Brits dealt Greece holiday warning over bottled water 'scam'

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Holidaymakers jetting off to Greece this summer are being cautioned about a potential 'scam' involving bottled water following a recent change in the country's laws.

Greece, with its captivating capital Athens and picturesque islands such as Rhodes, Crete, and Mykonos, has always been a favourite destination for British tourists. However, a new law that came into effect on July 1 regarding bottled water could have an unfortunate impact on unsuspecting visitors.

From July 1, the cost of a small bottle of water increased from the long-standing price of 50 cents to 60 cents. The Greek government has capped the price at 60 cents per bottle.

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This price hike coincides with the introduction of a new Deposit Return System (DRS), a green tax applied to bottled products. Similar to a scheme that existed in the UK in the 1970s, customers will receive a voucher refund every time they return a bottle.

However, it's important to note that the 60 cent price cap only applies to 500ml bottles. Larger 750ml bottles can be sold at significantly higher prices, reports the Express.

In many tourist hotspots, including airports, ferries, bus stations, and popular sightseeing destinations like the Acropolis, the capped-price 500ml bottles are not available. Instead, only the uncapped 750ml bottles are sold.

So, if you're planning a trip to Greece this summer, keep an eye out for 500ml water bottles and stock up where possible to avoid paying over the odds for 750ml bottles.

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