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Do you think we will have to pay cash for the balance we owe on the car. Normally we use our credit card.
Any thoughts on this would be a help. We don't travel till 3rd August so things may be a bit clearer by then.
Resigned to having to bring a load of cash with us, which is a concern until we get to the security box in our apartment. But don't want to risk empty ATM's and also don't think it's fair if tourists openly drain them whilst locals can only take €60.
Augie, I am more worried about shops and tavernas not having the finances to replenish food / supplies etc, what are the thoughts there?
Toni, credit cards can still be accepted as a form of payment by businesses who have the facility. In your case I would contact the car hire company and ask them directly just a few days prior to your arrival, say, on the 30th of July. By then we hope the situation will settle and more normalcy will return. We'll keep you updated.
Alex, until now the locals haven't had any problems with food, supplies, etc. Generally speaking, there isn't much concern on the island because it's mainly a cash-based economy already. Most food products you'll find at tavernas are either local or Greek (and Greece has no shortages of food, as you can imagine!). Local trade is still being done as it normally is done, with cash. In terms of the supermarkets, they normally order 7-10 days in advance and places still look fully stocked. A few of the supermarket chains on the island are under the umbrella of international companies which I would suspect can make payments and new deliveries even under current circumstances. Of course, we hope the circumstances will change for the better immediately after Sunday's vote.
Did I answer your questions?
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Nope, they haven't.
Prices appear stable across the board... in supermarkets, restaurants, gas stations, etc. As I've been going about my day over the last few days I haven't noticed anything really change, neither in price or availability of goods. Till now everything seems completely normal on the island. The only exceptions are the banks, which we hope will re-open soon.
What's the thoughts on that, I can't see security boxes being stolen that easily?!
I contacted the local police station and spoke with an officer about your concern (Tel: +30 25930 23111). I was told there haven't been any reports of theft at any local hotel establishments.
I can see the logic behind this concern but I think it'll be completely safe especially if you have a security box in your room and you remember to keep it locked. Safes are normally bolted to the wall and very difficult to remove. The noise one would have to make while trying to remove it would most likely attract attention.
Also, most hotel establishments on Thassos are small and medium sized, so owners and staff are easily able to monitor the people that come and go. Consider this as another layer of protection.
Personally, I don't think there is a serious risk. I would be careful but not concerned.
Such a shame we are having these concerns. This our 9th visit and to have to even ask these sorts of questions makes us feel sad about how it must feel for all Greek locals at the moment.
The situation is tough indeed but all of the locals are working very hard to ensure that every person who comes will have a wonderful holiday.
You and everyone who are deciding to come during these difficult times are helping and supporting the locals in a huge way. Thank you!
I'm sure you will enjoy Thassos on your 9th visit as much as you did on your 1st.
GO GREECE !!
Here's an opinion piece about Greece that offers different insights and perspective you probably don't hear much in the media (quick 5 minute read).
we shall travel to thassos at the end of the august by car and I want to know if you expect having any problems with gasoline. thank you.
We do not expect any problems with gasoline so please don't worry.
According to Hellenic Petroleum, the supplier of gasoline in Greece, the gas reserves of the country are sufficient for months. You can see the Press Release on their official website: http://www.helpe.gr/en/media-center/press-releases/news-eparkeia-kaysimwn-kai-leitoyrgia-prathriwn-elpe
Also, I personally spoke with petrol station owners on Thassos and all of them told me they have no problems and they expect to have gas for the whole summer.
If anything changes I promise we will let you know on this page.
Thank you for your kind words, they bring comfort and hope to many ordinary Greeks!
So far there haven't been any new announcements about strikes for ports, ships or sailors.
I recommend these two websites for news about strikes in Greece. Both are regularly updated and are my go-to sources for strike information.
Here are the links:
Is there any problems using the ATM or Mastercard in Skala Potamia?
There shouldn't be a problem although that particular ATM in Skala Potamia has a reputation of running out of money since it is the only one supplying the entire resort. This has been a problem for years and is not beacause of the bank closures.
By the way, there is a new ATM in Skala Panagia where you can try to get cash if the one in Skala Potamia is empty. Otherwise, just take a short trip to Limenas. You'll definitely find cash in one of the many ATMs there.
Those are the names of the ferry companies. There are 3:
Where you see "ΚΟΙΝ-ΑΝΕΘ" that means either the one or the other is operating at that time.
Hope you have a pleasant trip to Thassos!
The ATMs have been running very smoothly over the last few weeks and I haven't heard of any problems whatsoever for anybody. If you need to withdraw money whilst on Thassos and in Greece, I think you will be totally covered.