Practical information The Greek Islands

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Greece : the key figures

Area : 10402.0 km2

Population : 660000 inhabitants

Jet Lag : +2hrs

The Greek Islands : Travel Information before you go!


Depending on your destination, the average flight duration for mainland Greece is five and a half hours. The duration to the Greek Islands can range from 5 to 11 hours. The price of a ticket is approximately £140 to Greece, and, depending on the itinerary to the islands, tickets can cost up to £300.


Athens airport is 15 miles from Piraeus, a ferry boarding port for the islands. It takes about 45 minutes to get there by car when there is no traffic; otherwise there are buses which serve this harbour station 24/7 and numerous Greek taxis which are very cheap.


There is no reason to worry; Greece and its islands are calm and safe. The only problem is the condition of the roads; the road network is good but the winding roads are dangerous. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Greece has the highest rate of death from car accidents of all the European Union countries.


The official language is modern Greek. English is spoken in tourist areas.

Required travel documents for

Visas are not required to enter Greece. You need a passport to enter Greece. As a British passport holder you may stay as a visitor for three months. For longer stays, you will need to apply to the appropriate office for a residence permit.


97 % of Greeks are Orthodox, 1,2 % are Muslim and there is a small Christian and Jewish community.


The currency in Greece and its islands is the Euro.

Local transportation

The best way of getting around Crete and off the beaten path is to hire a vehicle, be it a car, a motorcycle, a scooter or even a bicycle. A driving licence is often required to rent a scooter. To rent a car, you must be at least 21 and have a national driving licence. There is also a bus network that services the entire island, except for the small villages, but it does not operate on Sundays. There are plenty of taxis and they are relatively cheap. You will find that in most of the ports it is possible to go on an excursion on a caïque, a traditional long and narrow boat.


-UK nationals should obtain a European Health Insurance Card before going to Greece. Please remember this is not a substitute for health insurance, and you must take out a comprehensive health insurance policy as well. The EHIC warrants you state provided medical treatment on the same terms as German nationals. For more information see the NHS EHIC page.
-The FCO warns that there have previously been cases of West Nile Virus in Greece during the warmer summer months. You should take all precautions against mosquito bites whenever possible and seek medical attention immediately if feeling unwell.
-Ensure you have sufficient medication for any pre-existing illnesses in their original, clearly labelled containers from the UK. It is not worth the hassle trying to acquire this abroad.
-No vaccinations are required. Conversely, the World Health Organisation advises all travellers ensure they are covered against diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and polio before venturing abroad.
- Dial 112 or 166 for an ambulance in Greece.


Voltage is 220. An adaptor is unnecessary.

Tourist numbers

Around 2.335 million British nationals visit Greece every year (Source: Civil Aviation Authority).

Taxes and tips

10% tips in restaurants are essential. For taxis, it is not mandatory.


To call Greece from the UK, dial: 00 30 (country code) + island code (2286 for Santorini, 2289 for Mykonos, 2661 for Corfu) + the number you wish to call.
To call the UK from Greece, dial: 00 44 + number you wish to call without the first 0.

The Greek Islands : Useful addresses in the country

Before leaving

Greek Embassy
1A Holland Park
W11 3TP
Tel: (20) 7229 3850

Greek Consulate - Same address as above
Phone number: (20) 7313 5600 or (20) 7313 5609

At the destination

British Embassy
1 Ploutarchou Street
10675 Athens
Tel: [30] 210 727 2600
British Consulate - Same address as above.
Tel: [30] 210 727 2600

National Tourist Board
7 Tsoha street
115 21 Athens
Tel: [30] 210 8707000

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