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ABTA advises UK holidaymakers going to Greece to take surplus cash

Parthenon-on-Acropolis-in-Athens-GreeceThe Association of British Travel Agents says British holidaymakers heading for Greece should take some emergency cash with them. An ABTA spokesperson said that even if Greece is forced to leave the Eurozone any currency changeover is unlikely to be instant. 

He continued by saying that if Greece had to adopt a new currency, euros would still be accepted in the meantime. He added that to safeguard against any possible issues, holidaymakers should make sure they have more than one means of paying for things to hand.

The spokesperson said euro banknotes plus a debit or credit card, or preferably even both, should cover all eventualities. As a codicil, he noted that holiday insurance would also provide some recompense in the event that anything does go wrong.

The ABTA representative finished off by saying customers who booked their holidays and took out insurance at the same time were covered in the event of any cancellation. The association had previously stated it was keeping an eye on the situation in Greece.

ABTA said that the ongoing financial crisis would not upset holiday plans and member travel agents had not been advised to offer customers alternate destinations. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has not changed its recommendations for Britons going to Greece since 6 May 2015.

The FCO issued a statement saying it relied on expert sources for its travel advisories. The statement said that if any unrest occurred, the advice would be updated immediately. The FCO also noted that cash was a useful commodity in times of crisis.



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