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Health & Safety

Paxos is generally a very safe place to travel.

Visitors are still advised to take the same care with your personal safety and your possessions as you would in any other country, or at home. Take copies of your important documents (like your passport and credit cards), and keep them separate from the originals. You should also keep a record of the description and serial number of valuable items (like cameras, tablets and smart phones).

Keeping yourself safe

  • Carry a mobile phone and don’t hesitate to dial Paxos emergency phone number if you feel unsafe or threatened – dial 26620 32222.
  • Travel with someone you know and trust whenever possible.
  • We recommend you don’t accept rides from strangers and don’t hitchhike.
  • Avoid accepting drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended.
  • Carry a basic first-aid kit for use in emergencies.

Keeping your possessions safe

  1. Always lock your accommodation and vehicle and keep windows secure when you’re not around.
  2. Store valuables securely, ideally in a safe at your accommodation. Never leave valuables or important documents in parked vehicles.
  3. Never leave bags, backpacks, wallets or cameras unattended in any public place, especially airports, ferry terminals or bus/railway stations.
  4. Don’t carry large amounts of cash or expensive jewellery.
  5. If withdrawing money from a machine, withdraw small amounts only – preferably during the day – and shield your pin.

If any of your possessions are stolen or valuable items misplaced, advise local police as soon as possible.

Staying safe in Paxos natural environment

Most visitors come to Paxos to enjoy our unique natural environment but visitors can underestimate the risks associated with the great outdoors.

Take the time to learn about where you are going and to seek advice from others, especially your accommodation host.

  1. Cell phone coverage: Coverage is unreliable outside of the main villages or at sea.
  2. Challenging terrain: Don’t underestimate any “walk” outside of the main villages. You need to be reasonably fit to enjoy our walking paths. You also need the right clothing and proper footwear. Shoes that you wear on the street will not be good enough when you are walking on muddy tracks or climbing over rocks.
  3. Tell someone where you are going: Tell someone your plans and leave a date for when to raise the alarm if you haven’t returned. Leave a detailed trip plan with your host or a friend including a “panic” date, the more details we have about your intentions, the quicker you’ll be rescued if something goes wrong.
  4. Be prepared for anything and everything: Being well prepared means considering everything above. You need the right clothing, footwear and equipment.

Safety in the water

Paxos extensive coastline and network of waterways provide ample opportunity for swimming, boating and fishing. However many people are unprepared for the potential dangers of the water.

  1. If in doubt, stay out.
  2. Never swim or windsurf alone, or when cold or tired.
  3. If you have children with you, watch over them at all times.

How to get help?

The emergency telephone number in Paxos is 26620 32222.

There is a Police Stations in Gaios. Don’t hesitate to contact the police if you feel unsafe or threatened. Report any theft and crime immediately.

Accidents and health insurance

With a little care and common sense, your visit to Paxos should be accident free. If you are injured here,

In Paxos, you cannot sue anyone for compensatory damages if you are injured. Instead ACC helps pay for your care – and that means paying towards the cost of your treatment and helping in your recovery while you remain in Paxos.

You still need to purchase your own travel and medical insurance:

ACC only covers treatment and rehabilitation in Paxos and usually you must pay part of the cost yourself.

ACC does not pay any additional costs resulting from an accident, for example delayed or curtailed travel costs, travel home, treatment at home and loss of income in your home country.
We strongly advise you to arrange your own health insurance. Paxos public and private medical/hospital facilities provide a high standard of treatment and service, but it is important to note these services are not free to visitors, except as a result of an accident.

Medication and vaccinations

Visitors bringing in a quantity of medication are advised to carry a doctor’s certificate to avoid possible problems with Greek Customs. Doctor’s prescriptions are needed to obtain certain drugs in Greece.

No vaccinations are required to enter Greece.