Foreign travel advice
There is a general threat from terrorism and acts of political violence. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by foreigners. High profile British interests in Greece should be vigilant and regularly review their security measures.
There have been several attacks involving explosives and automatic weapons against Greek institutions, shopping malls, media interests, diplomatic targets and the police. On 26 September 2013 there was an explosion at the tax office in Kifissia, northern Athens, which damaged the building and cars parked outside. On 4 October 2013 there was an explosion at the Panathinaikos football supporters’ club in the Athens district of Petralona, which caused serious damage to the premises, adjacent stores and several parked cars.
On 9 October 2013 there was an attack on the political office of the Greek Shipping Minister, which caused extensive fire and smoke damage.
On 30 December 2013 gunmen fired automatic weapons at the German Embassy in Athens just before dawn; there were no reported injuries.
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.
In the early hours of 24 November 2014 there was a large explosion in central Athens, close to Syntagma Square. There were no reports of any injuries, although there was extensive damage to buildings in the neighbourhood.
In the early hours of 12 December 2014 gunmen fired automatic weapons at the Israeli Embassy in Athens; there were no reported injuries.
On 12 October 2016, there was an explosion in the Exarchia area of central Athens; there were no reported injuries.
On 10 November 2016, there was a grenade attack outside the French Embassy (close to Syntagma Square); a policeman received minor injuries.
British nationals aren’t normally considered a specific target, but attacks could happen in places visited by foreigners.
There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.
Find out more about the global threat from terrorism, how to minimise your risk and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack.