Business travellers are urged to consider whether they need a visa to travel to Greece to participate in a conference or meeting. Foreign citizens can enter Greece with a valid passport and a visa or residence permit, unless otherwise stipulated by law or international agreement. Any foreign citizen who in accordance with the law does not need a permit to enter the country may stay in the Greece for not more than 90 days in a period of six months. Greece has been part of the Schengen zone since 2000.
Thessaloniki has a large number of 5* Hotels and a smaller number of 4* Hotels. However, prices are relatively low compared to most other European cities. The city’s 5* hotels offer exceptional hospitality and luxury facilities (such as outdoor swimming pools) at very reasonable prices. Therefore they make for an advantageous value-for-money choice. There is an abundance of 3* hotels in central spots that also serve for a quality stay at much lower rates. Additional units are available in pensions, bed & breakfast, short-let apartments (and Airbnb), youth and student hostels, and private rooms.
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The climate in Greece is typical of the Mediterranean climate, which is mild and rainy winters, relatively warm and dry summers with, generally, long sunshine duration almost all the year.
The northern areas of Greece have a transitional climate between the continental and the Mediterranean climate. In the summer the climate is very warm around Thessaloniki. The mean temperature average in August in Thessaloniki is 30°C.
The Greek currency is the Euro (€). The majority of stores accept international credit and payment cards. There is also a wide network of ATMs where you can withdraw cash.