ABTA has urged UK holidaymakers heading to Greece to carry sufficient cash funds as the country balances precariously on the edge of economic collapse.
“Due to the ongoing financial situation in Greece banks in the country and the Greek Stock Exchange are currently closed,” ABTA said in a statement.
“At this time, there are no limits on cash withdrawals for tourists using cards at ATMs. However, there are mixed reports on availability of cash from ATMs.
“We advise holidaymakers and travellers heading out to Greece this summer to take enough Euros in cash to cover all of their needs. Holidaymakers should check how much cash their travel insurance policy covers them for and should take appropriate security precautions against theft such as using their hotel safe or splitting cash up between their party.”
ABTA stressed that other payment methods such as credit and debit cards are accepted as normal in shops and restaurants.
“We would also advise holidaymakers and travellers, as we would with any destination, to take out travel insurance as soon as they book their holiday,” the statement continued.
“We do not anticipate that there will be any need for tour operators to rebook their customers to a different destination. At present we have no indication that holidaymakers will be disrupted however, as with all destination matters, we will continue to monitor the situation and work with our Members on any developments. This is an unusual situation but the industry is experienced in handling unusual situations.”