Greece Visa and Passport Requirements
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A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by all nationals listed in the chart above except (1) EU nationals holding a passport or national ID card which is valid for the duration of stay.
If travelling from one border-free Schengen country to another, EU nationals are not required to show a passport or national ID card. It is still recommended that you travel with your passport or ID card to prove your identity if necessary though. Note that Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the UK are not part of the Schengen area, so a passport or ID card is required if travelling to/from these countries.
EU nationals are not required to possess a return ticket or show sufficient funds.
Apart from EU nationals, citizens from the following countries can also visit Greece without a visa and can stay up to 90 days: Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong SAR, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Korea (South), Macao SAR, Macedonia (FYROM), Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sweden, Switzerland, Timor-Leste, Taiwan, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu and Venezuela.
Please note that citizens from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, FYROM, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine must have a biometric passport in order to enjoy the visa exemption.
EU/EEA citizens may stay a further three months if seeking work.
Nationals from a country not mentioned 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.
Types and Cost
The cost for a Schengen Visa type A, C (Airport Transit visa, Short Stay visa) is €60.
The cost for a Schengen Visa type D (long-stay) is €90 for students and €180 for others.
For Russians, the cost is €35.
For citizens from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, FYROM, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine who do not have a biometric passport, the cost is €35.
Schengen visa: 90 days within a six-month period.
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 Greece Visa Application Centre (www.vfsglobal.com/greece/unitedkingdom); an additional service charge of £16.80 applies. All visa applicants aged 12 and over must submit biometric data at their visa appointment.
Greece is a signatory to the 1995 Schengen Agreement.
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.
Visa processing time is usually five to 14 days.
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.
Extension of stay
Schengen visa holders can only extend their visas in exceptional circumstances, such as force majeure or for humanitarian reasons.
Entry with pets
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.
Our visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing,
We strongly recommend that you verify critical information unique to your trip with the relevant embassy before travel.
Embassies and tourist offices
Embassy of Greece in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7229 3850 (visa section) or 09065 540 744 (24-hour visa information line)
Address: , 1A Holland Park, London, W11 3TP,
Embassy of Greece in the USA
Telephone: (202) 939 1300/6 (consular section).
Address: NW, 2217 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, 20008,
Opening hours: Mon and Thurs 0930-1300, 1400-1600; Tues, Wed and Fri 0930-1300.
British Embassy in Greece
Telephone: (210) 7272 600.
Address: , 1 Ploutarchou Street, 106 75 Athens, ,