Greece has a range of issues that should be taken into consideration when traveling, especially if an at-risk or high-profile individual. The party islands, like Santorini, have underlying risks of petty crime, and regular reports of drinks being spiked, sexual assaults, and physical assaults. As with most tourist locations, scams are commonplace and center around taxis, shopping areas, and tourist attractions.
Protests and civil disturbances including strikes, do occur and can deteriorate quickly. It is advised that all travelers keep a close eye on the situation prior to arrival and work with a risk management company if they become a concern.
Terrorism is a genuine threat, and as per other European countries, this could develop quickly and in various forms, whether lone-wolf, vehicle attacks, or via explosives. There are also geopolitical tensions with neighboring countries that could boil over, but would unlikely do so without significant warning signs.
Driving can be very challenging and comparatively aggressive and certain locations could be considered remote and it would be prudent for any travelers to develop robust journey management plans. Please speak to the ETS Risk Management team to discuss secure transportation services in Greece.
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