UK Foreign Office issues new warning for tourists travelling to Greece

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The UK Foreign Office has updated its travel advice for those planning a trip to Greece, emphasizing the need for certain travellers to exercise caution. Specifically, the advisory now includes guidance for LGBT+ travellers, noting that while same-sex marriage has been legalized in Greece as of February 2024, individuals should still be vigilant during their travels.

According to the Foreign Office, same-sex sexual relations have been legal in Greece since 2015, with civil unions between same-sex couples also recognized. Additionally, transgender individuals have the right to change their legal gender, and anti-discrimination laws apply to gender identity. However, attitudes towards same-sex activity may vary across the country, with public displays of affection by same-sex couples potentially being frowned upon, particularly in rural areas. Nonetheless, major cities like Athens and popular tourist destinations such as Lesvos, Mykonos, and Skiathos are generally more accepting.

In addition to concerns related to LGBT+ travellers, the Foreign Office also highlighted the ongoing threat of terrorism globally, including in Greece. British tourists are advised to remain vigilant due to the potential targeting of UK interests and nationals by terrorist groups. Furthermore, heightened security measures have been implemented at various locations, including tourist sites, in response to events in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Travelers are urged to stay informed about their surroundings, avoid demonstrations, and adhere to guidance from local authorities.


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