Greece

Often considered to be the birth of the Western civilization, Greece had a tremendous influence on art, politics, philosophy, language, sports and many other things. On top of that, Greece is a wonderful Mediterranean country to visit, from white sandy beaches, historical ruins or one of its 6,000 islands.

While a safe country, some parts of Greece’s cities are best to be avoided, and pickpockets are an issue in high season. SafeAround has compiled information from numerous sources make sure you have a safe trip in Greece and be aware of all potential dangers. Greece is the 39th safest country in the world, based on the safest and most dangerous countries ranking.

SAFETY INDEX

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Is Greece a Safe or Dangerous Country?

Greece is a very safe country. It is ranked 39th on the ranking of world’s safest countries. All the risks listed have a small chance of happening, but as one of the top touristic destinations and a strong economic crisis, travelers may face some dangers.

Pickpockets and bag snatchers are an issue in crowded subway stations of Athens and other cities, and near touristic attractions, so it is best to use a money belt or leave all valuables at your hotel. Violent crime is very low, there have been some reports of fights between intoxicated tourists near resort areas such as Korfu or Rhodes Begging is not uncommon in some larger cities, but not to a greater extent than in most other major cities, and you will rarely experience aggressive beggars. Some beggars are organized in groups. Be aware that flashing any cardboard sign very near to your body could be a pickpocket trick. Since the Economic crisis, some organized protests can lead to fights between the demonstrators and police force, it is therefore unwise to join any of these protests. Protect your personal belongings at all times, especially your ID and passport. Petty crime, like bag snatching and pick pocketing, is a serious problem around touristic areas and on public transport. In big cities, take the usual precautions (eg: not walking in parks alone at night, not leaving your bike or phone and camera unattended  and not keeping your wallet in your backpocket) and you will most likely not encounter any crime at all while staying in Greece. For more details, see city specific advice or take a look at our travel articles.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Greece is a very safe country. It is ranked 39th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

There is some pickpocket-related risk in Greece, especially in the large cities. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

Greece is an averagely safe country regarding the chances of being mugged or kidnapped. Be aware of dangerous zones by asking local advice.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you in  Greece. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Transports and taxis are generally very safe in Greece.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

There are no natural hazards in Greece other than risks of drowning at sea.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Greece is a very safe country in respect to terrorist threats.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Greece is generally very safe for women travelers.

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Useful Information

Visas are not usually required for stays under 90 days, and EU nationals (Schengen) can stay in the country as long as they want. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to the country you’re visiting. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in Greeceand most of Europe is the Euro. There are some withdrawal restrictions on the amount of euros you can withdraw per day (around €600). It is a cheap country compared to other European peers, with a per day budget averaging 60-80€.
The weather in Greece is mild during Autumn and Spring, cold in Winter and Sunny in Summer. The best time to visit is around summer (May-September), with July and August being extremely crowded; although major cities can be visited year-long.
The main international airports are in Athens, Korfu, Heraklion and Rhodes If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page