Greece attracts 13 million tourists every year. Its endless sands, centuries of history, and traditional sugar-cube towns should be the kind of sights holidaymakers enjoy. However, this is not always the case, as many visitors to the country will have their hard earned trip ruined by illness. The popular destinations in Crete are Corfu – known as the Emerald Ise – Rhodes, Kos and Zante, they feature both beaches and well known night life and should be enjoyed, rather than endured, by ill holidaymakers.
All-inclusive resorts across Greece have seen many cases of illnesses reported. These illnesses not only impact your health but leave holidaymakers out of pocket due to high medical expenses.
Although food safety guidelines exist, a large number of holidaymakers travelling to Greece will still fall ill, with unsanitary conditions often causing severe stomach illnesses. Food poisoning is the most common form of illness claimed for by visitors to Greece. Many hotels leave food uncovered and open to pests such as insects or birds. The food served at many resorts has also been found to be undercooked or re-heated leading to serious infections.
Whilst staying in Greece it is important to follow these guidelines to reduce the risk of food poisoning and other holiday illnesses:
- Avoid foods not prepared hygienically.
- Avoid food not stored at the correct temperature.
- Frequently use an alcohol-based hand gel.
- Avoid salads and any uncooked fruits and vegetables (these may have been handled unhygienically)
Although all holiday makers visiting Greece are advised to drink only bottled water, poorly maintained swimming pools can also lead to serious stomach illness such as Gastroenteritis as a result of contracting Cryptosporidium.
It is your tour operators’ responsibility to make sure you are provided with a safe, clean and hygienic hotel.
If you have fallen ill whilst on an all-inclusive holiday to Greece, get in touch with a member of our team on 01625 253 020.
We have over 10 years industry experience and we will be happy to help you through the process of claiming back the cost of your holiday plus any additional compensation you may be owed.