Do I need a travel health insurance for Greece?
AXA’s Schengen travel insurance offers extensive protection, covering medical expenses up to €100,000 in Greece and other Schengen Area countries. It also allows you to obtain the travel insurance certificate required with your Greece Visa application.
What does AXA Schengen travel insurance for Greece cover?
- Up to €100,000 coverage in medical expenses
- Medical repatriation
- 24/7 medical assistance in English or French
- Up to 180 days of coverage
- All Schengen, E.U. countries as well as the United Kingdom (depending on the chosen insurance)
- Insurance certificate issued immediately and approved by the embassies
AXA's Schengen travel insurance policies have no age limits.
Do you cover emergency medical costs related to coronavirus?
We will cover your medical costs related to coronavirus provided you haven't traveled against World Health Organization's advice, medical advice, or any other government body’s advice in your home country or the country you are traveling to. Emergency and additional travel costs are also covered providing you have stuck to this advice. All issued electronic certificates purchased on the axa-schengen site include this disclaimer: “Medical fees related to COVID-19 are covered in the terms, conditions & exclusions established in the insurance policy”.
Will AXA Schengen travel insurance be accepted with my Greek visa application?
Yes ! For over 10 years, AXA has been delivering insurance certificates that meet EU countries’ requirements to obtain a Schengen visa.
I don’t need a Schengen visa to visit Greece. Can I still purchase your insurance to cover my possible health expenses?
As the saying goes "Better safe than sorry". If the Schengen travel insurance is not mandatory for some travelers, the troubles they might face are still very real. A broken wrist or nasty infection can happen to anyone! We thus strongly recommend that you subscribe to our insurance for travelers visiting Europe to make sure your trip is as safe and peaceful as possible.
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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.
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.
The embassy states that I must get an insurance certificate with Covid protection. Is this possible?
All issued electronic certificates purchased on the axa-schengen site include this disclaimer: “Medical fees related to COVID-19 are covered in the terms, conditions & exclusions established in the insurance policy”.
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 €20 per week, or Schengen Multi Trip insurance, perfect for regular travelers, available from €298.
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Frequently asked questions about travel insurance for Greece
Will my travel insurance cover repatriation if I get injured?
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.
Will my travel insurance fees be refunded if my visa is refused?
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.