One of the world's most popular tourist destinations, Greece tends to be pictured as hot, cheap and with a rich and powerful history, but many are often surprised upon visiting Greece. Its cultural, architectural and regional diversity are almost unrivalled throughout Europe, making it an ideal and varied holiday destination for many - especially those who enjoy catching a few rays during their time there.*
Whether you're heading for a traditional tour of the many Greek architectural giant ruins, or to one of the picturesque islands, having good travel insurance cover is essential. At Alpha Travel Insurance, we have a whole range of single trip, multi trip and longstay policies designed to fit around you and your budget.
All of our travel insurance policies have the following benefits:
To get a free quote now, simply click the button that says 'Get a Quote' and select the policy which best suits your trip, and the excess that you would be willing to pay should you have to make a claim. Alternatively, you can always contact our friendly Customer Service team, and someone will be willing to discuss your travel insurance options with you.
*Please note, Alpha Travel Insurance does not provide cover for any trip which goes against the advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Please check the FCO advice on your chosen destination before booking your trip or purchasing our insurance.
Below are some useful phone numbers and Greek phrases, in case something should go wrong during your trip. We advise that you keep this information to hand at all times.
If you need to contact the police in an emergency, you can use the European emergency number 112. Calls are answered in Greek, English and French.
To reach the police directly, call 100 instead.
I want to report a crime - Thélo na anaféro éna énklima
I have been mugged – Écho écheis listépsei
If there is a fire in your hotel or apartment, call 199.
My house is burning down – To spíti mou kaígetai
Call the fire brigade – Kaléste tin pyrosvestikí
The number to call should you or someone else need an ambulance is 166.
Where is the nearest hospital? – Poú eínai to plisiéstero nosokomeío?
I have had an accident – Eícha éna atýchima
Call an ambulance – Kaléste éna asthenofóro
Before you leave the UK, it is important to obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), if you don’t have one already. They are free and will enable you to receive medical treatment whilst in Greece, should you need it. Remember, they are not a replacement for travel or medical insurance.
An EHIC only entitles you to urgent treatment – you won’t be covered for ongoing medical treatment or repatriation. You will need travel insurance in order to claim back the costs of these services. If you lose or misplace your EHIC, call the Department of Health Overseas Healthcare Team on +441912181999 – you will be given a Provisional Replacement Certificate.
It is advised that you book an appointment with your GP four – six weeks before you are due to travel to Greece, so you can check whether you are up to date with your vaccinations. Treatment may be limited on some Greek islands, so ensuring that you’re protected against illnesses such as tetanus is important. Your GP may also advise you to get vaccinated for rabies, depending which area of the country you’re planning to visit.
Chances are, if you’re heading to Greece you want the temperatures to be high and the sun to be out. If this is indeed the case, you’ll want to visit between May and August, when temperatures soar to as high as 31˚C in some areas. Beware that this is the high season, when everyone wants to travel to Greece, so accommodation often costs twice as much as it does in the low season. The beaches and biggest attractions will be crowded too.
If you’re not so keen on the heat or the crowds, but don’t want to risk all your favourite attractions being shut, then travel during the shoulder season. This varies from area to area, but it generally includes April, September and October. During this period, accommodation drops in price by about a fifth and temperatures are typically in the 20s or lower. Both ferries and internal flights have reduced schedules during these months, so check that the transport you need is readily available before booking.
The low season, which spans from November to March, is much quieter and cooler. In fact, there’s a chance if could snow in Athens and Crete! While accommodation is as much as 50 per cent cheaper during this period, it’s likely that many businesses will be shut, especially the ones on the islands. Getting a ferry to where you need to go might be tough too.
Holders of British passports do not require a visa to enter Greece. You are free to stay in the country for up to three months – if you are planning to visit for longer, you will need to apply for a residence permit.
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