Visa Information

The embassy has emailed me the application form for the visa, entitled "Application for Schengen Visa." pdf

The requirements for a tourist visa —any alien wishing to enter Greece as a tourist is required to submit an application form for the Schengen Visa in PERSON (exceptions are only made in special cases) supported by the following documents:

  1. Valid passport (should be valid for at least 3 months from the day of his/her return according to the flight schedule).
  2. One passport size picture.
  3. Employment certificate issued from his/her employer.
  4. Recent bank statements from the savings or checking account of the applicant for the last three months.
  5. Recent Major credit card statements of the applicant for the last three months.
  6. Last two (2) years Tax Forms
  7. Last two (2) years W2 Forms
  8. Invitation. [The pdf form submitted to participants is ok. Rebecca checked with the Greek embassy in Chicago.]
  9. Health insurance.
  10. Proof of legal stay (Green Card, Working Visa, Student Visa, I-20)
  11. Proof of Flight and Hotel reservations
  12. Additional documents may be required depending upon each case in particular.
Providing that the stay in Greece is for no more than 90 days,nationals of the following countries do not, require a visa to enter or transit through Greece or transit through a Greek airport, providing also that the passport is valid for at least 3 months from the day of return from Greece. The list of countries is as follows:

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Honduras, Hong Kong —blue and red passport holders, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Romania, South Korea, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, United States, Uruguay, The Vatican and Venezuela.

Transportation Hints

Heraklion is directly connected to Athens International Airport with about 10 domestic flights daily run by Olympic Airways and Aegean Airlines. It is best to book your flight directly to Heraklion (Iraklion), Crete. Alternatively, you can fly directly to Heraklion from many European cities by charter flights or regular flights with Lufthansa from Frankfurt, for example. Therefore, participants from overseas (USA, Canada) may fly directly to Heraklion through Germany or other European cities.

Additionally, one can use the ferry-boat connecting Heraklion with the harbor of Pireaus (Athens). Connection is offered by Minoan Lines or ANEK Lines and the overnight trip takes about 7 hours.

Iraklion Airport to the Conference Hotel in Aghia Pelaghia

There are two common methods to arrive in Aghia Pelaghia from the Heraklion Airport—taxi and public bus.


The approximate fare from Heraklion Airport to the conference hotel is 20-25 Euros. This includes the airport tax. Luggage is charged extra.

Public bus (KTEL)

Public bus service from the public bus station in Heraklion at the following times:

Price: 3.50 Euros

Journey time: approximately 30 minutes.

There are buses leaving every 10 minutes from the airport to the center of Heraklion and one must walk about 10 minutes from the bus stop to the bus station.

Ferry-boat to the Conference Hotel in Aghia Pelaghia

From the Heraklion harbor, you may walk to the public bus station, which is within walking distance.


Various excursions have been arranged to take place during and after the Symposium. If you are interested in participating, please complete the form and return it to Mitos S.A. Payments and issuing of tickets will be arranged at the conference secretary's desk.

MITOS, Conferences and Meetings
P. O. Box 1447
Voutes, Heraklion, 71110, Crete, Greece
Tel: 30-2810-391910
FAX: 30-2810-391915

Conference Time

The ASI starts Monday, June 20, 2005 at 9:00 a.m. and ends Friday, June 24 at 5:00 p.m.
You should plan to arrive by Sunday evening, June 19. There will be a welcoming reception and registration at the Capsis Beach Resort at 8 p.m. Sunday night. The Gala dinner is Wednesday night.


The conference organizers as well as NATO disclaim all responsibility toward travel, accident, or health insurance. Participants should make their own arrangements.

Proceedings Publication

There will be no proceedings publication. Instead, speakers are invited to submit their manuscripts for publication in Photonics and Nanostructures - Fundamentals and Applications. For more information on the journal and how to submit; click here, Journal of Photonics and Nanostructures—Fundamentals and Application.


There will be four poster sessions, Monday-Thursday afternoon. The presenters are listed in the sessions on the poster page (see The maximum poster size should be 120 cm (wide) X 120 cm (tall). We will have poster pins and white tack to attach the posters to the poster board. Your poster may be laminated as one poster or assemble on the board. Awards will be presented to the top four posters as chosen by the judges. Poster presenters are not expected to submit manuscripts for the proceedings. They should check with Dr. Soukoulis first. Because of time, there will be no transparency with a one-minute talk as previously announced.

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