICM Organizing Committee cannot issue guarantee letter to participants for visa purposes. Please submit the Business Registration Certificate of the SEOUL ICM Organizing Committee to the Korean Embassy or Consulate. The Business Registration Certificate can be acquired from the Registration Coordinator via email at
Practical Information
Time Difference
Standard Time in Korea is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +9). Korea does not observe daylight savings time.
The temperatures in Seoul are often over 30˚C (86˚F) in August.
The unit of Korean currency is Won. Korean monetary units are KRW10, KRW50, KRW100, and KRW500 coins, and KRW1,000, KRW5,000, KRW10,000 and KRW50,000 notes. For higher denominations, negotiable cashier’s checks are used. Major currencies and traveler’s checks can be exchanged into Korean won at the airport, hotels, and at all Korean banks. Credit cards, e.g. VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Diners Club, are all widely accepted.
Tipping is not a traditional Korean custom. Service charges are added to the bill but tipping is not expected. It is also not necessary to tip a taxi driver unless extra services are provided.
The standard electricity supply is 220-volts AC at 60Hz. Most hotels may provide outlet converters for 110 and 220-volts. Visitors are advised to check with the hotel beforehand.


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