General Information


Megaron Athens International Conference Centre (MAICC)

Vass. Sofias & Kokkali

115 21 Athens


You may learn more about the venue by clicking here

Congress Dates

June 27-29, 2019

Local Time

Time in Athens, Greece is GMT+2

Telephone Services

International Calls to Greece
The country code for Greece is “30.” When dialing Greece from the United States, Canada, or Australia, first dial “011” to get an international line, then the country code “30,” before entering the area code and local number.

If you are in continental Europe, the United Kingdom, or New Zealand, start with “00” and then “30.”

International Calls From Greece
To place an international call from Greece, dial “00” to connect to an international network, then dial the country code (for the United States and Canada, it’s “1”), and then the area code and number.

Business Hours

Private sector office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (with a one hour lunch). Manufacturing establishments operate from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Banking hours are 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays. Several of the larger banks (mainly located at Syntagma Square), are open on Saturday mornings. Government hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Many businesses, especially small and medium-sized stores, keep more traditional Greek office hours and are generally open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from Monday through Saturday and again, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Many shops and supermarkets keep late shopping hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Visa regulations vary based on nationality and country of origin. Visa requirements are determined by the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Please view individual requirements by clicking here.

Invitation Letters

Invitation letters for visa purposes are available only to registered participants. The option to issue an invitation letter is available within the registration process. At the end of the registration process, you will be able to generate an invitation letter, and you will also receive a confirmation email with a link to the invitation letter.

Liability and Insurance

The Congress Secretariat and Organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participants. Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.


MAICC is situated right in the heart of Athens and is easily accessible by metro, bus, taxi and trolley bus. It is also located just a few minutes walking distance from major hotels . Commuting to and from the city center and the Athens International Airport or other locations is very easy:

30 min. from the Athens International Airport.

3-5 min. from the city center

By Metro: There is direct access from the airport and the city center to MAICC from the metro station “Megaron Moussikis” on metro line 3 (blue line). Please visit the Athens Metro website for detailed information by clicking here.

By Bus: The following buses, express buses and trolley buses pass and stop near MAICC

Buses: 450, 550, 601, 603

Express Buses: X95 (direct airport line), A5, E6, E7, X14

Cable “Trolley” Buses: 3, 7, 8, 13

For more information about the public transportation network in Athens please click here.

From the airport: Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” is located in Spata, 33 km southeast of Athens and serves all international and domestic flights. The airport is easily accessible from MAICC and the city center via motorway, express bus or direct metro line. An average journey by taxi from the airport to the city center should take approximately 40 minutes. The express bus line X95 (direction Syntagma) serves Athens city center. A ticket for the airport allows unlimited travel by all public transport means (incl. bus and metro) for 24 hours from the time of validation. The metro line 3 runs every 10 minutes from the airport and the trip to the city center takes approximately 30 minutes.


Greek is the official language of Greece. The majority of people in Greece also speak English. In addition, those in the hospitality industry are likely to speak French and German. Signs and menus are often written in both Greek and English.


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Athens is an ideal year-round destination with comfortable and favourable climate conditions for travel and sightseeing. Rainfall is minimal and the summers (June through August) are dry and hot with temperatures ranging, on average, from 78° to 94°F or 20° to 34°C. The Mediterranean climate makes for mild winters and even milder autumns in low-lying areas, with the coldest temperatures reported in January at a very temperate 41° to 55° F or 5°to 13°C.


In Athens and other large towns, tap water is drinkable. However, in most islands and in few mainland towns, bottled water is recommended in order avoid health issues during your trip in Greece. Most Greek islands do not have their own water, but water is brought by water tanks from the mainland, therefore it is used only for showering and house cleaning, not for drinking.


The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Agent for Italian Organizations and Participants

As Organizers of the CHEST Regional Congress taking place in Athens, Greece from 27-29 June 2019; we entrust TWT srl, Rome, to collect the applications from pharmaceutical companies (participating as sponsors or exhibitors) for the Italian Ministry of Health agency AIFA procedure, in compliance with the instructions given by the Legislative Order 219 of the 24th April 2006 – art. 124.

Further details are available on AIFA (Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco – Tel. +39 06 5978401)

Web :

Go to : Quick links menu

Click on : Authorization for Congresses & Meetings

PLEASE NOTE:  Kenes International is not involved in the registration procedure. It is the pharmaceutical companies’ sole responsibility to adhere to the above regulations directly via a local agent.

Please contact TWT srl no later than 70 days before the beginning of the congress.

Mr. Gianni Frontani /

Mrs. Anna Lupidi /

Via Arrigo Davila 130

00179 Rome, Italy

Tel:  +39 06 4424 9321

Fax: +39 06 9933 1533

Guest Attendance Policy

All event activities (including educational sessions, meal functions, etc.) are exclusively reserved for registered attendees. Non-registered guests (including children, family members, colleagues, etc.) are not allowed in any of the event areas. Badges provided at registration are required for entrance into all functions and will be strictly enforced.