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  Health, Wellness & Happiness  Travel to Greece 

Alert SaveMe in Seconds in Greece

  Don't panic

     This page is created to help you react to any life threatening situation fast, safe and wise while you are in Greece

Insist in calling for help, 
"Help!" , in English and Greek. Listen how

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1. If it's a medical emergency, here are the greek words to help you survive

2. You are likely not covered by your state or territorial health plan while travelling

 It may cover nothing or a very small portion of the costs if you get sick or are injured while abroad, even though the Health System in Greece may provide much cheaper services than you ar used to in your origin country. Make sure that you have purchased travel insurance before you travel which will help you make your treatment as immediate as needed, especially under case of Health Emergency. This will also help you avoid large expenses such as the cost of hospitalization or medical treatment

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 for Emergency Links, Alert Calls in Greece

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CONTACT your Embassy
in case of a serious event, disease, or communicable disease 


3. Always carry with you, 24/7,  when you travel 

Make sure you have 
  • copies of your itinerary
  • travel documents; and 
  • contact information for your lodging, 
                                                 hospitals or 
                                                 clinics in the area, 

You may want to make a copy of your passport and leave it behind with family in case yours goes missing/stolen while traveling. A family member can fax it to a local embassy for you to obtain a temporary passport while traveling.

4. Be aware that there are multi-drug resistant bacteria in hospitals and other health care facilities especially in Greece, which ranks first in Hospital acquired infections in Europe

The percentage of cases declared with  hospital-acquired infections in Greece  is 9% ,(by 6% the European average) according to the most recent official data presented by the Greek Center of Disease Control on Novemeber 2013.  

  • In more than one out of two (50%) of the cases, the most common causes of hospital-acquired infections (Acinetobacter, Klebsiella and Pseudomonas) are multi drug resistant to the strongest antibiotics. 
  • In 75 out of the 108 hospitals of Greek territory  that were involved in the study, cases of multidrug resistance infections were present  not only in the Intensicve Care Units, but also allaround in  other clinical sections and Departmements 
  • Greece is among the countries with the highest levels of antimicrobial resistance not only for the above microbes but also for other hospital pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus , enterococcus and the Enterobacteriaceae,  while multi drug resistance on pneumonia infections is constantly rising. 

Launched by the International Society of Travel Medicine, the Global Travel Search Clinic, is a program of clinics  located in more than 80 countries around the world, which offer pre-travel immunizations, counseling and medicines to help protect travelers while traveling internationally

Click here or the button above 

4. Be Prepared, and informed, it's better to avoid visit the Greek Hospital 

Be well ecquiped, informed and aware of any possible health emergency or  health risk in Greece.

  • Pharmacies may not exist close to your location, so be prepared efficiently by  the most useful Travel health kit. On our special 4Greece Travel Healthkit  page, created for a life-saving health kit IN GREECE, you will find 24/7 updated for Greece information  for what to carry with you to be  prepared for such an emergency in this country, and especially on the islands or in the sea.

  • Some Embassies, as is the US Embassy in Greece   provide a list of  doctors for clinical visit , for cases that Hospital or emergency room is not necessary. 

6. Asking for medical help on the islands might not be as simple, so be proactive

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  • Public medical clinics in Greece, especially on the islands, may lack resources and care can be inadequate by U.S. Canadian, Australian,  or Swedish, let's say standards.

  • Often, little English is spoken

  • Many patients-- Greeks and visitors alike-- are transferred from the provinces and islands to Athens hospitals for more sophisticated care. 

Others may choose to transfer from a public to a private hospital within Athens or Thessaloniki. 

Foreigners. citizens choosing to do so would arrange for an ambulance belonging to the private hospital to transport them from the public hospital 

8You may not find your prescription medication in Greece, so be prepared and take with adequate doses. Be aware of drug interactions and unknown generics 

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Insure that you have an adequate supply of your prescription medications  always with you during your stay in Greece, and take care of any counterfeit drug or not safely tested generic which  you might be provided  while in Greece. 


It si also possible that  whikle you search for your well known medication, or internationally well known patended drug, the pharmacist in Greece tpo be completely unaware of waht is ecquivalent to which of the hundreds cheap generic drugs that have been approved in Greece to replace the patended list . Due to the austerity chaos that the financial crisis has brought to Greece it's possible pharmacistsd to be confused of whatever you ask, since many of them do not even speak English especially on small villages or isolated places or islands ,

for more information

For more information about your medications while being in Greece visit Your Medicines Page . 

9.Blood donations closely monitored in Greece by the Greek CDC for HIV, Hepatitis, malaria and WNV in Greece. However, avoid blood transfusions or injections, unless it's an emergency

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According to EU blood safety legislation, EU Member States must initiate control measures to ensure blood safety in the event of cases of West Nile fever. A major challenge for the implementation of this regulation has been the timely collection of accurate information about affected areas.

The Greek CDC (HCDCP, KEELPNO) reports its close surveillance on blood safety in Greece , not only for West Nile fever infetions, but for all communicable diseases that have made the public health system tha last years vulnerable to infections. Surveillance control on Blood donations becomes even  more inensified in Greece during summer when the country is hosting the visitors of international tourism. Up to now no case of blood donations' infection has been detected in the country since 2010, the year that  the West Nile epidemics in Greece first appeared, nor in malaria since 2O11, since malaria reemerged in the country

Medical Insurance Information you should have in mind on your trip to Greece


It is very important to find out BEFORE you leave whether or not your medical insurance will cover you overseas. You need to ask your insurance company two questions:

  • Does my policy cover me when I am ABROAD/ OVERSEAS/ In Greece?

  • Will it cover emergencies like a trip to a foreign hospital or a medical evacuation?

In Greece, as in many other places, doctors and hospitals still expect payment in cash at the time of service. If your insurance policy doesn't go with you when you travel, it is a really good idea to take out travelers insurance specifically for your trip. 

If you plan to participate in even slightly extreme sports that are popular in Greece, such as SCUBA, white-water rafting, or water-skiing, you might consider adventure travel insurance options.

 European Health Insurance Card?

A free card that gives you access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 28 EU countries, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, under the same conditions and at the same cost (free in some countries) as people insured in that country.

Cards are issued by your national health insurance provider.

Important – the European Health Insurance Card:

  • is not an alternative to travel insurance. It does not cover any private healthcare or costs such as a return flight to your home country or lost/stolen property,
  • does not cover your costs if you are travelling for the express purpose of obtaining medical treatment,
  • does not guarantee free services. As each country’s healthcare system is different services that cost nothing at home might not be free in another country


Registration for Canadians Abroad

SOS number for special emergencies, Contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre by e-mail at 

or by fax at 613-943-1054

A free service that could save your life.

to all US Citizens During a Crisis Overseas by the  The Department of State

 via Task Force Alert, a free service 


U.S. citizens experiencing an emergency that requires immediate medical or law enforcement response should contact appropriate local responders.


The registration information you provide will help us to contact or find you in an emergency - whether it is a natural disaster, civil disturbance or family emergency.

Send us a message. 
By 24/7 coverage 
the Greek2m will try to help

- Operations Center - Office for Risk 

Assessment &Response to Public Health Threats

Call Center: +30.210.5212.000

 +30.210.5212054    (Operating 24h/7d)

- AIDS helpline: +30.210.7222.222

(operating daily from 09.00 to 21.00)

Thank you for contacting us. We will get back to you as soon as possible
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 Remember,  in short

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URGENT: If you are experiencing any type of emergency, or notice anyone experiencing any type of potentially life-threatening emergency, 
dial '112' immediately and ask for the closest hospital emergency room wherever you are located in Greece. 

It is also a very good idea to have the telephone numbers of the greek2m/  Emergency Links and Hotlines Page on speed dial during any threatening  event, under which  the  operators of "100" and "166" ( Police and Health Aid in Greece) cannot immediately help 

For an emergency concerning communicable or infectious disease case, click on the button below for rapid access to the Greek CDC Operating Center online.

Your Medicines may be not available here


URGENT: Due to the severe austerity measures of the country, several medications might be difficult to be found Greece, especially on small islands, but even also in Athens or other big towns .It's important t to check for your medicines before starting your trip, and prepare your life saving emergency kit to feel safe at any step any moment.


Multiple drugs might be replaced by generics throughout the whole country. 

Take care also of any counterfeit drugs


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Health Care Providers Abroad 
& International Medical Associations


URGENT:  The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT) maintains an international network of physicians, hospitals, and clinics who have agreed to provide care to members while abroad by free membership.

Travelers who obtain evacuation insurance before travel may have access to available  24-hour hotline 

for medical care 

or  emergency transportation according 

to their evacuation insurance organization


For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, 

consult the infectious diseases section of 

the World Health Organization (WHO) website

which also contains additional health information for travelers, 

including detailed, country-specific health information.