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Greece uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type F.
The languages that are typically spoken are Greek
Greece uses the euro (symbol: €), code EUR.Banknotes come in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 euros. Euro is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 2 and 1 euros and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.
Automatic teller machines are common in Greece. You can usually find them in both large & small cities.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in Greece is on average 7.3 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Greece is very high. Most hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.
You can buy a SIM card for about €22.57, which includes 2 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecoms: Cosmote, Vodafone or Wind. Greece uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Greece upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Greece, dial +, then 30 (the country code for Greece), then the area code and the local number. For local calls within Greece, start with the area code. In the case above area code is 21 .
In Greece you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 130 km/h (80 mph) on motorways, 130 km/h (80 mph) on expressways, 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas and 90 km/h (55 mph) on undivided highways. Right turn on red lights is strictly forbidden unless an additional green semaphore arrow allows it. It is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content higher than 0.05%.
Road assistance is available at 1158 (InterAmerican). For news on Greece’s motorways and tolls use Attiki Odos, Aegan Motorway, Egnatia Odos, Moreas, Nea Odos or Olympia Odos. Most popular petrol stations in Greece are Shell, AVIN, Aegean, EKO, ???? and BP. Petrol (unleaded) gas options are called ??????? or ??????? ?µ?????? (Bentsini amolibdi) 95/98/100. Petrol costs about €1.42 per liter.Diesel options are called Diesel or ??????.
Import and export information
All items on the prohibited import list.
There are no restrictions on the export of currency if leaving for another EU country. Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared when leaving the EU.
Protected species and products protected under CITES. A permit is required for export.
Tobacco:250g of smoking tobacco; or
Tobacco:A proportional combination of these goods (such as 100 cigarettes and 50 cigarillos).
Alcohol:There are no restrictions on the importation of currency into the EU.
Alcohol:Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared to the customs authorities.
Currency:There are no restrictions on the importation of currency into the EU.
Currency:Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared to the customs authorities.
Other items:Medicines for personal use. Travellers may be asked to provide a prescription for certain medications.
Other items:Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €430 when travelling by air or sea.
Other items:Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €300 when travelling by land.
Other items:Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €150 for travellers under 15 years of age.
Counterfeit currency and goods.
It is recommended that travellers are up to date on routine vaccinations including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), varicella (chickenpox), polio, and yearly flu shots.
As hepatitis A outbreaks occur throughout the world and sometimes in countries with a low risk for hepatitis A, travellers should consult with their doctor prior to travel to see if the hepatitis A vaccine is necessary.
A hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for those who may have sexual contact with a new partner, who may get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
A rabies vaccination is recommended for those planning an outdoor holiday, for wildlife professionals and researchers, or for those who may come into contact with bats.
Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is often reported in Europe between April and November. For further information, please visit the CDCTick-borne Encephalitis Advice.
H5N1 Avian Influenza has been reported in Greece. For further information, please visit the CDCAvian Flu Advice.