Travelling to Athens
Visa Request Process
Delegates travelling to Greece from countries outside the Schengen Area may require to obtain a visa to attend the European Conference of Health Workforce Education & Research. Some may also request a letter from the International Network for Health Workforce Education to verify the attendance at the event. Embassies may need to verify that registration fees have been paid in full and may require applicants to appear in person for an interview, causing delays in the application process. We strongly recommend interested parties to apply for a visa no later than three months prior to the event. As the Conference organiser, we are keen to provide delegates with a visa invitation letter to verify their intent to attend the event.
Travelling to Athens, Greece
Athens is the major infrastructural hub of Greece, which is why it can be easily reached by a variety of means of transport. The new Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport is situated approx. 30 km east of the city centre. Air Canada, US Airways and Delta maintain non-stop flights from North America, while a large number of European carriers fly directly into Athens. From the airport you can reach the city centre by Metro for 10 EUR (half price for under 18 or over 65, ticket good for 90 minutes on other Athens transit). Delegates leaving within three days can get the two-way ticket at a discounted price.
The airport Metro line is an extension of Line 3 (blue line) which takes you to the downtown Syntagma and Monastiráki stations. To catch the Metro from the airport arrivals hall, go through exit number 3, cross the street, escalate to the sky bridge, walk to the station to buy tickets, and follow Metro signs down to the platforms. Don't forget to validate your ticket before going down to the platform and boarding a train. Airport trains are indicated on the schedule and by an aeroplane logo on the front of the train, they are also announced by the signs on the metro platform.
Accommodation reservation is done directly between the hotels and the participants. If you haven’t booked your accommodation yet, we strongly recommend to do it as soon as possible by contacting one of the following hotels or through the online search engines. The International Network for Health Workforce Education is unable to sell any accommodation directly but will try to help if there is a situation that you don’t have accommodation upon your arrival in Athens.
Metro Line (Megaro Moussikis, Evangelismos):
City Centre, Metro Line (Syntagma):
City Centre, Metro Line (Monastiraki):