ADVICE FROM THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE

June 2017 Holiday advice from the  Foreign Office - False personal injury claims & quad bike insurance  : There have been reports of an increase in holidaymakers being encouraged to submit a claim for personal injury if they have experienced gastric illness during their stay; you can find more information about the action you can take if you have suffered a personal injury on the Citizens Advice website; you should only consider pursuing a complaint or claim if you have genuinely suffered from injury or illness; if you make a false or fraudulent claim, you may face legal proceedings in the UK or Greece.
Safety and security section  – quad biking is considered an extreme sport and carries the risk of serious injury or worse; specific travel insurance to cover quad bike rental is essential to avoid you having to pay the costs of private health care and/or repatriation to the UK.  foreign-travel-advice

How to vote in the UK elections on June 8th 2017 
If you are a British citizen living abroad, you can apply to be an overseas voter.

Voters living overseas
If you were registered for the EU referendum and you haven’t been asked to renew your registration then you do not need to re-register to vote in the UK general election on June 8th 2017
If you are not registered to vote, you will need to register to vote by Monday 22 May to vote at the UK general election.
If you have been asked to renew your registration and haven’t yet done so, make sure you renew as soon as possible.
If you’re unsure, contact your local authority.
You can register to vote at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

If you are not able to go to the polling station in person on election day, you can apply to vote by post or by proxy (where someone votes on your behalf).
For details of  how to use these method of voting see:
BY POST      and     BY PROXY
 For full details and FAQs see yourvotematters

January 2017: The first consolidated outreach programme by the Consular Network in Greece. Early in 2016, the British Embassy conducted a survey aimed at British Passport holders in Greece (see below), to gain a better understanding of their experiences, to help focus their future communications with central and local government and to further enhance their social media presence in Greece. In November 2016, building on the success of the survey, an outreach programme was developed offering expat meetings in Athens, Corfu, Crete and Rhodes. During the meetings some of the issues highlighted in the survey were addressed.- For results of the survey see gov uk consular awareness
They also compiled the TOP 10 tips given by expats for 'happy living' in Greece.

April 2016 :  3 New GOV UK leaflets with advice for British Citizens visiting or living in Greece.
LIVING IN GREECE

What the consulate can and cannot do for you Plus information on tax, healthcare, employment, property and voting

HOLIDAYING IN GREECE
Including advice on personal safety, local customs/culture, drink and drugs, driving, rentals and insurance

EUROPEAN HEALTH INSURANCE CARD (EHIC) Who is entitled to a card, where you can use it and what you can use it for

British Nationals Survey - January 2016: The British Embassy in Athens would like to hear from British nationals about their experiences of living in Greece. They are updating their guides, planning communications with central government and local authorities and developing their social media presence in Greece. By telling them about the issues you have encountered, perhaps getting a registration certificate, planning/obtaining healthcare, learning Greek and more, you will help them tailor their information services to your needs in the best possible way to be useful for all British nationals in Greece.
Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey. The online survey will run until 29/02/2016. CONSULAR SERVICES SURVEY

 
 
British Ambassador John Kittmer's welcome message

British Ambassador John Kittmer talks about the role of the British Embassy in Greece, our priorities and activities.

Posted by UK in Greece on Thursday, January 14, 2016
 

January 2016
British Ambassador John Kittmer talks about the role of the British Embassy in Greece, their priorities and activities.

The Btitish Embassy in Athens is on GOV.UK .
From there, see links to Facebook and Twitter

 

JUNE 2014 - The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is changing the way that it registers the births & deaths of British Citizens overseas.

The process of registering the birth's and deaths of British Citizens overseas will gradually be withdrawn from British Consulates during 2014. Thereafter registrations will be carried out in a central registration unit in the UK. The transfer of services in Greece, will begin on 9 June 2014.
There are no changes to the entitlement to register a birth or death. The processing time will remain the same but you will need to allow extra time for documents to be sent to and from the UK. GOV_UK

MAY 2013 - NEW ADVICE FOR FROM THE FCO, FOR BRITSH NATIONALS TRAVELLING ABROAD

Recently, we publicised the LOCATE website where you could register your details so your relatives could be contacted quickly, in case of emergency. Now this system is being replaced by a more interactive system from the FCO(Foreign and Commonwealth Office), which will come into effect in mid-May 2013.

People who have already registered with LOCATE will get the following letter and attachment, advising them of the changes.

Important changes to consular registration

The FCO is moving from a system where British nationals are encouraged to register when they travel in case there is a crisis, to one where we are using a number of channels to give the latest information and advice on what you should do if you need our help in a crisis and how to contact the FCO's crisis response team. From 14 May 2013 we will no longer use the LOCATE system, instead using our resources to improve our travel advice service and focus on those who most need our help.

The detailed document is below, but the key points are as follows:-

-- Every British National going abroad will have access to up-to-date country-specific travel advice at any time. For Greece this is https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece

-- You can suscribe to Government alerts on many subjects - you can select the ones you want eg Greek travel, and you will get an automatic email, when there is relevant news. https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKGOVUK/subscriber/new

-- The FCO encourages you to follow them on Twitter @fcotravel and on Facebook:
www.facebook.com/fcotravel.

-- They have a new, regularly updated site on how to deal with a crisis overseas https://www.gov.uk/how-to-deal-with-a-crisis-overseas

Details of the far reaching new Consular Strategy are available at www.gov.uk/government/publications/consular-strategy

19 May 2013 at 07:29 Message for British Nationals : Important changes to consular registration

Dear LOCATE registrant,

Consular Excellence: Important changes to consular registration

 Millions of British people travel abroad every year. Most have a journey free from trouble and do not need consular services. However sometimes things go wrong and British nationals can be victims of serious crime, require hospitalisation or be caught up in a major crisis. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is committed to doing its utmost to assist British nationals in serious difficulties abroad. The FCO has staff in 146 cities around the world ready and able to provide assistance when necessary, often in tragic circumstances.  

On 18 April 2013 the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs has launched a new consular strategy for 2013 to 2016 titled "Consular Excellence". This strategy will drive innovation and excellence in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's consular service over the next three years.

As part of this strategy the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is also responding to what British nationals have said about how they want to stay informed about crisis and security situations when overseas. The FCO is updating its systems to offer a wide array of ways to stay in touch on these issues, including via email updates of the FCO's country-specific travel advice or by following FCO on social media.

So every British National going abroad will have access to up-to-date country-specific travel advice at any time. We encourage you to subscribe to this free service so you will be alerted by email when there are important updates. This is a fast and effective method already used by nearly 34000 email subscribers. During a crisis our advice to British nationals will be published on our travel advice website and updated regularly. It is particularly important to consult travel advice if you are considering travel to: Afghanistan, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Iraq, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen. You can also follow us on social media so that wherever you go, you can stay informed and stay safe. We encourage you to follow us on Twitter @fcotravel and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/fcotravel. Your local British Embassy or High Commission also has a website and may additionally have its own social media feeds and/or consular warden network. Contact details for all of our diplomatic posts are available on our website. We have also produced some new guidance on precautions to take if you are travelling to or resident in areas where a crisis may occur.

In effect, the FCO is moving from a system where British nationals are encouraged to register when they travel in case there is a crisis, to one where we are using a number of channels to give the latest information and advice on what you should do if you need our help in a crisis and how to contact the FCO's crisis response team. This faster and more practical system supersedes the Locate system, which is used by less than 1% of British nationals overseas so does not offer what we need to help British nationals in a crisis. From 14 May we will no longer use the LOCATE system, instead using our resources to improve our travel advice service and focus on those who most need our help.

Your personal data which is stored on LOCATE will be handled in line with data protection legislation. If you have any questions about these changes you can contact us by emailing  until 14 May.

The new Consular Strategy is available on GOV.UK at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/consular-strategy in accordance with Government Digital by Default principles. It will be a dynamic document that will be updated as we achieve our aims and set future targets.

Crisis Management Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office  

 

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