Travel Insurance for Greece

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Picturesque beaches, exotic islands, and a pleasant climate – it’s easy to see why Greece is such a popular tourist destination amongst British travellers, with more than 3 million visits every year.

Whether you’re visiting the Greek mainland, one of the 227 inhabited Greek islands, or cruising to take in both, there’s plenty to see and do due to in a country packed with history, heritage, breathtaking scenery and tasty food and drink.

The rich history of Greece is well-known across the world – be amazed by Olympia’s Temple of Zeus or take a tour of Athens’ Acropolis. And no matter where you plan on visiting, don’t forget to purchase Travel Insurance to protect your holiday and your family.

Travel Insurance provides protection should something unexepcted happen before or during your holiday, such as needing to cancel due to an emergency, losing your luggage or the cost of medical care if you need emergency treatment abroad.

From helping you find the right Travel Insurance policy for your needs to tips on how to make your trip more enjoyable, we’ve answered some common questions below.  Get the inside scoop on visiting Greece by reading our travel advice below.

 

Tips you need for your trip to Greece

To help ensure your Greek holiday runs smoothly, our experts are here to help you with the basic how, what, and wheres of travelling to Greece.

Cash over card

Cash is the preferred method of payment in Greece, with many places not accepting credit or debit cards at all. Despite this, credit cards are accepted by most large businesses. Although, it is still wise to keep cash on hand at all times. If in doubt, ask before going to the register.  ATMs are widely available around the country, especially in the heart of major cities. This, however, may be an issue on the more isolated islands. 

Embrace Greek culture

Going to local festivals, feasts, and artisan food markets can help you get the most out of your time in Greece. We recommend hiring a guide to show you around these cultural areas. Greece is mostly an Orthodox country and despite the fact that the dress code is mostly informal, there are several places, such as monasteries, that have a fairly strict dress code imposed for visitors. 

Explore the Mainland

Although many visitors prioritise island hopping, don’t forget that Greece is more than just its islands. The Greek Mainland has a great deal to offer. From the northern mountain ranges to the western Peloponnese’s beaches. For the culture vultures eager to uncover Greece’s archaeological riches, the Peloponnese is ideal. Branch out from the typical tourist spots to make the most of your time in Greece.

The roads in Greece are not for the faint-hearted

f you’re planning to drive around Greece, you’ll notice that the roads are very different from those in the UK. The terrain is rugged and the roads are often very narrow, making driving quite a stressful experience for many tourists. An affordable alternative is taking a cab or commuting via other public transport methods. It’s worth mentioning that some taxis may pick up passengers along the side of the road, however, the fare will not be split.

Never flush toilet paper

The Greek sewage system is very outdated, and is easily blocked. As a result, most bathrooms in Greece will have a small bin next to the toilet for you to dispose of your toilet paper, rather than flushing it. 

Do I need Travel Insurance for Greece?

Travel Insurance is a vital element of any holiday planning. High-quality Travel Insurance will cover you in the event of becoming ill, suffering an accident, losing your belongings, or being the victim of a crime while on holiday.

If you have to cancel or cut your holiday short, Travel Insurance can protect you against financial losses. When you’re covered against unforeseen events, you can unwind and enjoy your holiday to the fullest. 

The pandemic has altered our travel habits, and Travel Insurance has never been more essential. If you are concerned about the impact the Coronavirus might have on your Greek holiday, all our policies include cover for emergency medical and associated expenses (including if you contract Coronavirus in Greece). 

In addition, all policies now provide cover if you need to cancel your holiday because you contract Covid-19 before you travel, although each insurer has different terms. Our Travel Insurance policies continue to be based on the FCDO advice. It is your responsibility to check the latest advice from the FCDO prior to commencing your trip. Check the Government website for further details.

    Will an EHIC/GHIC protect me in Greece?

    Greece is a member of the European Union, so anyone with an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) will be insured while in Greece. The EHIC system provides government-run healthcare to UK and EU tourists, granting access to treatment for free or at a reduced cost. It will not cover any repatriation costs. Without a policy with enough medical cover, costs can mount up easily.

    The UK is no longer a member of the European Union however, EHIC cards issued in the UK will continue to be accepted until their expiry date. Once expired, EHIC cards will be replaced with the new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) and they will operate in a similar way to the EHIC. Do not substitute an EHIC/GHIC for Travel Insurance – make sure you take out a high-quality policy before your travels.

    The Greek Islands are amongst Europe’s most appealing cruise destinations. Cruises are a fantastic way to see the finest of Greece since they allow you to travel from island to island without having to worry about boat timings or hotel bookings. It is important to remember that a GHIC cannot be used onboard any cruise. Just Travel Cover assesses many specialised insurers to provide you with cost-effective coverage tailored to your needs. We aim to find cover relevant to cruise travel, e.g. missed port departure and cabin confinement coverage.

    The majority of our insurers cover cancellation, loss of belongings, emergency medical care, and medical evacuation. There is no upper age restriction on our cruise travel insurance. Although, conditions may apply depending on the insurer and your pre-existing medical history.

    Will an EHIC/GHIC protect me in Greece?

    Greece is a member of the European Union, so anyone with an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) will be insured while in Greece. The EHIC system provides government-run healthcare to UK and EU tourists, granting access to treatment for free or at a reduced cost. It will not cover any repatriation costs. Without a policy with enough medical cover, costs can mount up easily.

    The UK is no longer a member of the European Union however, EHIC cards issued in the UK will continue to be accepted until their expiry date. Once expired, EHIC cards will be replaced with the new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) and they will operate in a similar way to the EHIC. Do not substitute an EHIC/GHIC for Travel Insurance – make sure you take out a high-quality policy before your travels.

    The Greek Islands are amongst Europe’s most appealing cruise destinations. Cruises are a fantastic way to see the finest of Greece since they allow you to travel from island to island without having to worry about boat timings or hotel bookings. It is important to remember that a GHIC cannot be used onboard any cruise. Just Travel Cover assesses many specialised insurers to provide you with cost-effective coverage tailored to your needs. We aim to find cover relevant to cruise travel, e.g. missed port departure and cabin confinement coverage.

    The majority of our insurers cover cancellation, loss of belongings, emergency medical care, and medical evacuation. There is no upper age restriction on our cruise travel insurance. Although, conditions may apply depending on the insurer and your pre-existing medical history.

    What will my Greece Travel Insurance cover?

    When travelling to any destination, Travel Insurance is a must. For your holiday to Greece, we aim to find a Travel Insurance policy tailored to your needs, with flexible options depending on how much cover you need, for example, you’ll need to consider how much cancellation cover you need and any pre-exisitng medical conditions. All of our limits are per person. If you’re looking to take part in activities, make sure you declare these when taking out your policy. At Just Travel Cover our specialist insurers can provide cover for; 

    • No upper age limit cover
    • Cancellation insurance of up to £12,500 (£30,000 with a referral) per person
    • Baggage cover of up to £3,000 per person
    • Personal liability covers up to £2 million per person
    • All travel companions can be covered under  the same policy
    • Zero excess policies available

    Medical Cover

    • Pre-existing medical conditions considered
    • Emergency medical and repatriation expenses of up to £15 million
    • English speaking 24/7 emergency medical assistance helpline

    What will my Greece Travel Insurance cover?

    When travelling to any destination, Travel Insurance is a must. For your holiday to Greece, we aim to find a Travel Insurance policy tailored to your needs, with flexible options depending on how much cover you need, for example, you’ll need to consider how much cancellation cover you need and any pre-exisitng medical conditions. All of our limits are per person. If you’re looking to take part in activities, make sure you declare these when taking out your policy. At Just Travel Cover our specialist insurers can provide cover for; 

    • No upper age limit cover
    • Cancellation insurance of up to £12,500 (£30,000 with a referral) per person
    • Baggage cover of up to £3,000 per person
    • Personal liability covers up to £2 million per person
    • All travel companions can be covered under  the same policy
    • Zero excess policies available

    Medical Cover

    • Pre-existing medical conditions considered
    • Emergency medical and repatriation expenses of up to £15 million
    • English speaking 24/7 emergency medical assistance helpline

     What are the most popular islands in Greece to travel to?

    The Greek islands are an incredibly popular destination amongst tourists and there are plenty to pick from! Depending on whether you’re relaxing, partying, immersing yourself in Greek history, or all the above, you should research which Greek island will be best suited for your trip.

    The best islands for luxury and nightlife are: 

    • Santorini
    • Mykonos
    • Zante
    • Corfu
    • Kos
    • Paros 
    • and Ios

    For history and culture visit:

    • Crete
    • Athens
    • Kos
    • Rhodes
    • Delos
    • and Santorini

    If you’re looking for a family-friendly destination visit: 

    • Corfu
    • Crete
    • Rhodes
    • Naxos
    • Kos 
    • and Mykonos

    For the picturesque beaches, why not take a trip to:

    • Zanta
    • Paxi
    • Santorini
    • Tilos
    • Ikaria
    • or Milos

     What are the most popular islands in Greece to travel to?

    The Greek islands are an incredibly popular destination amongst tourists and there are plenty to pick from! Depending on whether you’re relaxing, partying, immersing yourself in Greek history, or all the above, you should research which Greek island will be best suited for your trip.

    The best islands for luxury and nightlife are: 

    • Santorini
    • Mykonos
    • Zante
    • Corfu
    • Kos
    • Paros 
    • and Ios

    For history and culture visit:

    • Crete
    • Athens
    • Kos
    • Rhodes
    • Delos
    • and Santorini

    If you’re looking for a family-friendly destination visit: 

    • Corfu
    • Crete
    • Rhodes
    • Naxos
    • Kos 
    • and Mykonos

    For the picturesque beaches, why not take a trip to:

    • Zanta
    • Paxi
    • Santorini
    • Tilos
    • Ikaria
    • or Milos

    Cover for Pre-Existing Medical Conditions

    • Emergency medical, hospital and medical expenses up to £15m
    • Repatriation (the cost of getting you home)
    • Emergency dental care
    • Accommodation expenses
    • 24 hour medical assistance line

     

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