Foreign travel advice

Greece

Natural Disasters

Earthquakes

Greece can experience earthquakes and earth tremors. You should familiarise yourself with safety procedures in the event of an earthquake and follow advice given by the local authorities. The Greek General Secretariat for Civil Protection website has advice about what to do before, during and after an earthquake, and issues announcements about ongoing incidents.

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.7 occurred off the coast of Kos on 21 July 2017. Kos Airport is once again fully operational. Repair works continue at Kos port. Passenger ferry services are now docking as normal, although cruise ships continue to dock outside of the main harbour.

Forest fires

Forest fires often occur during the summer months across Greece due to the dry/hot weather. Forest fires are highly dangerous and unpredictable. Take care when visiting or driving through woodland areas. Make sure cigarette ends are properly extinguished, and don’t light barbecues. Causing a forest fire is treated as a criminal offence in Greece even if unintentional. If you see a forest fire, call the emergency services on 112.

For further information on the risk of forest fires visit the Civil Protection website. For severe weather warnings, visit the European Meteorological Services website.