PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS FOR GREECE
American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 90 days beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart the country. Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure.
Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.
VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR GREECE
A visa is not required for citizens of the U.S. and Canada. Citizens from other countries may require a valid visa. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Greece for the most up-to-date visa information.
INSURANCE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR GREECE
Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill. Insurance can be purchased through us.
VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GREECE
We always recommend that you see a doctor or health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. They will best determine your vaccination and medication needs based on your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, planned activities and up-to-the-minute requirement changes. For all vaccinations and health requirements, we also recommend that you consult the World Health Organization.
MEDICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GREECE
If there are any medical items that are essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
• Basic medicine kit (painkillers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, etc.)
• Digestive aids such as Imodium, Pepto-Bismol; re-hydration salts and anti-diarrhea preparations.
• Hydrocortisone tablets or cream for allergic skin reactions and bites
• Anti-nausea tablets if you suffer from motion sickness
• Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), after-sun lotion, lip balm, wide brimmed hat, sunglasses, Insect repellent
WEATHER, SEASONS AND CLIMATE IN GREECE
Even though Greece is small in size, it has a varied climate. A Mediterranean climate of sunshine, moderate temperatures and very little precipitation is enjoyed by most of the country, including its coastal areas. You can usually rely on sun and pleasant temperatures between May and June and September-October with the hottest temperatures from mid-July to mid-August. Beaches in Greece are at their busiest in July and August. For up-to-date forecasts, check weather.com.
ELECTRICITY, PHONE AND INTERNET IN GREECE
Electricity in Greece is 220 volts. Greek sockets are designed to accept two round prongs. A multi-adaptor with different plug configurations can be very useful. We advise not to bring a hair dryer as it could blow a fuse.
Phone: Roaming charges vary between carriers, but tend to be quite costly. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss overseas rates and international package options. It is also possible to purchase a SIM card locally to avoid international charges when calling numbers within Greece. (You should check to see that your cell phone is SIM card compatible.)
Internet: Wireless access is available in most urban areas, airports and hotels. You’ll find Internet cafés in both small and large cities throughout Greece.
CURRENCY IN GREECE
Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction). Euro paper money comes in different colors and denominations (5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 notes). There are also Eurocent coins: 1 cent, 2 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 and 2 Euro. Your largest bills should be 50 Euros, with a combination of 5’s, 10’s and 20’s. We recommend that you bring approximately 100 Euros of spare cash in small denominations to have ready for tips and expenses when you first arrive.
We recommend that you get local currency from your bank before you leave home or from a bank machine in-country which is much cheaper than an exchange service at the airport or in tourist areas. Your bank card may work, but Visa or MasterCard are more widely accepted. You will need a 4-digit PIN to be able to use your cards in Europe.
QUICK FACTS ABOUT GREECE
• Capital: Athens
• Language: Greek
• Currency: Euro
• Religion: 98% of the population is Greek Orthodox
• Time Zone: UTC + 2
• Electricity: 220 volts
• Telephone: Country code for calling you from outside Greece is 30
• Calling North America: Dial 001 and your 10 digit number
• Emergency numbers in Greece: General Emergency: 112; Medical: 166; Police: 100; Fire: 199.
You should definitely have with you: your driving license (at all times) and any motorcycle clothing you need. At minimum ensure you have your helmet and raincoats (jacket & trousers set).
Prefer light, summer clothing. However, also have with you one or two warmer shirts or fleece. Also, remember your swimwear and sunglasses!
Do not worry if you forget something. We can help you find anything forgotten and deemed necessary.
If you have any further questions, queries or need clarifications on any matter, do not hesitate to contact us through our contact form.