There are few things to say about Greece that haven’t already been heard. The freshness and brightness of the food with Mediterranean ingredients like you will find nowhere else is reason enough to come here. Mix in the people who are just as vibrant as the food, the endless views of mountains and seaside and throw in the beginnings of civilization? You’ll never want to leave.
Drinking water: Safe to drink from the tap
Plugs: Type C and F (See photo below)
All passengers must fill out a Passenger Locator Form and it is advised to download the “Visit Greece” app before arriving.
Vaccinated travelers do not need a negative test upon arrival, however, could be subject to change based on country of origin. See info below.
**Make sure to triple check entry requirements well before departure as protocols are constantly changing**
Official currency: € Euro
Budget: As a tourist hotspot expect higher prices, especially during peak season. Backpackers should plan for around €40 – €50 per day. Island hopping during peak season will be more expensive, though. Mid range can expect to spend from €80 – €100 with the same caveat.
Credit cards: Common
Tipping: 5-10% expected from tourists
Schengen state. 62 countries can enter for 90 days within 180 visa free.
**Always check with your government for the most up to date information on visa requirements.**
**Assuming you are current on routine vaccinations. Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on required vaccinations specific to your home country**
Exercise Normal Precautions
**Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on safety**
Official Languages: Greek
Hello: Γειά (yee-a) Goodbye: Αντίο (a-ntee-o)
Thank-you: Ευχαριστώ (e-fha-ree-sto)
Yes: Ναί (ne) No: Όχι (o-hi)
Beer: Μπύρα (bee-ra) Wine: Κρασί (kra-see)
When to go
Peak season is July and August. Weather is very hot, prices high and lots of crowds. Book well in advance if you plan on visiting during this time. Athens is empty in August as that is when Greece gets their vacation time, however, because of this, many bars and restaurants will be closed.
Should seasons of April – June and September – October are considered the best since crowds have thinned but weather is still nice. From November – April many hotels and restaurants are closed on some of the islands but larger islands will remain open and pleasantly devoid of many tourists. Mainland Greece is also an excellent option during this time period for low prices and few crowds.
Hire local guides
Eat, stay and shop local
Always be environmentally conscious