Irish Government ready to 'bail out' its own stranded holidaymakers in Greece
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Irish Government ready to 'bail out' its own stranded holidaymakers in Greece

THE Irish Government could bail out its cash-strapped citizens holidaying in Greece, who find themselves without access to money. 

With banks closed in the debt-ridden country and some withdrawals from ATMs limited, plans are being drawn up to assist Irish people who may be stranded.

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it would consider flying out euro notes to the popular holiday destination.

It is also advising travellers to carry more than one means of payment on them.

A spokesperson told the Irish Independent that officials in Dublin and Athens are working together with the Department of Finance to monitor the situation in Greece.

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

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The Greek Government has said that Capital Controls of €60 a day at ATMs will not affect tourists.

However getting access to cash may be difficult due to long lines developing at ATMs and the possibility that the machines are not being replenished as quickly as usual.

Credit/debit cards are also not widely acceptable as a form of payment on many Greek islands.

See the Department of Foreign Affairs' updated information on travelling to Greece here.