The currency of Greece is the euro. When travelling outside the UK you should take more than one means of payment with you (cash, debit card, credit card). There’s a possibility that banking services throughout Greece – including credit card processing and servicing of ATMs – could potentially become limited at short notice.
Banks in Greece reopened on 20 July. Only limited banking services are available. The Greek government continues to limit withdrawals using cards issued by Greek banks to €60 per day. These daily amounts can now be withdrawn cumulatively on a Friday (€300 on 25 July and €420 on each subsequent Friday).
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.
Make sure you take enough euros in cash to cover the duration of your stay, emergencies, unforeseen circumstances and any unexpected delays. You should take appropriate security precautions against theft. 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 have been some media reports of a shortage of medical supplies in Greece. While pharmacies across the country appear to be operating relatively normally, you should make sure you have enough medical supplies (including prescription medicines) for the duration of your stay and any unforeseen delays. See Health
There are regular strikes. These are sometimes called at short notice and can cause disruption to public transport in and out of Greece (including air travel and ports).
Demonstrations take place regularly in central Athens, and have also taken place in other towns and cities. There may also be demonstrations in reaction to developments in Greece’s negotiations with its international creditors. You should avoid all demonstrations and follow the advice given by local security authorities. See Major pre-planned strikes and demonstrations
There has been an increase in the number of migrants arriving on some Greek islands, including Kos. 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.
There is a general threat from terrorism and acts of political violence. See Terrorism
In the early hours of 10 April 2014 there was a large explosion outside the Bank of Greece in central Athens. There were no reported injuries.
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.
British nationals make around 2 million visits Greece to every year. Most visits are trouble-free, but you should take sensible precautions to protect yourself and your belongings. See Crime
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. See Local laws and customs.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
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