More things to know before your Santorini holidays. Here are some tips that will make your stay easier.
Time zone difference
Greece is in the Eastern European Time Zone. Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).
Like most countries in Europe, Summer (Daylight Saving) time is observed in Greece, where the time is moved forward by 1 hour, 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+3).
After the summer months the time is moved back by 1 hour to Eastern European Time (EET) or (GMT+2).
Daylight Savings Time (GMT+3) in Greece begins at 3 a.m. on the last Sunday of March and ends at 4 a.m. on the last Sunday of October.
Most hotels provide Internet access to their guests. Internet cafes are available mostly in Fira.
Free wireless Internet access is available in main points in Fira, Oia, Messaria, Imerovigli, Exo Gonia, Pyrgos, Karterados and Akrotiri.
The banks on Santorini are open 8.00 am-2.30 pm Monday to Thursday and 8.00 am-2.00 pm on Friday.
ATMs are available in almost all villages on Santorini. Most accept Visa and MasterCards as well as debit cards of internationally recognised networks.
Bottled water is recommended for drinking. Tap water can be used for washing, bathing and cleaning your teeth. Tap water that comes from the local desalination plants is drinkable – please ask your hotel reception.
The international access code for Greece is +30. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 001 for the USA or Canada, 0044 for the UK). Calls can be made from your hotel or from OTE (Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation) offices in Fira. Public phone card booths are available all over the island and cards can be bought from kiosks, mini markets and OTE.
The local mobile phone operators (Vodafone, Wind, Cosmote) use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international operators.
Since the 1st of January 2002, the Euro (EUR) is the currency of Greece.
Notes in circulation are 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euro while coins are in denominations of 1 euro, 2 euro, 1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents and 50 cents. A currency converter is available here.
The electricity supply in Greece is alternating current, 220-250 volts, 50 cycles. Appliances for 110 or 120 volts may be operated by using step down transformers of 220 – 250/110 volts connected to each outlet.
Formalities for entering Greece
Passport and visa requirements vary from country to country. Please click here for details.
Greek Missions Issuing Visas on Third Countries: click here
In case of health problems you may visit the Santorini Hospital in Karterados (Tel.: 2286035300) or ask your hotel reception for a private specialist doctor.
There are pharmacies in Fira, Messaria, Emporeio, Perissa, Akrotiri, Oia, Imerovigli, Pyrgos and Kamari where you can find medicines and advice for minor problems.
ELTA is the official name of the postal service and their colours are blue and yellow. The main postal offices on Santorini are located in Fira, Emporio and Oia. Postal agencies are located in Pyrgos, Kamari and Perissa. Mailboxes are available in all the villages of Santorini. A standard letter or postcard less than 20 grams sent anywhere in Europe or abroad costs € 0.90 (as per July 2015)
Courier services are also available. Ask your hotel reception for more details.