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Greece Travel Advice: Advice On Taking Cash To Greece

Take out comprehensive medical and travel insurance before you travel to Greece. The currency of Greece is the euro. When travelling outside of the UK, you should take more than one means of payment with you (cash, debit card, credit card). Visitors to Greece should be aware of the possibility that banking services – including credit card processing and servicing of ATMs – throughout Greece could potentially become limited at short notice. Make sure you have enough Euros in cash to cover emergencies, unforeseen circumstances and any unexpected delays.

There are regular strikes. These are sometimes called at short notice and can cause disruption to public transport in and out of Greece (including air travel and ports). Demonstrations take place regularly in central Athens, and have also taken place in other towns and cities. You should avoid all demonstrations and follow the advice given by local security authorities. 

In the early hours of 10 April 2014 there was a large explosion outside the Bank of Greece in central Athens. There were no reported injuries.

The emergency services number in Greece is 112. Calling 999 from a UK mobile in Greece will automatically transfer you to the Greek emergency services.

British nationals make around 2 million visits Greece to every year. 




Allianz Global Assistance Launches New and Enhanced Products for Travel Agent Channel

Allianz Global Assistance, one of the largest travel insurance and assistance providers in the U.S., today announced that it has launched a new portfolio of Allianz Travel Insurance core retail plans sold by travel agents.

The company's popular "Classic Plan" is now a family of plans that include optional additional coverage to better fit the needs of travelers. The company is also introducing an inexpensive "Essential Plan" for travelers who do not require post departure benefits such as medical and baggage protection.

"As the country's leading travel insurance provider, we pay close attention to trends in leisure travel and we are continually innovating to meet the changing needs of today's traveler," said Brad Gray, director of retail channel management for Allianz Global Assistance USA. "This new portfolio provides travel agents with the simplest and most competitive line of products that we have ever offered."

The new core retail lineup includes these plans: Essential Basic Classic (base plan) Classic with optional Required to Work enhancement Classic with Trip+ Classic with Cancel Anytime The company's "Classic" family of plans now includes a base plan as well as optional benefit enhancements such as Required to Work, which provides coverage for specific work obligations; and Trip+, which has double the coverage limits compared to the base plan, for benefits that include missed connections, emergency medical and dental, emergency medical transportation, baggage loss/damage and baggage delay.

"Classic with Cancel Anytime," provides 100% cash back when trips are canceled or interrupted due to a covered reason, and 80% cash back for most other unforeseen reasons. On all Classic plans, kids 17 and under can be added for no additional cost when traveling with parents or grandparents.

The company's former "Deluxe" product has been retired, but many of that product's benefits can now be found in Classic with Trip Plus.

"Agents told us to make selling travel insurance simpler, which is why we're so excited about the entire Classic family of products," said Gray. "They only need to learn one product -- Classic -- and then add coverage options. Classic with Trip+ solves an age-old conundrum for agents who sold international trips to families: Do they offer the value of kids being added at no additional cost or do they offer a product with more coverage? Classic with Trip+ solves this problem by including higher coverage limits while still insuring kids 17 and under at no additional cost when traveling with their parents or grandparents."

The new Essential Plan offers a cost-effective insurance option for agents who sell domestic air trips to their clients who already have domestic health insurance. It was designed for people who need some cancellation coverage and existing medical conditions coverage to protect their domestic air investments. As with all Allianz Travel Insurance products, the Essential Plan doesn't have any non-commissionable processing fees which means agents get credit for 100% of their customer's purchase.

* - Not all situations are covered. Nothing in the above should be interpreted to suggest that any other particular situation would be covered. Terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions apply to all plans and benefits described herein. For a complete description of the coverage, carefully review the terms and conditions of the certificate of insurance. Insurance coverage is underwritten by BCS Insurance Company (OH, Administrative Office: Oakbrook Terrace, Ill), rated "A-"(Excellent) by A.M. Best Co., under BCS Form No. 52.201 series or 52.401 series, or Jefferson Insurance Company (NY, Administrative Office: Richmond, VA), rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Co., under Jefferson Form No. 102-C series or 102-P series, or Jefferson Form No. 105-C series or 105-P series, depending on the insured's state. Allianz Global Assistance and Allianz Travel Insurance are brands of AGA Service Company. AGA Service Company is the licensed producer and administrator of this plan and an affiliate of Jefferson Insurance Company. The insured shall not receive any special benefit or advantage because of the affiliation between AGA Service Company and Jefferson Insurance Company.

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