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Greece Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa Required
Other EU 1 No No
USA Yes No No
Canadian Yes No No
Australian Yes No No
British Yes No No

Passports

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.

Visas

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.

For citizens from Taiwan, visa exemption only applies to holders of passports issued by Taiwan which include an identity card number.

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.

Visa Note

From 2021, the 58 countries currently being able to visit the Schengen region without a visa will need to apply for ETIAS authorisation before travelling to any Schengen member country. Click here for information regarding ETIAS.

Types and Cost

Schengen visa costs €80 for a type 'C' tourist Schengen visa. The price for children aged 6 to 12 is €40 each.

Validity

The Schengen short-stay visa is valid for up to 90 days within a six-month period.

Transit

Citizens of some countries need an airport transit visa when transiting through international parts of any airports within the Schengen States, whereas other citizens of certain countries are only required a transit visa for some of the Schengen states. If you are not from a Schengen visa exempt country, please check with your consulate.

Application to

If Greece is your main destination, apply to your local Greek consulate or embassy.

Schengen Visas

Greece is a signatory to the 1995 Schengen Agreement.

Temporary residence

Non-EU/ EEA citizens need to apply for a long-stay visa at an Aliens' Bureau within two months after arrival. A residence certificate is also needed.

EU/ EEA citizens staying beyond 90 days are obliged to apply for a 'Registration Certificate' (Veveosi Engrafis - Βεβαίωση Εγγραφής). This certificate is open-dated and only needs to be renewed when one's circumstances change.

Working days

Visa applications may take up to 14 days. However, in special cases or unusual political situations, it might take up to two months.

Sufficient Funds

Schengen visa applicants must be able to provide proof of funds to cover their stay.

Extension of stay

Schengen visa holders with a visa valid for less than 90 days can only extend their visas in exceptional circumstances, such as force majeure or for humanitarian reasons.

Entry with pets

When bringing a pet from another EU country, the animal must have a microchip or tattoo, an EU pet passport and a valid rabies vaccination certificate (the vaccination must have taken place at least 21 days prior to travel). Animals from outside the EU must also have an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15-digit microchip. Depending on if your pet is from a high -rabies country or a rabies-controlled country, your pet either has or be vaccinated first or microchipped first. For pets from high-rabies countries, a rabies tier test also has to be administered 30 days after the vaccination. Please check how the European Union classifies the country you are travelling from to follow the right procedure. A veterinary certificate issued by an authorised veterinarian is also required when entering Greece with a pet from outside of the EU.


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: +44 20 7313 5600
Website: http://www.greekembassy.org.uk
Address: , 1A Holland Park, London, W11 3TP,
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0930-1300.

Embassy of Greece in the USA


Telephone: +1 202 939 1300
Website: https://www.mfa.gr/usa/en/
Address: NW, 2217 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, 20008,
Opening times:

Opening hours: Mon and Thurs 0930-1300, 1400-1600; Tues, Wed and Fri 0930-1300.

British Embassy in Greece


Telephone: +30 21 0727 2600
Website: https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-embassy-athens
Address: , 1 Ploutarchou Street, 106 75 Athens, ,
Opening times:

Mon-Fri, 0830-1300.

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