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Still undecided about where to spend your summer vacation? Keep your eyes on the screen to find out why you should definitely go to Greece. From magnificent landscapes to ancient monuments, here are 6 reasons why Greece should be on your bucket list.

The key points to remember when visiting Greece from the UK:

  • In Greece, larger cities have emergency services and public ambulances. Finding one in a rural area or on some islands, on the other hand, may be difficult. In case of an emergency, dial 166. It should be noted, however, that only some operators may be fluent in English.
  • Medical repatriation may be preferable if you are seriously ill or injured in Greece. It is the process of returning visitors to their home country, the United Kingdom, for medical treatment, usually via aeromedical transport. Travelers may seek medical repatriation services for a variety of reasons, including cost, language, and proximity to family and friends.
  • An air ambulance is a specially designed medical jet that can provide medical assistance to patients in transit. The patient is accompanied by a highly trained team of medics until they arrive at the destination airport and are safely transferred to their home or local hospital. We bring all necessary equipment and medications on the flight.

6 reasons for visiting Greece at least once

From white sand beaches and scenic spots to fantastic weather all year round and unique flavours, there are a million reasons to visit the cradle of Western civilization.

Glorious vestiges of the ancient times

Greece is an ode to ancient architecture, with 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and magnificently preserved ruins and monuments. Visit the floating island museum of Delos, where the mythological gods Apollo and Artemis were born. Take the time to admire the Parthenon's perfectly proportioned columns, which have inspired centuries of worshippers. After driving through the mountains, seek wisdom at the breathtaking archaeological site of Delphi. Charged with sacred meaning, it blends harmoniously with the natural landscape.


Gastronomy bursting with an explosion of tastes

Greece has a wide variety of food and drink, including well-known dishes, local liquors, and Greek wines. Indulge in the hearty dishes of the mountain villages or the island food specialties. Souvlaki and pita with gyros are typical traditional Greek foods that are frequently served as street food.

The country is also known for its excellent wines, with very distinct characteristics. The Santorini Assyrtiko, for example, is by far the most popular among Greek whites and the Robola is frequently referred to as Greece's second noblest grape. Before drinking, do not forget to say "yamas," which is the Greek equivalent of "cheers."

Full shot of vitamin sea and breathtaking landscapes

Greece is a true paradise of unspoiled beaches and dazzling warm blue waters. From sandy to pebbly beaches, isolated coves and quiet bays, there is always an award-winning Blue Flag (87 in 2021) beach to soak up some vitamin D. In addition to quiet lakes and lush forests, Greece has exotic green valleys and rugged mountains.


Adrenaline-pumping fun

Outdoor activity enthusiasts can have a good time due to the variety of landscapes. Climb the unique geological rocks of Meteora, take a surfing vacation on Tinos, dive in secluded coves and underwater caves or base jump in Zakynthos - whatever your heart desires, Greece has it all.

Vibrant nightlife

Party on islands like Zakynthos and Mykonos or in cosmopolitan cities like Thessaloniki and Athens in the country that never sleeps. Participating in a traditional panigyri (local feast) will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will make your holiday memorable if you find yourself in a more romantic mood.

Medical tourism

Aside from fun, Greece is also the home of medicine. Thanks to its state-of-the-art medical innovations, highly experienced medical staff and temperate climate, Greece is beginning to establish itself as a major key player in the medical travel industry. 

With numerous dialysis centres located throughout the country, Greece is a popular health tourism destination for renal dialysis. It has also made major surgical advances in recent years, including developing a new surgical approach to penile urethral stenosis, which made the excision of an inaccessible brain tumour in a five-month-old infant a successful operation. 

Medical emergency while on vacation in Greece. What could possibly go wrong for you?

It's the most wonderful time of year, but if you're experiencing some of the most common reasons for ER visits while on vacation in Greece, it can dampen your holiday spirit. Here are the top 6 reasons for emergency room visits during the holiday season.

The flu

The holiday season falls right in the middle of flu season, and when you combine that with travel and a full social calendar, your chances of getting sick skyrocket. As a result, instead of spreading holiday cheer, many people end up infecting their loved ones with the flu. Though the flu does not usually necessitate an emergency room visit, those who are more vulnerable, such as children, the elderly, or those with pre-existing health conditions, may need to see a doctor to prevent the illness from worsening.

Slips and falls

We understand the holiday desire to visit new places and try new adrenaline-inducing activities. However, if you are not cautious, you could seriously injure yourself. Broken bones and fractures, sprains and back and head injuries are common during the holiday season. If you do injure yourself severely, going to the emergency room may prevent long-term damage to your body and speed up the healing process.

patient with a broken leg

Abdominal pain

Due to the large meals associated with celebrations, abdominal pain or discomfort can be quite common during the holidays. These copious feasts frequently lead to overeating, which causes your stomach muscles to stretch to make room. Overeating can cause dangerous digestive issues that could land you in the emergency room if you're not careful. Some examples are: 

  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Acid reflux
  • Indigestion
  • Stomach ruptures

 Food poisoning

Food poisoning is unfortunately not uncommon in Greece, despite all of the luxurious meals to look forward to. Food poisoning can occur if someone consumes food that has been left out for an extended period of time, consumes undercooked or raw foods, or fails to properly wash their hands before handling food. The following are the most common symptoms of food poisoning:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Low-grade fever
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain and cramps

Though most cases of food poisoning can be treated at home, patients should seek emergency medical attention if they show signs of dehydration.

Alcohol poisoning

The holidays can be a time to celebrate, and for some adults, that includes drinking alcohol. Alcohol poisoning is common when drinkers overindulge. Binge drinking can cause vital parts of your brain to shut down, including those that control your breathing, heart rate, and body temperature. That is to say, alcohol overdoses are not to be celebrated and require immediate medical attention.

Heart attacks

Adrenaline surges, hot summer days, overeating or binge drinking can all lead to serious cardiovascular issues and heart attacks. Heart attacks are emergency situations that require immediate medical attention.

What is the current state of foreigners' healthcare in Greece?

Having an accident or a medical emergency during your vacation in Greece can be the source of a very stressful and unpleasant situation, given that you are on a foreign territory with limited, if not non-existent, knowledge of the local health care system.

Healthcare in Greece is delivered via either public or private systems. The state healthcare system is either free or reasonably priced. Some specialties, however, may have lengthy waiting lists. Furthermore, the majority of the staff in public health centres speak English to some extent. Keep in mind, however, that finding an English-speaking medical staff in a small town or hospital may be difficult.

Emergency services in Greece

In Greece, emergency services and public ambulances are available in larger cities. However, finding one in a rural area or on some islands may be difficult. In the event of an emergency, dial 166. It is important to note, however, that only some operators may speak English. If you want to speak with an English operator, dial the European emergency number 112 instead.

Why should you return to the UK in the event of a medical emergency in Greece?

air ambulance

If you are seriously ill or injured in Greece, medical repatriation may be preferable. It refers to the process of returning visitors to their home country, the United Kingdom, for medical treatment, typically via aeromedical transport. Medical repatriation services may be sought by travellers for a variety of reasons, including:

Cost: Private healthcare in Greece can be costly, particularly if you require advanced medical treatment and do not have adequate health or travel insurance. On the other hand, the NHS in the United Kingdom provides free high-quality care to all citizens.

Language: To be treated by a medical professional who speaks your native language. If patients do not understand the local jargon, communication between healthcare providers and patients may be hampered.

Family and friends: Closer proximity to loved ones often means receiving the moral support needed to deal with the emotional stress caused by the patient’s illness or injury.

Why is an air ambulance the preferred mode of transport for returning to the UK?

If a patient requires medical repatriation to the United Kingdom in order to receive proper medical treatment, an air ambulance is frequently the most direct and convenient way to travel long distances.

What are air ambulances?

An air ambulance is a specially configured medical jet that can provide medical support to patients while they are in transit. A highly trained doctor, paramedic, or team of medics accompany the patient until they arrive at the destination airport and are safely transferred to their home or local hospital. On the flight, we bring all necessary equipment and medications.

From anywhere to anywhere

We have a large fleet of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft dedicated to aeromedical services and repatriations at Medical Repatriation UK. With several ambulance jets stationed in strategic locations around the world, we can transport you quickly and safely to almost any location.

Advanced patient care

We use sophisticated medical jets for long-distance patient transportation missions. They include a dedicated treatment area, individualised service, and space for the medical team as well as additional passengers (depending on the size). They have been specially modified for in-flight emergency support and treatment. The aircraft are essentially mobile ICUs, complete with specialised medical crew and cutting-edge equipment. They are appropriate for anyone who requires high-level medical assistance and are available in short, medium, and long-term options. They can also accommodate COVID-positive patients who require complete isolation while travelling.

How to book an air ambulance from Greece to the UK?

We have simplified the process of booking an ambulance flight as much as possible in order to make our air medical flight services more accessible. Simply call, email, or use our online contact form to get in touch with us. One of our advisors will contact you to discuss your requirements. We will offer the best mode of transportation, as well as related services, once we have received all of the necessary information. Once your payment is validated, all you have to do is wait for us to pick you up.

Contact us for a free quote now!

Looking for an air ambulance company to transport a loved one from Greece to the United Kingdom? We can safely repatriate your patient home! Please contact our multilingual team so that we can advise you on the best mode of transportation for your needs. The cost of a medical flight is always determined on an individual basis. Our friendly experts make every effort to respond as soon as possible in order to provide you with a free, non-binding quick estimate for your trip.