Greece: Travel update

Trade unions have called a nationwide strike on 12 November affecting schools, public transport and hospitals across Greece. All ferry ports will be closed and some flights within Greece will be affected. If you are planning to travel on 12 November, contact your airline, tour operator or ferry company for advice.

Greece imposed capital controls on 28 June 2015 and there are still restrictions on some banking services in Greece. The Greek government continues to limit withdrawals using cards issued by Greek banks to €60 per day. However, these daily amounts can now be withdrawn cumulatively on a weekly basis.

You can withdraw cash using your UK card up to the daily limit imposed by the Greek banking system (usually €600), or the daily limit imposed by your card issuer - whichever is the lower amount. The system for paying with debit and credit cards for retail transactions continues to function.

There’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to exchange sterling for euros in Greece. There are no restrictions on taking unspent euros out of Greece at the end of your stay.

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of migrants and refugees arriving on Greek islands, including Lesvos, Kos and Samos. The British Embassy is keeping the situation under review, but at present there are no reports of any specific risks to British nationals visiting these islands. You can find general information and advice about safety and security in Greece in this travel advice.

The emergency services number in Greece is 112. Calling 999 from a UK mobile in Greece will automatically transfer you to the Greek emergency services.

Carry a copy of your passport or other photographic ID which confirms British nationality at all times.

The Greek police won’t accept rowdy or indecent behaviour, especially where excessive drinking is involved. Greek courts impose heavy fines or prison sentences on people who behave indecently. Your travel insurance may not cover you after drinking.

Remember to take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

Stuart Beaty

Celsium, Birmingham, UK