Before you Travel


We are looking forward to welcoming you to the 9th Annual Congress on Controversies Ophthalmology: Europe (COPHy EU), March 22-24, 2018 in Athens, Greece. In preparation for this upcoming Congress we would like to provide you with the below information for your perusal before travelling to join us at COPHy!
Congress Venue
Hilton Athens

46 Vassilissis Sofias Avenue
Tel: +30 21 0728 1000
Arrival from the Airport to the Congress Venue

Athens International Airport (AIA)

The distance from the airport to Hilton Athens is approximately 30km.
Taxis are available at the designated Taxi waiting area located at Exit 3 of Arrivals Level.

Fares for taxis are as follows:
  • DAY TIME FLAT RATE (05:00-24:00): 38 € Airport to Athens city center inner ring
  • NIGHT TIME FLAT RATE (00:00-05:00): 54 € Airport to Athens city center inner ring
Note: The charge is determined by the time of arrival at the destination and includes all applicable surcharges and extras

Pre-booked taxis are available upon request. For further information, please contact the Taxi Union Association (SATA) at tel.: +30 210 5239524.

Notice: According to the Greek Legislation, taxi drivers should provide a receipt for the amount paid for transportation services.
Athens and the surrounding areas
Take the blue line get off at "Evangelismos" station, which is situated 3-minutes' walking distance from the hotel.

The Hilton Athens hotel features an onsite 170-space parking lot with secure, covered and self-parking facilities available.
COPHy EU Registration and Hospitality Desk at the Hilton Athens
The Registration Desk will operate during the following hours:
Thursday, March 22, 2018
17:00 - 20:00
Friday, March 23, 2018
07:30 – 17:30
Saturday, March 24, 2018
07:30 - 17:30

Please register upon arrival in order to receive your kit containing the COPHy EU Congress Program Book, your personal name tag, invitations, etc. Please remember to wear your name tag to all Congress activities and social events.
COPHy EU Scientific Program
A very exciting and diverse program has been prepared for you and we are looking forward to your active participation at the various sessions. For the updated program, please visit the Congress website:
English is the official language of the Congress.
Welcome Reception
All registered participants are invited to the Welcome Reception, which will take place on:
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Hilton Athens
(Headquarter Hotel)
Exhibition Area
Lunch Box pick-up will be available on Friday, March 23, 2018 prior to the Industry-Sponsored Symposium followed by a Dessert Break at 14:00-14:30. Lunch Box pick-up will be available on Saturday, March 24, 2018 prior to the Industry-Sponsored Symposium followed by a Dessert Break at 14:00-14:30. Please present your name tag in order to receive your lunch.
Poster Presentation
Posters should be mounted between 18:30-19:00 on Thursday, March 22 or 08:30-09:00 on Friday, March 23, 2018.

Poster presenters should plan to be beside their posters during the welcome reception and breaks, as specified in the program. Please see the Congress Secretariat for board allocation at the Congress.

Please remember to dismantle your poster at the end of the day, Saturday, March 24, no later than 17:30. The Organizing Committee is not responsible for posters that are not removed on time!
Prior to booking flights, registrants are strongly advised to confirm with their travel agent whether they require a Visa to travel to Greece. Information about Visa requirements can be found on the World Travel Guide website:
ComtecMed will not be responsible for any cancellations or delays caused by authorities due to a lack of Visa or other required documentation.
COPHy EU On Site Policies
Please note the following:

Photography and Recording Policy - Participants are asked to be respectful of their colleagues by turning off all cell phones and PDA devices before entering meeting rooms. Cameras and all other recording devices are strictly prohibited in all session halls, in the Exhibition Area, and in all poster presentations. Thank you for your cooperation.

Smoking Policy -
In accordance with our policy, COPHy is a non-smoking Congress.
WIFI will be available in the Congress area and during the Congress venue.
Network: COPHy EU
Password: EYLEA2018
Currency Exchange
The Euro (sign: € code: EUR) is the currency of Greece. It is subdivided into 100 Cent.
For a quick look at the EUR compared to your currency rate, please click here.
Dress Code
Informal for all occasions.
You can expect an average of 11°C, with an average high of a very warm 17°C, and a low of 5°C during the evenings.
The Congress Secretariat and Organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents, nor loss of or damage to private property of participants, either during or directly arising from the 9th Annual Congress on Controversies Ophthalmology: Europe (COPHy EU). Participants should make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.
Congress Organizer
ComtecMed Congress Management is the initiator and the official Congress Organizer of the COPHy AA Congress. ComtecMed works internationally with offices in Barcelona and Shanghai, offering solutions for medical, corporate and governmental meetings. For more information, please visit
See you in Athens!