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General Information

General Information

Venue Location

Our venue Sheraton Grand Macao is conveniently located in the middle of the Cotai Strip Macao, a bustling area, famous for its international Hotels, Shows, Casinos and for the over 600 designer stores inside the same building complex.

Time Zone

Time zone: Macao is on Chinese Standard Time CST, UTC/GMT +8 hours


Most restaurants and hotels automatically add a 10 per cent service charge, so don‘t end up inadvertently tipping twice. Round up taxi fares to the next Pataca. Give bellboys  20 HKD/MOP per luggage item.

Language / Translation

The official congress language is English. Simultaneous Translation is planned for a few Sessions from English to Chinese and a series of separate sessions will be hold exclusively in Chinese. Cantonese and Putonghua are the dominant Macao tongues, and public signage includes Portuguese,  which remains one of the city’s official languages, with English widely spoken.


Macau has a humid subtropical climate, with an average humidity of between 75% and 95%. Spring in Macau is from March to May. It is warm during this time, and the average temperature during the day is 22 °C (72°F).  A T- shirt with long sleeves may be the best choice for you to stay comfortable. At night, temperature may drop a little.

CME Credits

The ICRS 2018 – 14th World Congress Macau has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) for a maximum of 20 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). The EACCME® is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), www.uems.net.

Through an agreement between the European Union of Medical Specialists and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME® credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Information on the process to convert EACCME® credits to AMA credits can be found at www.ama-assn.org/education/earn-credit-participation-international-activities.

Credit Cards / Cash Machines

All major credit cards are widely accepted. Bank cash machines (ATM) can be found easily and debit cards are widely used.


Macau Pataca (MOP) is the official currency or Macao, but Hong Kong Dol- lars (HKD) are also accepted at 1:1 ex-change rate. (1 € Euro ≈ 8.5 HKD/MOP, Date of printing, March 2017) Changing to or from MOP outside of Macau is almost impossible even in Hong Kong, so any Patacas should be spent or changed before leaving Macau. The money changers at the Barrier Gate provide good exchange rates; however, if you wish to change money before you arrive then change into Hong Kong dollars which are accepted everywhere in Macao.

Entry Formality / Visa

Macau is generally very open in its approach to admit tourists and short term business visitors. Nationals of 66 countries are exempt from visa to Macau for a certain period while other nationals are permitted to obtain one on arrival at the border control. See list of countries in the following official website: www.fsm.gov.mo/psp/eng/EDoN.html. Visitors from a few countries are required to apply for a Macao visa in advance through a Chinese embassy or consulate.

Electricity, Weights and Measures

  • Electricity: 220 Volts/50 Hz
  • Weights: Predominantly Kilo System
  • Measures: Predominantly Metric System

Health Care

Special Vaccinations are not required but an individual travel & health insurance is highly recommended because health insurance plans often do not extend full coverage for medical services received outside the country of residence.


ICRS and the congress organizer cannot accept any liability  for the acts of any suppliers to this meeting nor of the safety of any attendee while in transit to or from this event. Participants are strongly advised to carry proper travel and health insurance as the ICRS cannot accept liability for any

Cancellation of the Congress by the Organizer

Congress fees will be reimbursed if the congress is cancelled for other reasons than war, warlike events, and acts of terrorism or sickness epidemics. In the latter circumstances, only a proportion of the congress fee would be refundable.

Technical Industry Exhibition

A technical industry exhibition with will take place at the Sheraton Macao Convention Centre. It will be open every day throughout the meeting and exhibitors will present a wide range of or- thopaedic- and cartilage repair related products. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity to be updated with the most recent advances and latest news from our industry partners. Interested companies may contact the ICRS Executive Office for further exhibit & sponsoring information. During intermissions, coffee, tea and refreshments will be served in the exhi- bition area as a courtesy from the ICRS.

Services for Persons with Disabilities

Please indicate on the accommodation online booking form, any special requirements to allow us to best serve you. The Hotels have international-standard facilities for the physically challenged, including access ramps, elevators and toilets for people with special needs.

Security / Badges

The safety of all congress attendees is of utmost importance to our society. The ICRS and the Sheraton Macao have taken security precautions to ensure the maximum possible safety for all participants. Identity check controls may occur at any time by the security staff. Congress  badges are personalised, not transferable and guarantee individual access to different section of the event. For organizational and security reasons, badges have to be worn all the time at the congress venue.

Complimentary Internet/WLAN

As a special courtesy, ICRS will provide free WLAN Hot Spots to all attendees and exhibitors in the convention area. Macau has extensive free Wi-Fi coverage throughout the city. It is known as the wifigo system. The username is „wifigo“ and the password is „wifigo“


The ICRS World  Congress  is a non-smoking congress. Smoking is not permitted at the Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel and its Conference Centre except in designated smoking areas outside of the hotel.

Mobile Phones

All attendees are requested to turn-off or to put their mobile phones in the silent mode during all scientific sessions.


Taking  photos or video/audio recording during the scientific presentations or from the poster area is strictly prohibited. Note that the majority of the Presentations, posters and many officially recorded sessions will become available online after the congress at the ICRS website in the members’ area. Therefore, there is no need to take pictures during the sessions or from the poster exhibits.