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Greece Public Announcement

Issued by U.S. State Department

Aug 27, 2007

This public announcement is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to catastrophic wildfires in Greece. This Public Announcement expires September 10, 2007.

Greece is currently experiencing a series of widespread, destructive, fast-moving wild fires. Many of these are located in the Peloponnese region, but other areas have also been seriously affected by the fires. Americans contemplating travel to Greece in the immediate future are advised to remain attentive to news reports throughout their stay in Greece, avoid the affected areas, and be prepared for road closures, detours, and strained public services.  Greek authorities are likely to deal severely with persons who cause wild fires, even unintentionally. Campfires, barbecues, brush-burning, welding and other activities involving open flames or sparks outdoors are forbidden in many localities during the dry summer season.

U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy in Athens or the Consulate General in Thessaloniki through the Department of States travel registration website at https://travelregistration.state.gov. Registration will help us to contact you if necessary. While consular officers will do their utmost to assist Americans in a crisis, travelers should always be aware that local authorities bear the primary responsibility for the welfare of people living or traveling in their jurisdictions.

The U.S. Embassy in Athens is located at 91 Vasilissis Sophias, Athens, Greece 10160. The American Citizens Services section phone numbers are: 210-720-2415, 210-720-2418, 210-720-2419 or 210-720-2420, fax. 210-725-3025 or embassy tel: 210-721-2951. The internet address is http://www.usembassy.gr.

The U.S. Consulate General in Thessaloniki is located at 43 Tsimiski, 7th floor GR-54623 Thessaloniki. The American Citizens Services section phone number is: 2310-242-905/6/7, ext.3104. The internet address is http://www.usconsulate.gr.

In case of an emergency when the Embassy or Consulate General is closed, American citizens in Greece can call 210-729-4444 and ask to speak to a consular officer concerning that emergency. For further information about traveling in Greece please visit the embassy and consulate websites listed above, or view the consular information sheet for Greece, available via the internet at http://www.travel.state.gov.

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