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Holidaymakers in Greece urged to register with Foreign Office



British holidaymakers in Greece are being urged to register with the Foreign Office so they can be contacted immediately if the social unrest in the country worsens.


Foreign Secretary William Hague has reminded Britons of the importance of letting the government know their whereabouts, according to a report in the Daily Mail.


He told the paper the Foreign Office had drawn up contingency plans in case the situation in Greece worsens and puts Britons at risk.


Holidaymakers are advised to register with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's 'Locate' service, which takes a note of their contact details so the local embassy or consulate can get in touch in the event of a crisis or emergency.


To register, holidaymakers can visit www.locate.fco.gov.uk


Violent demonstrations against the Greek government's austerity measures have been taking place for months and these could worsen after it agreed yesterday to additional cutbacks in return for a further  €130bn rescue package.


On Sunday night 3,000 protesters clashed with riot police in Athen's Syntagma square. A further demonstration is planned in the square on February 29.


 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012



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  • ridiculous scaremongering!

    The violence which recently occurred was ON THE day of the Important vote for the future of Greece and it,s outcome directly effecting it,s people for the next 20 years.The day before the voting Athens was as normal and the day after the voting Athens was as normal.Travelmole has moled a mountain out of it,s molehill! What was the reason behind three (at least)burning cities in England?What was behind the looting?Did it not try to get back to normal as a country asap?I did not read here that if we wished to visit England we must register with the consulate? And I have to add that NO!,3,ooo protesters did not clash with police,they calmly protested with banners and chants and a heaviness in there hearts.The press chose to avoid showing these scenes and preferred the burning buildings that was done by about 200 fanatics.The press is responsible for inaccurate coverage.

    By mo harrris, Wednesday, February 29, 2012

  • Why are you surprised with this article?

    It is not the first time and it will certainly not be the last that this news site publishes such 'news'. When it comes to Greece, travelmole has made 'scaremongering' a science! In July 2010, four lines in a 40-page long terrorist manifesto saying "tourists need to realise that Greece will never be the same" was interpreted by the 'objective' reporters of this site as "terrorists threaten attacks on tourists". Such 'objective' reporting on one country in particular is really shameful for a site that otherwise can offer a great service to the travel and tourism industry.

    By Alexandros Paraskevas, Monday, February 27, 2012

  • No, Athens is not at war

    We at the Athens Walking Tours never stopped operating our tours through the worst of the riots and this is a proof that Athens is not at war. Next day after a demonstration we stand right in front of the House of Parliament and give guided tours and our guests do not believe this is the place from which they saw the horrid images. It is demonstrations at a limited number and you are using the word in plural as if they occur every day. Athens is not at war. Yes there was damage and violence but it was short lived and the media showed the worst of it for the obvious reasons. Athens, statistically, is a much safer city than London on a daily basis year after year. We absolutely agree with the previous comments and are surprised with the position taken on Athens because it is pure exaggeration and hearsay. It would be wiser to first travel to Athens and assess the situation first hand before making such serious and possibly detrimental statements about the safety of travel in Athens. Most major European cities have had protests, some violent, in the recent months due to the global financial crisis and increased austerity measures but we did not see or hear any similar reaction by the UK Foreign Office or the press for that matter advising UK to consult with the Foreign office prior to travelling there. Were travelers cautioned away from travel to London as a horrified world followed for days on end the outbursts of violence and the fires in the heart of London? No they were not. Of course the Foreign Service has a sovereign right to protect its citizens, but it also has a responsibility to endorse peace and avoid panic based on unauthorized and unfounded accounts.

    By Ann Gio, Friday, February 24, 2012

  • Is Greece a war zone ??

    "Violent demonstrations against the Greek government's austerity measures have been taking place for months" !!! It seems to be a comment from the author (with no name by the way).. What different would you have written for Syria ? Agony and terror bring money to the Media, but from a website of your prestige we expected more...

    By Dimitris Vassiliou, Wednesday, February 22, 2012

  • Greece and riots

    I totally agree with the previous comments. I live between Athens and London due to work and family commitments. As my children are British citizens the embassy hasn't been in touch with us to register. This is scaremongering. Isn't more dangerous for traveller to visit Egypt or Maldives? So please before you report about Greece being "unsafe" check your facts or visit the country.

    By Katilena Alpe, Wednesday, February 22, 2012

  • Holidaymakers heading to Greece have nothing to worry about

    Have to agree with the other comments - you have taken a very suprising stance and William Hague's comment is now completely exagerated. As a respected travel site I too feel you've gone OTT. Protests in any city are a cause for concern - let us not forget London in August last year - those horrific protests did not stop the world from travelling to the UK! The FCO's general advice for Greece has not changed and the Greek holiday resorts remain very much open for business, offering great value as they compete for business.

    By Marlen Taffarello, Tuesday, February 21, 2012

  • Should know better

    I am surprised that you have taken this stance, shared by the Daily Mail, on Greece. Have you now decided that this site will publish sensationalised titbits of news???? Greece is having a hard enough time of it without fatuous comments by Foreign Secretaries being repeated by respected travel sites. Please can we think about this??? Did you post that all foreign tourists should run to their respective embassies and consulates when the rioting broke out across the UK last year??? Responsibility goes hand in hand with impartiality for journalists.

    By Roz Mills, Tuesday, February 21, 2012

  • No Need to Register to Foreign Office!

    Needless to register to Foreign Office or any office for traveling to Greece. There is no risk at all for Holidaymakers to come in any place in Greece. Problems are in countries where people getting kidnapped, buses get on fire and armed staff stays outside Hotels and that's for sure NOT in Greece. Greece is the safest destination worldwide and everybody knows that....rest is just bad journalism that scares people for no reason. Demonstartions are only in Athens and are not much diffeent from what happens sometimes in London, Paris, Berlin or anywhere else in the world as the crise is not Greek but Universal !

    By Mixalis Fotakis, Tuesday, February 21, 2012

  • 'according to the Daily Mail'

    Well I think that says it all! The Daily Mail has managed to turn a throwaway comment of Wm Hague on Andrew Marr on Sunday which was something like 'we have contingency plans for all sorts of scenarios' into Wm Hague saying there are plans to evacuate Britons from Greece. Rather like evacuating all foreign nationals from London and Manchester last year during the UK riots, or telling people not to go to Cornwall because there are riots in London. Isn't there enough news around that they have to go so far away from the context of an interview just to sensationalise. Yesterday apparently hundreds of thousands of Spaniards demonstrated in response to their own austerity measures - quick get ready to evacuate foreign nationals!

    By diana giannoulis, Tuesday, February 21, 2012

  • Should know better

    I am surprised that you have taken this stance, shared by the Daily Mail, on Greece. Have you now decided that this site will publish sensationalised titbits of news???? Greece is having a hard enough time of it without fatuous comments by Foreign Secretaries being repeated by respected travel sites. Please can we think about this??? Did you post that all foreign tourists should run to their respective embassies and consulates when the rioting broke out across the UK last year??? Responsibility goes hand in hand with impartiality for journalists.

    By Roz Mills, Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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