Non-Orthodox foreigners must apply (two to four weeks in advance) to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate of Churches, 2 Zalokosta Street, Athens, Greece, telephone (011-30) 210-362-6894, or the Ministry of Macedonia/Thrace, Directorate of Political Affairs, Plateia Diikitiriou, Thessaloniki, Greece, telephone (011-30) 231-0270 092, to obtain an entry permit for Mount Athos.
The next step is to obtain a diamoneterion, or visitation permit, which contains a code number essential to control the number of visitors entering each day. This is obtained from the Pilgrim Bureau, 14 Karamanii Ave., Thessaloniki, Greece, telephone (011-30) 2310-252-578. Permits are valid for only four calendar days. Longer stays are possible if arranged in advance through one of the monasteries.
Only male visitors are allowed. They must not wear shorts or short-sleeved shirts or bring musical instruments, CD/tape recorders, video or movie cameras.
For an informative Web site on Mount Athos, visit www.inathos.gr/.