Advice for Sussex tourists going to Greece


Following the Greek No vote yesterday (Sunday July 5) in the ‘debt referendum’, Sussex tourists are being warned to take euros in cash when visiting the country this summer.

The Greek locals can only take out 60 euros a day and cash reserves are reaching a critical level.

Banks closed on June 28 and will stay shut until at least the close of business today, according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Advice from the FCO is: “Visitors to Greece should be aware of the possibility that banking services, including credit card processing and servicing of ATMs, throughout Greece could potentially become limited at short notice.

“At this time, you can continue to withdraw cash using your card as normal, up to the daily limit imposed by the Greek banking system, usually 600 euro, or the daily limit imposed by your card issuer, as long as the ATM has been replenished.

“While banks are closed in Greece and some withdrawals are limited, make sure you take sufficient euros in cash to cover the duration of your stay, emergencies, unforeseen circumstances and any unexpected delays.”

Tourists are being warned, however, about the potential danger of carrying more cash around, as well as the possibility of strikes and demonstrations.

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