Grexit? What you need to know when travelling to Greece this summer

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Banks in Greece have now reopened.  However, our advice to customers remains unchanged. We still advise all customers heading out to all parts of Greece this summer to take enough Euros in cash to cover all of your needs.

 

There are currently no limits on cash withdrawals for tourists using cards at ATMs. However, there are mixed reports on availability of cash from ATMs. Customers should also be aware that if they decide to take sterling with them, there is no guarantee they will be able to exchange these for euros.  In regard to concerns about having unspent euros at the end of the holiday, there are no restrictions on taking euros out of Greece.

 

Please note, whilst other payment methods such as credit and debit cards are accepted in shops and restaurants, it is highly likely they will prefer cash and may even insist on only accepting cash.  We ask customers to bear this in mind when considering how much cash to take away.

 

While pharmacies across Greece appear to be operating normally, the Foreign Office advises that as a precautionary measure customers should make sure they have sufficient medical supplies (including prescription medicines) for the duration of their stay and any unforeseen delays.

 

We are still receiving updates from our teams in all our Greek resorts and we’re pleased to report that it’s still very much business as usual with customers enjoying their holidays. There have been no problems with shops, bars or restaurants, all public transport is running as normal and there is a normal, holiday atmosphere.

 

As with any destination, we continue to recommend that customers ensure they take out adequate travel insurance as soon as they book a holiday.  If customers do have concerns about the amount of cash they are taking and whether it is covered, you should refer them back to their insurers.  We recommend that all customers make use of the safety deposit box facilities at their chosen accommodation.

 

We will, of course, continue to monitor media reports and work with our colleagues at ABTA & the FCO.

 

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