Athens, the cosmopolitan metropolis where the Olympic Games were born, will be the host city to welcome the 36th FIMS World Congress of Sports Medicine delegates Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece, it dominates the Attica region and is one of the world’s oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years. Modern Athens is a vibrant metropolis and Greece principal center for business and foreign trade. Regenerated and transformed to hold the highly successful 2004 Olympic Games, Athens demonstrated it has the facilities, services and infrastructure to host the most demanding global event. Easily accessible to global destinations through Athens International Airport, the capital of Greece has a long history of hosting international conferences and arts events.

The Organizing Committee will make every effort for a scientifically fruitful meeting since worldwide known experts will have the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience upon the latest developments in Sports Medicine, as well as to have a socially rich and memorable stay in Greece.

The official language of FIMS 2020 is English.  
VISA Regulations for travelling to Greece

Greece is a Member-State of the European Union and has signed the Schengen Agreement. While traveling within the E.U., you only need your Identity card. However, a passport is necessary for a number of other transactions, such as currency exchange, purchases, etc.

Visas are not required by European citizens from countries that are part of the Schengen Area. Greece as a member of the Schengen Agreement has abolished controls on common internal lands, at air and sea borders and allows member-state citizens to travel around without a visa for a short stay period of up to three (3) months. However, keep in mind that airlines and other carriers require a valid passport and/or identity card.

Citizens coming from countries that have not yet joined Schengen Area may require a visa to enter Greece. The E.U. visitors from these countries can acquire further information from the Hellenic Embassies or Consulates in their countries, or from their travel agencies. Before visiting Greece, please consult the detailed information on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website and find out whether you require a Visa (

Note: During your stay in Greece, if you require a Visa, you are advised to have suitable insurance coverage for emergency medical or other needs.

Athens is at UTC/GMT +3 hours during the summer period.
Athens enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate and ample sunshine and is an ideal year-round destination with comfortable and favorable climate conditions for travel. The average temperature during the month of September in Athens ranges from 20°C to 29°C / from 68° F to 84° F. 
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Police: 100
Ambulance: 166
Fire Department: 199
Hellenic Coast Guard: 108
Tourist Police: 171
General Telephone Information: 11888
The electrical power supply “voltage” in Athens is: 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada: 110-120 Volts). 
There are 4 main GSM operators in Greece that you can roam with: Cosmote, Vodafone, Wind and CYTA. The protocols for digital mobile telephone transmissions are based on GSM technology, operating at the frequencies of 900 and 1800 MHz. Please contact your provider for further details. 
In restaurants and hotels, taxis or other services, tipping is optional and customized per case depending on whether you are pleased with the service. Approximately 5% of the bill is a good guideline.