LOCAL INFORMATION


Banks and Post Office

The banks and post office are open between 08:00 – 14:30 hours during working days, except Friday, when they are open until 14:00 hours.


Shopping

Usual operating hours for shops in Athens are:

- Monday, Wednesday & Saturday from 08:30-14:30 hours

- Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 08:00-13:30 hours and from 17:30-20:30 hours

These times are not always observed. Many shops in tourist areas are open seven days a week. Post offices are open from 07:30- 14:00 hours (Monday-Friday).


Weather

May is described as a mild month of the year in Athens, with average temperature of 210C, minimum average temperature of 150C, and estimated rainfall at about 7 cm. Athens is an ideal year-round city destination with comfortable and favourable climate conditions for travel and sightseeing.


Time

Greece is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).


Currency

The official currency in Greece is EURO (€). Major credit cards are widely accepted, although cash is preferred in most shops, especially the smaller ones


Tipping

Tips are ordinarily included at restaurants and services. Exceptional services may be tipped at about 10 per cent.


Taxes

Greece has a sales tax (VAT) of 23% applicable to most goods and services, regardless of whether the buyer is a resident of or visitor to Greece. The VAT can be partially reimbursed or rebated to non Europeans.


Electricity

Outlets and voltage (220 volts) are the same as on continental Europe. Small appliances, such as hair dryers, irons, razors, etc., can be used in Greece. For those from USA or Canada or other non–European countries, adapters are required. The frequency of electrical current in Greece is 50 Hz.


Smoking

The symposium is a no-smoking event. Generally in Greece, smoking is not allowed in public buildings, restaurants, or liquor establishments (bars), except in a patio or in a smoking room.


Liability & Insurance

The organisers cannot be held responsible for accidents to symposium participants or accompanying persons, for damage, loss of their personal property, or for cancellation expenses, regardless of cause. Participants are advised to carry out their own insurance arrangements to cover their stay in Greece.


Transportation

Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport www.aia.gr:

Arrivals/Departures:(+30) 210-353-0000
Olympic Airways:    (+30) 210-966-6666
Aegean Airlines:    (+30) 210-626-1700

Radio Taxi Numbers

Kosmos      18300 (quick dial from Athens) or 210-520-0020
Athina 1    210-921-2800
Apollon     210-363-6508
Ikaros      210-515-2800
Asteras     210-614-4000
Enotita     210-645-9000
Ellas       210-645-7000
Protoporia  210-213-0400


Emergency Numbers

Fire Emergency: 199

Ambulance: 166

Police: 100

Tourist police: 171 (information available in English, French and German)

Tourist Police Headquarters: (+30) 210-697-7386, 210-692-4929

Airport Police: (+30) 210-353-6919

Poison Control: (+30) 210-779-3777