Monday 19 March 2018

Department of Foreign Affairs may send euros for Irish tourists

A tourist takes a picture outside the Greek Central Bank
A tourist takes a picture outside the Greek Central Bank
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

The Government may fly stockpiles of euros to Greece to help stranded tourists who find themselves unable to withdraw money from ATMs.

A spokesperson confirmed it has devised 'contingency plans' to help Irish holidaymakers who may be left in the lurch without access to cash.

And with Greek banks perilously close to running empty, the Department of Foreign Affairs says it hasn't ruled out flying a plane-load of euro notes to the stricken country, to help Irish tourists faced with empty ATM machines. It is advising travellers not to rely on cash, and to take more than one means of payment with them.

A spokesperson told the Irish Independent that officials in Dublin and Athens are working closely with the Department of Finance to monitor developments in Greece. She said "all options" will be considered should there be any changes in the situation which would affect Irish citizens.

Asked if the Department has ruled out flying euros to Greece to assist Irish holidaymakers unable to get hold of cash, she said: "It has not been ruled out at all."

Meanwhile, our embassy in Athens has not reported an increase in requests for assistance from Irish citizens.

Irish Independent

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