Local laws and customs

Indecent behaviour, including mooning, is not tolerated. The police will make arrests and the courts are likely to impose heavy fines or prison sentences on people who behave indecently. Some fancy dress costumes may be regarded as offensive and therefore against decency laws.

Don’t become involved with drugs of any kind, and don’t bring drugs - including ‘class C’ drugs - from the UK. Possession of even small quantities can lead to a long prison sentence. The plant Khat is an illegal narcotic in Greece. You will be arrested and may be imprisoned if you are caught trying to take Khat into Greece.

Driving any vehicle while over the legal drinking limit can result in a heavy fine and/or imprisonment.

If you are seeking employment in bars or night clubs in Greece, you will need a health certificate/licence issued by the local authorities. Failure to have such a certificate is punishable by a fine and or imprisonment.

Make sure you get a receipt for any goods or services you buy. If you buy pirate CDs or DVDs in Greece you could be imprisoned.

Don’t buy any offensive weapons like knuckledusters or knives with a blade length of 10cm or above.

It’s illegal to smoke in all indoor public places. The penalty for violating this law is a fine of up to €500.

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