New travel warning to anyone visiting Greece this summer

A beach in Greece with parsols and boats in the harbour.
Tourists have been warned by the Foreign Office about same-sex relationship displays of public affection -Credit:Getty Images

New travel advice has been issued to anyone going to Greece this summer. The Foreign Office has updated its website warning some travellers that they need to take extra care.

Bristol Live reports that the Foreign Office has highlighted LGBT+ travellers and said that although same-sex marriage was now legal after a change to the law this year - people travelling to the country need to take care.

It said: “Same-sex sexual relations are legal in Greece and civil unions between same-sex couples have been legal since 2015 and same sex marriage was legalised in February 2024. The age of consent in Greece is 15, this applies to partners of both the same sex and opposite sex. Transgender people are able to change their legal gender. Anti-discrimination and hate speech laws apply to gender identity.

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“Public attitudes towards same-sex sexual activity vary throughout the country; showing affection in public by same-sex couples may be frowned upon, especially in rural areas.

“Attitudes are generally much more welcoming in Athens and on many Greek islands, particularly on Lesvos, Mykonos and Skiathos. See our information and advice page for the LGBT+ community before you travel.”

The Foreign Office also said that UK tourists need to take extra care because they might be targeted in terror attacks. It said: “There is a high threat of terrorist attack globally affecting UK interests and British nationals, including from groups and individuals who view the UK and British nationals as targets. You should remain vigilant at all times.”

The situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories has also caused concern and the Foreign Office said: “Greek authorities have increased security at some prominent locations, including tourist sites, due to events in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Stay aware of your surroundings, stay away from demonstrations and follow the advice of local authorities.”