Travel Advice for Greece
Greece
Capital: Athens

Time Zone GMT + 2
(GMT + 3 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in September)
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 30 + 1 for Athens, 31 Thessaloniki, 81 Heraklion, 661 Corfu
IDD: International direct dialling is available throughout the mainland and islands
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Dial 112 anywhere in the EU to reach the emergency services.
Additional local numbers:-Police - 100, Ambulance - 166, Fire - 199.
Tourist
Information
Ellinikos Oragnismos Tourismou (EOT) (national Tourist Organisation of Greece), PO Box 1017, Odos Amerikis 2, 105 64 Athens, Greece. Tel: (1) 322 3111/19 Fax: (1) 322 4148.
Passport
Information
Passports are required to be valid for at least 6 months required by all except: EU Nationals with a valid ID card who have sufficient funds for the length of their stay. Requirements may be subject to change at short notice. Contact the relevant authority before travelling.
Visa
Information
Visas Required by all except: Nationals of Great Britain, Australia, Canada, USA, EU, Japan for a period of 3 months. Nationals of Andorra, Argentina, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Poland, San Marino, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Korea, Switzerland, St Christophe, Taiwan (China) for a period up to 3 months. Nationals of Brazil, El Salvador, and Uruguay for a period of up to 2 months. Nationals of Peru for a period up to 1 month. Nationals of Singapore for a period of up to 2 weeks. NOTE: Visitors using chartered tickets, leaving Greece on an overnight trip to another country, may risk having their return ticket invalidated by the authorities.
Health
Information
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required from visitors over 6 months of age coming from infected areas.
Food
& Drink
Water is of variable quality. Bottled water is widely available.
Currency Drachmar (Dr).
Currency can be changed at banks and money exchangers. NOTE: Import of local currency is limited to Dr100000 and export to Dr20000 for non-residents and Dr40000 for residents.
All major credit cards are accepted. Travellers cheques are accepted in all major currencies, and can be easily changed at banks.
ATM availability: Over 1500 locations.
Cost of
Living
Tourist centres can be very cheap when compared to other European countries.
Languages Greek. Most people connected with tourism will speak some English, German, Italian or French.
Weather Warm Mediterranean climate. Nov - Mar is when most rain falls. Winters are mild in the South but much cooler in the North.
Electricity 220 volts AC 50 Hz.
Post All postcards and letters for overseas will be sent by airmail. Poste Restante is available at the post office.
Transport RAIL: Regular trains operate between Athens and the main cities. There is a 20% discount on return fares and other offers available.
ROAD: Good road network.
BUS: Link Athens and all the main towns in Attica, Northern Greece and Peloponnese.
TAXI: Run on a shared basis. Rates are reasonable an based on a Km basis. There is an extra charge on journeys from / to airports, ports, stations.
CAR HIRE: Most firms operate throughout Greece.
DOCUMENTATION: A national driving licence is acceptable for EU nationals.
Special
Information
Diverse traditions and customs prevail throughout Greece but a sense of unity prevails. The Greek Orthodox church has an important place in the community. Throwing back the head is a negative gesture. It is offensive to sell your belongings doing so can lead to arrest.