- Reviewed: 19 March 2020, 13:55 NZDT
- Still current at: 9 April 2020
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There have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Greece.
Local authorities in countries and territories with confirmed cases of COVID-19 may impose containment measures including travel restrictions and quarantine requirements to prevent the spread of the virus.
Such measures may be imposed at short notice and specific details may change rapidly, including where and to whom they apply to and for how long. All travellers should stay informed of measures being taken by authorities in the areas they are travelling to. We recommend that all travellers consult the official website or the nearest embassy or consulate of your country or territory of destination to find out about any border controls and other measures that may apply to you.
For information on countries and territories which have COVID-19 related border restrictions affecting foreign nationals, including travellers in transit, please check the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website before you travel. IATA provides a comprehensive list of all countries and territories that have imposed COVID-19 related border restrictions and is being continually updated.
As part of its response to managing the COVID-19 outbreak, the New Zealand Government has some temporary travel restrictions in place in New Zealand. Please refer to the New Zealand Ministry of Health website for up to date information.
Demonstrations in relation to many issues including economic and political developments occur frequently in Greece, and have the potential to turn violent with little warning. Demonstrations primarily occur in Athens, particularly in Syntagma and Omonia Squares, and Exarchia.The likelihood of civil unrest in Greece may increase during days of national significance.
New Zealanders in Greece are advised to avoid all protests and demonstrations as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent. Police may use tear gas and/or water cannons to disperse demonstrations. Monitor the media and adhere to any restrictions and instructions issued by the local authorities.
New Zealanders who find themselves in an area affected by demonstrations or violence should leave the area if it is safe to do so, or if this is not possible, find a safe location, remain indoors and heed the advice of local authorities.
New Zealanders should be aware that strikes occur regularly in Greece, and can cause disruption to public transport, including air travel, sea and rail transport and taxi services.
Terrorist groups, including those based in Syria and Iraq, have made threats to conduct attacks across Europe. There is also an ongoing threat of domestic terrorism, often targeting government buildings, police stations, banks and diplomatic and commercial interests. In the past, there have been a number of bomb attacks in urban areas, some of which have resulted in injuries. Further attacks are possible, and could occur anywhere at any time, including in places frequented by tourists.
New Zealanders in Greece are advised to keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. We recommend following any instructions issued by the local authorities and exercising a high degree of vigilance in public places.
Cash and cards
New Zealanders travelling or living in Greece should be aware that not all Greek islands have international ATMs, and that locations with limited ATMs may run out of cash. We therefore recommend making sure that you have multiple means of payment with you (including cash, debit cards and credit cards) and ensuring that you have enough cash to cover emergencies.
Opportunistic petty crime like pickpocketing, bag snatching and passport theft is common in tourist areas and on public transport. Tourists are often targeted on the metro and on the train to and from Athens Airport. We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to safeguard and secure their personal belongings. Don’t leave any baggage unattended and remain vigilant.
Tourists have been the victims of serious physical and sexual assaults in Greece. Extra care should be taken to ensure drinks are never left unattended.
General travel advice
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe and can include lengthy imprisonment or fines.
Photography of military installations, personnel and locations is prohibited, and could result in detention and prosecution. If in doubt, don’t take a picture.
Carry your passport or some form of photo identification at all times. If your passport is stolen, please report it and apply for a new one online immediately. You may be detained if you do not have proper identification with you.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Greece should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in Greece are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The New Zealand Embassy Rome, Italy is accredited to Greece
See our regional advice for Europe
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