The British Foreign Office has included warnings for summer holiday destinations such as Greece, Cyprus, Australia and Spain. Brits have been warned to be cautious in 225 destinations around the world for a number of reasons ranging from balcony falls to terrorism and sexual dangers.
For Greece, the warnings are focused on a number of issues. Brits, who make more than 3 million visits to Greece per year, are warned to be wary of the following dangers:
As of 7 April, 2019, the Hellenic Police will begin implementing systematic passport control checks for all European citizens travelling to/from destinations outside the Schengen area (including the UK).
There were a number of cases of West Nile virus in Greece in 2018. You should consider preventative measures to minimise exposure to mosquitoes, for example using mosquito repellent when outdoors and closing doors or windows or using screens.
Greece has capital controls in place. You can withdraw cash using a UK card up to the daily limit imposed by the Greek banking system (usually €600) or the daily limit imposed by your UK card issuer – whichever is the lower amount.
The Greek police won’t accept rowdy or indecent behaviour, especially where excessive drinking is involved. Greek courts impose heavy fines or prison sentences on people who behave indecently.
Terrorist attacks are not ruled out.
Travel to Cyprus also carried a number of warnings.
Driving standards are poor. You should drive with great care.
Terrorist attacks in Cyprus can’t be ruled out.
670,000 British tourists visit Australia every year, and there are a number of warnings they need to take into account.
Australia is a vast country. Journeys need to be planned carefully, especially if travelling to remote areas, bushwalking or going swimming.
There is a wider risk of tropical cyclones which occur, mainly in Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia between November and April. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms and follow the advice of local authorities, including the state emergency services and the Bureau of Meteorology. Australia is prone to seasonal natural disasters including tropical cyclones, flash flooding, dust storms and bushfires (forest fires).
Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Australia. Australia’s current national terrorism threat level is ‘probable’ (see the Australian national terrorism threat advisory system). Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. You should be vigilant and take sensible precautions.