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Greece Mission Stop

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Itinerary:

Day

Activity

Sunday, October 22

Arrive in Athens, Greece

Monday, October 23

Business to Business meetings and networking with government and business officials

Tuesday, October 24

Business to Business meetings and Mission Conclusion

Travel Information:

The U.S. Commercial Service in Greece welcomes all participants to this year’s Trade winds. If you have any issues before or upon arrival please contact Commercial Assistant, Maria Georgousi at Maria.Georgousi@trade.gov or +30/210/720-2303

Visa Requirements

U.S. citizens may enter Greece for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area, of which Greece is a party.  For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.

Visit the Embassy of Greece website for the most current visa information.

Medical Requirements

Most public medical facilities in Greece offer adequate care. Some private hospitals have affiliations with U.S. facilities and provide high-quality care.  Many of their staff doctors have trained in the United States or elsewhere in Europe. One factor to consider is that some public medical clinics may lack resources and staff may speak little or no English.

The CDC recommends that all travelers to Greece to receive all of their routine vaccinations.

For more information please visit the U.S. State Department Greece travel page or the CDC Greece travel page

Hotel Accommodation

The U.S. Commercial Service in Greece welcomes all participants to this year’s Trade Winds. If you have any issues before or upon arrival please contact Maria Georgousi, Commercial Assistant at Maria.Georgousi@trade.gov or # +30-210-720-2303.

A group booking will be made by the U.S. Commercial Service in coordination with the U.S. Embassy Travel Office in Greece for all participants at the Hilton Hotel.

Hilton Hotel

46 Vasilissis Sophias Avenue, 115 28 Athens, Greece

Phone + 30-728 1000

Rate: The government rate is the maximum lodging per diem, i.e $200 per room/per night including breakfast (VAT included) – guest pays by credit card at the Hotel.

For a guest staying at the Hilton, the Wifi is free in the public areas. For in-room free internet access, one must be a Hilton member. You can sign up for a Membership card in advance on the Hilton Athens website or anytime during your stay, if someone wishes to have free in-room internet.

Please note that there may be a cancellation/change policy by the hotel.

Bookings can be made through our Travel Office in order to guarantee the price – you just need to email us your request at Maria.Georgousi@trade.gov

Airport Transportation

Taxi, metro and bus are available at the airport. Taxis are available throughout the day – the cost is approximately 40 euros, and a bit more expensive during night. Taking the bus is also convenient to leave and go to the airport (Blue bus #X95 - cost 6 euros); there is a bus stop very close to the Hilton Hotel. Metro can be used as well (cost 8 euros). Time duration from El. Venizelos, Athens Airport to Hilton Hotel is approximately 30min.

Currency Exchange

The unit of currency is the Euro (€). The approximate exchange rate is USD $1.00 = Euro €0.902

Currency exchange is available at the airport and banks. Banks working hours are 08:00-14:30 (M-T-W-Th) and 08:00-14:00 (F). All the major banks offer currency exchange. Credit card penetration is extensive for retail transactions, although not at U.S. levels. Credit and Debit cards commonly used are Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard, and Diners Club. American Express is used, but not widely accepted.

ATMs are widely available in Athens and major cities in Greece. There are no longer controls on the amount of cash one may withdraw from foreign bank accounts.

Foreign currency in any amount may be imported into Greece freely. However, any person entering or leaving the EU and carrying cash of a value equal to or greater than Euro €10,000 must report this sum. Travelers carrying bank notes or personal checks / travelers’ checks exceeding the equivalent of euro €10,000 must make a declaration upon entry at the Greek customs office. More information is at: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/customs/customs_controls/cash_controls/declaration_form/index_en.htm. Though the export of foreign exchange was liberalized in May 1994, Greek and foreign travelers must declare any amount exceeding the equivalent of euro €2,000 upon departure.

Business customs

In Greece, business-related customs, etiquette and dress are similar to those in the United States and other Western European countries. A handshake is the customary business greeting for both men and women, and business cards are usually exchanged in the initial meeting. An exchange of gifts is not customary in Greece, unless you have already established a business relationship. American business persons should note that personal contact is very important in Greece and a personal business presence in Greece is often essential.



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