Frequently Asked Questions for Greece
- What opportunities will there be to associate with local brothers?
If you wish, we can introduce you to local brothers for field service or to attend a Kingdom Hall meeting during your visit.
- What currency should I bring to Greece?
Euro Up-todate. Rates can be obtained from your bank or on the Internet. (www.xe.com)
- Can I exchange currency when I arrive in Greece?
Visitors can exchange any foreign currency into Euros at any bank in town or at private exchange bureaus. Banks are open Monday to Thursday from 8:00 till 14:30 and on Friday from 8:00 till 14:00. Private exchange bureaus are open most hours of the day, usually from 09:00-21:00. Some of the major Greek banks have branches at the airport (Monday to Friday 09:00-18:00, Saturday & Sunday 09:00-16:00) and private exchange bureaus located at the airport are usually open 24 hours a day.
- Are credit and debit cards accepted?
All major credit cards are recognized and accepted in most hotels, shops, travel agencies, car rental offices and restaurants; if in doubt ask your bank or credit card company if your card will be accepted in Greece. Stickers at entrances will advise you about which credit cards are acceptable. Greek ATMs usually allow for only a four-digit password; you must get advice from your bank as to how to deal with this if your password has more than four. Also note that the keys on Greek ATMs do not use letters, so you must convert your password to numbers.
- Can special menus be provided at the hotels?
If you have dietary restrictions or require a special menu, please contact the hotels directly to make the necessary arrangements.
- What facilities are available to pay motor-way tolls?
Driving in Greece
Tolls are levied on some motorways in Greece. On the majority of toll roads, fees are collected at traditional barrier-type toll plazas.
- Are road signs in miles or kilometers?
All road signs in Greece are in kilometers.
- What language is used on road signs?
Both Greek and English place names appear on the majority of the road signs. In some small Greek-speaking communities only the Greek names are used.
- On which side of the road do people drive in Greece?
Like in the United States and continental Europe, motorists in Greece drive on the right.
- Can I use my mobile telephone while driving in Greece?
While this practice is legal in some parts of the United States, it is against the law throughout Greece.
- Can I use my electrical devices in Greece?
The domestic electricity supply in Greece is 220V AC (50Hz). If you are bringing your own
electrical appliances please remember to bring the converter or transformer you will need.
Electric devices that are designed for use with 110V systems require Greek 220V current to be
stepped-down. The choice between a converter and a transformer depends on several things:
1. Is your device an electric appliance with a high power heating element or mechanical motor such as a hair dryer or iron? If you are using an electric appliance, you need a converter. Or is your device electronic that uses electronic chips or circuits, such as a computer, printer or VCR? If you are using an electronic device, you need a transformer. When in doubt about the type of device, use a transformer. Both electric appliances and electronic devices work with a transformer, but only electric appliances work with a converter.
2. Second, is your use continuous and long-term or is it sporadic and short term? Transformers are designed for long term, continuous use. Converters are designed to operate for only an hour or two at a time
- Who can I contact in case of emergency?
In case of emergency, you may wish to contact with the emergency services can be reached by dialing 166 (ambulance call) or 112 (European emergency number). Emergency treatment is usually given free of charge in state hospitals, but be warned that only basic needs are met. However, most doctors in Greece can speak English or some other European language. (Citizens of EU nations should inquire before leaving, but their policies will probably cover treatment in Greece.)
- What precautions should I take when walking in the city?
Even though Athens is generally a safe city, please always be at full alert concerning the looking after of your personal belongings when visiting crowded tourist places, malls, restaurants or using the various means of public transport. Please place any money or important documents in a safe place, preferably inside your shirt/blouse, and not in your handbag.
- Which areas should I avoid?
Any part of the Athens city close to the central Omonoia Square could be a potentially dangerous place if visited after dark in the evening. Before scheduling a walk route of your own, it would be better to ask at the information desk of your hotel for any safety guidance that could be helpful.
- What facilities are available in the hotel rooms?
Hotel Room Facilities
Hotels offer varying facilities according to their standard. For further details, please consult thehotelfer varying facilities
- What arrangements should I make for medical assistance?
We recommend that you purchase medical and travel insurance before leaving home. If
medical attention is needed during your trip, you may be asked to pay for a consultation with
a doctor as well as any treatment that is required thereafter. Before travelling it is advisable to check that your insurance covers these expenses.
There are no immunization requirements in order to enter Greece. Diarrhea can be a minor problem with all travelers everywhere, so it is wise to take along some remedy that you prefer. Soft drinks are said to be helpful for those having digestive difficulties. Allergy sufferers should bring along some antihistamines. Everyone should be aware that overexposure to the sun can cause sunburn or sunstroke.
For minor health problems, first go to the nearest pharmacy (farmakeio), which will be marked with a green cross. (In Athens and other large cities, if it is closed, there should be a sign in the window directing you to the nearest open one. A provision has been made so that you receive, as soon as you arrive, an information brochure listing all the available pharmacies and hospitals on duty near your hotel for each day of your stay. Newspapers also list the pharmacies that are open late or all night.) Pharmacists are well trained and usually speak English quite well, and many medications are available without prescription. You should bring along a sufficient quantity of any prescription medication you are taking, and keep it in your carry-on luggage. Just in case, ask your doctor to write out for you new prescriptions, using the genericnericggage. Just in case, ask your doctor to write out for you new pr consulate or hotel management can recommend an English-speaking doctor.
Before you purchase any additional insurance, check your current medical, automobile, and homeowneruppolicies as well as any insurance provided by credit-card companies and auto and travel clubs.
- What if I am hospitalized during my trip?
If you are hospitalized, the Hospitality Committee will assist you in every way possible. Brothers from the local Hospital Liaison Committees and Patient Visit Groups will be ready to provide assistance.
- Will my mobile (cellular) telephone work in Greece?
You can use all GSM mobile phones (system used in Europe and a few other countries), but US cell phones generally do not work in Greece. We suggest you check the following site http:// intouchglobal.com or http://www.fcc.gov/guides/wireless-world-travel-made-simple and http://www.eett.gr/opencms/opencms/EETT_EN/FAQS/Roaming/ to get more information about cell phones. If you bring your own mobile phone with you, when you first switch it on in Greece, it will automatically connect to an available network. Certain companies provide a fixed charge per minute when ically connect to an available network. Ceervice is from. Where thisdoes not apply, you will pay fairly high rates for outgoing calls. Incoming calls are expensive, because you pay for the international part of the call (from your country, where your phone service is provided, to you, in Greece). Tip: Check on rates and services with your phone service provider before you travel.
- Can I purchase a prepaid phone card and use it while in Greece?
Getting prepaid phone cards is the cheapest way to make local or international calls. Local and international calls can be made from public telephones using these prepaid phone cards. Prepaid phone cards can be purchased from kiosks and OTE offices.
- Can I purchase a SIM card and use it in my mobile phone while in Greece?
It depends on your service provider and whether your phone is locked in to a particular network. You should check with your service provider in your home country before you travel.
- Public Transport
With an urban population of more than 4million people, Athens is the capital of Greece and the 4th most populous capital in the E.U. with a large, modern mass transit system to serve the needs of residents and visitors.You can find all relevant information about tickets, lines, timetables etc. at the link www.athenstransport.com.
- Are tax refunds available for visitors from abroad?
Visitors from non EU countries can avail themselves of this scheme for the purchase of goods that will be taken home with them.
- How much do taxi fares cost from Athens International Airport to my hotel ?
When exiting Athens International Airport you will find taxis waiting between Exit 2 and Exit 3
at the arrival level. You should get in the queue and when your turn comes, the traffic warden in charge of the queue will signal you to get into the next available taxi. The fare from the airport to the center of Athens is fixed:
-Day time (05:00-24:00) 35
-Night time (24:00-05:00) 50
The price includes everything, luggage charge, toll fees, VAT, meter start, airport charges, etc. So, youdonce includes everything, luggage charge, toll fees, VAT, meter start, airport charges, etc. In case you decide to change destination and your drop-off point is not in the center of Athens. The same fixed fares apply when you hire a taxi from central Athens to go to the airport.
- What is the time difference between Greece and my home country?
Greek time is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, an hour ahead of Central European Time and seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
Keep in mind that tipping is appropriate when you receive a personal service, especially since many who serve the public, such as waiters, waitresses, maids, and bellmen, are dependent to a large extent on tips to make a living. Maids, and bellmen, are dependent to this regard too.
- What is expected in Greece?
Trip advisor comments:.. it is polite to tip for good service.
An additional tip is not obligatory, but it is common to round off the amount, especially when paying in cash. For example, you may choose to pay 20 Euro for a 18,60 Euro bill, if you are satisfied with the service. Such tips can be left on the table, or you may tell the server that you don't expect to be given any change. In general, a 10% to 15% tip is usually sufficient.