Health & Safety
in Greece

Health & Safety in Greece

If you want your trip to Greece to be perfect then above all else, you should take care of yourself, stay healthy and safe throughout your vacation. Greece as a whole is labelled with “Use normal level of caution” as far as safety goes.

Next up let’s take a look at diseases to be aware of in Greece as well as vaccinations required or recommended before visiting the country. Keep in mind that:


These are the ones most commonly seen in Greece. Keep in mind that there’s a low chance of getting any of these. This information is precautionary.

Hepatitis B, West Nile Fever, Malaria, Hepatitis A, Rabies, Tick-Borne Encephalitis.


Here are all the vaccinations recommended for travellers planning a trip to Greece.

Hepatitis A Vaccine, Hepatitis B Vaccine, Rabies Vaccine, Tick-Borne Encephalitis Vaccine.

As far as medication goes Anti-malarial Drugs are the only slightly relevant one but the risk is very limited and only in the Lakonia area of Greece.

Useful Numbers

112 is the official emergency phone number in Greece providing service 24/7 also in French and English.
166 is the number for Ambulances.
199 is the Fire Department number.
If you need to call the Police hit 100.
108 is the phone number of the Coast Guard.
107 is the number for Pharmacies. You should know that pharmacies in Greece besides the normal working hours also operate during the night, but with shifts. Calling the number can let you know which one is available near you.
General Telephone Information can be acquired by calling 11888.

Here are also the phone numbers of specific Athens hospitals:

Evangelismos Hospital – tel. +30-210-720-1000
Alexandras Hospital – tel. +30-210-338-1100
Ippokratio Hospital – tel. +30-210-748-3770
KAT Hospital – tel. +30-210-628-0000
Laiko Hospital – tel. +30-210-745-6000
Areteon Hospital – tel. +30-210-728-6000
Eginitio Hospital – tel. +30-210-728-9500
Geniko Kratiko Hospital tel. +30-210-770-1211
Thriasio General Hospital – tel. +30-210-553-4200
Sismanoglio General Hospital – tel. +30-210-803-9001
Sotiria Hospital – tel. +30-210-777-8611

Personal Safety

You are responsible for your belongings at all times so make sure you keep them secure at all times. Especially your travel documents and valuables which are indispensable. Sadly petty crimes such as pick-pocketing do exist in Greece and can happen even in broad daylight mainly in crowded areas or while you’re on public transport.