Frequently Asked Questions
Why is #21EHPCONG going hybrid?
We are going hybrid because some people may not be able to travel as a result of the pandemic or its associated impact. Making the Congress more accessible helps Euroheat & Power and our members to achieve its underlying mission to elaborate and advance district heating and cooling, and to expand its scope of application and contribution to all the communities by reaching a much larger audience.
Given the current COVID situation, why not go to fully virtual?
At this point, we are very confident that the in-person event will take place. It is impossible to fully replicate the richness, chance encounters and energizing atmosphere of an in-person event. However, if circumstances dictate, we will be ready to transition to a virtual format. The good news is that this has little impact on the work currently underway to develop the congress programme.
Why is it not all virtual?
No virtual event, however well-orchestrated and executed, can fully replace an in-person event. Many people feel that they get more value out of hallway interactions and participants also cherish the opportunity to reacquaint with friends and colleagues in a face-to-face event. Unless COVID restrictions mandate that we pivot to a completely virtual congress, which we doubt, we are vigorously planning the greatest-ever hybrid event for both the people in Vilnius and online.
Will the virtual content differ from the onsite content?
Just in the way the session will be delivered, content is king and will be provided in the most engaging way whether you are onsite or online.
As a online attendee, would I be able to ask questions or participate in discussions?
Yes, we aim for an immersive experience and will facilitate interaction and continue the dialogue and information sharing.
Once registered as an onsite participant, can I change my registration to the online only? Or vice versa?
Yes, changes either way will be possible. We strongly recommend registering to the onsite event, which will give you access automatically to the virtual event as well.
The average temperature in Vilnius during the congress period is 7-18°C. However the climate can be humid and it is always good to go out with an umbrella during this period.
Click here to check weather conditions in Vilnius prior to your departure.
Currency and credit cards
The currency used in Lithuania is euro (€), which is used throughout most of the EU. Most large shops, stores, hotels and restaurants will accept payment by credit and debit cards including MasterCard, Visa and Maestro. However, it is advisable to carry some cash in case of difficulty as smaller businesses, accommodations, bars, and shops may not support payment by any type of credit or debit card.
It is highly recommended that all participants carry proper health and travel insurance. The organisers will not accept liability for individual medical, travel or personal insurance on behalf of any of the congress participants.
Travel Information and Customs
To enter Lithuania you will need to show a valid passport, or national identity card if you are an EU/EEA citizen. If you are not an EU/EEA citizen, you will need to show further documentation, please consult your embassy to check the requirements applying to you.
Before you travel to Lithuania, it’s a good idea to check of the rules and restrictions on what you can bring into the country, and to check if tax applies.
Invitation letter for visa applications
Non-EU citizens may need a letter of invitation from the congress organisers in order to obtain a visa for entry into Lithuania. This procedure is intended to assist participants who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the 40th EHP Congress and is not an official invitation covering fees and/or any other expenses or financial support from the congress. Please note that the organisers will not be able to contact or intervene with any embassy or consulate office abroad on your behalf.
We advise you to start the visa application process as early as possible and no later than six weeks prior to your departure. The organisers are not to be held responsible for the outcome of your visa application.
All participants must register and pay the required registration fees before requesting an official letter of invitation. The registration fees are refundable should the visa application be denied. All refund requests will have to be received before the congress, by e-mail, fax or letter. No refunds will be made for cancellations received during or after the congress.
As in all major cities and congress venues, participants should keep an eye on their personal belongings.
In Lithuania the power sockets are of type E. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. If your electronical devices have another plug, please make sure to purchase an adaptor in advance as hotel rooms will not be equipped with them.
Opening hours vary, but in general shops are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. on weekdays and until 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. on Saturdays. All shopping malls and some of smaller stores are open on Sundays as well. Some supermarkets are open around the clock.
Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is a booming city that not all foreigners have knowledge of, but , particularly enjoy when they find it. The city is renowned for its Baroque architecture, particularly remarkable in its medieval old town. You can have a look at the Top 20 to see on here.
The local standard time zone in Vilnius is EET (Eastern Europe Time).
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Vilnius has an effective network of trolleybuses and buses. They start running at around five in the morning and stop at midnight.
The Vilnius Citizens Card (Vilniečio Kortelė) is a form of electronic ticketing used on public transport in Vilnius. It is valid on trolleybuses and buses and can hold single 30 or 60 min. tickets. The card is available at press kiosks and costs 1,50 Eur. Single tickets for trolleybuses or buses cost 0,65 Eur – 30 minutes and 0,90 Eur – 60 minutes. The card may be recharged at press kiosks. Passengers should touch the card onto electronic reader after boarding the trolleybus or bus in order to validate the ticket. Single paper tickets can be bought from a driver for 1 Eur and it will be valid for the whole journey, till the last stop of the itinerary. More information at vilniustransport.lt