Greece holidays to go ahead - Abta

Visitors advised to take some euros in cash with them and ensure they are properly insured

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As hopes rose of a breakthrough in the Greek crisis, UK travellers were advised that their trips to the troubled European country were almost certain to go ahead.

Visitors to Greece, though, were advised to take some euros in cash with them and to ensure they were properly insured.

"We do not anticipate that there will be any need for tour operators to rebook their customers to a different destination," a spokesman for UK travel organisation Abta said.

Abta added that it was not aware of any plans to evacuate holidaymakers from Greece.

The Abta spokesman went on: "Any changes in Greece would be highly unlikely to happen overnight, any switch to a new currency would take time and euros would likely be accepted in the interim.

"Holidaymakers heading out to Greece this summer are advised to take some cash in euros with them as well as other payment methods (credit/debit cards) so that they are covered for all situations.

"We would also advise them, as we would with any destination, to take out travel insurance as soon as they book their holiday to provide protection should they need to cancel.

"At present we have no indication that holidaymakers will be disrupted, however as with all destination matters we will continue to monitor the situation and work with our members on any developments. "

Foreign Office (FO) advice to Britons travelling to Greece has not changed since May 6.

It advises travellers to take more than one method of payment with them and to ensure they have enough money to cover emergencies and any unexpected delays.

The FO said today: "Our travel advice is based on objective assessments of the risks to British nationals.

"These assessments are made by drawing on expert sources of information available to the Government including intelligence, local knowledge and experience of our overseas staff.

"Advice is under constant review, especially for volatile regions or developing crises."

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