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Travel Alert: Greece
Greece Public Announcement
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
June 16, 2003
This Public Announcement is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to the
potential for large protests in and around Thessaloniki, Neos Marmaras, and
the Halkidiki peninsula of Greece during the European Union summit,
scheduled to take place June 19-21. This Public Announcement expires on
June 23, 2003.
The European Union summit is expected to attract as many as 100,000
protesters, mostly around Thessaloniki and Neos Marmaras. Large protests
are planned for June 20 in Neos Marmaras and June 21 in Thessaloniki, and
other demonstrations are expected to take place in Athens and other areas of
Greece throughout the summit. Roads in the immediate vicinity of the Summit
venue at Porto Carras will be closed, and other roads in Thessaloniki and
the Halkidiki Peninsula may also be blocked or restricted. Maritime traffic
in the area will also be affected.
Americans traveling in Greece should avoid demonstrations, since, in the
past, similar demonstrations have sometimes turned violent. Traffic and
public transportation in the vicinity of demonstrations are likely to be
Additionally, to enhance security measures already in place for the summit,
the Greek authorities will intensify security checks at ports of entry and
border crossings. Those entering or exiting Greece - whether by car, boat,
or train - may be required to produce valid travel documents. American
citizens traveling in Greece during this period should be prepared for
greater security checks and should have their valid U.S. passports available
at all airports, ports and border crossing points.
American citizens can register and obtain updated information on travel and
security at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, the U.S. Consulate in Thessaloniki,
or on-line at www.usembassy.gr.
The U.S. Consulate in Thessaloniki will be closed on Thursday, June 19 and
Friday, June 20. Americans in Thessaloniki requiring emergency assistance
should contact the Consulate directly at (2310) 242 - 905.
U.S. Travelers should also consult the Department of State's latest Consular
Information Sheet for Greece and the Worldwide Caution Public announcement
American citizens may also obtain up-to-date information on security
conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States or Canada, and 317-472-2328