The ICA 33rd World Cooperative Congress will be held from 1-3 December 2021 at the Grand Walkerhill (Seoul), 177 Walkerhill-ro, Gwangjang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea, and also online. The Congress is aimed at cooperative members, practitioners, academics, government representatives and anyone interested in the cooperative business model. Information on all sessions can be found in the programme. You can also read about all the speakers, facilitators, rapporteurs and panelists here.  

Can’t be in two places at once? Don’t worry — all sessions will be recorded and made available on the online platform to access at a later time. This also will include all materials included during the presentations.

Please note that all information presented here is subject to change due to the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. Check back often for updates!

  • If you are a registering for a group, please send an email to 2021congressseoul@ica.coop for the group registration form.
  • Local registrants including groups from South Korea should register here.

TRAVELLING TO SEOUL 

The ICA team is actively monitoring the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to provide updates and relevant information here as they are available. The information provided below is based on what is current and may change as the situation evolves. The wellbeing and safety of our members is a priority. Please check back often for new information and updates.

Participants attending Congress in Seoul must apply for a C4 visa (temporary business or work visa) or a C3 visa (short-term stay visa, such as attending international conferences) at the nearest Korean embassy or consulate prior to entering the Republic of Korea. Please send an email to 2021congressseoul@ica.coop to receive a letter from ICA that confirms your attendance at Congress that must be included in your visa application.

Please check with the Korean consulate or embassy in your country to determine the process.

COVID-19 INFORMATION

Please note that this information below may change as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.

Quarantine

Once you have obtained your C4 work/business visa for your trip to Seoul, and if you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can apply for a ‘quarantine exemption’ from the Korean consulate in your country, which allows you to bypass quarantine when entering the country. You also will need to provide a schedule of your activities (Congress programme!) for the duration of your stay. Please contact the Korean consulate or embassy in your country to get more information on required documents. The ongoing quarantine situation will likely change. We will continue to monitor the travel requirements and restrictions. Useful information can also be found here at the Korean Immigration Service website.

Testing

At the moment all foreign nationals arriving in the Republic of Korea are required to provide a negative PCR test declaration, issued within 72 hours of departure. All arrivals – regardless of nationality and length of stay – are also required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) after entering the country. Arrivals will be taken for testing and must remain at the testing facility until a negative result has been secured. 

Please check with the Korean consulate or embassy in your country if you need more information on testing and vaccinations. For more information about these restrictions and other safety measures while you are in Seoul, please contact your country’s embassy.

The wearing of face masks in public places is currently mandatory.

YOUR STAY

The World Cooperative Congress will be held at the Grand Walkerhill Seoul hotel, which is conveniently located in the heart of Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea. The city is served by Incheon International Airport (30 miles west of the city). From the airport, you can reach Grand Walkerhill Seoul by taxi, public transport, or the hotel’s complimentary shuttle service from Gwangnaru or Gangbyeon subway stations.

The most convenient place to stay for the Congress is the Grand Walkerhill Seoul hotel, which is surrounded by the spectacular views of the Hangang River and the Achasan Mountain. Here you will be able to relax and unwind while enjoying a wide variety of entertainment options with unmatched quality and service. The hotel has 557 rooms and 6 restaurants, where you will be able to enjoy Korean, Chinese, Italian, and other Western cuisines. Congress delegates will receive a 10% discount: please quote ICACOOPCONGRESS when making your booking.

We will provide information on other hotels conveniently located for the Congress soon. Check back here for updates!

CURRENCY

Korea’s currency is the Korean Won (KRW/₩). Paper money comes in denominations of 1,000; 5,000; 10,000; and 50,000 won bills. Coins come in 10, 100, and 500 won. Click here to determine the conversion rate for your local currency.

OTHER PRACTICAL THINGS

Language: The language in the Republic of Korea is Korean. Some English is spoken in the capital, but it is recommended that you familiarise yourself with some basic phrases.

Time Zone: Korean Standard Time is GMT+9

Punctuality: Be on time. Punctuality is very important in the Republic of Korea. Make sure you arrive on time for sessions.

What to wear: The South Korean business dress code is formal.

Things to do: Seoul has a range of tourist attractions, from Hangang Art Park and Gyeongbokgung Palace to Namsan Seoul Tower and traditional markets. You can explore the city by going on a guided walking tour or hopping on the Seoul City Tour Bus.

Day trips and excursions: The ICA and local partners in Seoul will organise a series of day trips for those wishing to immerse themselves into the Korean culture. This will include the CoopTour to visit some of the local cooperatives. More information on this will be available shortly.


Do you have more questions? Send an email to icaworldcoopcongress@ica.coop. And check back often for updates!