Useful information about Greece

Airport:
Athens International Airport is located between the towns of Markopoulo, Koropi, Spata and Loutsa, about 20 km east of Athens city centre (30 km by road, due to intervening hills). The airport is named after Eleftherios Venizelos, the Cretan politician and Prime Minister of Greece, who was prominent in the Cretan rising against the Ottoman occupation of Crete in 1896 and is considered as one of the most prominent politicians in modern Greece. In Athens International Airport you may find a Shopping Centre with variety of Duty free, fashion and accessories stores, book shops, restaurants, cafes and a hair salon. The visitor may also find several travel agencies at the arrivals area, a post office and a pharmacy. You can access the center of Athens (Syntagma Square) from the Athens International Airport (AIA) “Eleftherios Venizelos” via public transport (bus or metro) or taxi.

For more information you may also visit www.aia.gr
 

Banks:
Banks operate from Monday to Thursday from 08:00 – 14:30 and on Friday from 08:00 to 14:00. In addition to local banks, many major international banks have branches or representative offices in Athens.

Almost in every corner you will find a bank or an ATM machine 24 hours a day so cash will never be a problem as long your bank account is fine. Almost all shops hotels and restaurants accept credit cards.
 

Climate and Clothing:
July is one of the peak summer Months in Greece. The average daily temperature for Athens during this month can reach highs of 33°C (91°F) or drop to an average minimum temperature of 23°C (73°F).

Credit Cards and Currency:
The Greek currency is Euro (€).. For information on exchange rate, please visit www.xe.com foreign currency, traveller’s cheques, and Eurocheques can be exchanged at the airport bank upon arrival or at banks located throughout Athens. Exchange offices and machines are available throughout Athens . Local banks or hotels in Athens will not cash personal cheques. Participants are advised to bring cash, traveler’s cheques or Eurocheques.

Major credit cards (VISA,Master Card, AMEX) are accepted in almost every shop and restaurant in Athens. It is advisable to carry an identity card or passport.
 

Disabled Persons:
The congress venue and its surroundings are fully accessed to disabled. However, if you have any special need, please inform the Professional Congress Organizer.


Electrical Supply:

A round-pin adaptor is necessary for electrical appliances. In Greece the electrical power is 220 volts AC, 50 cycles.


Local time:
The local time zone in Athens is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+ hours) and 7 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time.


Shops:
Athens offers a large variety of shops, from quaint little shops selling antiques, curiosities and jewelry, to fashionable shops selling well-known designers’ clothes and objects. In the centre of Athens, shops operate: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 09:00 – 16:00, Tuesday & Friday 09:00 – 21:00.

On Sunday you may find open shops at the tourist area of Plaka.

 
Taxis:
Taxis in Athens are cheap and easy to find. You can normally pick them on the road at any time of the day but you can also call a radio taxi (numbers for radio taxis are available). Sometimes, taxis may be the only or, at least, the best transportation choice (when bus connections are inconvenient, in the small hours etc). You may find yourself sharing a taxi with strangers… While this is illegitimate in principle, it is, however, an everyday Athenian little habit.

 
Tipping:
Service is usually included in the bill in bars and restaurants but tips of 10% are welcome and costumed in Greece.

 
Emergencies: European Emergency Number: 112
When in Greece, International visitors may seek any help they might need (police,ambulance, fire brigade, coast guard) by ringing from anywhere in Greece the number “112″.

The number is answered by English-speaking staff, and may be dialled from public telephones or mobile telephones. Please note, the registration fee does not include medical or any other insurance. In emergency cases, medical services in Greece will be provided at nominal fees, under the National Health Service auspices. However, no transportation to the delegate’s home country would be provided. In case of emergencies, please contact the Professional Congress Organizer for immediate attendance.


Embassies:

Brazil: +30 210 7213-093

Italy: +30 210 3617-260

Turkey: +30 210 7263-000

Canada: +30 210 7273-400

Japan: +30 210 7758-101

UK: +30 210 7272-600

France: +30 210 3391-000

Norway: +30 210 7246-173

US Embassy: +30 210 721-2951

Germany: +30 210 7285-111

South Korea: +30 210 7012-122

 

India: +30 210 7216-227

Spain: +30 210 9213-123

 

 

 

 

 

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