Travel Information

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.

For more information about the city's airline connectivity, please visit the Thessaloniki Convention Bureau's website:

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).  

Weather
The weather in Thessaloniki during August is warm with average temperature floating around 27 degrees Celsius -daily highs can go above 30°C- and the sun shining for over than 10 hours a day. Thunderstorms are fairly frequent during the summer months, with August seeing only about 4 or 5 wet days, and the humidity levels remaining high. 
Links: 
Hellenic National Meteorological Service
Accuweather.com
Freemeteo.gr

Passport & Visa Policy
Greece is a Member-State of the European Union and has ratified the Schengen Agreement. Citizens of countries that are not Member-States of the Schengen Agreement require a visa to enter Greece and the E.U.
Information about passport and visa policy: http://www.thessalonikiconventionbureau.gr/content/easy-access
For details please visit the Hellenic Republic, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & the Greek Diplomatic and Consular Missions abroad

Currency
Greece uses the European Union currency: Euro. 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
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. (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)

-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.


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.

Useful telephone numbers
-Ambulance Service: 166
-Duty Hospitals and Clinics: 1434
-Police: 100
 

Liability 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.