Security and health

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Greece. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers consult Smartraveller to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.


Petty crime is a small problem, but is probably no worse than in other European cities – the usual precautions apply, such as limiting the amount of cash or valuables carried, and locking houses and cars.

Businesses are quite secure, but local security and insurance services are available in Greece and, as is the case with any diligent investor, should be considered seriously.


Greece is generally a safe place to visit, as long as basic precautions are followed:

  • Tap water is safe to drink in major cities and regional areas. Take care in very small, isolated towns.
  • Food is generally prepared hygienically, although caution is advisable in remote areas or at run-down or empty establishments.
  • Heat and sunburn are common health problems for visitors. Drink plenty of fluids constantly during summer and always apply sunburn cream.
  • In rural areas, beware of mosquitoes, aggressive dogs (which can carry rabies), and snakes.
  • Codeine is banned in Greece – do not attempt to bring headache products or painkillers with codeine through customs, and only bring prescription medicines with codeine if you also have a doctor’s statement asserting that the medicine is essential to treating a current illness or condition.
  • Pharmacies and major hotels provide or sell medicines of good quality.

Emergency phone numbers:

  • City police – 100
  • Tourist police – 171
  • Medical emergency – 178
  • Euroclinic (private hospital) – 210 641 6600
  • Evangelismos (public hospital) – 210 722 0001
  • Ambulance – 166
  • Fire brigade – 199