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Irish holidaymakers warned to bring lots of cash money if going to Greece

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Holidaymakers are warned that cash machines in the country are swiftly being emptied
Holidaymakers are warned that cash machines in the country are swiftly being emptied

Irish holidaymakers are being warned to bring lots of cash money to Greece if travelling there in the next few weeks.

Holidaymakers are warned that cash machines in the country are swiftly being emptied and trying to use debit or credit cards may prove futile as businesses desperately try to get hold of cash.

Cash withdrawals from ATMs in Greece have been limited to €60 a day

Greece is dangerously close to having to leave the eurozone after pleas for an extension of bailout plans over a €1.6 billion debt repayment to the International Monetary Fund were rejected.

The Greek government has announced that banks will be closed all week, and the Foreign Office (FCO) has advised tourists they may not be able to access cash in the country.

The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITTA) is urging holidaymakers to travel with ample amount of cash if going to Greece in the coming weeks. 

Pat Dawson, CEO of the ITTA, warned travellers to "take plenty of cash with them" to Greece.

"Ensure you have more than one means of payment with you including cash and credit cards," he said. "At the very least make sure you have enough money to cover emergencies and any unforeseen circumstances.

"Once you arrive in Greece, use safes and deposit boxes to store cash and split money between family members so that no individual was carrying too much around with them."

Visitors to the country are reporting not being able to withdraw money at ATMs in the panic-stricken nation.

The FCO has issued updated travel advice for Greece warning tourists of potential problems of using credit and debit cards and getting money from cash machines, which may become limited.

It said: "Make sure you have enough euros in cash to cover emergencies, unforeseen circumstances and any unexpected delays."

Read: Greece is closing its banks for six days.