A yellow fever vaccination
certificate is required from all travellers over 1 year of age
coming from the infected areas.
Food and Drink
Water quality differs from area to area, depending on the source,
but in most regions is excellent. Bottled water is available and
is recommended for the first few weeks of the stay. Milk is pasteurised
and dairy products are safe for consumption. Local poultry, meat,
seafood, fruit and vegetables are considered safe to eat.
Visitors to forested areas should consider vaccination for tick-borne
There is a reciprocal health agreement with the United Kingdom,
but it is poorly implemented and it is a necessary precaution
to take out holiday insurance. Refunds for medical treatment are
theoretically available from the Greek Social Insurance Foundation
on presentation of form E111 (see the Health appendix).
Local chemists can diagnose and supply a broad selection of medicines.
There are a lot of long waits for treatment at public hospitals.
Hospital facilities on outlying islands are sometimes sparse,
though many ambulances without enough facilities have air-ambulance
backup. Ring 166 for emergencies (public ambulance).