EU Nationals do not need a visa to enter Greece, but a valid ID card or passport is required.
Non-EU nationals in general require a visa for stays in Greece. A visa is not required for semi-annual visits of up to three months for nationals of those countries for which the European Community has abolished the visa requirement. Nationals of countries which do not have a visa-waiver agreement with the European Community must obtain a visa. Detailed visa information is provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A list of countries together with visa requirements can be found here: link. (Information should be checked by the participants themselves and we cannot assure 100% validity of information on the conference webpage).
Those who need visa should fill in the information requested in this form. In urgent visa cases, one should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the summer period there are many direct flights to Heraklion and Chania from various European cities.
The recommended airport, closest to the conference site is Chania International Airport (CHQ). The OAC is located 39 km west of CHQ airport.
OAC can be reached from the Chania Airport by taxi, public bus, or rental car. By bus is cheaper (line Chania - Castelli), however, the bus stop is located at a distance of about 1 km from the OAC. If you arrive by bus do not expect to find a taxi in Kolymbari. Taxi needs to be ordered in advance and it might come from far away. The recommended way is car rental.
If you decide to fly to Heraklion, which is located in 165 km from Kolymbari, you can reach the conference site by taxi or by bus from Heraklion to Chania (one bus per hour, line Heraklion-Rethymnon-Hania, duration about three hours) and then to the OAC as explained above.
Please note that the conference period is high season. We strongly advise you to book your flights as soon as possible.
Chania can be reached from Athens daily by boat. The company operating the route is ANEK Lines (see ferry schedules at this link). Boats dock at Chania's port Souda bay, which is located about 7 km east of the city of Chania. From there you can reach Chania and Kolymbari by bus or taxi.
You can contact:
Christos Milonakis tel 00306932417600
or any other rental company.
Kiwitaxi.com is recommended especially for Heraklion-Kolymbari transportation.
Special discount for taxi is offered by KOUMANDRAKIS IOANNIS email@example.com. Mobile: (0030) 6944338618, Chania airport to OAC Kolymbari (60 EUR) or Heraklion airport to OAC Kolymbari (200 EUR).
Public buses from Heraklion to Chania
The company is called KTEL (in greek)
- First bus: 5:30
- Last bus: 22:30
Buses run every hour from 5:30 to 22:30.
Phone number: 0030 2810 246534
You have to take a taxi from the airport and ask the taxi driver to take you to the KTEL Station A, close to the port, to get the bus to Chania.