Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

What opportunities will there be to associate with local brothers and sisters?

Representatives from local congregations will accompany visiting delegates on tours, in field service, and will be present at social gatherings during the convention week. All activities have been planned to give visiting delegates and local brothers as much time to associate together as possible.

How can extra expenses be covered?

The Branch Office will cover all the expenses related to lunch boxes (at the convention), tours, sightseeing, and gatherings. The expenses involved per person are mentioned below. To share in covering of expenses related to the activities you choose to participate in, it is suggested that you use the contribution boxes at the convention site, even if the activity you choose will be after the convention dates.

Lunch Box: $8.00

Evening Gathering (including meal): $25.00

Tour 1 | North Georgia & Tennessee Exploration – Full Day: $58.00
Tour 2 | Modern Atlanta Tour – Full Day: $85.00
Tour 3 | Driving Atlanta Tour – Half Day: $29.00
Tour 4 | Tour of Conyers Assembly Hall – Half Day: $30.00
Tour 5 | Atlanta History Tour – Full Day: $45.00
Tour 6 | Natural Atlanta Tour – Half Day: $9.00

What currency should I bring to The United States?

The U.S. Dollar ($) is the currency in The United States. Exchange rates fluctuate and up-to-date rates can be obtained from your bank or on the internet (http://www.xe.com) Delegates can exchange currency or traveler’s checks at most banks in The United States.

Are credit and debit cards accepted?

Credit and debit cards are widely accepted. Please check that your bank will enable you to withdraw funds or use the card when traveling abroad.

How's the Weather?

July: Average Low – 22⁰ Celsius (71⁰ F)
July: Average High – 31⁰ Celsius (89⁰ F)
August: Average Low – 22⁰ Celsius (71⁰ F)
August: Average High – 31⁰ Celsius (88⁰ F)

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Dietary Restrictions

Can special menus be provided at the hotels?

If you have dietary restrictions or require a special menu, please contact your hotel directly to make the necessary arrangements. Special meal requirements may incur an extra charge.

Driving In the United States

Are road signs in miles or kilometers?

All road signs in The United States are in miles.

What language is used on the road signs?

All road signs in The United States are in English.

Can I use my mobile phone while driving in Atlanta?

Mobile phones may be used, but it is illegal to send text messages while driving.

Electrical Devices

Can I use my electrical devices in The United States?

The electrical supply in The United States is 110v 60hz. Electrical appliances with European Standards (230v 50hz) should be combined with an adapter plug. Voltage converters and adapter plugs are commonly available for purchase at electronic stores or from the internet.

Field Service

What arrangements are being made?

All delegates will be assigned to participate in the field ministry with local congregations and will receive further information included in an itinerary that you will receive prior to your arrival.• Please ensure that you are at your departure point at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start time.

Gatherings

What arrangements are being made?

Evening gatherings are being held at the Buckhead Theatre. These gatherings will include a meal.The Convention Hospitality Committee is caring for the arrangements on behalf of the delegates for these events. These gatherings will include time for association with local brothers and sisters, local reports and interviews, and musical programs. Transportation to and from the hotels will be provided for delegates. More details will be included in your itinerary. Please ensure that you are at your departure point 30 minutes before the scheduled start time.

Lapel Card Identifier

Each delegate should bring the same personal lapel card used during the convention in his / her own country. An additional card (taller than the convention card) will be available to slip behind the convention card and will be printed in the local language (English). This will allow the local brothers to easily recognize and welcome the visiting delegates. That additional card will be provided in the “Welcome Package”, and should always be used with the convention lapel card.

Medical Assistance

What arrangements should I make for medical assistance?

We recommend that medical and travel insurance be purchased before leaving your departure country. If medical attention is needed during the trip, it will be necessary to pay for a consultation with a doctor as well as any treatment that is required thereafter. Before travelling, it is advisable to check that the insurance obtained covers these expenses.

Who can I contact in case of an emergency?

In case of an emergency, you may wish to contact a member of the Convention Hospitality Committee. The Hospitality Committee will assist you in every possible way. The contact details for the Hospitality Committee can be obtained at the Information Desk within each hotel. In case of an emergency you can dial the national emergency service number 911.

Mobile Telephones

Will my mobile (cellular) telephone work in The United States?

Most mobile telephones with a roaming agreement will work in The United States. If you wish to use your mobile telephone while in the United States, please contact your service provider before departure for details and assistance with international roaming. The rates you pay will depend on the roaming network you connect to and the charges from your service provider.

Can I purchase a SIM card and use it in my mobile telephone while in The United States?

A SIM card from The Unites States service provider can be used un an unlocked GSM handset. Pre-paid telephones and SIM cards are commonly available in the United States and can be purchased at most major retailers.

Passports, Visas and Consolates

What travel documents and identification are required for a foreign national to enter the United States?

A foreign national or alien entering the United States is generally required to present a passport and valid visa issued by a United States Consular Official, unless they are a citizen of a country eligible for the “Visa Waiver Program”, or a lawful permanent resident of the United States or a citizen of Canada. The “Visa Waiver Program” allows foreign nationals from certain countries to be admitted to the United States under limited conditions and for a limited time without obtaining a visa. The foreign national is still required to have a passport. For more information on the “Visa Waiver Program” please visit the website: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/visit/visa-waiver-program.htmlNote: All travelers to the United States are subject to the United States customs/immigration laws.

How do I contact the consulate in case of a passport, visa, or other issue?
Japanese Consulate
3438 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
404 240 4300
Honorary Consulate of Ukraine
6495 Shiloh Road, Suite 400
Alpharetta, GA 30005
404 862 2087
Great Britain
133 Peachtree St. NE #3400
Atlanta, GA 30303
404 954 7700

 

Hungary
1115 Mount Zion Road, Suite 5
Morrow, GA 30260
404 715 6937
Italy
133 Luckie St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
404 262 0609
Croatia
2343 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington DC 20008
202 588 5899

 

Finland
1230 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 3100
Atlanta, GA 30309
404 815 3682
Argentina
245 Peachtree Center Ave. NE Suite 2011
Atlanta, GA 30303
404 880 0805
Chile
2876 Sequoyah Dr. NW
Atlanta, GA 30327
404 444 4885

 

Columbia
270 Carpenter Dr. NE, #110
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
404 254 3206
Ecuador
3495 Piedmont Rd. NE, #104
Atlanta, GA 30305
404 841 2276
Mexico
1700 Chantilly Dr. NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
404 266 2233

 

Peru
4360 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30341
678 336 7010
Spain
1010 Huntcliff, Suite 2315
Atlanta, GA 30350
770 518 2406
Venezuela
1099 30th St NW
Washington DC 20007
202 342 2214

 

Australia
1601 Mass. Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
202 797 3000
Belgium
230 Peachtree St. NW #2710
Atlanta, GA 30303
404 659 2150

Time Zones

What time zone is Atlanta in?

Atlanta is on Eastern Standard Time (EST). Clocks are sprung forward one hour in accord with Daylight Saving Time between mid-March and the end of October. (http://timeanddate.com/time/map/)

How many hours of sunlight will there be during the convention week?
During the convention week, sunrise and sunset are at approximately 6:30 AM and 8:50 PM. (http://timeanddate.com/worldclock/sunrise.html)

 

Reminders

Communication
In the future we will preferably communicate with your group contact. In case of any doubt, please speak with him/her. He/she should contact us using the following address: Convention Hospitality Committee (Jwatlconvtour2@gmail.com)

Dress and Grooming
Although less formal dress is appropriate for tours and other activities, please be mindful that a high standard is expected of delegates since you represent the organization in a special way and are in the public eye at all times. It is expected that all delegates wear their convention lapel badge at all times such as when traveling, at the convention, and while sightseeing.

Free Days
If you have free time in your schedule, the brothers at the Welcome and Information Desks can advise you of enjoyable activities.

Lunch Box
The lunch boxes provided during the convention will be given each day after the morning session of the program at the convention site. You will be informed of the location to pickup your lunchbox by the Information Desk at your hotel.

Tours
Tours are being planned in Atlanta and Chattanooga (118 miles from Atlanta). Please be at the departure point 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time.• All the tours and sightseeing events are being planned by the Convention Hospitality Committee in such a way that may allow a delegate to participate in as many tour activities as the delegates schedule will allow. In some cases this will be up to three tour events. Because of tour limitations regarding capacity and times, not all delegates will be able to participate in all requested tour options. Attempts have been made to honor requests, but in some cases limited space and delegate schedules would not allow first choices to be honored.

Warning
Please identify your luggage with your name and the name and contact information of the hotel you are staying at. Please watch your belongings at all times.