Tourism is very important in Greece, and generally the country is safe, but crimes against tourists continue to be a problem at popular attractions, and on crowded public transportation, such as the city buses in Athens. Credit card theft and petty crime have also been on the rise, especially those targeting Western tourists. Purse snatching, or the snatching of other bags is generally the biggest threat to tourists. Because of this don’t make yourself a target. The best bet is to avoid displaying large sums of cash or flashy jewelry, and watch your possessions at all times when you’re on the go.

If you’re using a rental car make sure to lock the doors while visiting tourist attractions such as museums, monuments, restaurants, hotels, beaches, trains, train stations and airports. Photocopies of travel documents and credit cards should be kept separate from the originals and key telephone numbers maintained to contact banks if credit cards are stolen or lost. Likewise, when driving in Greece you should use extreme caution. The road conditions can be poor in parts with heavy traffic, which can make driving at night difficult.

It should also be noted that Greece has severe penalties for possession, use and trafficking of illegal drugs, and punishment can include heavy fines and long jail sentences.