Main Conference Location
All Temenos SCALE 2020 conference sessions will take place at the Marriott Madrid Auditorium, a purpose-built conference hotel, located near the Adolfo Suarez Madrid Airport.
Madrid is the capital of Spain with a population of nearly 3.5 million people it is also the biggest city in Spain.
Art and culture play a key role in Madrid’s cultural life. The capital has over 60 museums as well as being one of the greenest capitals of Europe with over 40 parks.
Madrid’s lively nightlife is another key attraction of Spain’s capital, due to its variety and the exciting atmosphere to be found in its bars, pubs, clubs and flamenco halls.
Destination and Travel
Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport (code IATA: MAD, code ICAO: LEMD) receives all international flights arriving in Madrid. It is located just 12 kilometres northeast of the capital with four terminals in operation. The Marriott Auditorium is approximately 10 mins from the airport.
Tranport from the Airport
- Taxi: To take a taxi you must wait at a taxi rank. Taxis in the city of Madrid are white with a red side stripe. There is a fixed rate of €30 for services between the airport and the city centre (within the Calle 30 ring road).
- Uber: Charges range from €12 to €30 for the transfer from Madrid’s airport to the Madrid Auditorium Hotel.
- Bus: Airport Express Bus: 24-hour service from Atocha (between 6 am and 11.30 pm) and Cibeles, stopping at O’Donnell (intersection with Doctor Esquerdo), T1, T2 and T4.
- Metro: Line 8 (Nuevos Ministerios-Aeropuerto T4) links the capital to Barajas international airport. It takes less than 20 minutes to reach terminal T4 and just 12 minutes to reach the other terminals. When travelling around Madrid on public transport, you need to get a Tarjeta Multi.
- Time: Madrid is on Central European Standard Time (GMT +1)
- Electricity: Make sure to pack a European adaptor to fit 2 pin sockets and the power supply is 220 Volts, 50 Hertz
- Currency: Spain – Euro (€)
Weather in November
November is the last month of the mild autumn season. Most of the days touch 10°C (50°F), while the nights may drop below 1.7°C (35.1°F).
Visa Information for Spain
Anyone entering Spain must have a valid passport, or in the case of European Union Members, a national identity card. Schengen Visas are required for some countries and delegates should check with their local Spanish representation.
If you are required by the Spanish Consulate to provide a “Letter of Invitation” to assist you in the process of applying for a visa, then please fill in all the necessary details on the registration site. This letter will then be produced for you in English and sent in PDF format to the email address provided. If required by your local Spanish Consulate, an original of the Letter of Invitation will also be sent to you via FedEx. Please kindly note that it is advisable for you to apply for a visa, if required, in good time in order for the Spanish Consulate to provide this to you. You should apply no later than 15 working days in advance. In most cases, you will be informed within 15 calendar days whether your application has been successful. Sometimes it can take up to 30 days if more time is needed, and up to 60 days in exceptional cases, for example if extra documents are required.
Holders of passports who do not require a visa to enter Spain
- The European Union, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland
– Passports and travel documents need to be valid for the duration of the visit. You do not need a minimum of validity in your passport or travel document to travel to Spain.
– It is important that the name on your ticket matches the name on your passport exactly. Please consult with the airline before travelling.
- For visits not exceeding ninety days per six-month period, visas are not required for holders of valid passports issued by the following countries or dependencies:
Albania *, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia Herzegovina *, Brazil, British nationals (Overseas), British overseas territories citizens (BOTC)
British overseas citizens (BOC), British protected persons (BPP), British subjects (BS), Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Dominica, El Salvador, Georgia *, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Israel, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) *, Japan, Kiribati, Korean Republic, Liechtenstein, Macao Special Administrative Region, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova *, Monaco, Montenegro * , New Zealand, Nicaragua, Northern Mariana Islands (passports from the US), Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines,
Samoa, San Marino, Serbia ** , Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Taiwan (only holder of passports which contain identity card number), Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine * , United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, USA, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vanuatu
* Only when holding a biometric passport. If not, a visa is required.
** Only when holding a biometric passport. If not, a visa is required, excluding holders of passports delivered by KOORDINACIONA UPRAVA.
- Holders of travel documents issued under the Geneva Convention of July 1951, by the following countries:
Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.
- If you hold a valid residence permit in any of the Schengen member states, you are entitled to re-enter the Schengen area without a visa on production of your proof of residence and your passport.
- Under Directive 2004/38/EC and according to Real Decreto 240/2007, 16 February, family members of an EU/EEA national in possession of a valid UK Residence Card specifying its condition as a family member do not require a visa to enter Spain when travelling with the EU/EEA National or joining him/her in Spain. Otherwise, a visa will be still required (Real Decreto 1161/2009, 10th July 2009). Please note, that the UK Residence Permit must state literally that the holder is a family member of an EU/EEA National. If not, a visa is required.
This information applies only to ordinary passports. All other nationalities, not listed above require a visa.
For the countries which are not listed above, please contact your nearest Spanish Consulate for further information. It is the sole responsibility of each delegate to take care of his/her visa requirements and request this via the relevant section as you register your attendance to Temenos SCALE 2020 online. You are advised to register early to obtain your visa and to reserve your hotel accommodation. Temenos will not be held responsible or liable for refund of any fees if visas are not obtained by delegates in time for travel.
Any queries on visas, please contact the event team via email at: [email protected].