Holidays 2019: Doing this everyday thing in Greece could get you into serious trouble

Greece travellers head to the stunning country have the option to island hop, or stay in one location to soak up the sunshine. Those travelling from the UK may be used to one particular everyday pastime, yet it is strongly frowned upon in the Mediterranean country. So much so, in fact, that one thing could see Britons heavily fined if they are not aware of the strict regulations. This is related to smoking in public places, and in particular cars.

Travel experts from told how tourists were banned from, smoking when behind the wheel.

This applies to their own car – as well as hire cars – when travelling around.

They need to be seen to be putting out their cigarette before starting the engine.

Financial penalties, as well as issues with the law, could also arise if this is not followed.

Tim Alcock of said: “Operating a car is no different on the continent but some rules of the road certainly are, so holidaying motorists have to be careful.

“Most British travellers will be aware that you must drive on the other side of the road and check your speed in kilometres per hour when using the European road network.

“We’ve highlighted some of the more unusual motoring laws across Europe that UK drivers should keep an eye out for if they plan to rent a car on holiday or take their own vehicle.

“Sensible motorists who keep a careful eye on variations in regulations could avoid a completely unnecessary and potentially nasty penalty while abroad.”

Meanwhile, Greek authorities will also issue fines of 1,500 euros for motorists smoking when children below 12 years old are in the car.

The fine will be imposed even it is not the driver who smokes but a passenger.

In 2010 it became illegal in Greece to smoke in enclosed public spaces.

The government claimed the ban was aimed at protecting public health.

Then Prime Minister George Papandreou said: “It will contribute to the work we’re doing that’s aimed at changing attitudes, norms and behaviour to improve our quality of life.”

Meanwhile, health fears in Greece have been raised after an outbreak of the West Nile virus.

There were more than 300 cases of West Nile virus in the country in 2018.

The mosquito-borne virus is a particular concern in the hotter months when the insects are active.

A total of 50 Greeks died last year. Most infection is observed between July and September – and health officials have issued travel advice on how holidaymakers can protect themselves.


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