4 Things to Consider
1. The Greek Financial Crisis
Greece is still a safe country to travel to. Tourists are not targets of violence because of their nationality or status as visitors, and the Greek tourist destinations always feel safe. Protests and demonstrations are usually localized in the center of Athens, around the Syntagma square.
With that being said, there is always a chance that a strike or protest will shut down transportation hubs, leaving us stuck in Athens. Though this has not happened yet, if you are concerned about the state of the country, you might want to consider getting travelers insurance. It will allow you time to cancel your trip and get most of your money back.
In a worst case scenario, we plan on getting married in the airport, and finding a pub to celebrate. We'll make it fun no matter what.
Most Greek Banks Will be Shut Down
This means that you need to plan ahead when it comes to your finances. American Credit and Debit cards will work in Greece, but you will have difficulty getting Euro at ATMs. In order to avoid waiting in lines for cash, contact your bank and let them know you will be traveling abroad and what type of currency you will need (currently the Euro, but there is a possibility Greece will return to the Drachma). Banks can deliver your foreign currency to your local branch, or directly to your door.
2. Your Passport
In Order for Your Passport to be Valid in Greece:
- Your passport must be valid for 3 months beyond the length of your stay
- It must have been issued within the past 10 years
You Do Not Need a Visa to Travel in Greece
Not the credit card, the travel document. Visa and Mastercard are accepted by many merchants in Greece.
How Do I Get a Passport if I Don't Have One?
- Go to The USA.gov Passport Website HERE
- You need a Passport Book in order to travel overseas. In order to get a Passport Book, you need to fill out form DS-11. You can fill out the online application HERE and print it out.
- Bring the form to your local passport acceptance facility. For local facilities, click HERE.
What You Need When Arriving at Your Local Passport Acceptance Facility
1. Form DS-11
- You MUST NOT sign the document until the Acceptance Agent instructs you to do so
2. Evidence of US Citizenship
- A previously issued, undamaged, and fully valid US Passport
- A certified US Birth Certificate
- A Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
- Naturalization Certificate
- Certification of Citizenship
3. You Need a Form of Identification with a Photo
- A Previously Issued Un-damaged US Passport
- A Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship
- A Fully Valid Drivers License
- A Current Government ID (city, state, or federal)
- A Current Military ID
4. A Photocopy of the ID Documents Presented
- The photocopy must be on 8 1/2'' x 11'' standard paper, showing the front and back of your ID
- The photocopy must have the images on one side of each page submitted
5. The Applicable Fees for Your Passport
6. One Passport Photo
- Passport Photos can be taken at most passport acceptance facilities. Or you can go to most drug stores with a photo center.
3. The Location (and Price) of Dana Villas
Location of Dana Villas
Let's be honest...this place is a little pricey. If this wasn't our wedding, we wouldn't be staying at the venue. Luckily, because the area is so spectacular, there are MANY hotels within a 1-5 minute walking distance to the venue for less than half the price. Same view of the caldera, and same amenities. If you don't need a view of the caldera, you can save even more money. Below are the places we would be staying if this wasn't our wedding venue. There are about 65 hotels in Firostefani. What really matters is what makes you comfortable!
May is one of the best times to visit Santorini, Greece. The temperatures are high and the chance of rainfall is low. Below is a calendar of temperature averages this past May. There are 12 hours of sunshine during the month of May, and water temperatures average at about 66.2° F.