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Greece are on the verge of dropping out of the Euro

Whitehall officials and tour operators are ready to bring home up to 110,000 tourists if the cash-strapped country crashes out of the euro.

It would be the largest peacetime evacuation of Britons.

Already Ministers and travel agents are warning travellers to the country to carry cash and credit cards to cover any situation that emerges.

Details emerged as last-ditch talks on Greece s huge debt continue today, following fears that local banks will run out of money forcing hotels and airports to close.

A run on the banks could mean no money in cash machines, a shortage of food and problems with medical supplies and treatment, possibly leading to riots.

Yesterday the Foreign Office admitted officials had been in talks with the Association of British Travel Agents to formulate evacuation plans.

A spokesman said: We hope for the best but contingency plans are in place. These plans cover a wide range of scenarios. We update our travel advice and are liaising with Abta.

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Greece’s PM Alexis Tsipras is welcomed with a friendly tap by European boss Jean-Claude Juncker

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People read newspapers’ headlines in central Athens

Holidaymakers heading out to Greece are advised to take some cash in euros as well as other payment methods so that they are covered for all situations

Abta

Around two million Britons fly to Greece every year and there are currently around 110,000 staying on the mainland or its islands.

Tour operators say that customers are already arming themselves with large amounts of cash .

The Foreign Office advises visitors to take enough money to cover emergencies and any unexpected delays and avoid relying on bank cards or cash machines.

Last night Abta urged travellers to carry cash and take out insurance to cover costs incurred by flight cancellations.

Any changes would be highly unlikely to happen overnight, any switch to a new currency would take time and euros would likely be accepted in the interim, it said.

Holidaymakers heading out to Greece are advised to take some cash in euros as well as other payment methods so that they are covered for all situations.

Abta do not anticipate tour operators having to move customers to different destinations.

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sees his country in crisis

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High-powered talks: Yanis Varoufakis in Athens yesterday

At present we have no indication that holidaymakers will be disrupted however, as with all destination matters, we will continue to monitor the situation.

This is an unusual situation but the industry is experienced in handling unusual situations, it added.

Thomson and First Choice have said they expect no impact on holidaymakers if Greece leaves the euro.

Thomas Cook said it expected the likely devaluation of the Greek currency could make the country an even more attractive destination.

Greece s economic woes have already affected island airports.

Night flights in and out of Lesbos were stopped after its airport ran out of money to maintain electronic landing systems.

At least three other popular tourist destinations Kos, Skiathos and Santorini face similar problems.

The islands vital tourism industry has also been hit by asylum seekers arriving by boat from Turkey.

Customers searching for flights to Greece plummeted last week, down 53 per cent on the same week last year.

Sunvil has slashed up to 50 per cent off hundreds of holidays, and Thomson has cut prices by up to 30 per cent.

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A man collects recyclable items in Athens

Today Greece s Left-wing government is holding eleventh-hour bail out talks with its creditors over its expected 1.1billion debt default on June 30.

Finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said the EU faced a stark choice on whether to strike a deal to save Greece from bankruptcy.

On Friday George Osborne said Britain must now be prepared for the worst .

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Travel agents warn: Get yourself fully insured before you travel

Travel agents trade body Abta is recommending travellers to Greece to ensure they have suitable travel insurance to cover any hiccups with flights or hotels in the wake of the country s financial problems.

Tourists who have booked package holidays with Abta members will have their holidays and flights protected while their tour operator will guarantee to get them home if they are stranded abroad.

Those not on package deals but who have taken out the right insurance will find themselves covered for re-booking cancelled flights and any unexpected extension to their hotel stays while waiting to fly home.

It is advised you check your policy details to see whether delays and cancellations are covered.

But independent travellers who have booked hotels, flights and cars separately and have not taken out protection may be left out of pocket.

Other problems tourists in Greece could face if the expected economic meltdown arrives include public transport strikes, especially in Athens and on ferry routes.

Again, if you ve booked a package, it is up to your tour operator to get you to your destination, or to look after you if they cannot.

There is also a risk that Greece will introduce a cap on cash withdrawals of between ‘ 200 and ‘ 300 a day – 142 to 214 – which is why travellers are being told to take enough cash in euros to cover the entire trip plus extra for emergencies.

Hotel safes are recommended for storing cash not needed on each day as is splitting large amounts between members of your party.

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