VISITING GREECE (for Paul’s Missionary Journeys)
Paul visited many places in Greece, so we think it’s important for you to know what to expect when you visit there. He passed through several other areas including Malta and Italy, but a major part of his missionary work was in Greece (and Turkey – please see our Visiting Turkey page).
Greece is well known for having plenty of sunshine, with warm temperatures and little rainfall.
As with most countries, there is regional climate variation. During the summer, the hot and dry days in Greece benefit from the cooling effect of seasonal winds. The mountain areas will have lower temperatures.
Winters in Greece are mild in the low lying areas of Greece, whilst snow covers the mountains.
For more information on the climate, check the National Observatory of Athens website.
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Do I need a visa?
UK citizens can stay in Greece for up to 90 days without a visa. You must have 6 months valid passport at the time of your return journey. You must also have at least two blank passport pages. If you have connecting flights overseas as part of your journey to Greece. It may be the case that countries you pass through en route to your destination may require a separate transit visa. Please refer to visa requirements of the specific country.
Is it safe to travel to Greece?
As with any country, it’s wise to check with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for travel advice.
Gratuities, Customs and Etiquette
This article will give you excellent insight into what’s expected of visitors to Greece!
Currency and shopping
The currency of Greece is the Euro. An idea of the exchange rate can be found here. Some banks will allow you to withdraw cash using your credit card from their ATMs. Banks are open on Mondays to Thursdays from 08:00 to 14:30 and on Fridays from 08:00 to 13:30. They will be closed on Greek Public Holidays. If you want to exchange Euros for other currencies, this can be done at airport exchange offices and in many large cities. Please note that you will be required to show your passport to exchange currencies.
In Greece the power sockets are of type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. You will need an adaptor.
Phoning the UK
You can call home by dialling 00 44 followed by your local area code (minus the 0 at the start) and the phone number, e.g. 00 44 1234 567890.
Is the water safe to drink?
Tap water is considered drinkable in Athens and other large towns, however we’d recommend bottled water wherever possible.
Can I bring my medication with me?
Greece can be very strict regarding medications brought into the country. We advise you to seek guidance from your doctor or pharmacist at the earliest opportunity. Please be aware that codeine, and any medication that contains codeine, is banned in Greece.
Do I need any vaccinations?
You should consider vaccinations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis. We strongly advise you to speak to your doctor regarding these and any other vaccinations you may personally require. You should do this well in advance of your departure date (we’d suggest at least eight weeks before you travel).
General health advice
If you are travelling from another member state of the European Union we strongly advise you to take your European Health Card (EHIC) with you in the event of requiring medical attention whilst in Greece. Information about EHIC can be found here. Please note that the EHIC isn’t a substitute for medical and travel insurance.
If you are travelling from a country that is not a member state of the European Union, you should take advice from your social security agency well before you are due to travel.
Please bear in mind that the toilet system in Greece is not as sophisticated as in other European countries. You will be asked not to place toilet tissue in the toilet, but to put it in a small bin next to the toilet instead. The bins are emptied by cleaning staff.