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Incheon 2020: Guide for Delegates

This guide for ADB annual meeting participants provides useful arrangement details for the 53rd Annual Meeting in Incheon. This web page will be continuously updated with the latest information.    Print this page or save to PDF  

The 2020 Annual Meeting will be held from Saturday, 2 May to Tuesday, 5 May 2020.

Key Dates

17 Jan 2020: Online registration opens

2-5 May 2020: Meetings, seminars, and networking events

5 May 2020: Business session


Songdo Convensia
123 Central Street, Yeonsu-gu,
Incheon 21998 Korea
Tel: 032-210-1114


Coordination Office [email protected]

Seminars [email protected]

Civil society organizations [email protected]

Media [email protected]


Social Media: Use the hashtag #ADBIncheon to talk about all things annual meeting.

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January 2020

Passport and visas

The Republic of Korea does not issue visa on arrival. If a visa is required, applications should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time for processing. Individuals who have successfully registered and are duly accredited will receive an Annual Meeting Confirmation Letter which can be used to apply for a visa. For detailed visa application procedure, refer to this link.

Annual Meeting participants should ensure that passports are valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry to the Republic of Korea. Applicable transit visas are the responsibility of the participant. Neither ADB nor the host government can assist on transit visa related issues. For questions related to visas, please contact: [email protected]

Travel Insurance

Annual meeting participants are strongly advised to obtain medical and travel insurance as well as medical assistance coverage. Neither ADB nor the government of the Republic of Korea will not be responsible for any medical costs or loss and/or damage of personal property incurred in relation to travel to the annual meeting.

The host country has made arrangements with several hotels within the vicinity of the meeting at negotiated and reasonable rates, terms, and conditions. Rooms have been blocked for official member delegations as well as other participants. Annual Meeting participants are expected to adhere to the reservation policies and payment schedule of the respective hotels and are responsible for paying all personal room, tax, and incidental charges.

ADB member delegations

Hotel bookings for delegations of ADB members can be made through their respective ADB Board representatives. Hotel block booking process for delegations started 3rd week of December 2019. Contact your ADB Board representative for details.


Hotel bookings for Observers’ delegations can be made by completing the request form by 30 January 2020.

Guests, Media, Nongovernment and Civil Society Organizations

Details on hotel accommodation, booking process, and payment schedule are available at https://adb2020.org/sub03/accommodation.html.

Songdo, the City of the Future. Courtesy of the Incheon Tourism Organization.
Songdo, the City of the Future. Courtesy of the Incheon Tourism Organization.

Incheon is the Republic of Korea’s third-largest city. It is situated at the west coast of the Korean Peninsula, facing the Yellow Sea and 28 kilometers away from Seoul, the capital city of the country.

As the Republic of Korea’s first free economic zone and as a center of industrialization, Incheon has been a leader in the nation's economic development. The Incheon Free Economic Zone, established in 2003, consists of the regions of Songdo (also known as the “City of the Future”), Cheongna, and Yeongjong. The goal is to develop these regions as hubs for logistics, business, and tourism.


In May, the average temperature varies from 10°C to 25°C.


Korean is the nation's official language. English, Japanese, and Chinese are widely used.

Emergency numbers (toll-free)
  • Police: 112
  • Fire/Ambulance: 119
  • Michuhol Call Center (Call center providing information about Incheon): 120
  • BBB Korea (in case you need translation): 1588-5644
  • Tourist Information: 1330
Currency exchange and ATMs

Currency exchange and ATMs are available at the airport and in Songdo Convensia. Banks are open on weekdays from 9:00am to 4:00pm. All major credit cards are widely accepted.

Shops and restaurants

Incheon has a number of commercial areas and offers a variety of food choices. In Songdo area, where the Annual Meeting is located, visitors can easily find restaurants that serves variety of food at the Songdo Convensia, shopping squares, and hotels. More information


Tipping is not customary in Korea. Generally, fees for service are already included in your bills.

SIM cards

Travelers can purchase SIM card shops that can be found at the airport, convenience stores, and at Korea SIM Card’s official website.

International Direct Dialing (IDD)

The country code of Korea is +82. The following are the area codes in Korea:

Metropolitan Cities
  • Seoul (02)
  • Incheon (032)
  • Gwangju (062)
  • Busan (051)
  • Daegu (053)
  • Daejeon (042)
  • Ulsan (052)
  • Sejong (044)
  • Gyeonggi-do (031)
  • Gangwon-do (033)
  • Chungcheongbuk-do (043)
  • Chungcheongnam-do (041)
  • Jeollabuk-do (063)
  • Jeollanam-do (061)
  • Gyeongsangbuk-do (054)
  • Gyeongsangnam-do (055)
  • Jeju-do (064)
Free Wi-fi

Free wifi is available in Songdo Convensia. Other free wifi spots are provided in public places such as airports, train stations, and bus terminals.

Electric current

Standard electrical sockets in the Republic of Korea
Standard electrical sockets in the Republic of Korea

The standard electric current in Korea is 220 volts at 60 Hertz. Electrical sockets are one of the standard European electrical outlet types.

Other Information

Songdo, the City of the Future. Courtesy of the Incheon Tourism Organization.
Tour the world's smartest city. Courtesy of the Incheon Tourism Organization.

This year’s host-organized tours for annual meeting participants will showcase eco-friendly sights along with other great sojourns. See Incheon and discover utopian sustainability with the world’s smartest city.

Tour programs:

  • Visit to Industrial Facilities
  • Colorful City, Smart City, Songdo, and Wolmi Island
  • “The Roofless Museum,” Ganghwa Island
  • Incheon City Tour – Sea Route
  • Incheon City Tour – Open Port Route

Visit Incheon 2020 for details and to reserve online.