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Canada has had a diplomatic relationship with the Hellenic Republic for close to 77 years. The countries cooperate in education, trade, investment, and tourism.

Greece’s ancient heritage is an interesting factor that pulls tourist to it every year. Over 6.5 million tourists visit Greece on a yearly basis; this figure includes a lot of Canadians.

Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura discussed ways of promoting Greek tourism and also increasing flows from Canada to Greece with Minister of Tourism, Michael Tibollo in a meeting that took place in Canada. Kountoura noted that tourism flow from Canada to Greece has doubled in the last few years but the minister plans to further increase the flow in 2019.

A lot of Canadians forget to get Greece travel insurance before they leave to the Hellenic Republic but you need the coverage for so many reasons in Greece. Besides coverage for medical emergencies, you need Greece travel insurance you in case of issues of civil unrest.

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Basic Information About Greece

Some important information on Greece Travel Insurance that we think you’ll want to know before you travel.

Name Value
Currency Euro
Official language Greek
Capital Athens
Continent Europe
Population Approx. 10.7 million
Plug type Plug type C and F
Driving side Right-hand side
Seasons
  • Spring – March to May
  • Summer – June to August
  • Autumn – September to November
  • Winter – December to February
Laws Local laws and customs

 

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Greece Security Measures for travelers

You decide to visit Greece and you are responsible for your personal safety and security abroad. However, since we care about your personal safety and security abroad, we provide you with timely and credible information in our Travel Advice to help you to make well-informed decisions as regards traveling to Greece.

Risk Level

Greece – Take normal security precautions

Entry / Exit requirements

Greece decides who enters or exits its borders and the Government of Canada does not have the right to interfere with the country’s decision as regards its entry or exit requirements.

The information on this page was obtained from Greek authorities; however, it can change at any time. Moreover, you can verify the information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.

Passport

The type of passport you use to travel determines the applicable entry requirements. Find out about the passport requirements from your transportation company before you travel.

  • Regular Canadian Passport – You are required to hold a passport valid for at least three months beyond the duration you intend to stay in Greece or any other Schengen area country.
  • Passport for official travel – Different rules may apply. Learn more about official travel here.
  • Other travel documents – The entry rules that apply when you are visiting Greece may differ if you are traveling with an emergency travel document or a temporary passport. Find out more from the closest diplomatic mission for Greece before you leave.

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Greece Healthcare

Greece has both private and public healthcare services and hospitals. Compared to other EU countries, its healthcare standard is acceptable but there are variations between the mainland and the large number of islands. Moreover, healthcare cost and medical treatment in Greece can be high especially if you do not have Greece travel insurance. You also need to have enough money to cover potential costs in case the hospital requires cash payment.

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Greece Travel Insurance News

A Winnipeg bride, Stephanie Sarlakis, who travelled with her husband, Nikolaos Sarlakis, to Greece for her dream wedding and honeymoon says it has all become a nightmare after her husband became ill, had two major surgeries and battled with pneumonia in a hospital in Athens.

The couple travelled to Greece on May 11, 2017, to have a small wedding reception with Nikolaos family in Salomina, Greece. The two married in Winnipeg in January 2017 but wanted to celebrate with the family and also tour the Greek islands on their honeymoon. They also planned to return to Winnipeg on June 9, 2017, but now they are on the hook for thousands of dollars in additional costs.

Stephanie who called it her “honeymoon nightmare” said they had been planning for the trip and looking forward to it for a year and it was supposed to be their dream honeymoon. She exclaimed that it has been awful. Stephanie had never imagined going through something like that in a million years.

The couple had a Blue Cross travel insurance but the benefits do not cover accommodations until after the expected end of the trip. Thankfully, Nikolaos is a dual Canada-Greece citizen. This means that the Greek government will take care of his medical care bills. But Stephanie said they have about $10,000 in extra expenses which include medications, medical expenses, hotel stays, and meals.

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Greece Travel Insurance FAQ

Do you need a Visa for travelling to Greece?

Greece is a Schengen area country. Just like other Schengen area countries, Canadians do not need a visa to visit Greece but visa-free travels to Greece only applies to a 90-day stay in a 180-day period. Also, stays in the Schengen area is cumulative. This means that if you have stayed in another Schengen area country within the 180-day period, it will be counted as part of the 90 days. You need a work visa or a student visa to work or study in Greece.

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Can I buy multiple travel insurance policies?

Canadians can purchase multiple travel insurance policies from more than one provider if they are not satisfied with the benefits and features offered by a single policy but you are not allowed to double dip.

Does travel insurance cover doctor visits?

Greece travel insurance policies usually cover doctor visits as well as other outpatient services.

Can I buy travel insurance the day I leave?

You can buy a Greece travel insurance policy the day you leave Canada to Greece. Most insurance providers in Canada offer usage-based policies that allow you to purchase coverage on the go. This also makes it possible for you to manage your policy with ease.