According to fresh reports many Greek merchants are only dealing with cash payments and at the same time there isn’t much money in the country’s ATM’s. Traders’ unwillingness to accept payments by card may be based on the uncertainty of the country’s financial future. The Euro may become hard currency if the Greek people don’t accept the salvage package in conjunction with the new round of elections on the 17th of June, and in doing so reintroducing the Drachma. Empty ATM’s are apparently due to people hoarding cash.
Although we can’t verify these claims, it may be well worth making sure a large part of your spending money is in cash when travelling to Greece.
Just going to Greece is the simplest way of giving the country a much needed boost. Remember though, according to previous recommendations from both Greeks and Swedes, make sure you get a receipt. It’s not the black market that needs a boost.