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Last updated : Nov 2009
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  Special Precautions Certificate Required
Yellow Fever No 1
Cholera No No
Typhoid and Polio No N/A
Malaria No N/a
 
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.

Other risks

Visitors to forested areas should consider vaccination for tick-borne encephalitis.

Health Care

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).
Useful travel links
CDC official site of the US Centers for Disease Control
MASTA the Medical Advisory Services for Travellers
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SOS international SOS
WHO the official site of the World Health Organization