Athens in detail

Health & insurance

Before You Go

Health Insurance

If you're an EU citizen, a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) covers you for most medical care but not emergency repatriation or non-emergencies. Citizens from other countries should find out if there is a reciprocal arrangement for free medical care between their country and Greece. If you do need health insurance, make sure you get a policy that covers you for the worst possible scenario, such as an accident requiring an emergency flight home. Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.

In Athens

Tap Water

Tap water is drinkable and safe. Good mineral water is also widely available. Higher-end restaurants will often offer bottled water by default, but you can always request tap.

Medical Services

Check pharmacy windows for details of the nearest duty pharmacy, or call 1434 (Greek only). There’s a 24-hour pharmacy at the airport.

SOS Doctors Pay service with English-speaking doctors who make house (or hotel) calls.