As a result of economic problems in Greece, travellers should be aware that the public hospital system is poorly funded and medical assistance is best sought in the private system. Comprehensive travel insurance is a must. Those with underlying medical conditions should check with their doctor/specialist that they are fit to travel and should carry adequate medication and a letter listing medical issues.

The following information provides some broad and general guidelines about health risks and recommendations for travel to Greece. This should not be taken as a substitute for a personal consultation with one of our travel health doctors, whose advice will be specific for you and your trip and may include some things not mentioned here.

  • Plan Head - Calendar/Itinerary?

    Six to eight weeks out from departure is a good time to have a travel health consultation. You may need blood tests to check immunity to diseases or need a course of vaccines like rabies for example, and this gives you plenty of time to get everything completed. If you are travelling sooner however it's not too late for an appointment, simply make one as soon as you can.

  • Vaccine Recommendations

    All travellers should be up to date with routine childhood vaccines such as tetanus, measles and chicken pox. Annual influenza vaccination is sensible for those at risk of complications and any other traveller wanting to reduce the risk.

List of Common Health Issues

  • Influenza

    Influenza is one of the most common vaccine preventable illnesses in travellers and is generally recommended for travel to Europe.

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  • Snake Bites

    Poisonous snakes occur in long grass so keeping lower legs covered with long trousers and socks and wearing boots when trekking in this environment is recommended.

  • Traveller‚Äôs Diarrhoea and Respiratory Illness

    Observe strict food and water safety precautions and hand hygiene. Tap water is generally considered to be safe, however as a precaution it is best to stick to bottled water in the smaller villages and islands. A basic self treatment medical kit may be useful, however seek medical advice if persistent or severe illness, particularly for infants, the elderly or those with underlying medical conditions. Most cruise ships will have an on board comprehensive medical centre, although access can be costly.

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  • Mosquito Bites

    In Greece, these are generally more of an annoyance than anything else, although some people are prone to severe local reactions to bites. To avoid bites, use DEET containing repellent and screened accommodation. Daytime biters in mountainous regions may rarely cause encephalitis (brain inflammation) so mosquito avoidance during the daytime is worthwhile in these areas.

Latest Health Alerts

  • COVID 19 (Coronavirus)

    March 29, 2020

    As there is no non-essential overseas travel at this time this article will simply remain as an information resource for COVID-19. See our main COVID-19 page for more detailed information. We hope to be able to inform our travelers once again after this crisis passes. The links below remain trustworthy

  • Sri Lanka – Dengue Fever

    January 9, 2020

    Over 48,000 cases of dengue fever have been reported in Sri Lanka since 1st October 2019, a significant increase in incidence. Travellers should observe strict mosquito avoidance measures, particularly during daylight hours.

  • Solomon Islands – proof of measles vaccination required

    December 19, 2019

    As a result of recent outbreaks of measles in various countries, the Solomon Islands' will be requiring arriving travellers from/via American Samoa, Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Philippines, Samoa, or Tonga to show proof of measles vaccination, effective December 28th 2019. Vaccination needs to have been at least 15 days prior and