What travel insurance do I need when visiting Greece ?
Greece: Discover an ancient culture
Have you decided to take a trip to Greece or listed it among the countries you don’t want to miss when visiting Europe? From Athens to Crete via the Cyclades and Meteora, Greece combines incredible architectural and cultural heritage with splendid landscapes, not to mention its world-renowned cuisine. Greeks are incredibly hospitable, and there’s so much to see across the mainland and islands - from the vast array of antiquities and ruins, to the modern party towns that have made some spots a must-visit for Europe’s young people. With a Schengen Visa, you will be able to move around the whole country in complete freedom.
Your Schengen Visa will open doors to a many-faceted country with a rich history
The Schengen Area is comprised of 25 countries, including not only Greece, but France, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, and Austria, among others. If you are a third-country national and want to travel to one of the countries in the Schengen Area, you will first need to request a Schengen Visa. This process is carried out in the country you will be entering first.
Among the documents required, in addition to standard travel documents, you will have to specify the reason for your visit (holiday, study, work, etc.), as well as provide evidence of travel insurance. Click on the link to find out about all the documents you will need in order to obtain your Greece Schengen Visa.
Choose travel insurance for Greece that allows you to be fully protected
To obtain your Schengen Visa for Greece, you will have to provide evidence of travel insurance. At the minimum, this must allow you to benefit from repatriation in the event of a serious accident or death and coverage of medical costs (minimum €30,000). You can also combine this with additional coverage options for a worry-free trip.
If you travel as a family, you may wish to cover advance repatriation to your country of residence for the other insured parties, as well as your luggage. The handling of communication expenses could also prove very useful in Greece, just like in other nations.
How do I get to Greece?
By plane: Athens International Airport is located around 30 kilometers from the Greek capital and provides easy access to the city, as well as the Port of Piraeus, with plenty of metro and bus links. Daily flights leave from various European cities and you will most likely pass through Athens if you want to visit the Greek islands.
By sea: if you want to get to Greece from Italy, you will enjoy the option of taking the ferry. You can leave from four different Italian ports - Ancona, Bari, Brindisi, or Venice - and will arrive in Igoumenitsa or Patras.
Travel to the islands: to get around the Greek islands you can take the ferry; however, there are also high-speed boats available, both big and small.
By train: The Greek railway company TrainOSE operates services between some of the country's main cities including Athens and Thessaloniki. Train travel when getting to Greece may be complicated, however, as it has no land borders with other Schengen states.
Advice on health and vaccinations
Before leaving for Greece, you are advised to ensure that you are up to date with the following vaccinations: diphtheria-tetanus-polio, rubella, mumps, and measles. It is also recommended that you be vaccinated against hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and meningococcus. If you will be staying in a rural area, it is strongly advised that you be vaccinated against Central European tick-borne encephalitis and rabies after consulting with a doctor.
During your stay in Greece, you will enjoy the warmth of its Mediterranean climate. Winters are generally mild and rainy, while summers are hot and dry. It’s not uncommon for temperatures to reach 45 degrees Celsius in July and August, without a hint of rain. Storms can be very violent.
It is recommended you choose fall (September-October) to visit Athens in particular. May is also a perfect month, before the extreme heat arrives. It is possible to ski in Greece; in winter you can head to Mount Parnassus or Mount Olympus.
Your stay in Greece will be a wonderful opportunity to go in search of sublime landscapes, not to mention the landmarks and archaeological sites - these places invite you to go on a genuine journey back in time.
- Athens: the Greek capital is one big open-air museum. Beyond the world-famous Acropolis, you will also be able to visit the Ancient Agora, the National Archaeological Museum, the Acropolis Museum and, of course, the Parthenon. When it comes to mealtimes, don’t miss the neighborhood of Plaka.
- Lovers of nature and spectacular landscapes will not want to miss a visit to the region of Meteora. There, perched high atop pillars of rock, you will discover monasteries that appear to be floating in the clouds.
- Crete is a Greek island that deserves a trip of its own. From Heraklion to the more remote and wild parts of the island, the whole place invites you to relax and enjoy its omnipresent nature.
- The Greek islands should ideally be visited by hiring a boat, allowing you to make stopovers as and when you please. Among the most unmissable are, of course, Santorini with its white houses, but also Mykonos, Corfu, Rhodes, Hydra, and Lesbos.
It is recommended that visitors remain vigilant and inspect their vehicle before boarding the ferries when leaving the ports of Patras and Igoumenitsa. Immigrants regularly try to hide in tourist vehicles.
Pickpocketing is consistently on the rise in certain Athenian neighborhoods (near the Acropolis, and especially around the green spaces of Filopappou Hill, Monastiraki, and Omonia Square), as well as in the train stations, Larissa and Peloponnese. It is recommended that visitors carry photocopies of their identity and travel documents.
Greece uses the Euro as its currency. For exchanging money, the banks are generally open on weekdays, from 8am to 2pm. It is best to always have a little cash on you, as it is not uncommon for shops and even hotels to refuse card payments.
Most embassies are located in Athens. You should check their location and contact numbers should you need assistance from your home country’s mission.
Shops in the cities and large stores are generally open from 9am to 8pm (or even 9pm). In small towns and remote neighborhoods, shops may close their doors at 3pm or take a break between 2.30 and 5.30pm.
The Greek National Day (Ohi/Oxi Day) takes place on 28th October, which is, therefore, a holiday.
Greece observes daylight saving time.
How can AXA help?
AXA provides Low Cost Schengen Area travel insurance that meets your visa requirements when traveling to Greece from as little as €0.99 per day - a fee that will cover you for medical expenses up to €30,000 in all Schengen countries. A certificate proving you are insured will be available immediately, meaning you can get on with your application. We are the number one brand and offer assistance 24/7, as well as other options and tailor-made products. Other coverage available includes our Europe Travel insurance, costing €1.50 per day, or Schengen Multi Trip insurance, perfect for regular travelers, available from €298.
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Frequently asked questions about travel insurance for Greece
Yes. AXA’s insurance will cover your repatriation in case of injury or illness.
Are my children covered on AXA’s Schengen travel insurance?
Yes. AXA’s insurance provides coverage for your family on your trip - providing you with peace of mind throughout your stay.
Yes. If your visa is refused AXA will refund your insurance fees in the majority of cases. But you will need to provide documentation showing the reasons for your refusal.