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About Greece

Currency

The currency unit is the Euro (€). Euro may be obtained at any Greek bank. (The Greek Drachmae is now obsolete.) The rate of exchange fluctuates a bit from day to day. Railroad stations, airports, and most travel agencies and hotels also offer exchange services. Importation of foreign currency, gold and gold coins is free and unlimited. Banknotes more that $1000 (U.S.) must be declared at customs.

For the most current conversion rates see Currency Conversion Calculator.


Formalities for Entering Greece:

Passport/Visa Requirements
American and Canadian citizens entering Greece for a period of less than 3 months require a valid passport, not a visa. For visits exceeding 3 months, authorization must be obtained in person by applying to the Greece Aliens Bureau at least 20 days prior to the 3-month expiration date. For a list of countries that do NOT require a visa please see "Visa Requirements" link below.


 

Passport Required?

Visa Required?

Return Ticket Required?

British

Yes

No

No

Australian

Yes

No

Yes

Canadian

Yes

No

Yes

USA

Yes

No

Yes

OtherEU

*

No

No

Japanese

Yes

No

Yes



Additional Info:

Greek Embassy

Greek Embassy US Offices

US Embassy in Greece

Passport & Visa Requirements (Greek Tourism)

Passport & Visa Requirements II (Greek Embassy)

Schengen Visa Info

Travel Insurance Requirements (Greek Embassy)

B&Y Charters International Travelguard Travel Insurance

Athens International Airport

US State Department: Greece Consular Information Sheet

US Consulate in Thessaloniki Greece

Weddings:  Requirements for Getting Married in Greece

List of Foreign Embassies in Greece

Lonely Planet Synopsis


Customs:

Duty Free Requirements

See

Note on Controlled substances:
Drugs, explosives etc. Travelers in possession of codeine-based medication are subject to severe penalties, unless they declare their possession.

EU Classifications


Appliances:

The electricity supply in Greece is alternating current, 220 volts, 50 cycles. Appliances for 110 or 120 volts may be operated by using stepdown transformers of 220/110 volts connected to each outlet, provided that these transformers have two separate windings which will eliminate any danger of electric shock. Greek television systems are PAL-SECAM-M. Therefore portable TV sets with the American system (NTSC) only, will not operate in Greece.

Greek Power Plugs


Cell Phones:

Dual voltage (220/110 volts 50/60 hz) power adapters for wireless telephone sets are required. Check with your wireless carrier for access to Greece. It is very convenient to just rent a cell phone at the airport. Also, there are several companies that will deliver a phone to your hotel (less expensive, too!). A definite plus: No charge for incoming calls! As an example, see this link for cell phones in Greece. (Note: Phone service may NOT be available on some islands and in transit. Please review your itinerary and check with the telecom carrier.)

Useful Numbers for Greece

 

Greece - country code (to dial from US: Dial 011-30-City Code and Number)

30

Greek Tourist Police - For Help and Assistance

171

Police emergency service - Flying Squad

100

Ambulance Service - Athens

166

Telegrams - International

165

International Dialing Instructions in English, French & German

169

Directory Enquiries

131

Wake-up call

182


Computer/Internet Access in Greece:

For internet connectivity, there are several cybercafes all over Greece and the islands. There are also access points for wireless internet access (802.11b). The Athens airport has some commendable services for corporate users. See Athens International Airport Wireless Connectivity Information.
Internet in Greece
List of Athens Internet Cafes


Shipping To and From Greece:

The UPS Store/Mailboxes, etc. Greece Locations
FedEx Greece
US Post Office International Rate Calculator


Legal Holidays:

January 1,January 6, Lent Monday, March 25, Holy and Great Friday, Easter Monday, May 1, Holy Trinity, August 15, October 28, December 25,26


Business Hours in Greece:

Banks:

Monday - Thursday

      

8 AM - 2 PM

Friday

8 AM - 1:30 PM

Saturday - Sunday

Closed.


A list of Foreign Banks in Athens


Shopping:

Mon, Wed: 9am - 2.30pm Tue, Thu, Fri: 9am - 1.30 and 5.30pm - 8.30pm Sat: 9am - 3pm
Hours: Some shops are open 8am - 9pm.
Sunday: closed, except neighborhood corner stores and some kiosks, usually open till around 10pm. Hours are extended during Christmas and Easter holidays as well as in summer.

The Athens Plaka Shopping Area

Climate:

Current Greece Weather Report
Current Greece Weather Satellite View

Average Temperatures

Months

Athens & Southern Greece

Thessaloniki & Northern Greece

January

52o F - 12o C

45o F - 8o C

February

54o F - 13o C

51o F - 11o C

March

58o F - 15o C

54o F - 13o C

April

65o F - 19o C

65o F - 19o C

May

74o F - 24o C

74o F - 24o C

June

86o F - 30o C

86o F - 30o C

July

92o F - 33o C

90o F - 32o C

August

92o F - 33o C

90o F - 32o C

September

82o F - 28o C

80o F - 27o C

October

72o F - 23o C

69o F - 21o C

November

63o F - 18o C

58o F - 15o C

December

56o F - 14o C

50o F - 10o C


Maps of Greece:

Lonely Planet Map:


Maps of Greece

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