Please contact your local Embassy/Consulate for official instructions
on the specific visa regulations and application procedures that
apply (depending on your nationality and/or country of origin).
Individuals requiring an official Letter of Invitation should
state so in the relevant fields of the registration form.
General location aspects
Greece (including its capital city, Athens) is at the time zone GMT+2h.
Athens enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate with light rainfall, ample
sunshine and average temperature during October within 16 - 24°C.
Tap water in Athens is drinkable and of good quality.
Tipping of services is not mandatory (the service charge
in hotels, restaurants and taxis is included in the bill).
Emergency treatment is free to all visitors in public hospitals.
Public transport and shopping
Open store hours are 09:00 - 15:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and
Saturdays, and 09:00 - 21:00 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Greece (as a full member of the European Union) has the Euro (EUR, €)
as official currency, and all major debit/credit cards are widely accepted.
Buses, metro and trams accept the same ticket, and a single ticket of
price 1.40 € is valid for one hour with unlimited changes (detailed
information about public transport in Athens may be found here).
Use of electronic devices and telecommunications
The electrical supply voltage in Greece is 220 - 240 V (in contrast
to 110 - 120 V in the U.S.), and the plug/outlet types are European.
There are four main mobile telephone operators in Greece (Cosmote,
Vodafone, WIND and CYTA), which work on GSM 900/1800 MHz networks
(please contact your provider for further details on roaming features).