WARNINGS GENERAL SECURITY AND CAUTION ADVICE
| ENTRY & EXIT REQUIREMENTS
There is a threat of terrorism in Europe. Terrorists have carried out attacks in several European cities and further attacks are likely. Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places. Be particularly vigilant if attending sporting events and during religious holidays and other public celebrations, as terrorists have used such occasions to mount attacks.
There have been bomb attacks by anarchists and ultra-leftist militant groups against the Greek state, Greek institutions and Western commercial and diplomatic interests on the mainland, including in Athens and Thessaloniki. Several bomb and arson attacks have occurred in urban areas. To enhance public safety, police officers patrol subway stations, bus terminals and other public places. There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Greece. Exercise normal security precautions.
Petty crime, such as pickpocketing, purse snatching and luggage theft, is common in tourist areas and on public transportation. This includes the trains to and from Athens International Airport.
In Athens, do not walk in the Monastiraki and Omonia districts or, after dark, around the Larissa and Peloponnese railway/bus stations. Ensure that your travel documents are up to date and that your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times.
Demonstrations and strikes take place regularly in Athens, and occasionally in other parts of the country.
In Athens, demonstrations and marches occur primarily in the city centre, in Syntagma Square and in front of the Parliament building. Local authorities normally close the Sintagma Square Metro Station when large gatherings are scheduled. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. Demonstrations and strikes can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation. Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place.
Women should not accept rides from strangers or casual acquaintances. Foreigners have been sexually assaulted, most often on the islands.
Accidents have occurred due to poor safety standards on regional buses and ferries. Use reputable bus and ferry operators.
For security and safety reasons, it is recommended that the travelling public refrain from making statements while on board an aircraft that could be considered threat or safety related. Airlines have the right to remove passengers on a flight deemed to be security risks. If the aircraft is required to make an emergency landing in a non-destined country due to a security situation involving passengers, they may be removed from the aircraft by law enforcement officials and charged or fined.
To access critical airline risk information, including significant airline safety events by airlines, please visit: http://www.airsafe.com/
For general traveller security tips, please visit:http://www.etraveladvisories.com/p_safety.html
HEALTH & MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS & GUIDELINES
U.S. CITIZENS require a valid U.S. passport which must be valid for at least six months of remaining validity.
While Greek law requires three months of passport validity beyond the intended date of your departure, if you are transiting a country that requires six months of validity, you may not be permitted to continue your trip. We recommend that you have at least six months of validity to avoid any travel disruptions.
Greece is a party to the Schengen Agreement; therefore, U.S. citizens may enter Greece without a visa for stays of up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes. For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/travelers-with-special-considerations/schengen.html
U.S. citizens traveling on a passport reported lost or stolen will not be permitted entry into Greece and may be returned to their original departure point. This decision is the purview of the Greek immigration authorities; the U.S. Embassy cannot intervene. Emergency passports are issued only at the Embassy in Athens. Staff members do not travel to the air, land, or sea ports of entry.
You must arrive in country with proof of sufficient funds and a return airline ticket or other evidence that you will depart Greece if asked. The sufficient funds requirement is often met with credit cards.
U.S. official and diplomatic passport holders must obtain a Schengen visa prior to arrival. If you are traveling on a U.S. official or diplomatic passport, you will not be allowed to enter Greece without a visa.
If you are a U.S. citizen with a passport listing your place of birth as the Northern Republic of Macedonia, the Greek authorities will stamp your passport.
If you are a U.S. citizen with a passport listing your place of birth as Skopje or the Republic of Macedonia, your U.S. passport should be recognized as a valid travel document. However, be aware:
• Greek Immigration officers at ports of entry (land, air, and sea) will not place entry stamps in a passport listing the traveller’s place of birth as Macedonia or the Republic of Macedonia.
• You will be asked to complete a short form on which the entry stamp will be placed.
• Keep the form with your passport while you are in Greece and present it upon departure. If you lose the form, you must visit a police station and file a report before the Greek authorities will permit you to depart the country.
Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before planning any international travel and read the Embassy COVID-19 page for country-specific COVID-19 information. http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/covid-19-travel-information.htmlhttp://gr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
Visitors must hold visible means of support; and holding a return/onward ticket.
Any adult travelling with children may be required to show evidence of parental/custodial and/or access rights. Foreign authorities may also require evidence that the adult has the consent of the parents, legal guardian, and/or the court to travel with the children. Some countries may not permit children to enter or, in some cases, leave the country without proper documentation such as a letter of consent or a court order.***PREDEPARTURE COVID-19 TRAVEL INFORMATION***
Before booking your trip, verify if the government authorities of both your current location/home country and intended destinations have implemented specific travel restrictions and requirements related to COVID-19 to enter, exit, transit and return home. If transiting or traveling to multiple countries, you must check all the travel restrictions and requirements for each country on your travel itinerary.
The travel requirement protocols must be actioned prior to traveling. Certain countries have a dedicated COVID-19 website that requires you to complete the necessary forms online before traveling.
Failure to not follow the COVID-19 entry, exit and transfer travel protocols will result in denied entry into the country. Penalties, fines, or imprisonment can be imposed to those who do not follow the restrictions and order of local authorities. ***COVID-19 TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS – Check here for current country information on COVID-19 entry, exit, transit and return requirements.
http://www.iatatravelcentre.com/world.php or https://itravelsecure.com/covid-restrictions/ ***
Current travel restrictions and requirements imposed for some countries:
• Country entry and exit bans, for visitors, residents and non-residents
• pre-arrival registration form to be submitted before arrival in the country
• COVID-19 travel authorization documents to be submitted before you travel
• COVID-19 PCR test taken several days prior to travel & original COVID-19 PCR health certificate confirming negative COVID-19 test
• mandatory quarantine or self-isolation of up to 14 days or more upon arrival in the country; some quarantines in designated facilities at your own cost
• COVID-19 health screenings at airports upon arrival in the country
• proof of adequate travel health insurance; insurance to include COVID-19 coverage
• border and airport closures can occur at any time
• day and night curfews can be implemented on short notice
• flight suspensions can occur without advance warning
• mandatory wearing of face masks in: airports, planes, public transport, public spaces
• social distancing in public spaces and as advised by the country’s guidelines
• Governments can impose new movement and travel restrictions with no advance warning should the country experience an increase in COVID-19 cases. Your government may have limited capacity to offer you consular services while abroad.
In an emergency, contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate or call the following numbers: 1(888) 407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1 (202) 501-4444 from other countries or It is recommended that you
• Follow the COVID-19 restrictions as issued by the government authorities in the country
• Monitor local media to stay informed of events
• Contact your airline or tour operator to determine if a situation will disrupt your travel plans
• Ensure that you have sufficient finances and necessities, including medication, in case your travels are disrupted
• Visit the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States: http://www.dhs.gov/news/2020/02/02/dhs-issues-supplemental-instructions-inbound-flights-individuals-who-have-been-china
• Review U.S. State Dept’s travel advice for the most urgent threats to safety and security; http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html.
Please also visit the website of the relevant U.S. embassy or consulate to see information on entry restrictions, foreign quarantine policies, and urgent health information provided by local governments.
• Enroll in the Smart Traveller Program: http://step.state.gov/step/
• Review CDC’s updates on COVID-19: http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
• Check with your travel insurance provider to know more about their policies related to COVID-19 and find out if you are covered for medical treatment if you become infected with COVID-19 as well as for extended stays outside of the United States
Entry into a country is the sole discretion of the authorities and you may be refused entry even if the required information and travel documentation are complete.
Be sure to check for transit entry and visa requirements for each transit country that your itinerary takes you through, before arriving at your final destination. RETURNING HOME
It is highly recommended that you check and confirm, 72 hours prior to your scheduled departure date to your home country, the COVID-19 entry requirements for your journey should they have changed since you travelled.
Check here for country entry requirements: http://www.iatatravelcentre.com/world.php
Same-sex marriages are legal in some countries, however, many countries do not recognize them. Attempting to enter as a same-sex married couple may result in refusal by local officials.REGISTRATION OF US CITIZENS ABROAD
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency at:http://step.state.gov/step/
To order or renew your passport, go to http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html
or contact the National Passport Information Center.
National Passport Information Center
Toll free: 1-877-4USA-PPT(1-877-487-2778)
e-mail: [email protected]
For US-based travelers requiring a visa or other travel document on an expedited basis, please visit CIBT’s website at: http://www.cibt.com/home.aspx?Login=57313.
CIBT provides step-by-step visa instructions, application forms and will hand carry your documents to the closest consulate or embassy for submission NON-UNITED STATES CITIZENS
– It is the responsibility of travelers to ensure that they are in possession of the proper and valid travel documentation and visa requirement to enter/exit each country included in their travel plans.
Please visit http://www.iatatravelcentre.com/travelinformation.php
or check with the Embassy or Consulate in your country of departure for up-to-date information on passports and visas. NON-COMPLIANCE WITH ENTRY REQUIREMENTS may result in being refused entry into the country and deportation of passenger on the same aircraft or first available flight. Entry into a country is the sole discretion of the authorities and you may be refused entry even if the required information and travel documentation are complete.
Routine immunizations should be up-to-date (tetanus-diphtheria, polio, etc.).
Health care is adequate, but varies throughout the country.
Facilities are generally good in cities such as Athens and Thessaloniki and in towns that have large hospitals, such as in Heraklion, Ioannina and Patras.
If you’re travelling to smaller islands or to remote areas of Greece, you may need medical evacuation to a central hospital, in the event of serious illness or injury.
Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays. CORONAVIRUS COVID-19
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a contagious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette. Symptoms show up in people within 2 to 14 days of exposure to the virus
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
Common symptoms are: fever, dry cough and tiredness. Less common symptoms are: sore throat, diarrhea, conjunctivitis, headache, loss of taste or smell, rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes.
Serious symptoms are: difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, loss of speech or movement. Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious symptoms.
Preventative measures to slow the transmission of COVID-19:
• Get vaccinated if you are eligible. Authorized COVID-19 vaccines are available.
• Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub/sanitizer.
• Maintain at least 1-2 meters distance between you and people coughing or sneezing.
• Avoid touching your face and surfaces.
• Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
• Consider wearing a mask in public.
• Avoid sharing personal items, food and drinks.
• Stay home if you feel unwell.
• Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from crowds. UPDATE (October 1, 2022)All federal border testing, quarantine, and isolation requirements ended on October 1, 2022.
As of October 1:
• If you have an appointment for an arrival or Day-8 test, you can cancel it
• If you’re in federal quarantine, you can leave without completing the remainder of your 14-day quarantine
• If you’re getting notifications to quarantine or test, you can ignore them
• If you’re in federal isolation, check if there are any provincial and territorial isolation requirements and follow themReturn or travel to CanadaFor all travellers entering Canada by air, land or marine mode on or after October 1, 2022:
• Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not required
• COVID-19 pre-entry and arrival tests are not required
• Quarantine after you enter Canada is not required
• Using ArriveCAN is not required
• if you’re flying into Toronto Pearson, Vancouver or Montréal-Trudeau international airports, you can still use ArriveCAN to complete your Advance CBSA Declaration to save time upon arrival - http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/services/border-tech-frontiere/declare-before-avant-eng.html
• Pre-boarding tests for cruise passengers are not required
• As always, travel documents are required - http://travel.gc.ca/returning/travelling-to-canada
• Health checks to board planes and trains are not required
• Wearing masks on planes and trains is not required
o It's still strongly recommended that you wear a high quality and well-fitted mask or respirator while you travel - http://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks.html#wm
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you shouldn't travel to Canada.
If you feel sick or experience any symptoms of COVID-19 during your travel to Canada or upon arrival, you should:
• inform the flight attendant, cruise staff or a border services officer upon arrival. You may be referred to a Quarantine Officer for a health assessment and further direction.
• avoid taking public transportation
• check provincial or territorial requirements for what you need to do if you’re symptomatic or have tested positive for COVID-19Travelling in and out of Canada
Wearing masks on planes and trains in Canada is not required.
• It's still strongly recommended that you wear a high quality and well-fitted mask or respirator while you travel
COVID-19 continues to circulate in Canada and internationally. The COVID-19 situation at your destination can change rapidly and can vary considerably from one destination to another, and even between regions within a country. Anyone who has not completed a COVID-19 vaccine series should continue to avoid non-essential travel to all destinations. If you must travel, consider delaying your plans until you’re fully vaccinated. http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices/513COVID-19 TESTING
Contact local health authorities, or the nearest Government of Canada office abroad http://travel.gc.ca/destinations/vanuatu#assistance
to find out where you can get a COVID-19 test.CDC
COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destinationhttp://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.htmlWHO
For more health information, please visit:
U.S. - Centre of Disease Control & Prevention: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/
U.S - Pan American Health Organization:http://new.paho.org/hq/index.php?lang=en
World Health Organization: http://www.who.int/csr/don/en/index.html
Canada - Public Heath Agency of Canada:http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/tmp-pmv/index-eng.phphttp://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices
United Kingdom Health Protection Agency:http://www.hpa.org.uk/Topics/
National Travel Health Network:http://www.nathnac.org/
European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control: http://ecdc.europa.eu/en/Pages/home.aspxMonkeypox
Clusters of monkeypox cases have been reported in several countries internationally, outside of areas in Central and West Africa where cases are normally found. The occurrence of cases with no direct travel to those areas, or without established links to a traveller from those areas, is unusual.
Location: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Martinique, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Türkiye, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela
In the current outbreak, those at risk of infection are those who have had close or intimate contact with a person who has monkeypox. During your travel, you may be subject to procedures at your destination put in place to limit the spread of monkeypox, such as isolation, should you become infected.
Monkeypox virus can spread in three ways: from animals to humans, from person to person, through direct contact with contaminated objects.
Monkeypox can spread from person to person through close contact, including in the following ways:
- contact with an infected person's: skin lesions or scabs (which may resemble chickenpox), blood or body fluids, mucosal surfaces (such as eyes, mouth, throat, rectum), contaminated clothing or linens, such as bedding and towels, or by sharing personal objects used by an infected person, respiratory droplets (for example: coughs and sneezes) may transmit monkeypox virus, but this is not well understood at this time
- contact from: providing care, living in the same household as a case, or sexual contact
An infected pregnant person may also pass on the virus to their developing foetus.
Symptoms of monkeypox can begin 5 to 21 days after exposure, and can include: fever, chills, swelling of the lymph nodes, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, back pain, exhaustion, appearance of a rash.
It is possible that a rash may be the only presenting symptom. The rash is similar in appearance to chickenpox or other diseases. It often begins on the face or extremities, but can affect other parts of the body, such as the hands, feet, mouth and genitals. The rash changes through different stages before finally forming a scab, which later falls off.
Symptoms usually last between 14 and 28 days. Monkeypox is usually a mild, self-limited disease. In rare situations, people may become very sick and death may occur.
Treatment for monkeypox is mainly supportive. Vaccines and medications for prevention and treatment are not commercially available at this time.
CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/index.htmlGerman Measles Notice
Measles outbreaks are occurring in every region of the world. Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.
Travellers are at an increased risk of measles infection if they:
• have not had measles, or
• have not received the age-appropriate recommended doses of the measles vaccinehttp://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices/504http://www.cdc.gov/globalhealth/measles/data/global-measles-outbreaks.html
FOOD: Lamb dishes and seafood are the main attractions of Greek Cuisine. Try mezedes (a selection of hot and cold hors d'oeuvres and souvlaki (charcoal grilled lamb or pork). An "Estiatorion" is a conventional restaurant with tablecloths and tends to be in the upper price range. "Psistaria" is a barbecue-style eating place with a large spit displaying the roast pork, lamb and chicken. Your selection is priced according to the weight. The "Psarotaverna" or fish taverna specializes in fish and seafood and are almost always found by the seaside or harborside. A "Taverna" is an offshoot of the traditional countryside eating place. Emphasis is on the mezedes and traditional cooking. CUSTOMS IMPORT: DUTY FREE IMPORT
BEVERAGES: Greek coffee is similar to Turkish coffee and is usually served with a glass of water. When ordering, "pikro" means bitter, "metrio" semi-sweet and "gliko" sweet. Greek wine is very good. A popular spirit is Ouzo, an anise based alcohol. a
Import regulations: EMBASSIES/CONSULATES LOCAL CONTACT
Free import to passengers arriving with goods purchased within the EU which are for personal use only:
a. Tobacco products, for passengers aged 17 of age and over:
- 800 cigarettes;
- 400 cigarillos;
- 200 cigars;
- 1 kilogram of pipe or cigarette tobacco;
b. Alcoholic beverages, for passengers aged 17 years of age and older:
- 10 litres of spirits over 22%;
- 20 litres of alcoholic beverages less than 22%;
- 90 litres of wine (though no more than 60 litres of sparkling wine);
- 110 litres of beer;
c. Perfumes: no limit;
d. Medicinal products: no limit if the quantity is required to meet the traveller’s personal needs.
Free import to passengers arriving from non-EU Member States (incl. Aland Island, Canary Islands, Channel Islands and other similar territories) :
1. tobacco products, for passengers aged 17 and older:
- 200 cigarettes; or
- 100 cigarillos (max. 3 grams each); or
- 50 cigars; or
- 250 grams of tobacco; or
- proportional assortment;
2. alcoholic beverages, for passengers aged 17 and older:
- 1 litre of spirits over 22% volume, or non-denatured ethyl alcohol with more than 80% volume; or
- 2 litres of spirits or aperitifs made of wine or similar beverages less than 22% volume, or sparkling wines or liquor wines; or
- a proportional mix of these products; and in addition
- 4 litres of wine; and
- 16 litres of beer;
3. medicinal products sufficient for personal needs;
4. other goods (for air travellers) up to a total value of 430 EUR (per adult) or 150 EUR (per passenger aged under 15 years).
Import of gold, gold plated objects or other precious metals must be declared at Customs on arrival.
Products of animal origin, not originating from an EU Member State, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino or Switzerland, are not permitted to be imported into an EU Member State, with the exception of limited amounts from Andorra, Faroe Isl., Greenland, Iceland and small amounts of specific products from other countries.
For full details, please see or refer to the website of the European Union, http://europa.eu/
For full details please see Terms & Definitions, section 5. Customs, or refer to the website of the European Union, http://europa.eu/
Certain plants and plant products entering the EU must have an original phytosanitary certificate (see http://www.ec.europa.eu/food/plant/plant_health_biosecurity
). These items must be declared on arrival and are subject to phytosanitary checks.Additional Information on regulations:
Windsurf boards and bicycles can be imported duty free, one piece per person if used for personal recreation and will be taken out of the country on departure.Export regulations:
Free export of windsurf boards, bicycles e.t.c.(imported for personal recreation) or personal electronic devices if registered in the passport on arrival. If not exported, import duty must be paid on departure.
Note: It is strictly forbidden to remove antiquities and art objects from the territory of Greece. A special permit issued by the Ministry of Culture is required.
Embassy of Greece LOCAL LAWS CUSTOMS AND RESTRICTIONS
2217, Massachusetts Avenue N.W.
Washington, District of Columbia 20008
Email: [email protected]
Internet : http://www.mfa.gr/usa/en/the-embassy
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/GreeceInWashington
Twitter: http://twitter.com/GreeceInUSAConsulate General of Greece
2441 Gough Street
San Francisco, California 94123
Email: [email protected]
Internet: http://www.mfa.gr/usa/en/consulate-general-in-san-francisco/ Consulate General of Greece
86, Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
Email: [email protected]
Internet: http://www.mfa.gr/usa/en/consulate-general-in-boston/Consulate General of Greece
12424 Wilshire Blv. Suite 1170
Los Angeles, California 90025
Tel: +1-310-826-5555, +1-310-826-6032
Email: [email protected]
Internet: http://www.mfa.gr/usa/en/consulate-general-in-los-angeles/Consulate General of Greece
69, East 79th Street
New York, New York 10075
Email: [email protected]
Internet : http://www.mfa.gr/usa/en/consulate-general-in-new-york/
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/GreeceinNY
Twitter: http://twitter.com/GreeceinNewYorkConsulate General of Greece
650 North St. Clair St.
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Tel: +1-312-335-3915, +1-312-335-8848
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ConsulateGeneralOfGreeceInChicago/Consulate General of Greece
400 Ν. Τampa Street, Suite 1160
Tampa, Florida 33602
Email: [email protected]
Internet : http://www.mfa.gr/usa/en/consulate-general-in-tampa/Consulate General of Greece
Tower Place 100, Suite 1670, 3340 Peachtree Rd
North East Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Tel: +1-404-261-3313, +1-404-261-3391
Email: [email protected]
Internet: http://www.mfa.gr/usa/en/consulate-in-atlanta/Consulate General of Greece
2401 Fountain View Drive Ste.850
Houston, Texas 77057
Email: [email protected]
As a visitor to any country you are not exempt from its laws, both civil and criminal and you cannot expect to receive special treatment. VISITING THIS CITY
You must abide by local laws. A serious violation may lead to a jail sentence. The sentence will be served in local prisons.
Your dress, general behaviour and appearance may have to conform to local standards.
Living standards and practices in each country and the standards and conditions with respect to the provision of utilities, services, religion, sanitary conditions, local practices, political system and accommodation may differ from those found in your home country.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.
Local authorities will impose severe penalties on individuals who engage in indecent behaviour, such as indecent exposure, especially when excessive alcohol consumption is involved.
Photography of military installations and personnel is prohibited. Offenders could be arrested and have their equipment confiscated. Ask permission before photographing individuals.
You must carry adequate photo identification, such as a passport or residency permit, at all times. Keep a photocopy of your passport in case it is lost or seized.
Exporting antiquities and archaeological items from Greece is subject to strict customs regulations.
Dual citizenship is legally recognized in Greece.
Greek National Tourism Organization – headquarters CHARACTERISTICS
7, Tsoha street
Tel: +30-210-87-07-000Tourist Information Office (Akropolis)
18-20, Dionysiou Areopagitou street
Tel: +30-210-33-10-529, +30-210-3310392, +30-210-3310716, +30-210-3310347
Email: [email protected]
Internet: http://www.visitgreece.gr/ Greek National Tourism Organisation in United States of America
800 3rd avenue, 23rd floor
New York, New York 10022
Tel : +1-212-4215777
Fax : +1-212-8266940
Email : [email protected]
Greece is located in southeastern Europe and borders Albania, Macedonia, and Bulgaria to the north, Turkey to the northeast, the Aegean Sea to the east, the Mediterranean Sea to the south and the Ionian Sea to the west. Numerous islands surround the mainland. The Greek peninsula covers an area of 131,944 sq. km and has a population of approximately 9.5 million. Athens is the capital. MAJOR AIRPORTS
Airport Eleftherios Venizelos is about 20 km (12 mi) to the east of central Athens.
Passenger Terminal Facility Charge levied on all passengers leaving Greece at ticket issuance or at airport of departure in Greece.
For more airport information and to view a map, visit:http://www.aia.gr/traveler/
It is recommended that you do not place valuables in your luggage, due to possible theft. Keep valuables in your hand luggage.
Travellers should arrive at the airport earlier than usual, exercise patience and contact their airline for further information on their flight(s).
For a list of permitted and prohibited items in carry-on baggage and on board an aircraft visit:http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm
A free app for quick access to 180 Airport Wi-Fi’s, is available in your App Store at: http://getflio.com/#/tour AIRPORT SECURITY
For more information on security directives issued by the Transportation Security Administration to all United States and international air carriers with inbound flights to the U.S. and other travel security news, visit: http://www.tsa.gov/travel
A Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm summers. The rainy season is November through March.
For current weather conditions, visit: http://www.worldweather.org/
220 volts, 50AC. A converter and a plug adapter are required. PUBLIC HOLIDAYS DRIVING AND REGULATIONS
You must carry a valid U.S driver’s licence and an International Driving Permit. Failure to carry these permits will result in heavy fines in the event of an accident.
Penalties for drinking and driving are severe. The legal blood alcohol limit is 0.05 percent. Impaired drivers could face immediate detention and convicted offenders can expect fines and jail sentences.
Carrying an illegal alien in your vehicle, even without your knowledge, is a criminal offence. You should avoid picking up hitchhikers.
Drivers must obtain insurance coverage.
Both the operator and passenger must wear helmets on a motorcycle or scooter. Non-compliance could result in stiff fines.
The traffic fatality rate in Greece is among the highest in the European Union. Poor driving standards, aggressive drivers, difficult terrain and heavy traffic create hazards.
Driving motorbikes, scooters and mopeds is particularly dangerous, especially on the islands.
Small, unlicensed rental agencies (especially on the islands) do not always offer vehicles that comply with up-to-date safety standards. Read the rental contract carefully.
In the event of an accident, wait for police to arrive. An accident insurance claim may not be valid without a police report.
For an application form to obtain an International Driving Permit, please visit: http://www.aaa.com/vacation/idpf.html
COVID-19 BUSINESS HOURS
The Centres for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has issued a framework for a conditional sailing order for cruise ships operating in US waters. https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/cruise
Some cruise lines have announced their COVID-19 travel requirements in order to sail on their ships. You may be required to be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine. A COVID-19 antigen test may be administered prior to boarding and a negative test result will be required in order to board the ship. Masks may be mandatory to wear when boarding, disembarking and for the duration of travel on the ship. Guests are responsible for complying with all local health and safety requirements which may include additional COVID-19 testing.
Passengers with plans to travel by cruise ship are advised to contact their travel providers or the cruise line company directly before they reserve their trip to confirm the cruise lines COVID-19 travel policies and ensure they can comply with the requirements prior to travel.
Continue to monitor the latest information from the CDC.
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BANKING HOURS: Mon-Fri 0800-1400. Interbank, Mon-Fri 0800-1700 and Sat. 0800-1500. For the convenience of tourists, the branches of many banks remain open in the afternoon and on Saturdays, and some all day Sunday, for foreign exchange. SHOPPING
SHOPPING HOURS: Mon & Wed 0900-1700. Tue, Thur & Fri 1000-1900. Sat 0830-1530. The Flea Market and other souvenir stores in the Plaka are open seven days a week.
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Popular buys include traditional handicrafts, silver and gold jewelry, flokati rugs, pottery, items made of onyx, marble and alabaster, shoes and handbags.
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FOOD: Lamb dishes and seafood are the main attractions of Greek Cuisine. Try mezedes (a selection of hot and cold hors d'oeuvres and souvlaki (charcoal grilled lamb or pork). An "Estiatorion" is a conventional restaurant with tablecloths and tends to be in the upper price range. "Psistaria" is a barbecue-style eating place with a large spit displaying the roast pork, lamb and chicken. Your selection is priced according to the weight. The "Psarotaverna" or fish taverna specializes in fish and seafood and are almost always found by the seaside or harborside. A "Taverna" is an offshoot of the traditional countryside eating place. Emphasis is on the mezedes and traditional cooking. TIPPING
BEVERAGES: Greek coffee is similar to Turkish coffee and is usually served with a glass of water. When ordering, "pikro" means bitter, "metrio" semi-sweet and "gliko" sweet. Greek wine is very good. A popular spirit is Ouzo, an anise based alcohol.
Tipping is customary. In restaurants avoid doubling the tip, ie. adding 15% to a bill which already includes a 15% service charge. If service has not been included, restaurant waiters expect from 12% and up to 20% at deluxe evening spots (before taxes). Menus usually have two parallel price charts. On the left, the price of the food and drink only. On the right, the same price with service and tax added. The service charge is ordained by Greek law, so additional tipping is a recognition of special service. Greek custom is to leave some loose change on the plate for the waiter and an equal amount on the table for the busboy. RE-ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES
U.S. Citizens require proof of U.S. citizenship (eg. a valid passport). Residents of the United States of other nationalities, such as landed immigrants, require proof of status, eg. Landed Immigrant Stamp, student visa, etc. INSURANCE
OUT OF COUNTRY TRAVEL INSURANCE COPYRIGHT
It is highly recommended that you purchase out of country travel insurance prior to leaving for your trip. Whether you are travelling for a vacation or on business, you should ensure you are adequately covered.
The most important components of travel insurance are: Emergency medical treatment and hospitalization abroad; cancellation of your holiday before you leave due to a covered reason, trip interruption or delay; and lost, stolen or delayed luggage.
Government and private health plans provide either none or limited coverage while travelling outside of the country. Business health plans are also subject to exclusions and limitations. Evaluate your existing out-of-country health coverage.
Most insurance companies do have exclusions in their coverages. Pre-existing medical conditions are generally not insurable. This exclusion relate to medical conditions that existed before the effective date of your travel insurance policy. Any change in medication prior to your travel could also disqualify you from a claim with the insurance company. If you are currently ill, your doctor should give you an authorization to travel out of the country.
Women who are pregnant should consult with their doctor prior to travel. Most travel health policies do not cover pregnancies, childbirth, or complications thereof after the 31st week of pregnancy, routine pre-natal or post-natal care.
High risk or extreme sport activities such as skydiving, parachuting, bunji jumping, mountain or rock climbing are not covered by insurance.
Before travelling abroad, check and confirm that your travel insurance policy covers COVID-19 out of country emergency medical treatment, hospital expenses, quarantine coverage, emergency air transport to return you home, repatriation due to death and any other related medical condition associated with COVID-19. Some major insurers will not cover emergency medical expenses related to COVID-19 for travelers who visit countries with high-level government travel advisories before their departure.
The Ebola Virus Disease is not covered by most standard health insurance policies. Ensure you have purchased special health insurance to cover Ebola especially if you are travelling to an affected country. Travelers should have their vaccinations up-to-date before your trip.
PROOF OF TRAVEL INSURANCE
Some countries do require tourists to provide proof of travel insurance. Before leaving on your trip, be sure to confirm whether travel insurance is required to enter your destination country, and prepare accordingly.
TRAVEL INSURANCE WITH CREDIT CARDS
Some credit cards do offer travel insurance, however they do not always provide adequate coverage. Familiarize yourself with the terms of your credit card insurance policy.
Read and understand the eligibility rules, limitations, exclusions and definitions of the insurance you have, before venturing abroad. Extra travel insurance can always be purchased. Consult with your travel provider to purchase the proper travel insurance required for your trip.
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