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Greece Health & Safety Advice

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Greece's health care system is considered very good. Health care is free for all citizens. For residents of European Union (EU), the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) card covers basic medical care. Non-EU nationals are advised to purchase medical insurance. Many medications that can only be acquired by prescription in the US, Canada or UK, can be purchased without prescription in Greece. Be sure to know the generic name of the medication you're looking for, as they may be sold in Greece under a different brand name.

Tap water is usually drinkable and in many places very good, although its quality depends on the region. Mostly in smaller islands though, the preferable option is to drink bottled water due to the unpleasant taste of the tap water. Milk is pasteurized and dairy products as well as meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables and fruits are considered safe to eat.


Greece is generally a very safe country for travelers and Violent crime and theft rates are very low. Travelers are advised to take usual sensible precautions - locking cars and hotel rooms, not leaving valuables unattended.

Tourists should be warned about special kind of a scam when a single male traveler is invited to a bar and then ends up paying an enormous bill for his Greek "friend" plus a couple of ladies (of course, friends of the "friend") who just happened to be at the same bar.

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