Is It Safe To Travel To Greece Now? During Israel-Hamas War

Is It Safe To Travel To Greece Now

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict was addressed Thursday by the Greek government’s National Security Council (KYSEA).

“All aspects of the crisis in the region were discussed, with an emphasis on security, internal and external. The Greek authorities are always on alert. The policy of guarding the land and sea borders continues unabated,” said a government statement.

Another topic covered at the conference was the repatriation of Greek nationals, which is being coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Eleftherios Venizelos Airport in Athens is still listed as one of the four European destinations for evacuation flights from Israel.

It is important to remember that Greece is located over 2,809.0 kilometers (1745.43 miles) away from Israel. This great distance serves as a defense between Greece and the immediate effects of the conflict.

U.S. Travel Advisory

According to the U.S. Department of State citizens must not travel to: 

  • Gaza due to terrorism, civil unrest, and armed conflict

The U.S. government cannot offer regular or urgent assistance to American citizens in Gaza. Periodic rocket or mortar attacks, as well as corresponding Israeli military responses, can happen frequently. The border crossings between Gaza, Egypt, and Israel might be shut down during times of instability or armed conflict.

Reconsider Travel To:

  • Israel due to terrorism and civil unrest
  • West Bank due to terrorism and civil unrest

If you decide to travel to Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, you should:

  • Refer to the Embassy website for the latest travel information in these regions.
  • Steer clear of demonstrations and large gatherings.
  • Stay vigilant and report any unusual activities or unattended items to local law enforcement.
  • Familiarize yourself with the closest bomb shelter or secure refuge.
  • Register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and enhance emergency contact capabilities.

Canada Travel Advisory

Given the current regional military conflict and unstable security situation, the Canadian government advises its people to AVOID NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL to Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

West Bank – Avoid all travel

The following places are not included in this advisory, and you should not make non-essential trips there.

  • Ramallah
  • Jericho
  • Bethlehem
  • Highway 1
  • Route 90
  • Route 443 between Jerusalem and Modi’in

The Canadian government also advises its citizens not to travel to  

  • Border with Syria
  • Border with Egypt
  • Border with Lebanon

UK Travel Advisory

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) warns against all travel to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories unless absolutely necessary. It also warns against travel to the following locations:

  • Gaza
  • Areas within a 5km radius of the Lebanon border, which the Israeli military has declared a closed military zone, with entry prohibited
  • The Sheba’a Farms and Ghajjar
  • Areas within 500 meters of the Syria border (referred to as the ‘Alpha Line’)

Essential Travel Tips for Visitors to Greece 

You can avoid becoming a victim of petty crime by not looking obviously like a tourist. 

  • Ensure your personal belongings are within your view and refrain from placing your wallet, money, or phone in your rear pocket.
  • Exercise increased caution for pickpocketing incidents, particularly in major cities.
  • Be vigilant for potential pickpockets when using public transportation. It’s advisable to keep a close watch on your valuables while waiting at locations such as airports, cruise terminals, major bus and train stations, and the port of Piraeus.
  • Disperse your cash and cards across your person and consider using a concealed money belt beneath your clothing. Anti-theft travel clothing with hidden pockets for concealing valuables is also an effective option.
  • Lock your bags in your hotel room and secure valuable items in a hotel safe.