Travel safely and securely in Greece
Greece is a popular summer destination for Nordic travellers, and data from SOS International's alarm centre shows that over a number of years the country has been among the top countries from which most claims are filed.
We have gathered some pieces of good advice for you and your family's safety in Greece.
As a high-volume country, SOS International has an exclusive office in Crete.
The office has, amongst others, a medical practitioner associated, who speak Greek and Danish and who carries out local cost control, and the office works both operationally and in keeping a close contact with the alarm centre and the local hospitals and clinics.
Greece is considered a medium risk destination.
The main risk stems from political instability and demonstrations that sometimes turn violent.
Larger demonstrations are most common in major cities such as Athens. In addition disruptive labour strike actions can occur.
Most crime in Greece is basic theft, i.e. pickpocketing, bag-snatching and the like.
Road traffic accidents are unfortunately common in Greece.
There is - as in most European countries - a general risk of terrorism.
- Carry a copy of your passport and ID at all times in order to be able to identify yourself to the authorities.
- Avoid any large gatherings/demonstrations.
- Keep an eye on your belongings and do not bring more cash or valuables than you can ‘afford’ to loose.
- Always wear safety equipment such as seat belts while driving
- If you are victim of a criminal offense, report to the local tourist police as soon as possible. See telephone numbers below.
Local emergency numbers in Greece:
SOS – all services: 112
Tourist Police: 1571
Fire Service: 199
Ambulance Services: 166
Medical Emergency: 112
Do I need vaccinations before travelling to Greece?
You are advised to consult your doctor and/or vaccination centre well in advance of your travel for advice on vaccination, prophylaxis, precautions and diseases.
Country specific and individualized vaccination advice can be found at:
Follow travel updates and news for Greece
These can be found at:
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs – www.um.dk
Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs – www.formin.finland.fi
Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs – www.mfa.is
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – www.regeringen.no
Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs – www.regeringen.se
It is also advised to sign up on your foreign office's travel database so that you can be informed and alerted by your national authorities in case needed.
Are you travelling and in need of acute assistance?
Contact SOS International's alarm centre on +45 7010 5050.
Hospitals and clinics in Greece
There may be a difference in the standard of hospitals on the mainland and the Greek islands where language skills, the choice of clinics and hospitals and, thus, the medical professionalism may vary in the islands.
When it is necessary, SOS International evacuates critical patients to the mainland , primarily Athens, to obtain the best possible quality of treatment.
SOS International recommends that as soon as possible you contact our alarm centre before consulting a doctor to get advice on coverage, choice of hospital etc.
SOS International’s alarm centre is ready to take calls and provide help 24 hours a day.
Contact us at +45 7010 5050.
Typical diseases in Greece
'Traveller's diarrhoea’ or in medical language “Gastroenteritis,” is one of the most frequent diagnoses at SOS International from Greece. 'Traveller's diarrhoea' is caused by bacteria in food and water or bacteria that get into the mouth from one’s own unclean hands.
How do you avoid having your holiday ruined by 'traveller's diarrhoea'?
To avoid 'Traveller's diarrhoea' remember these following things:
- Wash hands before all meals
- Only eat street food that is cooked in front of you and that is piping hot
- Consider whether you think that the hygiene looks acceptable at restaurants and cafes
- Respond quickly to vomiting and diarrhoea and contact our Assistance Centre, so you can get in touch with a doctor in our network and be treated as soon as possible
The sun in Greece can be very strong.
Avoid the sun between 12 and 3 and use sunscreen with factor 30 or more.