Population: 10.7 million
Official language: Greek
Time zone: Eastern European Time (EET), Eastern European Summer Time (EEST)
Emergency #: 112
Vaccinations required: No
Risk of malaria: Yes
Greece is known as one of the most historic countries in the world. Visitors can explore ancient cities and historical sites as well as the country’s 6,000 islands.
The standards for patient care and medical services in Greece may differ from your home country. Greece has been experiencing an economic crisis, which has led to budget cuts and major healthcare reforms.
Healthcare in Greece generally meets international standards, but services are unevenly distributed across the country. Major cities have both public and private hospitals and are well-serviced. However, some rural areas lack medical centres, personnel, and resources. Most doctors, nurses, and pharmacists can speak some English.
In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Greece may require upfront payment in cash, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Greece.
Greece has well-stocked pharmacies in major cities, but specific medications may be in short supply or difficult to find in rural regions. Many drugs that typically require a prescription in your home country can be purchased over-the-counter in Greece, but it is not advisable to take medication without consulting a healthcare practitioner. Pharmacists are trained and licensed.
If you are travelling with medication, check with Greece’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.
Roads in Greece are generally well maintained in cities. Due to the recent economic crisis, spending on road maintenance has decreased and safety measures are not as strictly enforced. Seat belts must be worn by all passengers in vehicles at all times. Helmets must be worn while driving a motorcycle or moped. Helmets are not mandatory when cycling but should be worn for safety.
Before you go, check the list of vaccines and relevant health risks for Greece. For personalized advice, check out our Travel Health Planner to get health information that’s tailored to all the destinations on your itinerary:
IAMAT-affiliated doctors are available in Greece.