Greece – Local Laws and Health – Holiday Claims


Greece attracts holiday makers due to its desolate beaches and its culture and ancient history along with its residents' hospitality.

However when you go abroad you need to ensure you are aware of the local laws that apply as in certain countries things that you would not even think of can be illegal or cause offence to local Greek authorities. The last thing you want is for your holiday to be ruined as you were not aware of their laws.

In Greece the police have strict rules on indecent behaviour and there is a zero tolerance policy that applies. If you are caught you will be arrested and could be given a heavy fine or a prison sentence.

You must carry a form of identification with you are all times eg passports or driving licences with a photograph.

If you are trying to get work in bars or night clubs in Greece you must have a health certificate issued by the relevant local authorities.

When travelling abroad you also need to be aware that the old E111 form is no longer valid and that you need to have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). NB: This card only entitles you to emergency medical treatment and should never be a substitute for good medical and travel insurance.

If you become ill whilst on holiday in Greece the last thing you want is for your holiday to be ruined as you cannot easily get the treatment you need. If you fail to obtain holiday illness insurance you could find yourself in the position that you cannot get medical repatriation eg they will not transport you back home, no on-going medical treatment that you may require and also no support at all for treatment of a non-urgent nature.

Unfortunately being ill or injured in an accident whilst on holiday in Greece can happen to anyone eg food poisoning at your hotel or resort, slipping or tripping accidents on wet floors etc.

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