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Airlines: The Athens International Airport is connected daily with over 70 cities around the world. For information on direct flight destinations to and from Athens International Airport please click here.

ATMs: They are widely available in Greece for Master or Visa cardholders.

Banks: Banks are open from Monday to Thursday, 8:00-14:30 hrs and on Friday, 8:00-14:00 hrs; on Saturdays and Sundays they are closed. Central branches of some banks may be found open until 20.00 daily and from 10.00 to 16.30 on Saturdays. For further details while in Athens please consult your hotel concierge.

Credit cards: All major credit cards are accepted in almost all hotels, shops and restaurants. Stickers in the front windows will advise you as to which cards are accepted.

Currency: The Greek currency is Euro (€).

Climate :
After a long spring that typically falls into the "warm and pleasant" category, the month of June ushers in the full-blown "hot season" in Athens. The average minimum temperature (usually the minimum temperature is  noted during the night) in Athens in June is 21.0°C (69.8°F). June is a dry month with an average of 14mm (0.6in) rain.

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

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 112.

Electricity: Electricity is 220 V/50 Hz. Plugs are the standard continental (DIN) type with two round pins.

Healthcare: Emergency treatment is free to all in public hospitals. Public and private hospitals can be found in big cities. Small and large islands usually have hospitals and health centers.

Language: Greek is the official language. Most Greeks speak English as a foreign language.

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

Restaurants: Restaurants and taverns are normally open for lunch from 12:30 to 16:00, for dinner from 19:00 to midnight. Fast food and souvlaki shops usually serve food all day long, and some of them stay open till late at night. Cafes and bars are open all day from about 8:00 until late at night.

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 shops are open in the tourist area of Plaka in central Athens.

Taxis: Taxis in Athens are cheap and easy to find. You can normally pick them on the road at any time of the day.  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.

Telecommunications: The international access code for Greece is +30. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 001 for the USA or Canada, 0044 for the United Kingdom). Public payphones are available all over Greece and use phone cards, which can be purchased from kiosks. For information concerning mobile phone use in Greece (telephone transmissions are based on GSM technology), please ask your provider.

Tipping: Tipping is not compulsory but is quite usual in Greece.

Visa: Greece follows the Schengen Agreement provision and the subsequent acquis concerning short term visa issues stays of up to three (3) months in the Schengen area. The citizens of these countries are  not subject to border controls within the common area (airlines or other carriers require identification – I.D. card or passport or any other  piece of identification issued by a public authority). Citizens of the EU countries do not need a visa to enter Greece (and the Schengen area).
For the full list of countries whose citizens need or do not need a visa to enter Greece please click here