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Latest Travel Advice for Tourists Heading to Greece

Greece’s rejection of Europe’s latest bailout offer has raised uncertainty for millions of vacationers planning to head there for their summer break.

With a “Grexit” from the eurozone an ever increasing prospect, banks remaining shuttered and concerns over shortages of basic goods, many will be questioning whether or not to cancel their trip.

The situation remains in flux, with few definitive answers.

But here’s what we know at the moment:

Should I go?

On the downside, it’s likely that a vacation in Greece will involve added inconvenience, particularly when it comes to financial transactions.

This could just mean waiting in line longer at an ATM.

But there are outside risks of visitors being stranded in the event of fuel shortages or logistical woes brought about by the ongoing crisis.

That needs to be weighed against the fact that many people are currently enjoying, and will continue to enjoy, peaceful, trouble-free vacations in Greece.

Greece needs tourism income more than ever now and many in the hospitality industry are working incredibly hard to ensure travelers enjoy their stay without a hitch.

In terms of value, there’s probably never been a better time to visit in recent years.

Bookings are in decline and there are bargains to be had in resorts that are now far less busy than usual.

The crisis has dented the strength of the euro, meaning that non-eurozone travelers will enjoy cheaper prices.

These are likely to get cheaper still if Greece crashes out of the euro.

Should I bring cash?

The overwhelming advice appears to be yes, bring as much as you will need.

ATMs in many parts of the country are still working, but there have been accounts of money running dry in others.

Banks have remained shut in Greece for more than a week and limits placed on withdrawals by Greek customers.

There are no extra restrictions on foreign account holders, but an upsurge in demand has resulted in long lines at some ATMs and, in some cases, cash shortages.

For the most part, credit cards will continue to work, but with uncertainty hanging over the future of Greek banking, there could be problems.

Many experts are now advising tourists to bring cash to cover their entire trip.

In response, some insurers have increased their limits on the amount of cash they cover, so it’s worth checking your policy.