Greece Allows Pets in Specific Archaeological Sites Under New Guidelines
The Central Archaeological Council (KAS) in Greece recently announced its decision to allow pets into specific archaeological sites under certain conditions.
“This decision is an important step towards harmonizing the accessibility framework of monuments and archaeological sites in Greece with other European countries,” said Culture Minister Lina Mendoni.
Several European countries already have rules for the entry of companion animals. It should be noted that before the Central Archaeological Council’s decision, only guide dogs for people with disabilities were permitted to enter Greece’s sites.
In total, pets will be allowed in 120 open archaeological sites such as Vergina, Delos, Ancient Messina, Mycenae, Philippi, under specific conditions. Additionally, more than 110 sites will offer cages at their entrances for pets to stay in while their companions tour the sites. Pets will not be permitted inside monuments, theaters, temples, vaulted tombs, or on mosaic floors.
To enter these sites, it is necessary for the pets’ attendants to have a leash up to 1 meter long, or to carry the animals on their lap (in a carrier) or in a transport cage. Upon their entry, attendants must also show the animal’s health card and agree to carry bags to clean up after their pets or to offer a muzzle for larger animals.
However, pets will not be allowed in Greek archaeological sites with high traffic, such as the Acropolis, Knossos, Ancient Olympia, and Delphi.
The decision of the Central Archaeological Council aims to improve the accessibility of monuments and archaeological sites for more people while ensuring the preservation of cultural heritage.
The regulations also provide an opportunity for pet owners to enjoy their visit to archaeological sites with their beloved companions, promoting responsible pet ownership.