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Health Insurance: Participants must make arrangements to have health insurance, which will be valid in Greece for the full duration of their stay. For European students and residents, it is sufficient to apply for the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). You must inquire about this at the european country where you are insured and live. Please note that it might take a couple of weeks for the EHIC to be issued; each country has different rules about who issues this card and the process that must be followed. Others should inquire with their university or purchase insurance as needed.
Passport and Visa: A valid passport is required for entry into Greece. An identity card is sufficient for citizens of EU member countries that follow the Schengen Agreement. No visas are required for visitors from other European countries, USA, Japan, many South American countries and the British Commonwealth. For all other countries, visas are issued on a reciprocal basis by Greek consulates. For more details visit the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
International Driver's Licence: A European or an international driver's license is required in order to drive a car in Greece.
Currency, Exchange and Credit Cards: The only currency accepted is the Euro. Currency exchange counters are available at Athens International Airport (7 days a week), as well as in banks and exchange bureaus in Athens. ATM machines are also available at Athens International Airport and in banks. Major credit cards are welcomed everywhere, especially VISA and Mastercard.
Banking: Banks are open 08:00 – 14:00 Monday to Thursday and 08:00 – 14:30 on Friday.
Electric Appliances: The current in Greece is at 220V and 50Hz. Plugs are of the standard continental European type.
Climate: Athens is a wonderful city to visit throughout the year, but it can be particularly pleasant in spring (March to June). Athens boasts an enjoyable mediterranean climate year round with temperatures during June in the range of 20°C – 30°C.
Water quality: The water in Athens exceeds the standards for safe drinking water set by the World Health Organisation. It is safe to drink water straight from the tap in Athens.
Shopping Hours: Shops are open 08:30 – 14:30 on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday; 08:30 – 13:30 and 17:30 – 20:30 on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. In some shopping centres, opening hours are likely to be different.
Tipping: Tipping is acceptable in Athens but it is not compulsory. Generally tips are only given for good service but even then it is not mandatory.
Taxes: Greece has a sales tax (VAT) of 23%, applicable to most goods and services purchased, regardless of whether the buyer is a resident of or a visitor to Greece.
Useful Telephone Numbers:
- "El. Venizelos" Athens Airport (+30) 210 3530000
- Police 100
- Tourist Police 171
- Fire Brigade 199
- Ambulance 166
- Hospitals, Clinics and Doctors 14944
- Poisoning Treatment Center (+30) 210 7793777
- Duty Pharmacies / Hospitals 14944
- Telephone Directory Information 11888
Quick facts for Greece: http://visitgreece.gr/en/general_info
Athens public transport: http://www.oasa.gr
Athens Airport: http://www.aia.gr
The new Acropolis Museum: http://www.theacropolismuseum.gr/en
Things to do in Athens: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g189400-Activities-Athens_Attica....
Downloadable Maps of Athens and Athens Metro: http://visitgreece.gr/en/downloads/maps
Downloadable Brochure for Athens: http://www.visitgreece.gr/en/downloads/brochures/athens-thessaloniki
Athens Official Tourism site: http://www.thisisathens.org/