Travel Tips

General Information:  


Official Name of Greece Hellenic Republic


Geographical Location Southeastern Europe


Capital of Greece  Athens


Official Language Greek


The Currency  Euro(€)


Climate Mediterranean


Population 10,955,000 (2015 estimate)


Government Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic


Calling Code +30


Time Zone & Local Holidays GMT +2


Religion Eastern Orthodoxy / Greek Orthodoxy


Greece is a Member-State of the European Union




National Celebrations and Holidays:


New Year’s Day 1st of January


Epiphany 6th of January


Ash Monday 41 days before Easter


Easter From Holy Friday until Easter Monday


Night of the Resurrection It is celebrated in midnight before Easter Sunday


Easter Sunday On Easter Sunday Greeks eat barbecue lamb


Labor Day 1st of May


Pentecost It is celebrated 50 days after Easter


Assumption of the Virgin Mary 15th of August


Ohi Day National Celebration 28th of October


Christmas 25th-26th of December


Independence Day            25th of March








The banknotes 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euros
Coins 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents (lepta in Greek) and 1 and 2 Euros







Greek banks are open for the public from 8:00 to 14:30 Mondays to Thursdays and from 8:00 to 13:30 on Fridays. They are closed on Public Holidays. 







You can travel to Greece in many different ways: by road, plane, train or sea. Also major roads link Greece with Europe and Asia.
  • By Air:


  • Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport is one of the most modern in the world. Providing excellent ground services, it is a particularly attractive point of entry into Greece.
  • Alexandroupolis Dimokritos International Airport
  • Thessaloniki Macedonia International Airport 
  • Corfu  International Ioannis Kapodistrias Airport
  • Rhodes International Diagoras Airport
  • Crete, Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport
  • Crete, Chania International I.Daskalogiannis Airport
  • Kalamata International Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos Airport
  • Zakynthos  International D.Solomos Airport
  • Kos International Ippokratis Airport
  • Lemnos International Odysseas Elitis Airport
  • Samos International Aristarchos Airport 
  • Kefalonia International Airport
  • Kavala International M.Alexandros Airport
  • By Sea:


Ports on main land such as Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Volos, Patras, Igoumenitsa, and island ports serve travellers who choose to travel by sea.

There are direct connections with several ports in Italy and Turkey with Greece.



Greece has a Mediterranean climate with plenty of sunshine, mild temperatures and a limited amount of rainfall. 
In summer, the dry hot days are cooled by seasonal winds called the meltemi, while mountainous regions have generally lower temperatures.
The winters are mild in lowland areas, with a minimum amount of snow and ice, yet, mountains are usually snow-covered.

Visa and Passports:



You can find detailed information in the below link of Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on visas for Greeks travelling abroad (visa requirements by country of destination, Authority responsible for issuing visas to Greeks) and for foreigners wishing to visit Greece and, by extension, the Schengen Area (visa requirements by country of origin, Greek or foreign Authorities that issue visas for Greece abroad). With regard to Schengen visas, you will find a description of the types of Schengen visa issued, the Schengen institutional framework (in particular, the Schengen Borders Code), as well as procedural issues concerning the issuing of Schengen visas.


Health and Medical care:

Tourists from member states of the European Union (EU) should be holders of the European Health Card (EHIC) or any other legal Community document issued by their competent social security agency to be able to reach necessary health care during their stay in Greece.

The offices providing treatment are:

  • Social Security Institute Health Units (polyclinics) or doctor’s offices in the region; 
  • Regional clinics (former rural clinics) or the Health Centres of the National Health System; and
  • Outpatients’ departments of the hospitals on contract

On the other hand tourists from countries other than the member states of the European Union should consult their social security agency for information before travelling to be able to reach necessary health care during their stay in Greece.


In case of emergency call:


Ambulance Service 166
SOS Doctors 1016
Duty Hospitals and Clinics 1434
Pharmacies 1434
Police 100
Tourist Police 1571
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