With millions of British holidaymakers heading to Greece this summer, and as the country teeters on the edge of an economic crisis, here at Holiday Hypermarket we’ll give you the low down on how the Greek crisis could affect you.
Will the Greek crisis ruin my holiday?
According to The Embassy of Greece in London, this crisis shouldn’t make much difference to your holiday. A statement was issued on 29 June 2015 to reassure holidaymakers that there is no need to panic.
“The Greek government informs those visiting or about to visit Greece, that the announced measures restricting the movement of capital do not affect in any way those who wish to make transactions or ATM withdrawals using debit or credit cards issued abroad.
It should be also noted that there is ample availability of both fuel and all products and services that ensure a smooth and fun stay for the visitors in every city, region and the islands.
Greece continues to guarantee a high level of quality of services offered to visitors who have made our country a top tourist destination worldwide.
The minister of tourism, Elena Kountoura, reiterates that Greek tourism remains high in the preferences of our visitors. The tourists who are already here, and those who are planning to come, will not be affected in any way by the events and will continue to enjoy their holiday in Greece with absolutely no problem.”
Greece relies heavily on tourism so its business as usual at the moment, you should continue to look forward to and plan your holiday. There is no reason not to book or cancel your holiday to Greece.
If you take medicine regulary, holiday makers are being advised to take their own medicine with them as chemists my be running short of stock.
Do I need travel insurance?
No matter where you go on holiday you should always take out travel insurance at the time of booking your trip. It provides instant protection giving you peace of mind, should anything go wrong due to unforeseen circumstances outside of our control.
Travel money, ATM’s and credit cards
The Foreign Office has stated that tourist should make sure they take adequate money in euros “to cover the duration of your stay, for emergencies, unforeseen circumstances and any unexpected delays”.
It also added “You should take appropriate security precautions against theft. There are currently no restrictions on taking unspent euros out of Greece at the end of your stay”.
All cards should work as normal everywhere but some hotels, shops and restaurants may be unwilling to accept card payments and insist on cash, so for this reason we recommend that you take a little more cash than usual in euros. It is advisable to take smaller denominations of currency rather than high-value notes. This is because although you might pay in euros, traders would be likely to give you change in the lower value Greek currency.
The limit of €60 is only applicable to bank cards issued in Greece so using a UK bank card means you will not be subject to this rule.
Olympic Holidays “will ensure that customers are able to access cash during their holiday via ‘Olympic Holidays cash-in-resort service’. We have set up a system whereby customers can draw cash against their U.K. credit or debit card via our local resort staff at absolutely no cost to you or your customers. This will apply throughout our extensive programme of 34 Greek islands”.
As you would on any holiday you should always take adequate precautions to protect yourself and your belongings.