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46 Travel Information -- Greece




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This article is from the Greece FAQ, by Nikolaos (Nick) C. Fotis, nfotis@theseas.ntua.gr with numerous contributions by others.

46 Travel Information -- Greece


[ Note: that's a time limited subject. The time you read this, it may
be already out-of-date, so *please* check with the respective embassies/
consulates before starting to prepare for a travel to Greece. This
information has a U.S. bias (of course!) ]

Newsgroup: rec.travel
From: kardaras@ec.ecn.purdue.edu (George S Kardaras)
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*NEW* TRAVEL INFORMATION -- Greece

STATE DEPARTMENT TRAVEL INFORMATION - Greece

Greece - Consular Information Sheet
[ VERSION: April 29, 1993 ]

Embassy and Consulate Locations: The U.S. Embassy in Athens is
located at 91 Vasilissis Sophias Boulevard, telephone (30-1)
721-2951. The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy may be reached
at (30-1) 721-8561. The U.S. Consulate in Thessaloniki is located
at 59 Leoforos Nikis, telephone (30-31) 266-121.

No. 93-078

This replaces the Consular Information Sheet issued October 7,
1992, to provide information on driving conditions in Greece, and to
add information on reporting the loss or theft abroad of a U.S.
passport.

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Country Description: Greece is a developed and stable democracy
with a modern economy. Tourist facilities are widely available.

Entry Requirements: A passport is required. A visa is not
required for tourist or business stays up to three months. An AIDS
test is required for performing artists and students on Greek
scholarships; U.S. test results are not accepted. For further
information concerning entry requirements to Greece, travelers can
contact the Embassy of Greece at 2221 Massachusetts Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC 20008, telephone (202) 939-5800, or the nearest
Consulate General in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, New Orleans,
New York, or San Francisco.

Medical Facilities: Medical facilities are available. U.S.
medical insurance is not always valid outside the United States.
Travelers have found that in some cases, supplemental medical
insurance with specific overseas coverage has proved to be useful.
Further information on health matters can be obtained from the
Centers for Disease Control's international travelers hotline on
(404) 332-4559.

Crime Information: Greece has a low rate of crime, but some
pickpocketing, purse-snatching, and luggage theft does occur in
Greece at popular tourist areas. The loss or theft abroad of a U.S.
passport should be reported immediately to the local police and the
nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. The Department of State's
pamphlet "A Safe Trip Abroad" is available from the Superintendent
of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC
20402. It provides useful information on guarding valuables and
protecting personal security while traveling abroad.

Terrorist Activities: Civil disorder is rare. However, there are
several active terrorist groups, including the "17 November"
organization, which at times has targeted U.S. Government and U.S.
commercial interests. Between 1975 and 1991, "17 November"
assassinated four Americans assigned to U.S. diplomatic or military
installations in Greece. Terrorists in Greece have seldom targeted
tourists.

Drug Penalties: U.S. citizens are subject to the laws of the
country in which they are traveling. In Greece, penalties for
possession, use, and trafficking in illegal drugs are strict, and
convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and fines. Arrestees
may spend up to 18 months in pretrial confinement.

Dual Nationality: U.S. citizens who are also considered to be
Greek citizens could be subject to compulsory military service and
other aspects of Greek law while in Greece. Those who may be
affected can inquire at a Greek Embassy or consulate to determine
status. In some instances, dual nationality may hamper U.S.
government efforts to provide protection abroad.

Driving: Visitors to Greece must be prepared to drive defensively.
Greece has the third highest fatal accident rate in Europe. High
casualty rates on Greek highways led to a recent toughening of
traffic laws and new increased traffic police presence on major
roads. The use of motorbikes on the islands can be dangerous
because of heavy traffic and difficulty of the terrain. The
majority of U.S. citizen traffic casualties in Greece have involved
motorbikes. Owners of rental motorbikes are not required to carry
insurance coverage; the renter is liable for damages caused to the
rental vehicle and to property of third parties.

Registration: U.S. citizens who register at the Consular Section
of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate can obtain updated information on
travel and security in Greece.

 

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