Unless you’ve been floating past Pluto recently, you’ll be all too aware of the current climate in Greece. The climate to which I’m referring of course doesn’t involve Centigrade or Fahrenheit, more Euros and Cents, and has been the topic of international discussion. As a company arranging luxurious Crete villa holidays, we naturally have a vested interest; as such it is our responsibility to provide our visiting customers with the most accurate and up-to-date information.
Good news for visiting holiday makers
Much of the talk about the issue is to do with how the current economic state affects locals and residents of Greece however, what about you? What about the people who have booked a holiday to the beautiful and scenic country? Well, the good news is that you will be able to enjoy your holiday with little to no impact at all!
Capital controls do not affect tourists
A statement from the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) states, “At this time, there are no limits on cash withdrawals for tourists using cards at ATMs.” As discussed in our previous blog, Greek Statement: Capital Controls Will Not Affect Tourists, the reason for this is that it is the Greek economy and banks that are suffering, not yours. The fact that your bank account is abroad means that the capital controls do not affect you; because your money is coming from an overseas bank, there is no reason to limit it. The only issue comes if the ATM machine has run out of cash inside to dispense.
As a simple precautionary measure ABTA continue, “We advise holidaymakers and travellers heading out to Greece to take enough Euros in cash to cover all of their needs.” This prevents any stress that may arise so that you can relax and enjoy your holiday the way you always intended.
Debit and credit cards accepted
Another comforting bit of news from ABTA for visiting sun seekers is that, “other payment methods such as credit and debit cards are accepted as normal in shops and restaurants.” This means that in the unlikely event that you should you find yourself running short or briefly out of reach of a cash machine, you can simply pay directly! We understand why seeing the reports on the news may stir up concern through the way they are reported, but as visitors to Crete, the friendly Cretan people just want you to have a good time!
Business as usual
Further words of comfort in ABTA’s statement reflect this; “Reports from our members and holidaymakers on the ground suggest that it is business as usual in the Greek resorts with bars, shops and restaurants adequately supplied and open as usual.” So not only can you reach your money, you have places to spend it! The only things you need to worry about are making sure you have the usual holiday essentials sorted. Make sure you pack your suncream, as July is a bit of a scorcher in Crete… but that’s what you wanted, right?
We certainly hope we’ve been able to rid you of some of your holiday stresses. This is the time of year where you’re meant to be worried about building a base tan or fitting into last year’s bikini, not about being able to have fun on your holiday! That’s a given.