Visa / Travel Information

 

-Visa Requirements
Passport and visa requirements vary from country to country. Delegates requiring a letter of invitation in order to attend the Congress may write to the administrative secretariat specifying the necessary details. Please note that this procedure aims explicitly at assisting delegates who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the Congress. It is not an official invitation covering fees and other expenses and does not imply any financial support from the Congress organizers. The registration fee must have been settled from delegates before claiming an invitation letter.

For details please visit the Hellenic Republic, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & the Greek Diplomatic and Consular Missions abroad

-Airline connectivity
Thessaloniki’s Makedonia International airport is the second biggest in Greece. In the summer, it gets quite busy and connects with almost all European countries with direct flights as Thessaloniki and Halkidiki are prime tourist destinations. You will find a selection of legacy and low-cost carriers that fly to a wide range of European cities. Aegean Airlines, Ryanair, Air Berlin and Turkish Airlines are some of the airlines with the highest frequency in Thessaloniki Airport.

-Currency
Greece is a Member-State of the European Union and uses its uniform currency – the Euro. Greece, as is the case with the other Member-States of the E.U. uses eight coins as follows: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents (lepta in Greek) and 1 and 2 Euros. The banknotes are issued in the following denominations: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euros. A currency converter is available here.

-Electrical Plug/Outlet and Voltage
·         Voltage: 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada are 110-120 Volts)
·         Primary Socket Type: Europlug, Schuko
·         Multi-voltage appliances (laptops, etc.): Plug adapter
·         Click socket type links to view adapter for that type
·         110-120V electronics: Plug adapter + step-down transformer
·         Hair dryers, curling irons, etc.: Plug adapter + voltage converter

For the most part, electrical sockets (outlets) in Greece are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: The "Type C" Europlug and the "Type E" and Type F" Schuko. Also reported to be in use is the "Type D" Indian socket. If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance's plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into. If it's crucial to be able to plug in no matter what, bring an adapter for all three types.

Adapter for "Type C" European CEE 7/16 Europlug
Adapter for "Type E/F" European CEE 7/4 or CEE 7/5 Schuko
Adapter for "Type D" Indian BS-546 (5 amp "small" version)

-Time Zone
Greece is in the Eastern European Time Zone. Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2). Like most states in Europe, the Summer (Daylight-Saving) Time is 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+3).  

-Greece telephone code
To call Greece, you will need to dial: International Access Code +30 plus regional code + number.

-Shopping
Greece is the ideal place to shop for a wide variety of products, catering to anyone's tastes and needs. Prices are very reasonable in relation to product quality and visitors will be able to find something for every kind of budget.
Shops are open Monday through Friday from 09.00 till 21.00. On Saturdays shops stay open from 09.00 till 15.00, while they are closed on Sundays. Kiosks may stay open till 22.00 or even later.

-Weather
The weather in Thessaloniki and Halkdiki during May is warm with plenty of sunshine and some rare showers.  The average temperature is 24 degrees and a light jacket may be needed in the evening. Sunscreen lotion may be useful.
Links: 
Hellenic National Meteorological Service
Accuweather.com

-Liablity and Insurance
The Local Organizing Committee does not accept any liability for personal injuries, or for loss, or damage to property belonging to congress participants (or their accompanying persons) either during or as a result of the congress. Please, check the validity of your own insurance.

-Useful telephone numbers
In case of emergency you may call the following numbers
-Ambulance Service: 166
-SOS Doctors : 1016
-Duty Hospitals and Clinics: 1434
-Pharmacies: 1434
-Poisoning First Aid: 210 77 93 777
-Police: 100

-Tipping Advice
Tipping is acceptable in Greece. Although restaurants generally add a service charge directly to your bill, it is still good practice to leave a small tip for the waiter. Equally, porters, chambermaids and other service staff should be tipped, with the exception of taxi drivers who usually do not expect them.