Practical Information


Climate and Clothing

Greece has Mediterranean climate with plenty of sunshine. June is one of the sunniest and warmest months in Greece. The average daily temperature for Thessaloniki during this month can reach 30°C (87°F) or drop to an average minimum temperature of 17°C (63°F). Travelers are advised to pack bright and light comfortable clothes and a light jacket, in case it gets a bit windy especially at night. Non slippery comfortable shoes are necessary, if visitors intend to take part in the excursions and visit archaeological sites. While at the excursions, it is advisable to wear sun-glasses and hat.


Banks operate from Monday to Thursday from 08:00 – 14:30 and on Friday from 08:00 to 14:00. ATM machines are available 24 hours a day. 



The Greek currency is Euro (€). For information on exchange rate, please visit

Major credit cards (e.g. VISA, Master Card) are accepted in almost every shop and restaurant in Thessaloniki. It is advisable to carry an identity card or passport.


Disabled Persons
The congress venue and its surroundings are accessed to disabled. However, if you have any special need, please contact the Congress Organizers.


Electricity Supply

Alternating current, 220 volts, 50 Hz. The wall sockets have two round holes as in continental Europe.

Local time
The local time zone in Greece is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2 hours) and 7 hours from the US East Coast. The summer Time is GMT+3.

Shops operate: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 09:00 - 15:00, Tuesday and Friday 09:00 - 21:00. Big stores and malls operate: Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 21:00, Saturday: 09:00 - 18:00 or 20:00


Country dialing code: +30
Thessaloniki area code: (+30) 2310


Health Safety
Food hygiene standards in Greece are quite high, so travelers are not so likely to fall ill from food poisoning during their trip. The tab water all over Greece is absolutely safe. However, in a few rural regions and on certain islands, the water is not drinkable.


Emergency calls

European Emergency Number: 112

Tourist Police: 1571

Police (emergency number): 100

Fire Department: 199

Ambulance: 166

Traffic Police: (+30) 2310250740

Urban Transportation: 11085

TAXI: 18300, 18180, 18288

Airport: (+30) 2310985000

Duty hospitals, clinics, doctors & pharmacies: 1434

SOS Doctors: 1016