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
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.
EUROPEAN HEALTH INSURANCE CARD (EHIC) Who is entitled to a card, where you can use it and what you can use it for
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The process of registering the birth's and deaths of British Citizens overseas will gradually be withdrawn from British Consulates during 2014.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
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:
-- 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