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Emergency Numbers • Greece
and many other useful numbers in case you need them


✍ Been in a foreign country is always a great challenge, even more if you can't speak its official language.
Thankfully in Greece you will find many people, especially the youngest who are fully capable on speaking many other languages than Greek with almost all of them speaking at least English.

But what happens when



Emergency Phone Numbers in Greece Emergency Phone Number in Greece


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Useful as always:

Greece's country code is 0030.

If you are using a foreign mobile while you are in Greece the only three digit number that works is is the main one: 112

The average time to answer a 112 call is 9 seconds.

An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the Fire Department, Police Department or ambulance.

Some examples include:
 Fire
 Crime, especially if in progress
 Car crash, especially if someone is injured
 Medical emergency, such as someone who is unconscious, gasping for air or not breathing, experiencing an allergic reaction, having chest pain, having uncontrollable bleeding or any other symptoms that require immediate medical attention.




Emergency Phone Numbers:


• Main emergency number: 112

Inbound component – 112 is the European emergency number, available everywhere in the EU, free of charge.

In Greece, 112 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can connect the caller with:

Police,
Fire Brigade,
Emergency Medical Services,
Coast Guard,
the European hotline for missing children 116000
and the National Helpline for children SOS 1056

When a person dials 112, specially trained operators immediately answer the call.
The operators speak Greek, English and French.

Depending on the emergency reported by the caller, the operator dispatches the call to the appropriate emergency service.

112 operators cannot provide traffic or weather reports, road assistance or any other type of general information.

Calls to 112 can be made from landline telephones, public payphones and mobile phones (even without a SIM card), always free of charge.

112 works inside the range of any cellular network. If the area of the incident is not covered by the caller’s network, the 112 call will be routed through other cellular networks which cover the area (national and international roaming).

112 calls provide the caller location capability.

You may also reach 112 via the following alternative channels:

Text message (SMS) or MMS to 112.
Fax to 11.112.
Email at contact@112.gov.gr,
kepp@gscp.gr
and info@gscp.gr

When dialing 112, the emergency call taker will ask for the location of the emergency and questions to determine whether you need police, fire, medical or other assistance.
When reaching 112 by text message, fax or email, include the following information on your message:

- What is your emergency?
- What is the location of the emergency?
- Are there any casualties?
-
The public authority having jurisdiction for 112 in Greece is the General Secretariat for Civil Protection.


Do you want to receive emergency text messages to your mobile phone while you are in Greece?

DO YOU HAVE A SMARTPHONE?
You don’t need to register.

If you have a smartphone, you will receive a warning message (Cell Broadcast – CB) that will appear on your screen and your device will alert you with a unique sound and vibration.
You only need to upgrade to the latest version of its operating system and make sure your device is set to receive CB alerts.


YOU DON’T HAVE A SMARTPHONE?
You can register here


If you don’t have a smartphone, you can register here or by dialing 112 to receive alerts via text messages (Short Message Service – SMS), email or voice messages on your landline telephone or smartphone.

In case you need to contact the Greek Civil Protection:
Address: 37-39, Kifissias Ave. GR-151 23 Maroussi, Athens, Greece
Tel.: +30 213 1510 100

For emergency contact:
Civil Protection Operations Centre
Address: 1, Rizariou str, GR-152 33 Chalandri

more information





• Ambulance service phone number: 166

Unfortunately an ambulance in Greece might take from 10 minutes to more than two hours to arrive where you are, depending on how far away is the closest hospital from the point of emergency and of busier days example If there is a fire close or something that raised the number of calls in their service.
Thankfully people on the other end of the phone usually can perfectly communicate in English language.




• Fire Department: 199
and

• Forest Fire Authority number: 191

Please note that because of very high temperatures during summer accompanied sometimes with strong winds, Greece is on Extreme Fire Risk this season and please avoid discovering new large forest areas especially when it's windy too.

Tourists and foreign citizens living in or traveling near any of the affected areas should follow instructions from local authorities and closely monitor the local media and emergency alerts.

The following resources contain official information about the wildfires:
Actions to Take:

✔ Follow all Greek government announcements and instructions.
✔ Call the Fire Service call center at 199 to report a fire.
✔ Carry identity and travel documents with you at all times.
✔ US Citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts





• Police number: 100
The Hellenic Police is the national police service and one of the three security forces of Greece.
It is a large agency with responsibilities ranging from road traffic control to counter-terrorism.




• SOS Helpline for Abused Women: 15900
The SOS telephone line 15900, is in use 24/7.
Provides services mainly in Greek language but is also able to provide services in English.




• SOS Doctors: 1016
Visit their website here and check their prices list for providing medical services




• Coast Guard number: 108
The basic roles of the Hellenic Coast Guard are law enforcement at sea, search and rescue, marine safety, preventing sea pollution, fisheries patrolling, preventing illegal immigration and drug interdiction.




• Tourist Police number:171 & 1571
and 0030 2109200724 if you are in the center of Athens
Tourism Police are an integral part of the Hellenic Police (ELAS), consisting of men and women especially trained and competent to offer tourists information and help, whenever they have any problems.
They are also competent to solve minor differences between tourists and entreprises.
They all speak foreign languages.




• Pharmacies number: 107
Pharmacies in Greece stay open Monday and Wednesday: 8 am-2 pm, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8 am-2 pm and 5:30 pm to 8 pm.
Selected pharmacies in each area stay open after hours.
Find your nearest emergency pharmacy here as well as here too (unfortunately these page are only in Greek)




• Hospitals: 106
There are several contemporary hospital units found in popular Greek destinations including Crete, Peloponnese, Thessaloniki, Corfu, Alexandroupolis, Kalamata and Athens though in small islands or less touristic places you won't find a big hospital but maybe only a small Health center to check you symptoms (open usually only in the morning, not 24 hours a day).




• Road Traffic Police number: 10400
Driving with safety in Greece means: – Learning and implementing the traffic code
– Not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
– Driving within the speed limit
– Passing and overtaking other vehicles properly
– Not running a red traffic light
– Coming to a complete stop at STOP signs and giving right of way
– Giving right of way to pedestrians and disabled persons
– Observing traffic signs and recommendations of traffic police
– Always wearing a seatbelt
– Putting children in the back seat and properly securing them with seatbelts
– Always wearing a helmet if riding or being a passenger on a motorcycle – Checking the vehicle before setting off on a journey.

more information here




• Weather service number: 148
If you want to check the forecast for the most famous Greek cities and destinations, visit the website of the Hellenic National Meteorological Service here




• International Phone Assistance number: 139





• General Telephone Information number: 11888





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