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Immigration and Transportation

Immigration: 

People from Japan, Korea, Thailand, Laos, Cambode, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, Philippine do not need a visa to Vietnam. People holding an official passport from Argentina, Azerbaijan, Albania, Algeria, India, Belarus, Bulgaria, China, Chile, Cuba, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Dominica, Ecuador, Hungary, Kyrgystan, Morocco, Mexico, Moldova, Myanmar, Mozambique, Russia, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Romania, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela, Uruguay also do not need visa to Vietnam.  A visa is required for other overseas participants to visit Vietnam. In order to apply for the visa, you and your accompanying just need to fill a visa application form (available on the website of the conference) and send by email to the Secretariat on time. The Local Organizing Committee will process your visa application in Hanoi and send you a letter with an issued number with which you will be able to obtain the Visa at the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in your country with some charge.

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Transportation:
 
At Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi, Vietnam, is served by Noi Bai International Airport, located in the Soc Son District, approximately 35 km (25 mi) north Hanoi. Noi Bai is the only international airport for the northern regions of Vietnam.

Airport Taxis charge a flat rate of US$ 25 (or VND 500,000) "one-way" for cars from Noi Bai Airport to central Hanoi. A minibus makes the trip for US$ 4 (or VND 70,000) per person. The drive takes about 45 minutes.

There are two main highways linking the airport and city. The route to the city via Thăng Long Bridge is more direct than Highway 1, which runs along the outskirts of the city. The main highways are shared by cars, motor scooters, with separate lanes by the side for bicycles. Taxis are plentiful and usually have trip meters, although it is also common to agree on the trip price before taking a taxi from airport to the city centre. Tourists also sometimes tour the city on cyclos especially in the Old Quarter.

Hanoi is also the origin departure point for many Vietnam Railways train routes in the country. The Reunification Express (tàu Thống Nhất) runs from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City from Hanoi station (formerly Hang Co station), with stops at cities and provinces along the line. Trains also depart Hanoi frequently for Hai Phong and other northern cities.

The main means of transport within the city are motorbikes, buses, taxis, and bicycles. Motorbikes remain the most common way to move around the city. Public buses run on many routes and fare can be purchased on the bus. For short trips, "xe ôm" (literally, "hug vehicle") motorcycle taxis are available where the passenger sits at the rear of a motorbike.