Travel and visa

Helsinki airport (wiki) is the main international airport in Finland, serving about 16 million passengers annually. It is located under a direct flight path connecting western Europe and Japan / China, making it a busy connection hub. There are also direct flights from most major cities in Europe and from the US East Coast.

1. From Helsinki airport to Jyväskylä (bus or train)

There will be direct bus connections arranged for the registered participants of the conference on Sunday August 14 from Helsinki airport to Jyväskylä (conference venue) at 12 noon, 2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm  and 9 pm. Also a direct bus connection back to Helsinki airport will leave in front of the conference venue at 1 pm on Friday August 19 after the conference (travel time approx. 3,5 hours). Buying a ticket (30€/seat/direction) is done with the registration form. Note that the registration receipt is your bus ticket.

At any other time or day you may use public transportation, train or bus. Time tables for the trains and long-distance bus connections you can find from the links below.

www.vr.fi/en/ (train)

www.matkahuolto.fi/en/ (bus)

2. From Helsinki to Jyväskylä by air

The domestic flights are operated by Finnair (a company in the OneWorld alliance). Please see their website for information on schedules (www.finnair.com).

Jyväskylä airport is located 20km from the city center. The most convenient way is to take a taxi. Taxis operating in the Jyväskylä region wait in front of the airport when flights arrive. There is a taxi phone at the terminal entrance. You can use it to request a taxi when necessary or book a taxi by phone.

3. From the bus and train station of Jyväskylä to Paviljonki (conference venue)

Paviljonki is located at a walking distance from the bus and train station of Jyväskylä, on the other side of the rails from the station. A footbridge connects the station to Paviljonki.

4. Local city bus connections in Jyväskylä

If you need local city bus connections in Jyväskylä, you can find the timetables here. The city bus terminal is located at Vapaudenkatu 49-51 in the city centre.

VISA

Finland does not require a visa if you are a citizen of Nordic countries or EU member countries. Citizens of several other countries are also exempted.

Please check here whether you need a visa

http://www.migri.fi/information_elsewhere/visiting_finland

In case you need a visa, and a support letter from the conference organizers, please send an email, with a subject line "request for visa support letter" to isspic18@jyu.fi and give your full name, date of birth, home address, passport number and nationality in the message. State also that you have registered to the conference. We can send the letter only after we have confirmed that you have registered to ISSPIC18.

Please apply & register early.

We take no responsibility that a visa is guaranteed; the decisions are made by the Finnish Embassy that handles your application.