Greece: Visa and Passport Requirements
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A passport is required by all nationals except (1) EU nationals holding a valid national ID card.
Passports must be valid for the following durations:
• EU passports must be valid for the length of intended stay.
• Australian, Canadian and US passports must be valid for at least three months beyond the length of stay, which can be a maximum of three months.
Note: EU and EEA nationals are only required to produce evidence of their EU nationality and identity in order to be admitted to any EU member state. This evidence can take the form of a valid national passport or national identity card. Either is acceptable. Possession of a return ticket, any length of validity on their document, or sufficient funds for the length of their proposed visit should not be imposed.
A visa is not required by all nationals referred to in the chart above for the following durations:
• Nationals of most EU countries for stays of up to 90 days (EU/EEA citizens may stay a further three months if seeking work).
• Nationals of Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Romania and the USA for stays of up to 90 days.
Note: Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.
Greece refuses admission and transit to holders of travel documents issued by the area of Cyprus not controlled by the Government of Cyprus, and holders of UN laissez-passers.
Australian, Canadian, US and EU passport holders do not require transit visas. Other nationals should check with the consulate.
In person at the consular section of their nearest Greek Embassy. In the UK, nationals requiring a visa can apply via the Greek Visa Application Centre (www.vfsglobal.com/greece/unitedkingdom); an additional service charge of £17.20 applies.
If you're an EU national and are staying more than 90 days, you have to apply in person to the Aliens Department office (in Athens) or at your nearest police station (in districts outside Athens) for a Registration Certificate (Veveoisi Engrafis), which is valid indefinitely. To obtain this, you need to show the passport you used when entering the country and provide a statement from your employer (if you're here for work), or a marriage or birth certificate (if you're here because of family ties).
If you're from the USA, you can apply for a temporary residence permit, valid from three to six months. These are issued by your local Aliens police office, but only if you can show evidence that you have a compelling reason to prolong your stay in Greece.
Australian, Canadian, US and EU passport holders do not need to prove access to funds when entering Greece for tourism.
Schengen visa applicants do need to prove sufficient funds.
Children must either have their own passport or be registered on the passport of one of their parents.
Non-EU passport holders can stay within the Schengen zone for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. After their 90-day stay, they cannot return to these countries for at least another 90 days.
Pets travelling to Greece from other EU countries need a microchip for identification, an EU pet passport, and stamp to prove they have been vaccinated against rabies (within between four weeks and one year of date of entry into Greece). Pets arriving from outside the EU need a health certificate completed by a vet in either Greek or English.