Information Note

  1. General
  2. Meeting schedule
  3. Credentials
  4. Registration and identification badges
  5. Visa requirements
  6. Weather
  7. Health and vaccination
  8. Foreign currency declaration
  9. Airline reservations
  10. Hotel accommodation
  11. Payment of hotel accounts
  12. Protocol arrangements
  13. Transport from and to Airport
  14. Transport to attend meetings
  15. Internet services
  16. Catering services
  17. Communications
  18. Meeting documents/paper smart meeting
  19. Social events
  20. Library facilities
  21. Banking facilities
  22. Postal services
  23. Souvenir shop
  24. Travel agent

I. General

1. The first phase of the seventieth session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) was held at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) in Bangkok on Friday, 23 May 2014. The second phase of the Commission session is scheduled to be held from 4 to 8 August 2014 at the UNCC in Bangkok.

II. Meeting schedule

2. The tentative meeting schedule for the second phase of the seventieth session can be accessed at http://www.unescap.org/commission/timetable/

III. Credentials

3. Members of delegations are kindly requested to bring their official credentials with them, duly signed by the appropriate authorities of their respective Governments/agencies/organizations, and provide them to the secretariat staff at the registration counter located on the ground floor of the UNCC.

IV. Registration and identification badges

Online registration

4. Participants are requested to register online at http://meetings.unescap.org well in advance, but no later than 25 July 2014 to facilitate smooth coordination of the issuance of name badges and compilation of the list of participants. Furthermore, please kindly note that registering online prior to the meeting is mandatory in accordance with standard United Nations security procedures to facilitate security clearance and entrance to the premises.

5. A document containing tips on completing the online registration on behalf of another person can be accessed from the website http://meetings.unescap.org/registration-guide.html

6. Once participants have registered they are requested to obtain meeting badges at the registration counter located on the ground floor of the UNCC. Badges may be picked up starting on Sunday 3 August from 09:00 hours to 17:00 hours. Participants who have not registered prior to arrival will be requested to complete a registration form before being allowed to proceed to the conference room. Only the names of participants who are duly credentialed and who have registered online will be included in the list of participants.

7. For identification and security reasons, all participants are requested to wear their meeting badges at all times during meetings, social functions and in the United Nations complex. The loss of a meeting badge should be communicated to the Conference Management Unit located on the ground floor of the UNCC behind the registration counter so that a new one can be issued immediately.

V. Visa requirements

A. Visa exemption for a maximum of 14, 30 or 90 days for ordinary passport holders

8. According to the Immigration Bureau of Thailand, nationals of the following countries holding ordinary passports may enter and stay in Thailand for a period not exceeding 14 days, 30 days and 90 days, as per the list below, without a visa.

  • Visa exemption for a maximum of 14 days

    1. Cambodia
  • Visa exemption for a maximum of 30 days

    1. Australia
    2. Austria
    3. Bahrain
    4. Belgium
    5. Brunei Darussalam
    6. Canada
    7. Czech Republic
    8. Denmark
    9. Estonia
    10. Finland
    11. France
    12. Germany
    13. Greece
    14. Hong Kong, China
    15. Hungary
    16. Iceland
    17. Indonesia
    18. Ireland
    19. Israel
    20. Italy
    21. Japan
    22. Kuwait
    23. Liechtenstein
    24. Lao People’s Democratic Republic
    25. Luxembourg
    26. Macao, China
    27. Malaysia
    28. Monaco
    29. Mongolia
    30. Netherlands
    31. New Zealand
    32. Norway
    33. Oman
    34. Philippines
    35. Poland
    36. Portugal
    37. Qatar
    38. Russian Federation
    39. Singapore
    40. Slovak Republic
    41. Slovenia
    42. South Africa
    43. Spain
    44. Sweden
    45. Switzerland
    46. Turkey
    47. United Arab Emirates
    48. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    49. United States of America
    50. Vietnam
  • Visa exemption for a maximum of 90 days

    1. Argentina
    2. Brazil
    3. Chile
    4. Peru
    5. Republic of Korea

B. Visa exemption for a maximum of 30 days and 90 days for diplomatic/official passport holders

9. Nationals of the following countries holding a valid diplomatic or official passport may enter and stay in Thailand for a period of 30 days and 90 days, as per the list below, without a visa:

  • Visa exemption for a maximum of 30 days

    1. Cambodia
    2. China
    3. Hong Kong, China
    4. Indonesia
    5. Lao People’s Democratic Republic
    6. Macao, China
    7. Mongolia
    8. Myanmar
    9. Oman
    10. Pakistan (Diplomatic Passports only)
    11. Vietnam
  • Visa exemption for a maximum of 90 days

    1. Albania
    2. Argentina
    3. Austria
    4. Belgium
    5. Bhutan
    6. Brazil
    7. Chile
    8. Colombia
    9. Costa Rica
    10. Croatia
    11. Czech Republic
    12. Estonia (Diplomatic Passport only)
    13. France (Diplomatic Passport only)
    14. Germany
    15. Hungary
    16. India
    17. Israel
    18. Italy
    19. Japan
    20. Liechtenstein
    21. Luxembourg
    22. Malaysia
    23. Mexico
    24. Nepal
    25. Netherlands
    26. Panama
    27. Peru
    28. Philippines
    29. Poland
    30. Republic of Korea
    31. Romania
    32. Russian Federation
    33. Singapore
    34. Slovak Republic
    35. South Africa
    36. Spain (Diplomatic Passport only)
    37. Sri Lanka
    38. Switzerland
    39. Tajikistan
    40. Tunisia
    41. Turkey
    42. Ukraine
    43. Uruguay

C. Visa on arrival for a maximum of 15-day stay

10. Nationals of the following countries holding a valid ordinary passport may apply for visa, not exceeding 15 days, on arrival at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, conditional on meeting the requirements mentioned below:

  1. Andorra
  2. Bulgaria
  3. Bhutan
  4. China
  5. Cyprus
  6. Czech Republic
  7. Ethiopia
  8. Hungary
  9. India
  10. Kazakhstan
  11. Latvia
  12. Liechtenstein
  13. Lithuania
  14. Maldives
  15. Malta
  16. Mauritius
  17. Oman
  18. Poland
  19. Romania
  20. Russian Federation
  21. San Marino
  22. Saudi Arabia
  23. Slovak Republic
  24. Slovenia
  25. Ukraine
  26. Uzbekistan

11. The requirements for a visa on arrival are as follows:

  • The applicant must possess a passport of at least six-month validity and must be in possession of a valid return ticket with date of departure within 15 days of the date of entry;
  • The applicant must fill out an application form, which is available at the Visa-on-Arrival counter at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, and supply one recent passport-sized photograph. A fee of Baht 1,000 applies.

12. Participants from countries other than those listed above are requested to obtain an appropriate entry visa from the Thai diplomatic or consular missions at the point of origin or en route prior to entering Thailand.

13. UN staff members travelling on official business with the UN Laissez-Passer are REQUIRED to obtain appropriate visa before travelling to Thailand.

14. Furthermore, in line with security procedure for United Nations staff, travel notification through the Travel Request Information Process (TRIP) is required prior to any official travel to a non-phase area. Upon notification of travel on TRIP, United Nations staff members will automatically receive an updated security advice for United Nations visitors to Thailand. Please visit https://dss.un.org to apply for this travel notification. United Nations staff are required to complete the “BASIC SECURITY IN THE FIELD” training before travelling.

NOTE: The information provided above is accurate as of May 2014. All participants are advised to consult with the Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate in their respective countries regarding the latest applicable immigration requirements prior to their departure to Thailand.

VI. Weather

15. The weather in Bangkok is usually warm and humid. Light tropical clothing would be appropriate. The conference rooms where the meetings are to be held are air-conditioned and the temperature is maintained in the range of 23-24 degrees Celsius (73-75 degrees Fahrenheit).

VII. Health and vaccination

16. Upon arrival at the port of entry in Thailand, participants who have traveled from or through countries listed below which have been declared yellow fever infected areas must provide an International Health Certificate proving that they have received a yellow fever vaccination.

17. As nationals of the countries listed below who have not traveled from/through those countries, such a certificate is not required. However, they should possess concrete evidence showing that their domicile is not in an infected area so as to prevent unnecessary inconvenience.

18. The countries/areas listed below have been declared yellow fever infected areas:

  1. Angola
  2. Argentina
  3. Bolivia
  4. Brazil
  5. Benin
  6. Burundi
  7. Burkina Faso
  8. Cameroon
  9. Central Africa
  10. Chad
  11. Columbia
  12. Congo Republic
  13. Côte d’Ivoire
  14. Democratic Republic of Congo
  15. Ecuador
  16. Eritrea
  17. Ethiopia
  18. Equatorial Guinea
  19. French Guiana
  20. Gabon
  21. Gambia
  22. Ghana
  23. Guinea
  24. Guinea Bissau
  25. Guyana
  26. Kenya
  27. Liberia
  28. Mali
  29. Mauritania
  30. Niger
  31. Nigeria
  32. Panama
  33. Paraguay
  34. Peru
  35. Rwanda
  36. Sao Tome & Principe
  37. Senegal
  38. Sierra Leone
  39. Somalia
  40. Sudan
  41. Suriname
  42. Tanzania
  43. Togo
  44. Trinidad & Tobago
  45. Uganda
  46. Venezuela
  47. Zambia

19. First-aid and emergency medical service is available at the Medical Centre, which is located on the ground floor of the UNCC, during weekdays. The ESCAP Medical Officer and Nurse are available from 07:30 to 15:45 hours, with the exception of lunch time from 12:00 to 12:45 hours. Appointments may be made through extensions 1352 or 1761.

20. Delegates are strongly encouraged to subscribe to a travel or health insurance which is valid in the Kingdom of Thailand, in order to cover any medical bills or hospitalization fees.

21. The United Nations buildings are smoke-free areas. Smoking is permitted only in the designated areas outside of the buildings.

VIII. Foreign currency declaration

22. Any person who carries an aggregate amount of foreign currency exceeding US$20,000 or its equivalent into or out of the Kingdom of Thailand shall declare such amount of foreign currency to a Customs Official. Failure to make such a declaration or making any false declaration to a Customs official is a criminal offence.

IX. Airline reservations

23. Many international airlines operate regular services to and from Bangkok. Participants are advised to secure their return bookings prior to their departure for Bangkok. If this is not possible, they should make firm return bookings immediately upon arrival in Bangkok. Travel services are available through the American Express office located on the first floor of the Service Building, adjacent to the Siam Commercial Bank.

X. Hotel accommodation

24. The following hotels, located relatively close to ESCAP, have been designated as recommended hotels for which the room rates indicated below are inclusive of service charge and value added tax.

Name and address Driving distance
to UNCC
(min.)
Room type Daily room rates
(Baht)
Single Double
Shangri-La Hotel *****
89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road,
Bangkok
Tel: +66.2.2367777
Fax: +66.2.2368579
E-mail: thiptera.tanthasri@shangri-la.com
Website: http://www.shangri-la.com
Contact person:
Ms. Thiptera Tanthasri
30-40s Deluxe Room 3,800 a/c 4,300 a/c
The Sukosol *****
477 Si Ayuthaya Road, Phayathai,
Bangkok
Tel: +66.2.2470123
Fax: +66.2.2470165
E-mail: ratchanikrit@sukosolhotels.com
Website: http://www.sukosolhotels.com
Contact person:
Ms. Ratchaneekrit Khankath
15-25 Deluxe 2,700 a/c 2,900 a/c
Amari Watergate Hotel & Spa *****
847 Petchaburi Road,
Bangkok
Tel: +66.2.6539000
Fax: +66.2.6539045
E-mail: kanokwan.t@amari.com
Website: http://www.amari.com/watergate
Contact person:
Ms. Kanokwan Tangkiattrakul
20-30 Deluxe 2,900 a/b/c 3,100 a/b/c
Pullman Hotel and Resort *****
8 Rangnam Road, Kweag Thanon-Phayathai, Rachathewi,
Bangkok
Tel: +66.2.6809999
Fax: +66.2.6809998
E-mail: ados-corp@pullmanbangkokkingpower.com
Website: http://www.pullmanbangkokkingpower.com
Contact person:
Ms. Orawan Sermchaisrikul
20-25 Superior
Deluxe
Executive
Executive suite
2,996 a/c
3,317 a/c
3,959 a/c
5,029 a/c
3,210 a/c
3,531 a/c
4,173 a/c
5,243 a/c
Four Seasons Hotel *****
155 Rajadamri Road,
Bangkok
Tel: +66.2.1268866
Fax: +66.2.2539195
E-mail: suparat.lertbusayanukul@fourseasons.com
Website: http://www.fourseasons.com
Contact person:
Ms. Suparat Lertbusayanukul
30 Deluxe 3,900 a/c 4,600 a/c
Crowne Plaza Bangkok *****
Lumpini Park Hotel,
952 Rama 4 Road,
Bangkok
Tel: +66.2.6329000
Fax: +66.2.6329001
E-mail: chalita.chokvanit@ihg.com
Website: http://www.crowneplaza.com
Contact person:
Ms. Chalita Chokvanit
30 Superior 3,700 a/c 3,700 a/c
Novotel Siam Hotel ****
392/44 Siam Square Soi 6, Rama 1 Road Pathumwan,
Bangkok
Tel: +66.2.2098888
Fax: +66.2.2551824
E-mail: h1031-sl1@accor.com
Website: http://www.novotelbkk.com/cs70/
Contact person:
Ms. Jarunun Sripromma
30 Standard
Superior
Executive Premier Floor
2,700 a/c
3,000 a/c
3,700 a/c
Royal Princess Larn Luang Hotel ****
269 Larnluang Road,
Bangkok
Tel: +66.2.2813088
Fax: +66.2.2801314
E-mail: benjarat@royalprincesslarnluang.com
Website: http://www.royalprincesslarnluang.com
Contact person:
Ms. Benjarat Rusakul
5-10 Superior
Deluxe
Suite 1 bed Room
2,600 a/b/c
3,200 a/b/c
8,000 a/b/c
2,800 a/b/c
3,400 a/b/c
8,000 a/b/c
Grand China Hotel ****
215 Yaowarat Road,
Bangkok
Tel: +66.2.2249977, +66.2.2247997
Fax: +66.2.2247999
E-mail: sale@grandchina.com
Website: http://www.grandchina.com
Contact person:
Ms. Phet-Anong Naksuthi
15-20 Deluxe 2,500 a/b/c 2,700 a/b/c
Prince Palace Hotel ****
488/800 Bo Bea Tower,
Damrongrak Road, Klong Mahanak,
Bangkok
Tel: +66.2.6281111
Fax: +66.2.6281000
E-mail: wannajit@princepalace.co.th
Website: http://www.princepalace.co.th
Contact person:
Ms. Wannajit Chulamakorn
10-15 Superior 1,700 a/b 1,900 a/b
Siam @ Siam Design Hotel & Spa ****
865 Rama 1 Road,
Wangmai, Patumwan,
Bangkok
Tel: +66.2.2173000
Fax: +66.2.2173030
E-mail: dos@siamatsiam.com
Website: http://www.siamatsiam.com
Contact person:
Ms. Prapaphan Chanapokakul
15-20 Superior
 
3,200 a/c 3,500 a/c
Nouvo City Hotel ****
2 Samsen 2, Samsen Road,
Banglumphu, Pranakorn,
Bangkok
Tel: +66.2.2827500 Ext. 0110
Fax: +66.2.2821243
E-mail: adam@nouvocityhotel.com
Website: http://www.nouvocityhotel.com
Contact person:
Mr. Adam Phadungsilp
5-10 Grand Deluxe
 
2,200 a/b/c
 
2,400 a/b/c
 
New World City Hotel ***
2 Samsen 2, Samsen Road,
Banglumphu, Pranakorn,
Bangkok
Tel: +66.2.2827500 Ext. 0110
Fax: +66.2.2821243
E-mail: adam@nouvocityhotel.com
Website: http://www.newworldcityhotel.com
Contact person:
Mr. Adam Phadungsilp
5-10 Deluxe
 
1,150 a/b/c
 
1,350 a/b/c
Trang Hotel ***
99/1 Wisutkasat Road,
Bangkok
Tel: +66.2.2822141-4
Fax: +66.2.2803610
E-mail: reservations@tranghotelbangkok.com
Website: http://www.tranghotelbangkok.com
Contact person:
Ms. Thongtem Lerknawapairoj
5-10 Superior
Superior Premium
Deluxe
1,400 a/b
1,600 a/b
1,800 a/b
1,400 a/b
1,600 a/b
1,800 a/b
Hotel Dé Moc (former Thai Hotel) ***
78 Prajatipatai Road,
Bangkok
Tel: +66.2.2822833
Fax: +66.2.2801299
E-mail: sales@buddygroupthailand.com
Website: http://www.hoteldemoc.com
Contact person:
Ms. Chalita Sombutboon
5-10 Standard
Superior
1,300 a/b
1,500 a/b
1,500 a/b
1,700 a/b
Riva Surya – Bangkok ****
23 Phra Arthit Road,
Bangkok
Tel: +66.2.6335000
Fax: +66.2.6335050
E-mail: info@rivasuryabangkok.com
Website: http://www.rivasuryabangkok.com
Contact person:
Ms. Thannaree Ketkaew
10-15 Urban
Riva
Deluxe
Premium
3,060 a/c
3,580 a/c
3,810 a/c
4,250 a/c
3,360 a/c
3,880 a/c
4,110 a/c
4,550 a/c

a. Inclusive of daily American breakfast, service charge and government tax.

b. Complimentary transport services provided according to fixed schedules, from the hotel to UNCC in the morning and back to the hotel in the evening. (Note: Hotel Dé Moc and Trang Hotel have one-way transfer from hotel to UNCC.)

c. Free Internet Access.

25. Participants are responsible for booking their own rooms and are requested to contact the hotel directly at least 10 working days in advance to provide the participant’s full name, date and time of check-in and check-out, flight numbers and contact details.

26. All rooms block-booked will be available to participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Any cancellations, postponements or other changes should be notified at least 48 hours in advance. Rooms not occupied in accordance with the latest advice will be held for 24 hours at the participant’s expense and then released.

27. In the event that accommodation at any of the above-listed hotels is not available, the participants will be advised by the respective hotel. The secretariat will make every effort to arrange for suitable alternative accommodation, if requested.

28. The rates provided in the table are accurate as of 1 January 2014 and subject to change without notice. Please confirm the room rates with the hotel directly.

XI. Payment of hotel accounts

29. Before departure from Bangkok, participants should settle directly with the respective hotels all accounts, including room charges and other expenses, such as for local and long-distance telephone calls, Internet use, business center use, laundry, room and hotel transportation services, mini-bar items, as well as restaurant and bar services. Participants are also responsible for any charges incurred with respect to rooms remaining vacant owing to late arrival or rescheduled departure for which inadequate prior notice is given.

XII. Protocol arrangements

30. In order for the secretariat to provide proper protocol arrangements for participating heads of delegation at the ministerial level and above, ESCAP would appreciate receiving information on their arrival and departure flight details at least two weeks in advance of their arrival in Bangkok.

31. The flight details of participants at the ministerial level and above should be communicated to:

ESCAP ProtocolFacsimile number: (662) 288-3029E-mail: escap-da-cs70th@un.org

32. Any subsequent changes should be communicated to the secretariat as soon as possible.

33. Arrival information should be provided in addition to any official notification sent by Governments and organizations to the Executive Secretary of ESCAP concerning the composition of delegations.

XIII. Transport from and to Airport

34. Participants should make their own transportation arrangements from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to their respective hotels. Limousine, metered-taxi and bus services are readily available at the airport. Detailed information about Suvarnabhumi International Airport can be found at http://www.airportsuvarnabhumi.com

35. To avail themselves of the limousines and public metered-taxis services, it is strongly recommended that participants contact only the authorized officials at the counters located in the airport arrival zone. The officials, upon contact, will issue a ticket for the assignment of either a limousine or a public metered-taxi for transporting passengers to the desired destination. Participants may access public taxi counters by exiting gates 3 or 9 of the arrival zone in Survarnabhumi International Airport. In addition to toll fees, there is a 50 Baht surcharge to be added to the metre charge from airport to the city.

XIV. Transport to attend meetings

36. Most hotels indicated in paragraph 17 provide complimentary transport, according to fixed schedules, to and from UNCC. Otherwise, participants must make their own transport arrangements in order to attend meetings.

XV. Internet services

37. Eight personal computers (PCs) with high-speed internet connection are available in the Internet Café on level 1 of UNCC for the use of participants free of charge. In addition, free wireless internet access is available in all conference and meeting rooms and in the public areas of the UNCC.

XVI. Catering services

38. Catering services are available at the cafeteria, which is located on level 1 of UNCC, from 11:00 to 14:00 hours for lunch. Rajapruek Lounge, on the ground floor of UNCC, is open from 07:00 to 17:00 hours Monday through Thursday, and from 07:00 to 19:00 hours on Friday. The canteen, on the ground floor of the Service Building, is open from 07:00 to 13:00 hours. In addition, a Coffee Corner, which serves sandwiches, pastries, coffee, tea and soft drinks, is located on level 1, UNCC and is open from 07:00 to 17:00 hours.

XVII. Communications

39. Mail intended for participants during the session should be addressed as follows:

(Name of delegate)c/o ESCAP SecretariatUnited Nations BuildingRajdamnern Nok AvenueBangkok 10200ThailandFax: +66.2.2883022, +66.2.2881000E-mail address: escap-conference-management@un.org

XVIII. Meeting documents/paper smart meeting

40. Participants are requested to bring with them copies of the meeting documents distributed by the ESCAP secretariat to their Governments/agencies/organizations prior to the session. Only one set per delegation will be distributed during the session.

41. All pre-session documents will be made available in the four official languages as they are issued at http://www.unescap.org/commission. Participants may follow the Commission session Twitter account at https://www.twitter.com/UNESCAPCS to receive updates automatically in their Twitter feed.

42. Documents for circulation or distribution at the Commission session should be handed to Mr. Adnan Aliani, Secretary of the Commission (email: aliani.unescap@un.org), Office of the Executive Secretary, 15th Floor, Block A, United Nations Building. Prior notification of such a request would be greatly appreciated. In accordance with United Nations regulations for the control and limitation of documentation, the secretariat cannot undertake to process and/or reproduce documents or statements submitted by individual delegations unless the Commission specifically takes a decision to that effect and accepts the financial implications thereof.

XIX. Social events

43. Delegations wishing to host cocktail receptions, luncheons, dinners or refreshment breaks are invited to give prior notice to the Secretary of the Commission in order to facilitate the coordination and notification of events by the secretariat.

XX. Library facilities

44. ESCAP Library facilities are available on the first floor, Service Building from 07:30 to 16:00 hours, Monday through Friday. For details on the use of the ESCAP Library facilities, please consult the staff on duty or call extensions 1329 and 1360. Further information about the ESCAP Library can be found at http://www.unescap.org/library.

XXI. Banking facilities

45. Banking services are available at the Siam Commercial Bank, United Nations Branch, located on the first floor of the Service Building, from 08:30 to 15:30 hours during weekdays. (telephone extension 2168).

46. Currency exchange facilities are available at hotels and all over Bangkok. Such services are also available at the Siam Commercial Bank.

XXII. Postal services

47. Postal services are available at the Post Office, United Nations Branch, located on the ground floor of UNCC. It is open from 08:00 to 16:00 hours, Monday through Friday. The Post Office can be contacted at extensions 1260 and 2911.

XXIII. Souvenir shop

48. The souvenir shop is located on the first floor of UNCC.

XXIV. Travel agent

49. The American Express Travel office is located on the first floor of the Service Building and open weekdays from 08:00 to 17:00 hours. The office can be contacted at extensions 2820, 2821, 2822 and 2823.