Message for U.S. Citizens: Ferry Strike, November 2-4, 2015

*Please Note:

The Pan-Hellenic Seamen’s Federation has extended its nationwide port strike effective at 6:00 am on November 2 to continue until 6 am on November 6, 2015.

The Pan-Hellenic Seamen’s Federation has announced a 48-hour nationwide port strike effective at 6:00 am on November 2 to November 4, 2015.   According to information available to the U.S. Embassy in Athens, this strike will affect all ferry service to, from, and between the Greek islands and mainland ports.

U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Greece are encouraged to enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy or nearest Consulate to contact them in the case of an emergency.  U.S. citizens without Internet access may register directly with the U.S. Embassy in Athens.

Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  You can also stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as theWorldwide Caution.  You can follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Athens is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Greek and U.S. official holidays and the last Wednesday of every month.  You can contact the U.S. Embassy in Athens for general consular assistance and up-to-date information on conditions in Greece by e-mail, or by phone on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 pm to 4 pm at 210-720-2414.

For emergencies involving a U.S. citizen, please call the U.S. Embassy in Athens at 210-720-2414 during working hours or 210-729-4444 for after-hours emergencies.