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TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR GREECE

Planning to party on Mykonos? Looking for a luxurious cruise around the Aegean? Or taking in the ancient sites in this cradle of democracy? Scroll on down for our handy guide to one of Europe's most popular holiday destinations. Zoom's Greece travel insurance has you covered for any unexpected holiday hurdles. Cover includes medical expenses should you fall sick or become injured, as well as cover for trip cancellation, lost luggage, family emergencies and more! What are you waiting for? Zoom to it!

WHY BUY WITH ZOOM

Medical cover

medical cover

Relax knowing that your hospital expenses are covered with Zoom's unlimited medical coverage. Zoom to top notch cover!

travel delays

Travel delays

Setbacks on your sojourn are never much fun. Cover your Grecian travel disruptions in a flash with Zoom travel cover. We keep things zippy!

cruise cover

Cruise COVER

Crusing around the Greek Islands is easy with our cruise pack add-on. Whether medical treatment onboard, or an emergency helicopter evac, Zoom has you covered.

Family emergencies

Family emergencies

Had to rush home or cancel your trip due to a family emergency? We'll cover your non-refundable deposits so you can focus on the rest.

kids go free

kids go free

Family holiday to Europe? Save your euros with all dependants under 21 included under your policy at no additional cost.

Car Hire Excess

rental car excess

Driving from Dodona to Delphi? Our rental vehicle excess add-on is a must for roadtripping travellers.

easy claims

easy claims

We've done away with lengthy forms and have kept our claims process simple. We guarantee to assess fully documented claims in a flash.

Car Hire Excess

Peace Of Mind

Zoom to Zen. You can sit back and relax on your holiday knowing that Zoom travel insurance is backed by Lloyd’s of London, one of the world’s most trusted insurers.

GREECE QUICK GUIDE

Often called the Cradle of Western Civilisation, Greece is both a treasure chest of ancient wonders and home to a vibrant modern culture. With idyllic mountain treks, gorgeous seaside escapes and delightful Mediterranean delicacies, it is easy to see why over 16 million travellers and holidaymakers visit Greece every year. 

Go on, zoom to Greece and experience it for yourself!

No matter which kind of Grecian experience you're planning, Zoom can cover your trip with a range of plans.  You can minimise your costs with Medical Only cover, or choose to buy Comprehensive Travel Insurance for extra protection to cover things like travel delays and cancellation. Compare Zoom's Travel Insurance plans online today.

VISAS FOR GREECE

Kiwis visiting Greece score up to 90 days visa free before you either need to apply for one, or leave the Schengen Area. If you leave the area for 180 days, you can come back for another 90 visa-free days. Too easy! 

While you might not need a visa, you do need to have:

- A passport with at least six months validity on entry
- Proof of sufficient funds in the form of a bank statement or cash
- Return airline tickets/proof of onward travel
- All documents showing proof of purpose of trip
- All documents and visas required for the next destination, if applicable 

These rules can change quickly. Contact your nearest Greek Embassy or Consulate before you travel for the most up to date information.

ON ARRIVAL & GETTING AROUND

The Metro is a great way to get around Athens, only costing €8 from the airport to the Acropolis.

If you're taking cabs, make sure that the driver starts the meter in front of you. The fares are subject to different rates and tolls, but in December 2017, the rate to and from the airport in Athens is fixed at €35 (or €50 between midnight and 5am), and the minimum fare in Athens is €3.10. Trips within Athens shouldn't be much more than €15. Always remember to tip for good service!

Public transport outside the major cities doesn't really work around tourists, so hiring a car is a great way to go off the beaten track - and we mean beaten track! Greece has one of the highest road accident rates in Europe due to its trecherous mountain roads and 'assertive' road users. So be safe, and consider our rental vehicle excess add-on in case something happens.

Ferries from Athens to the Islands can eat into your budget (~€50 to Mykonos) so plan to spend more than a day there to make it worth you while, or take the island-to-island ferry routes. Greece has 15 international airports - most on the popular islands - so time-poor holidaymakers can fly straight in!

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Peak season in Greece is late June to the end of August, so if you want to avoid the crowds, heat and peak season inflation, consider visting during spring and autumn. Remember to book well ahead during Easter though - it's a culturally-rich time, but accomodation can be hard to find while the locals are on holidays too!

If you like your holiday snaps sans tourists, winter is a great time to see major Athenian hotspots like the Acropolis, but you're going to struggle to get to the islands, as many of the ferry routes are closed.

WHERE TO GO

No stop to Athens is complete without visiting the major archeological sites like the Acropolis, and the Roman era ampitheatre, Odeon of Herodes Atticus.

If you're going island-hopping and love all things ancient, Crete is a not-to-be-missed treat! Featuring the Heraklion Archaeological Museum and the Palace of Knossos. Neolithic artifacts dating back nine millenia, as well as the sprawling palace complex of the Ancient Minoans and the mythical minotaur are a treat for history buffs.

Intermediate and advanced hikers and climbers should not miss Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece and mythical home to the Gods. Head to the town of Litochoro at the foot of the mountain to start your journey. With a peak height of almost 3000m above sea level, and cavernous valleys between the peaks, you're looking at at least a two day walk/scramble, so take advantage of the refuges you can sleep at along the way.

MUST KNOW TIPS

Don't spend hours in the queue for a €20 ticket to the Acropolis - instead head first to one of the other archeological sites included in the €30 five-day multi-site ticket - Lykeion, Hadrian's Library, the Olympieion, Kerameikos, the Roman Agora or the Ancient Agora. When it comes time to see the Acropolis, you can walk straight in! 

The Greek economy suffered immensely during the Global Financial Crisis, and withdrawal limits were placed on locals. While you shouldn't have any issues using your credit card in the more touristy spots, cash remains king. Don't bother with overpriced currency exchanges; instead take euros out of the ATM using your regular debit card - there is usually only a bank fee, rather than a commission, and the exchange rates tend to be better. Just don't forget to let your bank know you're travelling before you leave!

ZOOMING ELSEWHERE?

Are you planning to zoom somewhere else on your holidays? Whether you're jetting to Japan or hungry for Hungary we've got plenty of helpful advice on other popular travel destinations to check out. What are you waiting for? Zoom to it!
 

GREECE TRAVEL INSURANCE FAQs

Got some curly questions in regards to your Greece travel insurance cover?
Be in the the know before you go with answers to the most common queries below.

  • Am I covered medically while holidaying in Greece?
  • Yes, all our policies cover for unlimited medical coverage. Zoom provides cover for your overseas medical expenses including hospital stays, surgery, doctor visits, emergency evacuation and repatriation home if required. We can provide written guarantees of payment of reasonable expenses directly with your hospital in emergency situations. Phew!

  • Am I covered for crusing around the Greek Islands?
  • Cruise coverage can be added in just one click to your travel insurance policy, which covers any onboard medical treatment, as well as helicopter exacuations if you need emergency medical assistance.

  • Am I covered for sailing around the Greek Islands?
  • Yes, provided you are not more than 10 nautical miles off any land mass, you can rest easy knowing that coverage for sailing is included. If you're wanting to sail up to 11-15 nautical miles off the land, you can purchase our Sports and Activities Cover add-on, provided you're not racing! 

  • What happens if I need medical assistance in Greece?
  • Have complete peace of mind on your Grecian adventure. Zoom provides immediate support through our emergency assistance provider, First Assistance. Help is just a phone call away any time of day 365 days a year. This includes access to medical advisors, medical transfers and emergency evacuation if required. We also assist with passing on messages to family and returning unsupervised dependants back to New Zealand.

  • How do alcohol and drugs affect my cover?
  •  When it comes to alcohol we advise you to drink in moderation. One too many Ouzo could see you jeopardizing your cover. Please note that we may exclude any claims where excessive drugs or alcohol have been involved.

  • I have high value items; how much can I insure them for?
  • If you have an expensive item that you just can’t leave behind you can insure it separately for up to $5,000. Please note that high value item cover is only available under our comprehensive plan.

  • Am I covered for pickpocketing in Greece?
  • Yes, you’re covered for muggings provided of course, you were acting with reasonable care (i.e. did not leave your belongings unattended). If you’re the victim of a pickpocket, you’d be covered for loss, theft and damage to your luggage and personal effects. If you are robbed it’s important that you get a police report and contact us as soon as possible.

  • What age limits apply to Zoom travel insurance policies?
  • You must be under the age of 85 to buy a policy with Zoom. Those under 79 years can purchase a policy for a maximum trip duration of 365 days. Those aged between 80-85 years can purchase a policy for a maximum trip duration of 184 days only. You must also be under the age of 69 to purchase our add-on ski or adventure packs.

  • Which pre-existing conditions does Zoom cover?
  • We automatically cover 36 pre-existing medical conditions with no medical assessments or lengthy medical forms to complete. For further information and a full list of covered conditions head to our pre-existing medical conditions page.

  • Can I reduce my excess with Zoom products?
  • Yes you can reduce the standard excess of $200 by paying a excess reduction fee within the payment process. 

  • What is a dependant?
  • This means your dependant children or grandchildren under the age of 21 at the date of policy issue who are travelling with you.