Greece is a popular holiday destination, but a lot of people (understandably) have safety concerns, especially given the economic turmoil that Greece went through in the last year. There are still regular strikes happening in Greece, and sometimes those strikes can happen at rather short notice, causing extensive disruption to public transport, air travel, and the major ports.
It is not uncommon for there to be demonstrations in Athens, and sometimes they do hit other cities. These demonstrations usually relate to the negotiations that Greece is carrying out with international creditors, but they can occur for other reasons.
The main currency of Greece is the Euro, and it’s a good idea to have both cash and a payment card on hand – you may want to load a prepaid card, rather than carrying your own main credit card – this will help you to avoid transaction fees, and it will also help you to feel a little more secure.
The Greek Government has placed a limit on the amount of cash that people can withdraw from cash machines using a card issued by a Greek bank – the limit is 60 Euros per day, or the equivalent cumulatively for a week. Visitors from abroad can withdraw up to 600 euros – assuming that this is not greater than the limit for their bank account.
Greece has enhanced border security, so it is important that your travel documents are in order, and that you comply with any instructions from the Greek authorities. If you need to call the emergency services, then use the number 112.
Carry your passport with you at all times so that you can prove your nationality. Most people who visit Greece do not encounter any problems, as long as they stay away from protests, and take normal day-to-day precautions to protect themselves from crime. Note that Greek courts do not look favorably on indecent behavior, and excessive drinking is also frowned upon. Your travel insurance may not cover you if you drink a lot and then have an accident.
It is a good idea to take out travel insurance, and medical insurance, before your trip – this applies to any trip abroad, however, not just Greece. You should be able to get good health care while you are in Greece, and the risk of illness as a result of travel to Greece is not particularly high compared to other destinations.…