Greek Travel Advice A summary of the latest travel advice with regard to taking money on your holiday or vacation to Greece is contained below.
This advice on travelling to Greece relates to UK citizens but is broadly the same as other countries.
Remember; if you take large amounts of cash on your vacation to another country at a time of a national financial crisis the local and airport thieves will know about it. They know you will be carrying large amounts of cash with you as you travel and that you will be keeping money in your hotel room, villa, apartment or hostel when you go out.
Greece is a beautiful country however, many of the hotels do not follow the same star rating standards as other countries and fall below what might be normally expected, often they do not have a safe in the room, 24 hour reception or patrolling security. This situation can make you vulnerable to crime, so beware.
UK Foreign Office advice as follows;
The currency of Greece is the euro. When travelling outside of the UK, you should take more than one means of payment with you (cash, debit card, credit card).
Visitors to Greece should be aware of the possibility that banking services – including credit card processing and servicing of ATMs – throughout Greece could potentially become limited at short notice.
The government of Greece announced on 28 June an extended bank closure, until at least close of business on 6 July possibly ongoing. The Greek government is limiting withdrawals using cards issued by Greek banks to €60 per day.
At this time, you can continue to withdraw cash using your card as normal, 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, as long as the ATM has been replenished.
The system for paying with debit and credit cards for retail transactions continues to function.
While banks are closed in Greece and some withdrawals are limited, make sure you take sufficient 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 and scams. There are currently no restrictions on taking unspent euros out of Greece at the end of your stay.
The UK travel industry association ABTA also issued a statement which can be found by clicking on this link: Travel to Greece
This information may change for the latest updates and advice issued by the UK authorities on travelling to Greece visit: Travelling to Greece Latest