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Compare travel insurance for Greece

Compare travel insurance for Greece

With a wealth of islands, ancient cities and a vibrant culture, Greece has something for everyone. Whether you’re going with family or friends, it’s important you get travel insurance to give you peace of mind on your trip.

Patrick Ikhena
From the Travel team
minute read
posted 21 JANUARY 2020

Why do I need travel insurance for Greece?

Travel insurance for Greece can provide financial cover for unexpected events while you’re away, such as emergency medical assistance.

Your policy will also typically offer cancellation cover. This will cover the cost of your holiday, should you need to cut your trip short or abandon it altogether due to an emergency or event such as bereavement. Therefore, it’s important to arrange your travel insurance when you book your holiday.

If you experience travel delays that cause you to miss something important on your itinerary that you have paid for in advance, your policy may cover the cost.

If your belongings are lost, stolen or damaged, they’ll usually be covered under a standard travel insurance policy.

What can be excluded from my travel insurance policy?

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions they may not be covered under a standard travel insurance policy and you may have to get a specialist policy.

If you’re taking part in any risky adventure activities they may be excluded from your policy. Check your policy to see what activities are excluded.

Try not to leave your belongings unattended, for example in a car. Although a travel insurance policy will cover stolen items, you could affect your ability to make a successful claim if you leave items unattended.

You can invalidate your claim if you’re intoxicated by alcohol or drugs, for example if you were to injure yourself while drunk.

How much is travel insurance for Greece?

If you’re visiting Greece, European travel insurance could cost from £5 for a week or £9 for multi-trip policy, based on Compare the Market data in December 2019.

**50% of people could achieve a quote of £4.49 for single trip travel insurance for 1 week in Europe based on Compare the Market data in December 2019
***50% of people could achieve a quote of £8.35 for for Europe multi travel insurance based on Compare the Market data in December 2019

What kind of travel insurance will I need for Greece?

If you’re travelling to Greece you’ll need European travel insurance, as either a single-trip or annual multi-trip policy. A single-trip policy tends to cover you for 30-days and a multi-trip policy will cover as many trips as you make in a 12-month period. Some providers may offer cover for an extended single trip policy if you plan to stay for longer than 30 days.

If you plan to stay for a long period of time or are visiting Greece as part of a journey to several countries, then you’ll typically need backpackers insurance. This will ensure that you’re got the right level of cover for your full itinerary.

If you’re travelling as a couple (both share the same address) then you can get a couples travel insurance policy. If you’re travelling as a group, with up to 10 people, then you can get a group travel insurance policy or a family policy. With a family policy, those under 18 are typically covered for free.

What else do I need to know when travelling to Greece?

Currency: Euro

Visa: if you’re a British citizen with a valid passport, you won’t need a visa to travel to Greece.

EHIC: you can get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)**** free via the NHS. This will give you access to state-provided medical treatment in Greece on the same terms as a local. However, you’ll need travel insurance to cover any other costs linked to a medical issue, such as repatriation to the UK.

****UK residents can use their EHIC during the Brexit negotiations, until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU on 31 January 2020. The UK Government has proposed a scheme similar to the EHIC in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, and consequently the EHIC no longer being usable. However, the implementation of that scheme is subject to EU countries agreeing to that proposal.

Clothing: Greece is largely a modern, liberal country, however some areas can be quite conservative due to the culture of the Orthodox church. When visiting churches or monasteries, it’s respectful to cover up by avoiding skimpy shorts and tops that reveal your shoulders.

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