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Travel Advisory July 26, 2023

Greece - level 1: exercise normal precautions.

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Exercise normal precautions in Greece.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Greece.

If you decide to travel to Greece: 

  • Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  ( STEP ) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
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91 Vasilisis Sophias Avenue 10160 Athens, Greece Telephone: +(30)(210) 721-2951 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +30 210 729-4444 or +30 210 729-4301 Fax: +(30)(210) 724-5313 Email:   [email protected] Facebook

U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki Plateia Commercial Center 43 Tsimiski Street, 7th floor 546 23 Thessaloniki Greece Telephone: +30-231-024-2905 Emergency After-Hours Telephone:  +30 210 729-4444 or +30 210 729-4301 Fax: +30 231-024-2927 Email:  [email protected] U.S. Embassy Athens provides all regular consular services including U.S. passports, notarials, and reports of birth and death abroad.

U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki provides notarial service. Embassy Athens consular staff periodically provide regular consular services in Thessaloniki. Please check the U.S. Embassy Athens website for information on the next scheduled visit. Visa services are provided at Embassy Athens only.

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Visit the Embassy of Greece website for the most current visa information.

Greece is a party to the Schengen Agreement; therefore, U.S. citizens may enter Greece without a visa for stays of up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes. For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet .

  • For entry into Greece, your passport should have at least six months of remaining validity . While Greek law requires three months of passport validity beyond the intended date of your departure, if you are transiting a country that requires six months of validity, you may not be permitted to continue your trip. We recommend that you have at least six months of validity to avoid any travel disruptions.
  • U.S. citizens traveling on a passport reported lost or stolen will not be permitted entry into Greece and may be returned to their original departure point. This decision is the purview of the Greek immigration authorities; the U.S. Embassy cannot intervene. Emergency passports are issued only at the Embassy in Athens. Staff members do not travel to the air, land, or sea ports of entry.
  • You must arrive in country with proof of sufficient funds and a return airline ticket or other evidence that you will depart Greece if asked. The sufficient funds requirement is often met with credit cards.
  • U.S. official and diplomatic passport holders must obtain a Schengen visa prior to arrival. If you are traveling on a U.S. official or diplomatic passport, you will not be allowed to enter Greece without a visa.
  • If traveling on official military orders , review the guidance in the Department of Defense Foreign Clearance Guide .

If you are a U.S. citizen with a passport listing your place of birth as the Northern Republic of Macedonia, the Greek authorities will stamp your passport.

If you are a U.S. citizen with a passport listing your place of birth as Skopje or the Republic of Macedonia, your U.S. passport should be recognized as a valid travel document. However, be aware:

  • Greek Immigration officers at ports of entry (land, air, and sea) will not place entry stamps in a passport listing the traveler’s place of birth as Macedonia or the Republic of Macedonia.
  • You will be asked to complete a short form on which the entry stamp will be placed.
  • Keep the form with your passport while you are in Greece and present it upon departure. If you lose the form, you must visit a police station and file a report before the Greek authorities will permit you to depart the country.

HIV/AIDS RESTRICTIONS: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Greece.

Find information on dual nationality , prevention of international child abduction , and customs information on our website .

Safety and Security

Terrorism: Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possible near-term attacks in Europe. All European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations. In the past year, there have been multiple terrorist attacks in Europe. Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities as viable targets. In addition, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, high-profile events, educational institutions, airports, and other soft targets remain priority locations for possible attacks. U.S. citizens should exercise additional vigilance in these and similar locations.

For more information, see our Terrorism page.

Strikes and Demonstrations:

  • Domestic strikes, demonstrations, and work stoppages are common throughout Greece and can become violent. Stay informed through local news, hotel security, the U.S. Embassy website , and the Consular Section’s Facebook page . Enroll in STEP to receive alerts sent by the Embassy.
  • Transportation sector strikes interrupt traffic, public transportation, taxis, seaports, and airports. Confirm domestic and international flights before heading to the airport.
  • Avoid all areas affected by the annual November 17 demonstrations, including the U.S. Embassy.
  • Anarchists and criminals have used university campuses as refuges. Demonstrators frequently congregate in the Polytechnic University area, Exarchia, Omonia, and Syntagma Squares in Athens; and at Aristotle Square, Aristotle University, and the Kamara area in Thessaloniki.
  • Violent anarchist groups have joined public demonstrations to clash with police and vandalize public and private property.

Crime: Crimes against tourists, such as pick-pocketing and purse-snatching , occur at popular tourist sites and on public transportation, especially the metro. A common tactic is one person causes a commotion on the metro or pushes travelers to distract them while another person snatches the belongings. Thieves also seek out and break into rental cars to steal passports, valuables, and luggage. The Embassy has received reports of alcohol-induced attacks targeting individual tourists at some holiday resorts and bars.

Take the following precautions:

  • Be cautious and aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not leave bags unattended, especially on the metro and the Athens Airport train or in your vehicle.
  • Avoid standing near bus or train doors. Thieves often strike as the doors open then disappear into the crowd.
  • Use alcohol in moderation and remain in control.
  • Never leave drinks unattended in bars or clubs.
  • Be discreet when discussing plans and organizing belongings upon arrival.
  • Protect yourself and your money by using well-lit, public ATMs.
  • Be aware of internet scams with online thieves posing as loved ones or romantic interests.

See the  Department of State  and the  FBI  pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime: Report crime to the local police and contact the U.S. Embassy at (+30) 210-720-2414 or the Emergency after-hours telephone (+30) 210-729-4444 if you require assistance. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .

  • Help you find appropriate medical care
  • Assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • Contact relatives or friends, with your written consent
  • Explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • Provide a list of local attorneys
  • Provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the United States.
  • Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in certain cases of destitution
  • Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home in certain cases of destitution
  • Replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

Tremors and earthquakes occur regularly.  Forest fires are common, especially during the dry summer months, and occasionally cause road closures. In the event of a natural disaster, follow the instructions of local authorities. Contact the General Secretariat for Civil Protection, which responds to emergencies, at 210-335-9900 for more information. Operators speak English. Monitor the U.S. Embassy Athens’ website and Consular Facebook page .

Tourism : The tourism industry is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and facilities do not commonly occur. Hazardous areas/activities are not always identified with appropriate signage, and staff may not be trained or certified either by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is typically available only in/near major cities, such as Athens or Thessaloniki. First responders are generally unable to access areas outside of major cities and to provide urgent medical treatment. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Possession of a U.S. passport will not prevent you from being arrested, prosecuted, or jailed.

  • Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines. Marijuana is illegal in Greece.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs could land you immediately in jail.
  • Photographing military installations is prohibited and may lead to arrest.
  • Mace or pepper-spray canisters are illegal in Greece. Such items will be confiscated, and police may arrest or detain you.
  • Carry your passport or some form of photo identification at all times. Police may detain you for questioning if you do not have proper identification with you.

Some crimes are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Faith-Based Travelers: See our webpages for details:

  • Faith-Based Travel Information
  • International Religious Freedom Report – see country reports
  • Human Rights Report – see country reports
  • Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
  • Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad

Greek Antiquities: Customs authorities strictly regulate the export of Greek antiquities, including rocks from archaeology sites. Do not remove anything, no matter how small, from archaeological or historical sites. Do not purchase protected antiquities and carry receipts for any purchases that may appear to be antiquities.

Military Service for Dual Nationals:

  • Greek males between 19 and 45 are required to perform military service.
  • If the Greek government considers you to be a Greek citizen, you may be required to fulfill this obligation whether or not you consider yourself Greek or possess a U.S. or third country’s passport.
  • Authorities can prevent you from leaving Greece until you complete your military obligations . Contact the Greek embassy or nearest Greek consulate with questions.
  • Generally, required military service will not affect your U.S. citizenship, but contact U.S. Embassy Athens if you have questions.

LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Greece. LGBTI individuals in Greece are protected by anti-discrimination laws, and gender identity is among the grounds covered by laws against hate speech; however, non-governmental organizations report that social discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is widespread in Greece and violence against LGBTI individuals remains a problem.

See our LGBTI travel information page and section six of our Human Rights Report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: While Greek law prohibits discrimination against persons with physical or intellectual disabilities and local law requires access to buildings, sidewalks, and public transportation, application and enforcement of these laws is lacking.

  • Handicapped parking spaces and sidewalk ramps are often occupied or blocked by parked vehicles.
  • Sidewalks often are narrow with broken paving stones and large holes and obstructed by trees and street signs.
  • Buildings with ramps might lack accessible elevators or bathrooms.
  • A small percentage of public buildings (primarily in Athens) have full accessibility. Some buildings and intersections include accommodations for visually-impaired travelers.
  • The Athens metro and Athens International Airport are fully accessible with ramps and elevators.
  • Ask your hotel about accessibility before booking.

The Deputy Ombudsman for Social Welfare handles complaints related to persons with disabilities, especially those related to employment, social security, and transportation.

Students: See our students abroad page and  FBI travel tips .

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for women travelers .

Most public medical facilities in Greece offer adequate care, although service quality and hospital appearance may differ from the United States. Some private hospitals have affiliations with U.S. facilities and provide high-quality care. Many doctors trained in the United States or elsewhere in Europe.

  • Private hospitals usually require proof of adequate insurance or cash before admitting a patient. Patients bear all costs for transfer to or between hospitals.
  • Public hospitals often employ minimal nursing staff overnight and on weekends in non-emergency wards. Consider hiring a private nurse or having family spend the night with the patient, especially a minor child.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare is not accepted overseas.

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. You may be required to pay upfront and seek reimbursement from your insurance company. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage .

We strongly recommend that travelers purchase travel insurance before their trips to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the Greek Embassy or consulate in the United States , the Customs office at Athens International Airport (+30 210-3542126) or the National Organization of Medicines ( [email protected] , www.eof.gr , +30 213-204-0000) to ensure the medication is legal in Greece. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

  • World Health Organization
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Travel and Transportation

Short-term Car Rentals: Greek law requires that visitors carry a valid U.S. driver’s license and an international driver’s permit (IDP), even if the rental company does not request to see your IDP. The Embassy does not issue IDPs. You must obtain your IDP in the United States from the American Automobile Association ( AAA ) or the American Automobile Touring Alliance ( AATA ). Contact AAA directly to inquire about their mail in option that will allow you to apply from overseas, but note that it will likely take days or weeks. If you drive without these documents, you may face high fines (1,000 Euros or more) or be responsible for all expenses in the event of an accident.

Road Conditions and Safety: Greece has one of the highest traffic fatality rates in the European Union. Exercise extreme caution as both a driver and a pedestrian, and follow these tips:

  • Drive defensively.
  • Expect heavy traffic, obscured traffic signs, and vehicles traveling at high speeds.
  • Driving at night in inclement weather and on mountain roads can be hazardous.
  • Local law requires all motorcyclists to wear a helmet.
  • Check for motorbikes between lanes and on either side of you.
  • Do not rely on lane markings. On many two-lane highways, slower traffic will drive on the shoulder, and cars will pass straddling the center double-yellow line.
  • Review your insurance coverage before renting. Most insurance companies require that you have both your valid U.S. license and an international driver’s permit (IDP) for coverage in Greece. Small motorbike and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) rental firms frequently carry no insurance and require customers to cover the cost of all damages to their vehicles. Your insurance company may not cover two-wheel or ATV rentals.

Traffic Laws:

  • Talking or texting on a mobile phone while driving is illegal. The police check phone records when investigating accidents.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal, and police conduct random alcohol testing.
  • A Greek license is required if you stay more than 185 days in Greece. Contact the Regional Office of Transportation and Communications for more information.

See our road safety page for more information, including information on IDPs. Visit the Greek National Tourist Office website for more helpful tips.                                        

Public Transportation: Purchase and validate your ticket by touching it to the pad on the turnstile prior to boarding a bus or train. Inspectors randomly check for tickets. If you do not have a ticket, have the wrong ticket, or fail to validate your ticket, you could be fined up to 60 times the basic fare.

Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Greece’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page .

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Greece should monitor U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at www.marad.dot.gov/msci , the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website, https://homeport.uscg.mil , and the NGA broadcast warnings website https://msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/MSI.portal . Greece implemented a Recreational and Daily Tour Cruise Ships Fee on all private and professional leisure ships with a total length of over seven meters, regardless of flag, in Greek territorial waters. Mariners should consult https://www.aade.gr/polites/etepai for details.

For additional travel information

  • Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Call us in Washington, D.C. at 1-888-407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1-202-501-4444 (from all other countries) from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
  • See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution  and  Travel Advisories .
  • Follow us on  Twitter  and  Facebook .
  • See  traveling safely abroad  for useful travel tips.

Review information about International Parental Child Abduction in Greece . For additional IPCA-related information, please see the  International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act ( ICAPRA )  report.”

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First Time to Greece: Things to Know for 2024

Are you traveling for the first time to Greece in 2024 and would you like to know useful tips about Greece and cultural mannerisms? This post is all about useful information for a first-time traveler to Greece like tipping, which are the best Greek islands, the dress code for monasteries, and when is best to go to Greece.

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It is always a matter of question how to draft the best itinerary, with a combination of sites and beaches, especially if you are visiting for the first time to Greece. In this post, I provide valuable and current information on all your FAQs on Greece and sample itineraries.

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Fast Facts about Greece

The Temple of Hepheastus in the Ancient Agora of Athens with tourists taking photos.

  • European Country , member of the EU since 1981. Coin : Euro
  • Population : 10.64 million (2021)
  • Language : Greek (but everyone in tourism speaks good English and/or French, Spanish, or German).
  • Religion (approximate numbers): Eastern Orthodox Church (85% of the total population), Protestants (30.000 members), Catholics (200.000 members), Islam (200-300.000), Judaism (5.500 members). Source Wikipedia.

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Geography : 80% of Greece is covered by mountains, and 25% of the total land is covered by natural forests mostly firs, pines, planes , and beeches, has 21 major rivers, 50 natural lakes, about 6000 islands, and islets, 220 of which are inhabited.

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Climate : Greece has 4 distinct seasons with hot and dry summers, mild springs and falls, and cold/wet/snowy winters, especially in the northern mountainous areas. Athens, Peloponnese, and the southern islands have milder winters but not always!

First Time to Greece, Plaka Of Athens covered in snow

Greece has a known ancient history of at least 5.200 years old. The Cycladic (3200-2000 BC), the Minoan (3000-1100 BC), and the Mycenaean (1650-1060 BC) are some of the oldest European civilizations.

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Ancient Greek Civilizations, in general, have been the most influential in Europe, and the country is widely known as the ‘Cradle of the Western Civilization ‘.

1. Is Greece/Athens Safe to Travel?

Yes, Greece is one of the safest countries in the world to live in and visit!

However, there is a petty theft issue, especially in cities, like Athens, just like every other large city in the world. If you are for the first time in Greece, you may get stressed or unsure of public transport. You shouldn’t. Just keep your belongings with you at all times when you use public transport, and you will be fine.

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Some tips that you may find helpful:

  • Keep your bags close to you at all times, and don’t let anyone “help” you with your things
  • Wear your backpack in the front part of your body, so that you have control of your bag at all times while walking in Athens or inside the metro
  • Leave your valuables at your hotel and walk around with some money, or a prepaid card with a small amount available and a copy of your passport to minimize any loss

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Still not so sure about safety? Purchase an anti-theft design Backpack , that offers excellent safety for your wallet and documents due to the securable and puncture-resistant zippers.

2. Which are the Best Areas to Stay in Central Athens?

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Athens offers a variety of neighborhoods, each with its own unique charm and attractions. Some of the best areas to stay in Athens, Greece, include:

  • Plaka is the oldest and most picturesque neighborhood in Athens.
  • Koukaki is a trendy and vibrant neighborhood close to Plaka.
  • Syntagma is the central square of Athens, a constant bustling hub of activity.
  • Monastiraki is a bustling district known for its flea market, street art, and lively atmosphere
  • Psyrri is a lively hub of art, culture, and nightlife area
  • Kolonaki is an upscale neighborhood known for its high-end boutiques, art galleries, and gourmet restaurants.
  • Exarchia is a unique and energetic quarter in Athens, known for its alternative culture, political activism, and bohemian atmosphere. It is often described as the city’s “anarchist quarter.” The exceptional National Archaeological Museum is in the area.

3. Do I need a Visa? What is ETIAS?

Perhaps you do, please check it out with your embassy! Greece has signed the Schengen Agreement, so everyone traveling for up to 90 days from the EU, the US, Canada, and Australia, does not need a visa. Keep in mind that your passport should have at least six months of remaining validity.

About ETIAS:

ETIAS is the new electronic travel authorization for Europe. Starting in 2025, Americans will  apply for ETIAS to visit Greece  and other countries in the Schengen Area without a visa.

Information about the requirements to travel to Greece from the U.S., and the new ETIAS entry permit, is provided on this page.

4. When is the Best Time to Go to Greece?

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I live permanently in Athens, Greece and I enjoy the multitude of activities throughout the year.

There are great ski resorts in Greece, photographic villages, and striking sites to visit or hike in Greece in winter , fall, or spring.

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If you are first time to Greece you would probably choose warm weather, that is between May , June, and October. If you can’t stand high temperatures (32 C – 45 C) July and August should be avoided.

The Cyclades islands have during (most of) the summer north winds, widely known as Meltemia, which can be both annoying and cooling from the heat. August is by far the most difficult month to visit Greece, as it is busy and overcrowded in places like Santorini (and too hot!).

For details about the Greek climate read my related post: When is the Best Time to Go to Greece

5. Is there an Uber in Greece?

Yes, there is and you can find it here. There is also the  Uber Reserve service, which allows riders to reserve an  Uber Taxi  in Athens and Thessaloniki up to 90 days and at least 30 minutes in advance.

6. Which are the Top Must-See Sites all over Greece?

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Find below a list of some of the best Greek sites:

  • Delphi Oracle, Arachova, Hosios Loukas Monastery, Livadia Town .
  • Meteora Monasteries , Pelion Mt, Plastira Lake (2-3 days trip).
  • Zagori ( Monodendri ), Ioannina, Papigo (2-3 days trip).

The Peloponnese (multi-day tour):

Ancient Corinth , Mycenae , Epidaurus , Nafplion , Monemvasia, Mystras, Messini, Pylos , Methoni, Epicurious Apollo at Bassae , Lake Kaiafa, Ancient Olympia, Kalavrita , Dimitsana, Cave of Lakes, Kalamata, Kardamyli.

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  • Olympus Mt, Litochoro, Thessaloniki , Chalkidiki, Dion, Vergina, Philippi, Dodone (3-4 days)
  • Cyclades : Santorini , Syros , Milos , Sifnos, Sikinos , Mykonos, Delos, Amorgos , Folegandros , Koufonisia, Paros , Antiparos , Andros , Kea , Tinos ….
  • Crete: Chania , Heraklion , Rethymno , Agios Nikolaos
  • Dodecanese , Ionian , Sporades
  • Argo Saronic Islands : Aegina , Salamina, Poros , Spetses , Agistri, Hydra , and Dokos.

7. What are the Must-See Sites in Athens?

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Even if you don’t see anything else in Athens, you have to visit the Acropolis Hill with its Temples of Parthenon, Erechtheion, Athina Nike, and Propylaea.

Significant sites are also the Ancient Agora, Roman Agora , Temple of Olympian Zeus , Panathenaic Stadium , Hellenic Parliament, and Change of Guards, the Athens Trilogy.

Museums : New Acropolis, National Archaeological, Benaki, Byzantine, Modern Art, National Gallery, Goulandris.

Lycabettus Hill and Kolonaki area (for posh shopping).

Relevant Posts on Athens

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  • How to visit Athens’ Best Monuments in 2 Days
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  • 17 Incredible Stops on Athens Riviera
  • Sounion, and the Temple of Poseidon
  • 10 Best Central Apartments in Athens

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8. First-time Traveling to Greece: Itineraries

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If you are wondering how long should you stay in Greece, you should schedule for at least 10 days, considering the ferry and road trips and the flights within Greece that may take quite a lot of your valuable time. A small sample of my itineraries are:

  • 10-day Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos
  • 14 Days in Greece: Crete, Athens, Delphi, Meteora, Nafplion
  • 4-day Itinerary for the Peloponnese
  • 8-Day Itinerary Peloponnese

9. Do I Need a Car in Athens?

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If you stay in the center of Athens, no, you don’t. All the important sights are reachable either by metro or on foot. If you do want to rent a car, I recommend you use Discover Cars to rent reliable new cars at affordable prices.

As for an International Driving Permit (IDP), if you come from the USA, Canada, Australia, the UK, and Gibraltar you do not need it . You can rent a car with your national driving permits as long as you are over 18 years old ( Article 94 of Greek Law No. 4850/2021 – November 5, 2021) .

You do not need an IDP to rent a car, however, I have heard from Greek friends that the police do require it if you have any need to interact with them (ticket, accident, parking violation). 

By the way, Greeks drive the right-hand side of a street!

10. Where to Store My Luggage in Athens

Try the Luggage Storage in Monastiraki, they charge €4 per case which is quite a reasonable price.

11. Are Credit Cards Widely Accepted?

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After the COVID era, the use of credit/debit cards has significantly increased in Greece especially in the bigger cities but also in the most popular places such as Mykonos , Crete , Santorini, and Rhodes . You can use your credit card in taxis and issue a ticket for public transport like the metro or buses in Athens.

In smaller villages and islands, where they might not even have a bank but only ATMs, you may need cash for small items like water, bus tickets, and similar.

Popular Credit Cards in Greece : Mastercard and Visas. We (usually) do not use American Express.

12. Should I Exchange Money in Greece?

Almost every business in Greece accepts credit cards. Some places require contactless payment and generally speaking, the exchange rate is better when you use your credit card anyway.

There are 4 systemic banks in Greece and you can use their ATM: Pireaus, Eurobank, National, and Attika. Avoid using the Euronet ATM, its fees are the highest, better to choose an ATM attached to a bank. You should also avoid exchanging at the airport, as the rate is not great.

There are a lot of exchange spots around Syntagma Square in Athens without charging a commission. A good card to use while traveling internationally is the Schwab .

Bank Tip: make sure you put a travel notice with your bank online before you travel.

13. Sailing and Food-Tasting

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Exploring the Greek islands on a sailing yacht is a unique and unforgettable experience. Even better when you get to taste local Greek cuisine and wines. If you love both sailing and food tasting check out this fantastic sailing tour here in Athens here.

14. Can I Drink the Tap Water?

Yes, you can and this is what I always drink, living in Athens almost all my life. For out-of-Athens destinations, you better ask the locals if the water is drinkable. If you are uncertain, buy bottled water. 500 ml costs 0.50 cents (this is by law a fixed price that 500 ml can be sold) in kiosks and next to nothing in supermarkets in Athens (0.15-0.30 cents).

**In our battle against plastic, I always recommend you purchase a reusable collapsible water bottle such as Ello Hydra Half Gallon Jug (lovely colors with an awesome lock feature).

15. Is There a Dress Code in Greece?

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No, there is no dress code in Greece, and you can wear whatever you want and nobody will bat an eye if you are “lightly” dressed.

However, there are two exceptions: Greek Monasteries and Casinos . Check out the correct dress code for churches and monasteries in this photo below:

Meteora Monasteries dress code

Are you Visiting Greece off-season ? You may find this post interesting about what to wear in Greece in November .

16. Is it Safe for Women to Travel Solo in Greece?

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Yes, it is!

Are you thinking of traveling alone to Greece and wondering if Greece is safe for solo female travelers? Greece is a perfectly safe country for everyone regardless of age, gender, race, or sexual orientation .

In addition to that, Greek people are very hospitable, they love their tourists and visitors and are always eager to offer directions to your destination or any other advice if you need one.

17. Where to Go in Greece for the First Time?

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Most people visiting Greece for the first time go to Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos. Sometimes they don’t have the time to visit both islands so they ask me which one is best. Both islands are beautiful in their Greek way, on the overdeveloped side of tourism, and can be very expensive if you are on a certain budget.

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Santorini’s beaches are the volcanic type of beaches, dark-colored with imposing cliffs behind you, some love it, and some find it intimidating. Mykonos, on the other hand, has amazing, sandy long beaches, some of the best in the Cyclades. Santorini has a famous stunning sunset, rugged cliffs, and unique volcano views.

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Mykonos has also a very romantic sunset in Little Venice, it’s great for nightlife and you can have a couple of amazing days on it.

In a nutshell, if you have the time, visit them both as there is a frequent ferry connection. If this is your first time in Greece and you have to choose one, go to Santorini.

Relevant Posts on Santorini & Mykonos

  • The Best Santorini Budget Hotels
  • Where to Stay in Mykonos: best hotels and villages
  • 12 Best Things to Do in Santorini (sites, towns, tours, and restaurants)
  • 6 Santorini Best Diners for an Anniversary
  • How to Spend 3 Days on Mykonos Island
  • 10-Days in Santorini, Naxos, Mykonos, Athens

18. Which Behavior is Not Taken Well in Greece

  • Being rude or disrespectful.
  • Expecting everything to be exactly like it is in your country.
  • Eat or discuss loud in the Athens metro.
  • Touch artifacts in museums and at archaeological sights .
  • Take photos of military installations.
  • Throw paper in the toilet.

19. What is the Tipping Culture in Greece

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Tipping in Greece is not a requirement or compulsory but the hard-working and usually not greatly-paid people will highly appreciate it.

The price you are paying for whatever service you have been provided doesn’t include a tip. As a general rule, anything between 5-15% would be satisfactory, and the next time you go to the same place you will be treated even better!

Tip: Make sure to give any tips directly to servers in cash as it is quite common for them not to receive tips included in credit card transactions

20. What Difficulties you may Encounter in the Greek Islands?

There are a few things that a first-time visitor should keep in mind while visiting the Cyclades Islands:

  • The roads are not always in good condition or they may be too narrow for what you are used to. You need to be careful especially if you are driving at night
  • Many of the unorganized beaches have no trees or other shade available, water, or food supply. You should carry your supplies if you are visiting a remote beach

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  • When it gets windy ( June – August meltemia), it just won’t stop. It can also get a bit chilly in the evening
  • The wind is very variable on islands, on a hot day it’s even more than welcome and it keeps the insects away, remember to have anti-mosquito with you . Many select the beach of the day on Ios taking into account the wind conditions
  • If you go hiking in summer on an island with no trees, you can get very easily heat stroke. For more info on travel dangers and precautions in Greece, read my post on hiking safely in Greece
  • For Solo Travelers: Greece is a perfectly safe country for everyone regardless of age, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation. In addition to that, Greek people are gene-programmed to be hospitable and are always eager to offer directions to your destination or any other advice, so ask freely.

21. How to get to Piraeus Port from Athens Airport

Bus X96 Peiraias Port to Athens Airport

  • Bus: If you are arriving at Athens International Airport you can travel straight to the port by taking the X96 express bus (€5.5, children <6 yo, free entrance) , which departs every 40 minutes and the average trip lasts 1 hour – runs 24/7.
  • Metro : (€9) is easily found across airport arrivals (blue line – M3) going directly to Piraeus port. The average trip to Piraeus lasts 1 hour.
  • Taxis are available in front of the airport (around €40 to Athens, €55-60 to Piraeus (depending on the traffic in Kifisos), and take up to 3 or 4 people with small luggage)
  • Rent a car with Discover Cars for reliable, new cars at affordable prices
  • You don’t like driving but love hassle-free solutions? Book a Private transfer with an English-speaking driver from Athens International Airport to Piraeus Ferries, or anywhere else in Greece
  • Are you looking for domestic flights in Greece ? Check out the official Aegean Airlines Website.

22. Where Best to Stay in Athens

If you are planning your first trip to Athens, I am sure you are most probably overwhelmed with the options and not sure what or where to book. I have singled out the safest areas and best properties in central Athens, near the metro and the sites. Please check them out below or drop me a line if you need help:

  • Where to Stay in Plaka, Athens’ Old Town
  • Acropolis View Hotels & Apartments in Athens
  • Best Athens Beach Hotels
  • Athens Budget Hotels
  • Athens Hotels near the AIRPORT

Plan My Trip to Greece

Do you need a custom travel itinerary or a transfer within Greece ? Are you traveling solo, with your family or friends and need a tailor-made multi-day tour or a transfer?

If yes, please visit my dedicated Plan My Trip Page for a free itinerary!

Essential Travel Resources for Greece

  • ‘Hello’ and ‘Thank You’ in Greek: “Ya sou” and “Efharisto”
  • Booking.com : I use Booking.com mostly for Europe. It has over 1 Million properties to choose from, including everything from hotels to apartments and even hostels. And free cancellation!
  • Expedia : I use Expedia for the best hotel descriptions and amenities and a rewards points system for the rest of the world.
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  • FerryScanner to book f erries to the Greek Islands
  • Rent an Affordable Car in Greece
  • Athens Metro Website (timetables and ticket info)
  • Map of Athens Metro
  • Trains (Hellenic Train)
  • Public Buses KTEL
  • Get Your Guide : For all your day or multi-day tours and city guide needs, I use Get Your Guide
  • Emergency Numbers Anywhere in Greece: AMBULANCE 166 – FIRE 199 – POLICE 100 – EMERGENCY NUMBER 112

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Evgenia, I lol when I read the bit about not throwing toilet paper in the toilet (unacceptable behavior). Excellent article, which I wish I had in 2019 when I was organizing an enormous international conference. 400 Pride organizers from 6 continents attended, most in Greece for the first time, and most staying extra days for vacation. I had to provide a lot of information, which would have been so much easier if I could have just forwarded them this link!

Thank you Andrea, fantastic that you found it useful, hopefully, they will read it at the next Athens pride! Yes, I know, toilette paper is a funny thing to add but we have perpetual plumbing issues haha, need to protect the tubes.

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For entry into Greece, citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, the United States, and almost all other non-E.U. countries are required to have a valid passport, which is stamped upon entry and exit, for stays up to 90 days. All U.S. citizens, even infants, must have a valid passport, but Canadian children under 16 may travel without a passport if accompanied by either parent.

Citizens of the United Kingdom and other members of the European Union are required to present a valid ID (driving licenses do not qualify) for entry into Greece; you may stay an unlimited period (although you should inquire about this at a Greek consulate or at your embassy in Greece). Children under 16 from E.U. countries may travel without an ID if accompanied by either parent. All E.U. citizens are reminded that they should check the requirements for non-E.U. countries through which you might travel to get to Greece.

For stays longer than 90 days, all non-E.U. citizens will require visas from the Greek embassies or consuls in their home countries. If already in Greece, arrangements must be made with the Bureau of Aliens, 173 Leoforos Alexandras, 11522 Athens (tel. 210/770-5711 ). See www.frommers.com/planning for information on how to obtain a passport.

For Residents of Australia -- Contact the Australian Passport Information Service at tel. 131-232, or visit the government website at www.passports.gov.au.

For Residents of Canada -- Contact the central Passport Office, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ottawa, ON K1A 0G3 (tel. 800/567-6868; www.ppt.gc.ca).

For Residents of Ireland -- Contact the Passport Office, Setanta Centre, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 (tel. 01/671-1633; www.irlgov.ie/iveagh).

For Residents of New Zealand -- Contact the Passports Office at tel. 0800/225-050 in New Zealand, or 04/474-8100, or log on to www.passports.govt.nz.

For Residents of the United Kingdom -- Visit your nearest passport office, major post office, or travel agency or contact the United Kingdom Passport Service at tel. 0870/521-0410 or search its website at www.ukpa.gov.uk.

For Residents of the United States -- To find your regional passport office, either check the U.S. State Department website or call the National Passport Information Center toll-free number (tel. 877/487-2778 ) for automated information.

Travelers bearing passports from the European Union countries, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not need visas, nor do citizens of many other countries. But to be sure, check with the nearest Greek consulate. And allow several weeks to get such a visa.

Passengers from North America arriving in Athens aboard international flights are generally not searched, and if you have nothing to declare, continue through the green lane. (Because of the continuing threat of terrorism, baggage is X-rayed before boarding domestic flights.) Citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and other non-E.U. countries do face a few commonsensical restrictions on what you can bring into Greece. Clearly, no narcotics: Greece is very tough on drug users. No explosives or weapons -- although upon application, a sportsman might be able to bring in a legitimate hunting weapon. Only medications for amounts properly prescribed for your own use are allowed. Plants with soil are not. Dogs and cats can be brought in, but they must have proof of recent rabies and other health shots.

What You Can Take Out of Greece: (All Nationalities): Exportation of Greek antiquities is strictly protected by law. No antiquities may be taken out of Greece without prior special permission from the Archaeological Service, 3 Polignotou, Athens. Also, you must be able to explain how you acquired your purchase -- in particular, icons or religious articles. A dealer or shopkeeper must provide you with an export certificate for any object dating from before 1830. In general, keep all receipts for major purchases in order to clear Customs on your return home.

For further information on what you're allowed to bring into your country of residence, contact one of the following agencies:

U.S. Citizens: U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP), 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20229 (tel. 877/227-5511; www.cbp.gov).

Canadian Citizens: Canada Border Services Agency (tel. 800/461-9999 in Canada, or 204/983-3500; www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca).

U.K. Citizens: HM Revenue & Customs tel. 0845/010-9000 (from outside the U.K., 020/8929-0152), or consult their website at www.hmce.gov.uk.

Australian Citizens: Australian Customs Service at tel. 1300/363-263, or log on to www.customs.gov.au.

New Zealand Citizens: New Zealand Customs, the Customhouse, 17-21 Whitmore St., Box 2218, Wellington (tel. 0800/428-786; www.customs.govt.nz).

Medical Requirements

There are no immunization requirements for getting into Greece, though it's always a good idea to have polio, tetanus, and typhoid covered when traveling anywhere.

Note : This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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* Visa exemption agreements with third countries for a short stay period not exceeding 90 days in any period of 180 days do not apply for holders of diplomatic and service passports (and their family members) who intent to be accredited in foreign Diplomatic and Consular Authorities and Representations of International Organizations in Greece. For the above cases it is required a national visa (type D) by the competent Consular Authority of Greece.

(1) the visa requirement exemption should only apply to holders of biometric passports (2) the visa requirement exemption is not applied to holders of serbian passports issued by the serbian coordination directorate (in serbian: koordinaciona uprava) (4) the visa exemption applies to holders of service and special passports issued by Turkey (5) the visa exemption applies to holders of diplomatic and special passports issued by the UAE (6) the exemption from the visa requirement applies only to holders of passports issued by Taiwan which include an identity card number (7) the visa exemption applies only to holders of a "Hong Kong special administrative region" passport (8) the visa exemption applies only to holders of a "região administrativa especial de Macau" passport (9) SPECIAL PASSPORT- The exemption from the visa requirement applies only to holders of diplomatic and special passports of Bahrain.

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EU nationals : You are not required to show a passport or national ID card when entering Greece. However, transport providers like airlines, train operators and ferry companies will require you to show your passport or ID card to prove your identity.

Non-EU nationals : To enter Greece, you must have a valid passport issued within the past ten years and with at least three months left, along with a return ticket and sufficient funds for the length of stay.

Greece is a Schengen country, but beware that EU members such as Cyprus and Ireland are not part of the Schengen area, so a passport or ID card is required if travelling to/from these countries.

EU nationals : You don't need a visa for Greece if the stay is less than 90 day. Those who plan to stay longer will need a residence permit.   Non-EU national s : Nationals mentioned in the chart above (Americans, Australians, British and Canadians) can travel to Greece, and any other Schengen countries, without a visa for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events. For other purposes, you need to check with the embassy, high commission or consulate of Greece in your home country on what type of visa and/or work permit you may need.   The complete list of countries and territories whose nationals can visit Greece and any other Schengen countries for up to 90 days in a 180-day period are as follows: Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong*, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Macao*, Malaysia, Marshal Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North Macedonia, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Serbia*, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan*,Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu* and Venezuela.   * Hong Kong and Macao: holders of SAR passports do not need a visa. * Taiwan: holders of passports issued by Taiwan which include an identity card number do not need a visa. * Serbia: holders of biometric passports do not need a visa, excluding holders of passports issued by the Serbian Coordination Directorate. * Vanuatu: holders of passports issued on or after 25 May 2015 do not need a visa. • Nationals from micro-states within an EU country (Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City) also do not need a visa.   For nationals from countries not listed here, please contact the nearest embassy to check the visa requirements for Greece.    

For more information about Schengen visas, follow the link to the article A guide to Schengen visas .

ETIAS travel authorisation : Starting in mid 2025, all visitors who currently do not need a visa to visit 30 European countries will need to apply for an ETIAS travel authorisation .

Types and Cost

Schengen visa €80 for those who are above 12 years old, €40 for children aged six to 12, and free for children below six.

Nationals from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Kosovo pay €35.

In addition, the visa fee is waived for the following applicants: • School pupils, students, postgraduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake stays for the purpose of study or educational training. • Researchers from third countries travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research. • Representatives of non-profit organisations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organised by non-profit organisations. • Family members of EU/EEA (European Economic Area) citizens, falling under Directive 2004/38.

Up to 90 days in any 180-day period.

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

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Contact the embassy, high commission or consulate.

Schengen Visas

Greece is a Schengen country, so the Schengen visa scheme applies.

Temporary residence

EU nationals: Will need a residence permit for more than 90 days.

Non-EU nationals: Will need a visa to stay in Greece for more than 90 days.

Working days

Schengen visa applications usually take 15 to 21 calendar days, but sometimes up to 45 days. Be mindful of the national holidays in Greece as they may affect the processing time. It is recommended to submit applications at least four weeks prior to departure.

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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 whether your pet is from a high-rabies country or a rabies-controlled country, your pet either has to be vaccinated first or microchipped first. For pets from high-rabies countries, a rabies titer test also has to be administered 30 days after the vaccination. A veterinary certificate issued by an authorised veterinarian is also required when entering Greece with a pet from outside of the EU.

Please check with the consulate directly for the appropriate procedures.

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Greece may have long been on your bucket list but you're unsure if you need a visa to explore this history-rich Mediterranean nation’s mountainous mainland, countless islands and vibrant cities.

For many visitors, a valid passport is sufficient but, for others, a visa application needs to be made a few months in advance to ensure your entry goes without a hitch.

Here’s our guide to navigating the requirements of your trip to Greece, whether that means traveling visa-free or doing the paperwork required to obtain a visa. That way, you can get yourself organized and then set about planning your grand Greek getaway, just like you’ve always dreamed.

Visa-free travel to Greece

Greece is a member of the EU and Europe’s 27-member border-free Schengen Zone, which allows citizens to travel between member countries visa-free. Citizens of EU countries that are not members of the zone, as well as EEA countries, also don’t require a visa to move within the bloc.

Furthermore, citizens of more than 60 countries are permitted to travel to Greece visa-free for a total of 90 days within a 180-day period. These nations include the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Singapore, as well as certain South American countries. Firstly, ensure your passport is valid for a minimum of three months after your departure date. You may be asked to provide documentation outlining the reason for your visit and confirming your departure date. Check the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs website to see if your country qualifies for visa-free travel.

Keep in mind that you are permitted to travel within Schengen Zone countries for a maximum of 90 days. That is, if you plan on traveling to Italy or France, you need to take into account the number of days you’ll be spending in each country and tally up the total.

There’s no need to stay in the Schengen area for a consecutive 90 days – you can move in and out as you wish, for a maximum of 90 days throughout the 180 day period. It’s easy enough to gauge the length of your Schengen-wide stay with online calculators designed for this purpose. Beware though, if you stay longer than 90 days, authorities in Greece or other Schengen area countries may deport you or prohibit you from re-entering the bloc.

Meanwhile, the EU is expected to introduce its ETIAS visa waiver program in 2024. If you hold a non-EU passport, you’ll need to apply online for pre-authorization, along the lines of the USA’s ESTA scheme. Costing around €7, the process should be quick and painless.

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Applying for a visa to visit Greece

If you hold a passport from another country , then you’ll need to apply for a short-stay Schengen tourist visa to visit Greece and any other Schengen area states for a maximum of 90 days in any 180 day period. Among the non-EU countries and entities whose citizens require this visa are China, Indonesia, South Africa, Kenya and Lebanon. 

Apply for a visa at the nearest Greek consulate in your country of origin up to six months ahead of a planned visit. In most cases, you will be required to appear in person. You will need to provide a recent passport-sized photograph and evidence of medical insurance for the duration of your trip. Additionally, you may be asked to present proof of accommodation and means of support during your visit, among other documentation. Your passport must have an expiry date of at least three months after your intended departure. Schengen visas cost €80 for any applicant over 12, €40 for children aged between 6 and 12, and there is no charge for children under 6. Tourist visas are normally valid for six months and extensions are only possible in exceptional circumstances.

If your country does not have Greek consular representation, check this list on the ministry website to see which Schengen area country accepts visa applications from your country of origin. Global Visa Center World handles visa applications from certain countries , including India, the Philippines and Vietnam and you may be able to apply online. You may be eligible for a fast-track visa procedure if you are a family member of an EU or EEA citizen. It usually takes the consulate 15 calendar days to make a decision on a visa application, but it can take up to two months. Visa extensions are rarely granted and applications must be made before the visa expires.

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I’m a digital nomad. Can I obtain a visa to stay longer in Greece?

Greece is doing all it can to attract digital nomads, offering 12-month visas, two-year residence permits and a 50% tax break for a maximum of seven years. If you’re a remote worker, freelancer or entrepreneur from outside the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you can apply for a long-term visa, also known as a national D-type visa, to stay in Greece for up to 12 months .

Apply for this visa at the Greek consulate in your country of residence. You will need to provide proof that you are either self-employed or work for a company or organization outside of Greece. Visa holders are not allowed to work for a Greece-based employer and must prove that they earn a monthly minimum of €3,500 post-tax to cover living expenses during their stay. After the first year, they are eligible to apply for a renewable two-year digital nomad residence permit.

This article was first published Jun 25, 2021 and updated Jul 5, 2023.

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Visa Requirements for Greece

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If you're thinking of taking a Mediterranean excursion to Greece , you most likely do not need a travel visa. Citizens of the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Mexico, Australia, Japan, and a host of other countries   are permitted to enter Greece without a visa for up to 90 days within a six-month period. In fact, that rule applies to visiting most countries in Europe. All you need is a passport that's valid for at least three months after the date you intend to return to your home country, so be sure your passport isn't about to expire.

Greece is a party to the Schengen Agreement , which covers 26 European countries where internal border checks have—for the most part—been abolished for short-term tourism, a business trip, or transit to a non-Schengen destination. The 26 countries that make up the Schengen Area are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

The 90-day limit for staying in Greece actually applies to the entire Schengen Area. That means if you're planning a Euro-trip to Greece, France, Spain, Germany, and other Schengen countries, the 90-day limit applies to all of the countries together, not just Greece.

There are two broad categories for getting a visa to go to Greece. The first one is for citizens from a non-exempt country   who plan to visit Greece and need a Schengen Visa. The Schengen Visa gives holders the same privileges as citizens from a visa-exempt country, meaning they can freely travel around the Schengen Area for a period of 90 days. If you need a Schengen Visa and you're visiting multiple countries, be sure to apply at the right consulate. If you'll be spending the majority of your time in Greece, apply at the Greek Consulate. If your time between countries is evenly distributed but Greece is the first country that you're visiting, you should also apply at the Greek Consulate.

The second category of visas is for foreign nationals who plan to stay in Greece for longer than 90 days, whether for work, studying, or visiting family members. Anyone who doesn't have an EU passport must apply for a visa if staying for longer than 90 days.

Schengen Tourist Visa

Only citizens from non-exempt countries are required to apply for Schengen Tourist Visa, which allows them to travel around the entire Schengen Area for up to 90 days. Depending on the type of visa you are granted, you may be allowed to leave the Schengen Area and come back with the same visa or be allowed to only enter one time, so pay attention to what your visa says.

Visa Fees and Application

The fee for a Schengen Visa is 80 euros, payable at the current exchange rate in the currency of where you're applying (in the U.S., it's about $92). However, discounts are available for certain groups. Citizens of European countries that aren't EU members—such as Russia—pay about half that price, while students and young children pay nothing.  

You apply in-person at the local Greek Consulate of where you legally reside. After making an appointment, prepare all of the necessary documents, including:

  • Schengen Visa application
  • Valid passport (and should be valid for at least three more months from when you plan to leave the Schengen area).
  • Two identical photos (35 millimeters by 45 millimeters)
  • Travel insurance policy
  • Roundtrip flight itinerary
  • Proof of accommodation (hotel reservations or notarized letters from hosts in Greece)
  • Proof of financial means (e.g., bank statements, pay stubs, proof of employment, etc.)
  • Proof of paid visa fee

During the appointment, you'll be interviewed by an immigration official with basic questions about your trip, such as why you're traveling, how long you'll be in Europe, where you're planning to stay, and so forth.

You should have an answer within about 15 days, although it sometimes takes longer. You should apply for your visa at least three weeks before you are set to depart, although you can apply as early as six months in advance.

Student Visa

Students who have been accepted into a program of study in Greece will need to apply for a long-term national visa. You'll need all of the standard visa documents, including your passport, two 35-millimeter-by-45-millimeter color photos, a medical certificate, and proof of health insurance, in addition to a letter of acceptance into a Greek school or program and proof of adequate funds to sustain yourself. If your program is primarily in Greek, you may also need a certificate that attests to your language abilities.

All long-term visas that are valid for a year or longer are good for entering Greece once, but you'll need to apply for a Greek residency card once you arrive in the country. You'll need to make an appointment at a Greek police station once you're settled in and bring all of your same documents with you.

Long-Term Employment Visa

If you're moving to Greece for work, the process is similar to applying for a student visa, but with a few important differences. In addition to the standard documents, you'll also need a work contract to be granted a visa, meaning you have to already have a job offer before applying—you can't get a visa and then go to Greece to look for a job. If the job requires any special skills or education, you'll also need to turn in copies of the relevant degrees or certificates that validate those.

Since this is a long-term visa, you'll need to apply for a Greek residency card once you're settled into the country. You'll need to make an appointment at a Greek police station and present all of the same visa documents again.

Short-Term Employment Visa

When applying for a work visa, the consulate may decide to grant you a short-term visa instead, which is any visa with a validity period for more than 90 days but less than 365 days. Those who might receive short-term visas include seasonal workers, fish workers, artists, athletes and coaches, tour guides, or interns. You're still required to turn in all of the documents of a standard work visa, so be sure you have a work contract or something that substantiates what you plan to do in Greece.

The processing fee for this visa is only 75 euros, but there is an additional cost. Because the short-term visas don't require you to apply for and pay for a residency card when you arrive in Greece, these recipients have to pay a 150-euro consular fee in addition to the 75-euro visa fee. It seems like a lot to pay upfront, but it saves you the headache of having to navigate the Greek bureaucratic system upon arrival.

Family Reunification Visa

Family members of a Greek resident who are not Greek or EU citizens themselves can apply for a long-term visa. However, the relation is only applicable to spouses are who legally married or in civil partnerships (including same-sex couples) or children under the age of 18. In addition to the standard application documents, you'll also need to show the relation through the relevant certificates, such as a marriage certificate, birth certificate, or adoption certificate. If these documents are not from a Greek authority, you'll likely need to get them translated, notarized, and apostilled.

The fee for the family reunification visa is 180 euros, and all newly-arrived family members will have to apply for a Greek residency card upon once they arrive in the country by making an appointment at the local police station.

Visa Overstays

Whether you have been granted a travel visa or you are from a country that is visa-exempt, such as the U.S., you can only be in the Schengen Area for 90 days during a 180-day period. If you aren't sure, start on the date you are planning to leave the Schengen Area and count back how many days you were in a Schengen country during the previous six months; if it's less than 90, you're fine.

If you overstay your visa, the consequences can be severe. They vary based on the country where you get caught and the exact situation, but you can expect a fine and deportation. Overstaying your visa also makes it more difficult to get a Schengen visa in the future, and you may be turned away on future trips if you attempt to come back.

Extending Your Visa

If you need to stay in the Schengen Area longer than the allowed 90 days, you can apply for a Visa Extension, although these are only granted in extreme circumstances.   You can request an extension for humanitarian reasons, such as to receive medical treatment or stay for an unexpected funeral; for reasons due to force majeure, such as a natural disaster or conflict in your home country; or personal reasons, such as an unplanned wedding. In all cases, the decision is at the discretion of the official who helps you.

You'll need to head to the nearest police station in Greece and bring your passport, a photo of yourself, proof of adequate funds, health insurance, and documents that show why you're requesting an extension. This must be done before your current visa expires or your 90 days run out; if you've already overstayed your time in the Schengen Area, the application will be denied and you'll likely be deported immediately.

Eur-Lex. " Regulation (EU) 2018/1806. " July 11, 2020.

The Hellenic Republic. " Visa Fees. " July 10, 2020.

Schengen Visa Info. " How to Extend a Schengen Visa while being within Schengen Area. " July 11, 2020.

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Essential Documents for Traveling to Greece: Your Must-Have Checklist

If you are planning to travel to greece, it's essential to have the necessary documents with you. some of the documents you need to carry include a valid passport, visa (if required), travel insurance, flight tickets, hotel reservations, and any additional documents related to your specific travel purpose or activities. make sure to check the current travel requirements and covid-19 protocols before your trip..

Essential Documents for Traveling to Greece: Your Must-Have Checklist

Key Takeaways:

  • Ensure a smooth trip to Greece by having a valid passport, checking visa requirements , and obtaining travel insurance.
  • Carry proof of accommodations, return ticket, financial means, and an international driver’s license if necessary.
  • EU citizens should have a European Health Insurance Card, and all travelers should be aware of COVID-19 requirements.

Essential Documents for Your Trip to Greece

Traveling to Greece? Whether it’s your dream vacation or a business trip, it’s essential to ensure you have all the necessary documents packed and ready to go. Greece offers a blend of stunning landscapes, historic wonders, and vibrant culture, but proper preparation is key to ensuring a smooth journey. Here’s a guide to the documents you need to carry to enjoy the beauty of Greece without any hiccups.

Passport and Visa Requirements

Before setting off to Greece, the most crucial document you need is a valid passport . Ensure that your passport has at least six months remaining before its expiration date, a requirement by many countries to avoid problems at immigration.

Depending on your nationality, you may also require a visa to enter Greece . Greece is a member of the European Union and part of the Schengen Agreement, so travelers from EU countries can enter with a national ID card. However, if you’re from outside the EU, you should check your specific visa requirements.

“Always double-check visa requirements well in advance of your trip, as processing times can vary,” advises a travel expert.

For most non-EU travelers, particularly those from the US, Canada, and Australia, a visa is not required for stays of up to 90 days within a 180-day period. But for longer stays or different travel purposes like studies or work, a visa would be necessary.

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The official portal of the Hellenic Republic provides up-to-date information on visa requirements.

Travel Insurance Documentation

While this is not always mandatory, having comprehensive travel insurance is highly recommended. Your insurance should cover medical emergencies, trip cancellations, lost luggage, and potential repatriation. Be sure to carry the insurance documents with you, as you may need to present proof of insurance upon request.

Accommodation Confirmation and Return Ticket

Immigration officers may request to see proof of your accommodations in Greece. This can be hotel reservation confirmations or a letter of invitation if you’re staying with friends or family. Likewise, a return ticket or onward journey evidence is often required to demonstrate that you intend to leave the country within the allowed timeframe.

Financial Means

To ensure travelers are capable of supporting themselves during their stay, authorities may check for proof of sufficient funds. This could be in the form of recent bank statements, cash, travelers’ checks, or credit cards.

“Maintain easy access to proof of funds to avoid any delays during your immigration process,” suggests a travel specialist.

International Driver’s License

If you’re planning to rent a car and explore Greece at your own pace, an international driver’s license, alongside your valid national driver’s license, is necessary. Remember, it’s not a replacement but a supplement to your existing license and is required by law for non-EU driving licenses.

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

For EU citizens, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitles you to state-provided medical treatment within Greece. It can assure you receive necessary healthcare without direct payment or at a reduced cost. Make sure you have this card with you if you’re an EU national.

COVID-19 Related Documents

Given the ever-changing landscape due to the pandemic, it is vital to check the current COVID-19 requirements before traveling. Depending on ongoing policies, you may need to show proof of vaccination, a negative test, or a recovery certificate. Keep abreast of the latest updates on the Greek government’s COVID-19 information page .

In conclusion, packing the right documents is as important as packing your sunscreen and swimwear when heading to Greece. Regularly consult official Greek travel resources and plan well ahead to ensure that nothing stands in the way of experiencing the rich history and awe-inspiring landscapes of Greece. From the sparkling Aegean Sea to the ruins of ancient Athens, every detail counts in making your Greek odyssey unforgettable.

So there you have it, folks! Don’t forget to pack your passport, visa, travel insurance, accommodation confirmation, return ticket, proof of funds, international driver’s license, EHIC, and COVID-19 documents before jetting off to Greece. Trust me, it’s worth the effort! And for more handy travel tips and exciting destinations, head over to visaverge.com. Happy travels!

FAQ’s to know:

FAQ 1: What are the passport and visa requirements for traveling to Greece? Answer: To travel to Greece, you need a valid passport with at least six months remaining before its expiration date. Additionally, depending on your nationality, you may require a visa. If you are from an EU country, a national ID card is sufficient. Non-EU travelers, such as those from the US, Canada, and Australia, typically do not need a visa for stays up to 90 days within a 180-day period. However, it’s important to check the specific visa requirements for your nationality and travel purpose to ensure compliance.

FAQ 2: Do I need travel insurance when visiting Greece? Answer: While travel insurance is not mandatory, it is highly recommended to have comprehensive coverage when traveling to Greece. Your insurance should include medical emergencies, trip cancellations, lost luggage, and repatriation. It’s important to carry the insurance documents with you, as you may be asked to provide proof of insurance upon request.

FAQ 3: What documents do I need to show for immigration purposes in Greece? Answer: When going through immigration in Greece, you may be asked to provide certain documents. These can include proof of accommodation, such as hotel reservations or a letter of invitation if staying with friends or family. Additionally, you may need to show a return ticket or evidence of onward travel to demonstrate that you plan to leave the country within the allowed timeframe. Authorities may also request proof of sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay, which can be in the form of recent bank statements, cash, travelers’ checks, or credit cards. It is important to maintain easy access to these documents to avoid any delays during the immigration process.

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Travelling in Europe Without A Passport: Everything You Need to Know

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Travelling in Europe without a passport for a short stay (less than 90 days) is possible. It all depends on where the traveler is coming from and where they are going on the continent. To better understand the regulations, we must first distinguish between three entities:  

Europe is a continent made up of about 50 countries, including the 27 member countries of the European Union and the 26 member countries of the Schengen Area. 

The European Union is a supranational political and economic organisation with its own institutions (such as the European Parliament). It is based on a single market that guarantees four freedoms of movement between Member States, including the free movement of people. It is composed of 27 Member States:

- Germany  - Austria - Belgium - Bulgaria (currently joining the Schengen Area) - Cyprus (outside Schengen) - Croatia (currently joining the Schengen Area) - Denmark - Spain - Estonia - Finland - France - Greece - Hungary - Ireland (outside Schengen) - Italy - Lithuania - Latvia - Luxembourg - Malta - The Netherlands - Poland - Portugal - Czech Republic - Romania (currently joining the Schengen Area) - Slovakia - Slovenia - Sweden.

The Schengen Area is a zone of free movement of people, which means without systematic identity checks at internal borders. It includes 22 of the 27 EU Member States and 4 Associate States: - Germany - Austria - Belgium - Denmark - Spain - Estonia - Finland - France - Greece - Hungary - Iceland (non-EU) - Italy - Latvia - Liechtenstein (non-EU) - Lithuania - Luxembourg - Malta - Norway (non-EU) - The Netherlands - Poland - Portugal - Czech Republic - Slovakia - Slovenia - Sweden - Switzerland (non-EU)

You Can Travel in Europe Without A Passport If...

- You are a citizen of one of the European Union or Schengen Area Member States (see list above), - Your destination is one of the European Union or Schengen Area Member States (see list above), 

If these two conditions are met, then you can travel in Europe without a passport, even by plane. However, you will need a valid national identity card. 

Are you traveling in the Schengen Area? You can cross the borders between Schengen Area countries without an identity check, but be aware that you may be subject to checks once in the country. So remember to keep your valid passport or ID card with you at all times.

  Don't Forget Your EHIC

At least 2 weeks before departure, don’t forget to apply for your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This card covers all European Union citizens for medically necessary health care during a stay in a European Union country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.

Do you need additional insurance to cover repatriation and, depending on your situation, supplement national health care coverage? With Europ Assistance's Schengen travel insurance, you can choose between two policies with 24/7 emergency travel assistance in any Schengen Area country for as long as you wish. 

You Need A Passport for Travel in Europe If... 1/2

- You are not a citizen of one of the European Union or Schengen Area Member States (see list above), - Your destination is one of the European Union or Schengen Area Member States (see list above), 

In this case, traveling in Europe without a passport is not permitted. Upon arrival in a Schengen Area member country by plane or train, you must show your valid passport, issued less than 10 years ago and valid for at least 3 months after your planned exit date. But that's not all. 

  Would You Like to Travel in the Schengen Area for Less Than 90 days for Tourism, Business or to See Family?

Depending on your nationality , in addition to a valid passport, a Schengen short-stay visa (type C or uniform Schengen visa) may be required. Finally, whether or not you have a visa, the border police may ask for supporting documents upon your arrival in a Schengen member country, including:  - Proof of accommodation for the duration of your stay  - Proof of sufficient financial resources (amount differs depending on the Schengen country) - A return ticket or proof of sufficient financial means to book one - Documents justifying the reason for your trip (professional or personal) - Proof of insurance covering all medical, hospital and death expenses that may be incurred during your entire stay in France, including medical repatriation expenses. 

Choose peace of mind for your visa application or when crossing the border with Schengen travel insurance policies from Europ Assistance . Recognised and accepted by Schengen embassies and consulates throughout the world, our policies cover your medical expenses for up to 60,000 euros in case of illness or accident in one of the Member States of the Schengen Area, as well as additional coverage, available here .

  Would You Like to Travel in the Schengen Area for Paid Work and/or A Stay of More Than 90 days?  

Whatever your nationality (outside the European Union and the Schengen Area), you must apply for a work visa or a long-stay visa (type D) directly from the country you wish to visit. Find out everything you need to know about long-stay visas in France here .

You Also Need A Passport for Travel in Europe If... 2/2

- You are a citizen of one of the European Union or Schengen Area Member States (see list above), - Your destination is a country on the European continent that is not a member of the European Union or the Schengen Area. 

Are you a French citizen? Find out which identity document (passport, national identity card) and, if applicable, which visa you need to travel to your destination in Europe with this official simulator .  Are you a citizen of another country? Check with the embassy or consulate of the European country where you wish to travel.  

  Entering France with a Schengen Visa from Another Country

You can do so if your Schengen visa allows it. To check, read the Schengen visa sticker affixed to your passport. If it says SCHENGEN STATES, this visa authorises you to enter all the countries of the Schengen Area. If the initials of one or more countries are indicated, it means that a territorial restriction applies. In this case, you can travel only to the listed countries. More information is available here .

If you are a citizen of a country that does not require a visa to travel within the Schengen Area for less than 90 days, you can travel to all Schengen countries. However, you must respect the 90-day period, which includes all countries.    Can I Travel in the Schengen Area with A Receipt?

The document referred to here is a residence permit receipt. According to the law, it is a “document that proves that your application for a residence permit at your prefecture (or sub-prefecture) of residence has been received. It authorises you to stay in France for the specified period.” The interpretation of these words leads us to answer that no, you cannot travel in the Schengen Area with a receipt. 

Would you like to return to France with a receipt after leaving the Schengen Area?  If you have a receipt for your first application for a residence permit, you must apply for a return visa at the French consulate in the country where you are staying.  If you have a residence permit renewal receipt, you can return to France with your receipt, your expired residence permit and a valid passport. In both cases, you will have to prove that you meet the entry requirements (proof of residence, financial resources, etc.).   

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Greece Tourist Visa

What is a tourist visa.

The most common type of diplomatic document is a travel visa. It allows people of all ages and walks of life to visit a country of their choice.

So, do you need a visa to travel to Greece? In this article, we will tell you about the requirements for Greek tourist visas. Greece is a member of the EU and has varying requirements for entry depending on a visitor's country of origin. At present, it operates a visa-free regime for 90 countries.

Eligibility for a travel visa for Greece

Before we go into details on what citizens can visit Greece and what is required to obtain a Greek visa, let us consider what kind of travellers will generally be allowed to enter the country.

A prospective tourist must:

have a good intention to travel;

be able to bear all necessary and unforeseen expenses;

provide reasons for returning to their home country;

exhibit a good character (e.g. provide a clear criminal record);

be in good health;

have a genuine purpose and the proof thereof (e.g., an itinerary).

Provided that you satisfy these criteria and are eager to prove it during a personal visit to a Greek consulate, read on to find out about the visa requirements for this country.

Who needs a tourist visa

At present, citizens of over 90 states can travel to Greece without a visa, and the nationals of other 150 countries must obtain a Schengen visa prior to their visit. This means that citizens of some countries that presently enter Greece without a visa will have to fill in a special application form online ahead of visiting the country. If the ETIAS application is successful, this electronic travel authorization will be linked to a traveller's passport and allow the eligible citizens to travel to Greece and the Schengen zone. It will be valid for 3 years and allow the stays for up to 90 days. The programme is open to travellers with dual citizenship .

Nationals not eligible for ETIAS but who presently travel to Greece visa-free will need to apply for a Schengen visa, which will allow them only to visit Greece but not other EU/EEA states.

Meanwhile, the following requirements are applicable depending on the traveller's country of origin. The majority of people, especially the citizens of most African and Asian countries, Russia, and the CIS countries, will have to apply for a Schengen visa to travel to Greece. Yet, there are certain countries that enjoy visa-free entry.

EU/EEA countries and Switzerland

Currently, citizens of these areas do not need a visa to visit Greece as tourists. Furthermore, if any of these states is a part of the Schengen Zone, their citizens do not need to apply for any kind of visa to travel, study, or work in Greece. They are free to move between the EU states provided they have a valid ID.

The Schengen Zone

Citizens of these countries are exempt from the visa regime and can freely enter Greece.

Citizens of the United States can travel to any Schengen member state, including Greece, without a visa. They can stay in the country for up to 90 days. This does not mean, nevertheless, that no travel documents are required at all.

Where and when to apply

You can check online whether your country belongs to a visa-free zone or not. Now let us look at where you need to go to submit a Greek visa application, and what time period you should allocate to receive your visa on time.

In general, there are 3 options:

A travel agent. You simply provide the documents and let professionals do the job for you.

A local Greek consulate or embassy. This is the most traditional means of getting any type of visa. Its main drawback is the insufficient or vague information about requirements, which unfortunately often results in visas being denied or delayed. If you go down this route, make sure you clarify everything that is unclear prior to submitting an application.

A visa application centre. You may be surprised to know that some embassies actually outsource their visa services to such centres. Bear in mind, though, that, depending on the time you plan to travel, these centres may be overcrowded and overwhelmed with applicants, leading to delays and even possible errors.

Fees and extra expenses

As with most visas, applicants have to pay a service charge and a visa processing fee upon submitting their application. These payments are non-refundable and can be made by card or in cash. Below is a rough estimate of the service tariffs:

Adults: €60;

Children aged 6 to 12 years: €35;

Children under 6 years of age: free.

As for a Schengen visa fee, it depends on the traveller's country of origin. For example, a traveller from South Africa may pay more or less than a traveller from Russia. To determine the visa fee, contact your local Greek embassy or consulate. Average fees are:

Adults: €80;

Children aged 6 to 12 years: €40;

Please bear in mind that neither service charge nor visa fee guarantees permission to enter. None of these can also be refunded if the application is unsuccessful.

Tourist Visa Requirements

In this section, we shall go over the document pack for visa-free travellers. As we said, although they do not require a Schengen visa, they must still provide other documentation to obtain entry to the country.

A valid passport

A valid identification card must satisfy the following criteria:

it is valid for no less than 3 months beyond your intended return to your home country;

it is in good condition (not torn or otherwise spoilt);

it is not past its expiry date (usually 10 years).

Proof of accommodation

No country's officials want their tourists to sleep in the subway. Naturally, they want to know precisely where you are going to stay during your visit. The following may sufficiently prove this:

a hotel reservation;

a print-off from a room booking website (e.g. Airbnb);

a rental agreement;

an invitation from a friend or a family member with whom you are planning to stay on your visit.

Proof of financial independence

This is another mandatory requirement, for staying and travelling in the country may lead to both expected and unforeseen expenses. Officials want to know how you are planning to cover them, so it may be a good idea to enquire about the living costs and calculate your travelling budget. The following can prove your financial sustainability:

recent bank or credit card statements;

payslips from work.

Itinerary and Return Tickets

Travellers are advised to have these two documents to prove the following:

travelling is indeed their sole or primary purpose;

and they definitely plan to return.

We will look at insurance requirements later on, however, be aware that valid medical insurance is obligatory to travel in the EU. Its validity period must be as long as your stay in the country.

Finally, please remember that depending on the time you choose for your trip document requirements and fees may change. Make sure you contact your nearest visa centre or consulate for updates.

Documents for non-exempt countries

Generally, most of the above-mentioned documents are also required for citizens of non-visa-free states who must apply for a Schengen visa. However, certain changes and special conditions are applicable.

In addition to the known requirements, this time a passport must have two blank pages for a visa stamp or sticker.

A Greece Schengen application form

No matter how seasoned a traveller you are, pay attention to the following:

fill out the visa form completely, correctly, and accurately.

A tip: write down all the data you are providing on all forms to make the information consistent.

A Schengen cover letter

In this letter for a tourist visa, you will need to explain why you want to visit the Schengen zone, the places you are going to visit, your accommodation in each of them, etc. You must also provide your travel dates.

Two passport-size photos

These must be no older than 3 months, for details see below.

Previous Visas Copies

This is required for travellers who have obtained Schengen visas before.

The medical or travel insurance must cover the full length of stay. For other conditions, see below.

As above, however, be prepared for additional scrutiny as you are considered a totally "foreign" visitor.

Same as for visa-free entrants.

An itinerary

If you are only travelling to Greece and back, then you need to provide a detailed plan of your activities during your stay. However, you may be entertaining the idea of visiting another Schengen country for which you have a visa. In this case, you will need to show what other places you wish to visit and the purpose thereof.

A return ticket

This will act as proof that you are going to go back to your home country and not to become an asylum seeker or an illegal immigrant.

A clean criminal record

This document provided by your country's officials will demonstrate that you pose no threat to the country or its residents.

Further documents may be required to prove your status, but check with the embassy or consulate for updates.

Employed applicants

a valid contract of employment;

an employer's written permission to take a leave from work;

the bank statements for the past 6 months;

an Income Tax Return form;

recent payslips to prove both sufficient funds and employment.

Self-employed applicants

a copy of a business license;

an Income Tax Return;

a letter confirming the self-employed status written by a solicitor, an accountant, or another responsible entity.

documents that prove the student's status (e.g., a letter from an educational institution for existing students, or a proof of enrollment at an institution for prospective students);

a proof of sufficient funds, e.g. a work contract or bank statements (for working students) or a letter from a sponsor.

Please note that if a student is sponsored (e.g. by their parents), they will need to provide relevant documents that prove the parents' ability to support them.

Also, if you wish to study at a Greek educational institution, you must apply for a student visa.

Retired Travelers

documents that prove the retired status;

pension statements for the last 6 months.

Tourist Visa Insurance

Travelling to a foreign country may occasionally result in unforeseen circumstances. In many Schengen countries public healthcare is available, so visitors to Greece must obtain travel insurance prior to their trip. This is done in order to alleviate the burden on the health system in case of unexpected issues.

Travel insurance must satisfy the following criteria:

provide coverage of at least €30,000.

be valid in all 26 Schengen countries;

cover most emergency expenses, including a return to one's home country for medical reasons, urgent treatments, or death.

If you expect to get an extended Schengen visa, you should obtain travel insurance that lasts for 12 months.

Visa Photo Requirements

Photographs are normally submitted as part of any application. However, in the case with visas, there are strict requirements that must be obeyed, otherwise, you risk having your application turned down. The following specifications apply:

photos are 3 months old or less;

size: 35mm wide x 45mm tall;

taken against a white background;

printed on quality glossy paper (not matte);

have no creases or marks;

facial expression is neutral;

the applicant looks straight into the camera;

the face takes up to 80% of the frame;

both eyes are open and not covered by reflective glasses, hair, or glares;

forehead and chin are well visible;

headwear is permitted only for religious purposes and must not cover any part of the face.

Underage Visa Requirements

This section is for those who travel to Greece as a family with small children. First, bear in mind that each child must have their own application, filled in and signed by both parents. Apart from all standard documentation, the following is also mandatory:

an application with both parents' signatures;

a child's birth certificate;

if a child is eligible to travel alone – a notarized parental authorization signed by either both parents or guardians;

if a child is travelling with only one parent – notarized permission from another parent;

if another parent is absent (divorced, dead, ill, etc.) – a relevant official documental proof;

copies of both parents' IDs.

Adult photo requirements apply to children older than 5 years. For younger children, neutral facial expression and a direct look into the camera are not mandatory, and they need not occupy the centre of the photograph. Babies (1 year old or younger) may have their eyes closed in the photo.

Visa Processing Time

Once your application has been submitted, and you paid your fees and attended the interview with the immigration officer, it takes around 15 calendar days to process the documents. The following events may delay the visa being issued:

a peak season when there is a high demand for tourist visas to Greece;

political events or epidemics;

new travel laws and regulations.

Make sure you have collected all necessary documents, carefully fill in your application, and submit it well ahead of your journey, to avoid delays and complications for your travel.

Green Card Holder Requirements

The United States Green Card holders have not yet obtained US citizenship. As a result, they are not eligible for visa exemption if they wish to visit Greece. The visa requirements will depend on their country of origin. For the purposes of this article, we assume that a Green Card holder is not a European citizen. The good news is that, should a visa be required, the holder can apply for it at their nearest Greek embassy or consulate in the USA. There is no need to travel back home to get a visa.

On another hand, if someone is visiting the US as a tourist (on a B1/B2 visa) and wishes to travel to Greece, they must return to their home country to submit a visa application. The Green Card holder's conditions are not applicable in this case.

  • To visit Greece for tourism purposes, you need a Greece tourist visa, which is a type of Greek Schengen visa.
  • You can apply for a Greece Schengen visa at the nearest Greek embassy or consulate in your country or region.
  • The visa application process usually involves submitting all the required documents and supporting documents, such as a visa application form, travel documents, and travel medical insurance with a minimum coverage of 30,000 EUR.
  • You also need to pay the visa fees or service fees when you submit your application.
  • The Greece visa requirements may vary depending on your nationality, intended visit, financial means, employment status, travel date, and other factors.
  • The Greece visa application process may take up to 15 calendar days, and you may need to attend a visa interview or provide biometric data, such as your fingerprints and facial image.
  • The Greek Schengen visa sticker will be affixed to your travel document if your application is accepted, and it will show the maximum duration and validity of your visa.
  • The Greece Schengen visa allows you to stay in Greece and other Schengen member states for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.
  • If you plan to stay longer than 90 days, you need to apply for a long-stay visa or a residence permit from the competent Greek authorities.
  • To apply for a Greece Schengen visa, you need to complete the Greece visa application form accurately and provide all the necessary information and documents.
  • The standard documents required for a Greece tourist visa include a valid travel document, travel medical insurance, sufficient financial means, and a confirmed travel itinerary or reservation.
  • You may also need to provide additional supporting documents, such as an employment contract, pension statement, bank statement, marriage certificate, birth certificate, reference letter, or covering letter.
  • The Greece embassy or consulate may ask you questions related to your intended visit, employment, travel history, financial situation, or other requirements during the visa interview.
  • You should prepare for your visa appointment by reviewing the Greece visa application process, the visa requirements, and the necessary documents, and by providing honest and complete answers to the visa officer's questions.
  • You should also be informed about the public health regulations and the risks of COVID-19 in Greece and other European Union countries, and you may need to show proof of vaccination, recovery, or negative test results.
  • You should check the visa processing time and schedule your appointment and travel date accordingly, and you should also confirm the visa fees, service fees, and any other costs or paperwork involved.
  • You should consult the Greece visa guidelines and regulations, as well as the Schengen visa code, to ensure that you qualify for the visa and comply with the rules and restrictions.
  • You should also confirm the visa validity and the dates of departure and return, and you should inform the Greece embassy or consulate if any changes occur.
  • If you are a UK citizen, you may need to apply for a Greece Schengen visa if you plan to stay in the Schengen area for more than 90 days in any 180-day period, and you may also need to apply for a visa if you transit through Greece or other Schengen countries.
  • If you travel with family members or minors, you may need to provide notarized parental authorization or other documents, and you should check the visa requirements for each member separately.
  • If you have had previous visas or lodged in other Schengen countries, you should provide proof of your travel history and comply with the visa regulations.
  • If you have medical reasons or require emergency hospital treatment during your stay in Greece, you should ensure that your travel medical insurance covers such expenses and that you have access to appropriate medical facilities.
  • If you travel for business purposes, you may need to provide additional documents, such as a business license or employment contract, and you should check the visa requirements for business visas or official delegations.
  • If you transit through a Schengen country or need to enter Greece for airport transit, you may need to apply for an airport transit visa or a short-stay visa, depending on the length and purpose of your transit.
  • You should also confirm the visa requirements for other countries you plan to visit during your trip to Greece, such as Vatican City, San Marino, or other Western civilization destinations.
  • To apply for a Greece Schengen visa, you can submit your application online or in person, and you can also use the services of a global visa center or a courier to collect and deliver your application file.
  • You should ensure that your travel document has at least two blank visa pages and that your recent photograph meets the visa photo specifications, such as size, background, and facial expression.
  • You should also provide a cover letter that explains the purpose and itinerary of your trip to Greece and the Schengen area, and that confirms your financial means and support.
  • You should confirm that your travel medical insurance is accepted by the Greek and Schengen authorities and that it covers the minimum requirements for emergency medical treatment, hospitalization, repatriation, and death.
  • You should also confirm that you have sufficient financial means to support yourself during your stay in Greece and the Schengen area, and that you can prove it with a bank statement or other financial documents.
  • You should consult the competent Greek authorities or the nearest Greek embassy or consulate for any additional information or advice related to your Greece visa application process or your travel to Greece.
  • Please note that this list is not exhaustive and that the Greece visa requirements and regulations may change or vary depending on your specific case or circumstances. Therefore, you should always consult the official sources and the competent authorities for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you planning a trip to greece in 2023.

If you are a foreign national, you may be wondering if you need a visa to enter Greece for tourism. In this article, we will answer all your questions about tourist visas to Greece, including who needs one, how to obtain it, and how long you can stay in the country.

Who needs a tourist visa to visit Greece?

Foreign nationals from countries outside the European Union (EU) and the Schengen area, including India, Pakistan, Nigeria, South Africa, Philippines, and others, generally require a visa to enter Greece for tourism. However, citizens of certain countries, such as the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, do not need a visa to enter Greece as tourists for stays of up to 90 days within a 180-day period.

Do I need a visa to go to Athens or Santorini?

No matter which destination you choose to visit in Greece, the visa requirements are the same. If you are a foreign national from a country that requires a visa to enter Greece, you will need to obtain one regardless of your destination.

How long can you stay in Greece without a visa?

If you are a citizen of the United States, Canada, Australia, or the United Kingdom, you can stay in Greece without a visa for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. However, if you are a foreign national from a country outside the EU and the Schengen area, you will need to apply for a tourist visa before your trip. The length of your stay will depend on the visa type and the duration granted by the Greek authorities.

What is the best time to visit Greece?

The best time to visit Greece is during the shoulder seasons of spring (April to June) and fall (September to November), when the weather is pleasant, and the crowds are smaller than in the peak summer season. However, if you plan to visit the Greek islands, it is better to go during the summer season (June to August) when the weather is warm and sunny, and the beaches are inviting.

How to obtain a tourist visa to Greece?

To obtain a tourist visa to Greece, you will need to contact the Greek embassy or consulate located in your home country. You can also apply for a visa through a visa application center, such as VFS Global, Teleperformance, or AVS. You will need to provide a completed application form, a valid passport, passport-sized photographs, and supporting documents such as flight tickets, travel itinerary, proof of accommodation, and proof of sufficient funds to cover your stay in Greece.

How much does a tourist visa to Greece cost?

The cost of a tourist visa to Greece varies depending on your nationality, the visa type, and the duration of your stay. As of today, the visa fee for a single-entry tourist visa is 60 euros for nationals of countries that require a visa, such as India, Pakistan, Nigeria, and South Africa. However, the visa fee for citizens of the United States, Canada, and Australia is currently waived.

What are the visa requirements for dual nationals?

If you hold dual nationality, one of which is Greek, you can enter Greece using your Greek passport without needing a visa. However, if you hold dual nationality and neither of your passports is Greek, you will need to obtain a tourist visa to enter Greece.

What are the visa requirements for permanent residents?

If you are a permanent resident of a country that requires a visa to enter Greece, you will need to obtain a tourist visa before your trip, regardless of your nationality. However, if you are a permanent resident of the EU or the Schengen area, you can enter Greece using your residence permit.

What are the visa requirements for Canadian citizens traveling to Greece?

Canadian citizens can travel to Greece without a visa for up to 90 days within a 180-day period for tourism or business purposes. However, they must have a valid passport that is valid for at least three months beyond their intended departure date from Greece.

Do Australian citizens need a visa to visit Greece?

Australian citizens can visit Greece for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. They only need a valid passport that is valid for at least three months beyond their intended departure date from Greece.

The best time to visit Greece is during the shoulder seasons of late April to early June and September to October. The weather is mild, and the crowds are thinner than during the peak season of July and August.

Can Indian citizens travel to Greece without a visa?

Indian citizens need to obtain a Schengen visa to visit Greece. They must apply for the visa at the Greek embassy or consulate in India or through the VFS Global visa application center.

Can US citizens travel to Greece without a visa?

Yes, US citizens can travel to Greece for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. However, they must have a valid passport that is valid for at least three months beyond their intended departure date from Greece.

How long can a visitor stay in Greece without a visa?

Visitors from the EU, the US, Canada, Australia, and other countries can stay in Greece for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa.

What is the currency used in Greece?

The currency used in Greece is the Euro.

What are some of the top tourist destinations in Greece?

Some of the top tourist destinations in Greece include Athens, Santorini, Crete, Mykonos, and Corfu.

What are the current COVID-19 restrictions and rules for traveling to Greece?

The current COVID-19 restrictions and rules for traveling to Greece vary depending on the traveler's country of origin and vaccination status. It is recommended to check the official Greek government website or the embassy in your country for the latest updates before traveling.

Is it safe to travel to Greece?

Greece is generally considered a safe country for tourists. However, visitors should still take the necessary precautions and be aware of their surroundings, especially in crowded tourist areas.

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You can use this article to find basic info on the rights you'll get with a Travel Document, including:

  • Where can you travel

Applying for a Travel Document and delays

Working or studying outside of greece, lost documents, travel documents for minors, which countries can i visit with the greek travel document without a visa which countries ask for a visa.

According to police, if you hold a Greek Travel Document, you don't need a visa to go to EU countries that have signed the Schengen Treaty. Here's a sample list of some countries you can visit without a visa:

  • Netherlands

However, in practice, you may find some conflicting information:

  • Some countries, although visa-free, may not allow you to enter if your Travel Document expires in less than six months. If you want to travel, you need to apply to renew your Travel Document at least six months before it expires.
  • Other countries, European and Schengen countries included, have specific regulations regarding the visa requirements for Refugee Travel Document holders .
  • Ireland and Serbia, for example, require visas for refugees with Travel Documents.
  • The Italian Embassy will decide whether you need a visa based on your nationality. You can check an online questionnaire before making a personal appointment at the embassy.
  • As these requirements regularly change, you must contact the country's embassy before making travel arrangements.
  • Most countries' embassies in Greece do not reply to visa requests over the phone. You need to go there in person or make a personal appointment during specific visiting hours.

Find contact information for all Embassies in Greece .

Can I travel to non-EU countries without a visa? What about Arabic-speaking countries where I have a family?

Most non-EU countries, including Arabic-speaking countries, require visas for travellers with a Greek Travel Document. You have to consult the embassy or the consulate of the country you wish to visit to ask about visa requirements and procedures. Most countries have different regulations and processes, depending on your nationality.

I want to travel to the UK. Can I go without a visa?

The UK long ago issued a regulation that requires a visa from all refugees with a Travel Document. You can see more information on the UK Government website here .

However, our research found conflicting information among the most competent Greek authorities regarding this. We contacted the Airport Passport Control Police Authority several times over the last few months, and confirmed that they are not aware of this UK regulation. They consider the UK to be among  similar to EU countries that are visa-free.

This means they will allow refugees with a Greek Travel Document and without a visa to fly out of Greek airports to the UK. Be careful — you will be sent back once you reach a UK airport without a visa.

Please note that the British Embassy in Greece does not deal with visa enquiries. All applications for a visa to the UK need to be made online, through the Visa4UK website .

Find more information about applying for a Visa to the UK here . Alternatively, you can call this UK phone number: 0044 3001232241 (press option 4 and then option 4 again)

What documents do I need to have with me while traveling?

You need to have your Travel Document , your Residence Permit , and a visa, if the country you visit requires it.

How long can I stay outside of Greece?

If you travel without a visa within the Schengen area, you cannot stay outside Greece for more than 90 calendar days within a six-month period.

Important Note:  If your travel document or residence permit expires while you are abroad, you cannot return to Greece! Therefore, it is advised to come back to Greece before the expiry date to complete the renewal procedures. 

I have a Greek Travel Document. Can I visit my home country?

If you have refugee status in Greece, you cannot visit your country of origin, and stateless refugees cannot visit their country of former habitual residence. Even if there is no explicit prohibition or geographical restriction written on your Travel Document, visiting your country of origin could jeopardize your refugee status.

If you are a subsidiary protection holder (without a national passport), you are also restricted from travelling to your home country,. Again the restriction is not one of explicit prohibition that one that might result in a change of status. You can contact a lawyer if you're uncertain about your specific case.

I was granted subsidiary protection and was allowed to keep my national passport. Can I visit my country of origin?

You were granted subsidiary protection because authorities determined that it is unsafe for you to return to your country of origin. If you travel back to your country of origin, Greek Asylum authorities might consider this proof that the danger of serious harm no longer exists.

Greek authorities can track your recent travel history and data through online databases.

As a Syrian, I am allowed to go to Turkey without a visa. As a Greek Travel Document holder, will I be treated the same?

You will be treated as a holder of a Greek Travel Document and will not be allowed to use your national passport for as long as you hold refugee or subsidiary protection status. People who live in Greece and have a non-Greek passport will have to ask for a visa. You can use your national passport if you are a beneficiary of subsidiary protection.

Why isn't it possible to use my refugee Residence Permit to travel in the Schengen countries?

If you are a recognized refugee, your ID card is the Residence Permit. It shows that you are staying legally in Greece, but it does not give you the right to travel. You need to either have a valid passport or a Travel Document to be able to travel.

If I get my Travel Document and travel to Germany, will I go through a police investigation at the airport?

It is highly possible that German airport police will run security checks when you arrive and they might record the date you entered the country.

Why do you need to return to Greece every three months when you travel with a Greek Travel Document?

This is an obligation established for visa-free travel within the Schengen Area. Greek citizens with a national passport also have a similar obligation when staying longer than three months within a six-month period in countries allowing visa-free travel. It is a legal requirement that you must adhere to during your travels.

How can I apply for a Travel Document?

You can learn about how to apply for a Travel Document and how much it costs on our website here .

I am in Athens, but I've applied for a Travel Document in Samos. It's now ready, but I can't travel to Samos. Is there a way to receive it in Athens?

According to a more recent Circulation of the Ministry of Migration and Asylum issued on the 10th of July 2020, you must declare from which Asylum Office you wish to receive your Travel Document. According to a Decision of the Asylum Service, only two Regional Asylum Offices will be responsible for delivering the Travel Documents (Athens and Thessaloniki). However, before going to a Regional Asylum Offices, check with the Asylum Office or at the Asylum Service's site to make sure which office is competent for your case.

To receive your Travel Document you have to go in person to the competent Asylum Office on the day of your appointment. You can find the day of your appointment by following up with the regular announcements uploaded every Friday on the Ministry of Migration and Asylum website. In some special cases, a representative who holds a Power of Attorney could pick it up for you. Send us a message on Facebook for more information, or contact the competent Regional Asylum Office.

Why is it taking so long to get a Travel Document, and how can I check the reasons for the delay?

The application process for a Travel Document requires a thorough national and international criminal background check, which can cause delays. An international criminal record check is a complex procedure and may take up to three months or more. A national screening could also take several months.

I need to travel for health reasons, and my Travel Document is still not ready. Can I ask for a faster procedure?

Unfortunately, having a health problem is often not a valid reason to accelerate the process except for special cases, such as surgery abroad. In these special cases, you need to go through a medical assessment at a public hospital that confirms you can only receive medical treatment abroad. The Police Passport Department, where you submitted your application for a Travel Document, can decide whether to accelerate the procedure.

I got my Travel Document and want to get my national passport back from the Greek Asylum Service. Is this possible?

If you have been issued a Greek Travel Document, you cannot use your national passport for as long as you hold refugee or subsidiary protection status.

Please note that if you still hold a passport from your country of origin, the Greek Asylum Service requires you to hand it into them. You may jeopardize your status if you have been granted refugee status or subsidiary protection and use your national passport while holding a Greek Travel Document.

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Am I allowed to work in other European countries if I have a Greek Travel Document?

The Travel Document gives you the right to travel; it doesn't give you the right to live permanently or work in the country you visit.

To work in any country, you need a work permit, and each country has different laws and procedures on getting a work permit.

If you have a job offer in another European country, your future employer should help you apply for a work permit and a residence permit there for as long as you work for them.

Does a Greek Travel Document allow me to study in another European country, Canada or the United States?

In any country, you first need to get accepted to a university. Then, the university that has accepted you can help you apply for a student residence permit. Some EU countries require that you provide:

  • Proof of university registration
  • Proof that you can cover your financial needs
  • Health insurance
  • Social insurance

I lost my Travel Document. What do I need to do?

You need to report it immediately to the Greek Asylum Service and the closest Passport Police Department.

Read the police passport issuance instructions and find out more about lost documents on our website.

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Can children under 18 apply for a Travel Document? If they get it, can they travel alone?

Children under 18 who have been granted refugee status or subsidiary protection can issue a Travel Document with full consent of both parents.

Children cannot travel alone. They need to be accompanied by their legal guardian.

They can only travel alone with permission from parents or legal guardians and with special arrangements that need to be made with the travel agency and the airline company.

Could an unaccompanied minor apply for a Greek Travel Document?

An unaccompanied child below 15 years old cannot apply for a Travel Document alone. The child's temporary guardian (the public prosecutor or the person appointed by the public prosecutor as temporary guardian) has to agree to issue a Travel Document for an unaccompanied minor. Minors above 15 years of age can submit the application for the issuance of travel documents by themselves.

Unaccompanied minors do not easily get Travel Documents since the public prosecutor is unlikely to give consent except for very special reasons.

Children accompanied by one of the parents, can they issue a Greek Travel Document?

In the case of children granted refugee status, who are in Greece accompanied by one of their parents. This parent practises the custody because of legal or objective reasons registered by the authorities of their country of origin, e.g. death of the other parent, divorce where the parent accompanying the child has full custody or the other parent is missing, the parent has to present documents from his/her country to prove that he/she has full custody. If the parent cannot provide Asylum Service with this kind of document, he/she has to provide a declaration on oath from a public notary or the competent judge (Eirinodikis).

In case of children granted refugee status, who are in Greece accompanied by one of their parents, and this parent practises the custody because of legal or objective reasons registered by the authorities of a third country other than their country of origin, and he/she has the possibility to address these authorities and issue the relevant certificates, the parent has to present the required documents issued by this country legally certified to prove that he/she has full custody or have a relevant decision from a Greek court.

In the case of children granted subsidiary protection, who are in Greece accompanied by one of their parents, and this parent practises the custody because of legal or objective reasons registered by the authorities of their country of origin or a third country other than their country of origin, the parent has to present the required documents issued by his/her country of origin or the third country legally certified to prove that he/she has full custody or have a decision from the Greek Court.

In any case, it would be better to consult with a lawyer before following any procedure.

My child didn't give fingerprints because he was under 6 years old. But now he is six. What should I do?

If your child was under 6 years old at the time of the application, it will give its fingerprints the next time it renews its Travel Document. (Over 6 years old, they can give fingerprints; over 15 years old, they can apply by themselves. )

How will I issue a travel document for my newborn?

If your child was born in Greece, you first need to follow the procedure that is explained here in the "Birth registration in Greece" article in order to register the birth of your newborn with the Registry Office and subsequently with the Asylum Service.

Once the ADET decision for your newborn is ready, you will need to make an appointment with the competent police department to submit the application for the issuance of a residence permit and travel document. For more information on the procedure that will be followed before the Passport Office, check our relevant article with all the details on Travel Documents in Greece.

Entering Greece from Canada with ETIAS

Canadians travelling to Europe will soon need to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver for Greece.

The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) will be launched in 2025 and become a mandatory entry permit for Canadian citizens travelling to Greece once the ETIAS system is fully implemented .

The travel visa waiver for Greece will be available to Canadians online . The ETIAS application process will be fast and convenient, requiring just a few basic details and travel information.

This page contains all the information Canadians need to apply for the ETIAS visa waiver for Greece .

Can I travel to Greece from Canada without a visa?

Canadian passport holders do not need a visa to stay in Greece short term. Canadians can travel to Greece and stay for up to 90 days per 180-day period visa-free.

From 2025, Canadians will need to apply for a Greece ETIAS visa waiver before travelling.

ETIAS is not a visa but it will be a mandatory entry requirement for visa-free visits from Canada to Greece for the following purposes:

  • Short-Term Studies

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Why do Canadians need the ETIAS for Greece?

Greece ETIAS is being introduced to improve security across the Schengen Area .

Travellers from visa-exempt nations, including Canada, will be prescreened before crossing an external EU border , making European destinations such as Greece even safer.

Many of the 270,000 Canadians of Greek descent can take advantage of the online system to visit family and friends in Greece visa-free.

Benefits of the ETIAS for Canadians travelling to Greece

  • Simple online registration
  • Approved rapidly
  • Avoids lengthy, in-person visa applications
  • Improves safety when travelling

Apply for a Greece visa waiver from Canada

Canadians will be able to apply for a Greece visa waiver from Canada in a few simple steps.

Canadians are required to complete the simple ETIAS online application, providing the required information:

  • Date of birth
  • Passport details
  • Answers to questions related to security

Travellers are advised to check all the details provided carefully , as any errors or missing information could lead to delays or even ETIAS for Greece rejection .

The Greece visa waiver from Canada has a processing fee that can be paid securely online using a credit or debit card.

Passport and document requirements to apply for ETIAS Greece

Canadians travelling to Greece from 2025 will need to have a valid Canadian passport that meets all the ETIAS requirements.

The passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the intended departure date from the Schengen zone.

Passport details required on ETIAS Greece application

  • Passport number
  • Nationality
  • Issue and expiry dates

An ETIAS visa waiver authorisation for Canadians will be electronically linked to the specific passport. It will not be possible to transfer an ETIAS to another passport meaning the ETIAS becomes invalid if the passport expires and a new application must be submitted.

Canadians with dual nationality will need to make sure they use the same passport to apply for ETIAS and travel from Canada to Greece .

Canadians travelling to Greece with the ETIAS visa waiver

Once an application has been submitted and approved, the Greece ETIAS visa waiver will be linked to the Canadian passport and a confirmation email sent. Canadians will be able to travel to Greece and all the other Schengen countries with the ETIAS and associated passport.

There are no internal borders between Schengen countries. This means Canadian travellers to Greece will be able to travel between the member nations freely (without passport controls) once they have entered a Schengen country.

The Greece visa waiver for citizens of Canada can be used to stay in the country for up to 90 days per 180-day period. It is a multiple-entry permit valid for 3 years or until the associated passport expires.

When do Canadians need a visa for Greece?

Canadians will be able to travel to Greece with ETIAS if they are visiting for up to 3 months and for the reasons given above.

A Canadian citizen only needs a visa for Greece in the following circumstances:

  • To stay in Greece for more than 90 days per 180-day period
  • To engage in purposes other than tourism or business
  • They do not meet all the ETIAS Greece eligibility criteria

Canadians who need a visa to visit Greece should begin the application process well ahead of their departure date. It takes longer to obtain a visa than ETIAS authorisation and supporting documents are usually required .

Different Greek visas for Canadians can be obtained from these locations :

  • Greek Embassy in Ottawa
  • Greek Consulate in Toronto
  • Greek Consulate in Montreal
  • Greek Consulate in Vancouver

Basic information about Greece

Greece is situated in Southern Europe and has a population of around 11 million. It is considered the cradle of Western civilization and is synonymous with its ancient era. Athens is the capital as well as the largest city, followed by Thessaloniki.

Few countries have contributed as much to world culture and progression as Greece has. The nation has been credited as the birthplace of democracy, philosophy, political science, and the Olympic Games.

Tourist information for Canadians visiting Greece

Greece receives between 200,000 and 400,000 Canadian tourists annually . On average, Canadian tourists stay in the country for 12-13 days.

Greece has a phenomenal amount to offer tourists from Canada. It has some of the most beautiful islands and beaches in the world , fascinating culture and history, numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites, and sensational food.

The nation’s stunning capital, Athens, is the best place to witness the relics of the ancient era . It also has a bohemian, cosmopolitan, modern side where you can find contemporary museums and fantastic bars and restaurants.

Greece is a famous destination for beach holidays. It has the longest coastline in the Mediterranean Basin as well as hundreds of islands. Corfu, Crete, and Santorini are stunning places to relax while islands like Kos are perfect for party-goers.

Health Information for Canadians travelling to Greece

Visitors should see their doctor 4-6 weeks before their trip to make sure they have all the necessary vaccinations. It is also recommended to get a comprehensive insurance policy to avoid high emergency medical costs.

Canadian travellers should keep the following points in mind:

  • The number for emergencies is 112
  • Tap water is drinkable in major towns and cities but bottled water is recommended when visiting the islands
  • Be wary of the sun. Dehydration and sunstroke are real risks in the summer months

Canada – Greece: embassies and consulates

Canadians who are not eligible for ETIAS due to the length or purpose of their visit can request a travel visa for Greece at one of the diplomatic missions listed below.

Embassy of Greece in Ottawa

  • Address: 80 MacLaren Street. Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0k6
  • Telephone: (+1) 613 238 6271

Consulate General of Greece in Toronto

  • Address: 1075 Bay Street, Suite 600. Toronto, Ontario M5S 2B1
  • Telephone: +1416 51501324

Consulate General of Greece in Montreal

  • Address: 1002 Sherbrooke Ouest, Suite 2620. Montreal, QC, H3A 3L6
  • Telephone: +1514 8752119

Consulate General of Greece in Vancouver

  • Address: 688 West Hastings St. Suite 500. Vancouver BC. V6B 1P1.
  • Telephone: +1604 681 1381

Embassy of Canada in Athens

  • Address: 48 Ethnikis Antistaseos Street, Chalandri, 152 31, Athens
  • Telephone: +30 (210) 727-3400

Consulate of Canada in Thessaloniki

  • Address: 19, N. Kountouriotou Street, 546 25, Thessaloniki
  • Telephone: +30 (2310) 256350

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How to Get off the Tourist Trail in Greece

Neighborhood-hop in athens in the off-season, swap party isle mykonos for stately syros, and chow down at old-school fish tavernas in zakynthos..

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Stone plaza with birds; a row of restaurants in Ermoupoli on the island of Syros, in background

Ermoupoli was a historically significant port town on the island of Syros in the Cyclades. Today it’s off the radar of most visitors.

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A dreamy vacation in Greece is, without a doubt, more sought-after than ever. The Mediterranean destination has already surpassed prepandemic visitor numbers. In 2023, the country of 11 million received over 32.7 million international arrivals compared to 31.3 million in 2019. Credit ratings agency Fitch expects this figure to reach 34.5 million in 2024, prompting concerns about overtourism.

While most visitors tend to make a beeline for antiquity-rich Athens, the whitewashed cave houses of Santorini, and glitzy party isle Mykonos, there’s much more to explore in Greece. That’s not to say you shouldn’t visit this much-loved trio. There are simply better ways to go about it. For one, I’d recommend avoiding the peak summer crush. You won’t enjoy sweating your way between ancient sites in the city or jostling for elbow room to capture a photo of Santorini’s famed sunsets. More importantly, it’s worth giving these destinations a breather. You’ll have a better time and everyone who makes up the tourism industry, from hoteliers to restaurant staff and shopkeepers, can serve you better. Furthermore, planning a trip during shoulder seasons translates to a longer season. This results in additional income for hospitality industry employees and the small and medium-size businesses that constitute the bulk of Greece’s tourism sector.

Outside the big three, countless island and mainland destinations see fewer visitors and need vital tourist dollars, including foodie favorite Lesvos and stunning Thassos in the lesser-visited North Aegean as well as the mountain villages of Epirus in northwestern Greece. So go ahead and spread the love. You’ll discover somewhere new and simultaneously boost the local economy. Here’s how to enjoy everything great about Greece without the crowds.

Ancient artifacts, including portions of sculptures, on display at the Acropolis museum in Athens

Tickets to Athens’s Acropolis Museum are five euros cheaper in the off-season.

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Experience Athens the right way

Witnessing the engineering marvel that is the fifth-century Parthenon crowning Athens’s Acropolis hill is, undoubtedly, an experience of a lifetime. Most travelers tend to mill around the city’s ancient sites and a handful of museums, including the treasure-filled Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museum . But once you’ve had your fill of the center’s cultural attractions, venture to lively neighborhoods a short walk or underground Attiko Metro ride away and you’re likely to see few, if any, fellow visitors.

Cool off at the beach

Despite its patience-testing traffic, city center of wobbly sidewalks, and rising rents thanks to the proliferation of Airbnbs, I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else but in the Greek capital. Athenians know how to have fun, and I’ve always felt it’s one of the safest urban centers in the world. Where I live, on the southern Athens coast, I’m in easy reach of some of its best beaches. Among my choice swimming spots is glittering Vouliagmeni Bay. In summer, the sandy crescent-shaped beach fills with sun worshippers. Stretch out on a sun lounger, gather your crew for a game of volleyball on the sand, or play with the kids in the shallows. At night, the twinkle of super-yacht lights illuminate the natural harbor dotted with upscale fish restaurants and café-bars.

Distant view of the Parthenon Temple at the Acropolis at sunset

The 5th-century B.C.E. Parthenon, with its imposing marble columns and numerous sculptures, is part of the Acropolis, an UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Visit in the off-season

Once summer arrives, I mostly avoid the city center. Sizzling temperatures in July and August make densely populated, cement-heavy downtown almost unbearable. Athens, the first European city to appoint a Chief Heat Officer who now serves as Global Chief Heat Officer to U.N. Habitat and the Arsht Rock Resilience Center, experienced a record-breaking heatwave in the summer of 2023. The Acropolis even closed during the hottest hours of the day to keep visitors safe. I retreated indoors, reluctantly relying on air-conditioning.

Consider timing your Athens jaunt between November and February, during the city’s off-season. Hotel rates are significantly lower, ancient sites and museums are nearly empty, and the weather is, for the most part, pleasant. It does get cold and can rain, so pack appropriately. This is also when you’ll get a real feel for Athenian city life, as locals are out and about, lingering at cafés, hobnobbing at wine bars, and dining till late. Order an espresso freddo in hipster magnet Pagrati at Veniamin on Mesologgiou Square or Foyer . Bibliophiles can lose themselves down a literary rabbit hole in anti-establishment Exarchia, which is full of quirky bookstores like that of independent publishing house Aiora.

Explore lesser-known attractions

Skip the National Gardens in downtown Athens and spend time strolling around the Mediterranean herb-filled gardens of the fully accessible Renzo Piano–designed Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) instead. Much loved among locals in a city sorely lacking in green space, the complex hosts free outdoor concerts (weather permitting) throughout the year. Rent a bike from the SNFCC parking station and roam around the grounds. Let youngsters loose on eco-playgrounds built of wood and featuring ancient-inspired games. In the evening, catch a ballet, opera, or theater performance at the Greek National Opera’s grand Stavros Niarchos Hall .

Find fine dining with antiquities underfoot

While Athens has seen its fair share of Michelin debuts in recent years, one newcomer is quietly crafting culinary miracles in the shade of the Parthenon. Makris Athens ’s low-profile chef Petros Dimas, who has worked alongside the U.K.’s Jason Atherton, says he is not shooting for the stars. Still, this dining spot deserves a place in the gourmet galaxy. It’s situated close to pedestrianized Adrianou Street, which links several ancient sites and heaves with visitors between April and October, but stepping inside feels like a secret serene escape. The menu looks to the Ionian island of Corfu for inspiration. Dimas doesn’t shy away from bold flavors or criticism. “I want diners to say ‘I like it’ or ‘I don’t’,” he says. “I like to play around with acidity and intensity and push them to their limits.” He uses Greek ingredients almost exclusively, sourcing produce from his father’s farm in ancient Corinth, red prawns from Argolis, and piquant olive oil from ancient Olympia. If you’re celebrating something special, book the private dining room; its glass floor reveals ancient finds.

Alternatively, check out the flourishing drinks and dining scene in the up-and-coming Neos Kosmos neighborhood, including ever-creative Fita , wine bar Epta Martires, and craft beer bar-cum-specialty grocery store Baubo .

Large flat rocks at shore of Sarakiniko beach on island of Milos

Greece has no shortage of stunning beaches, like Sarakiniko on the island of Milo, and they haven’t all been Instagrammed to death.

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Island-hop without the crowds

Sure, Santorini is a must-see and Mykonos is always big fun, but there are plenty of islands worth exploring beyond these Hellenic poster children.

Opt for Milos instead of Santorini

While Milos has soared in popularity in recent years thanks mostly to Sarakiniko, whose moon-like landscape and deep blue waters make for an irresistible Insta-backdrop, Santorini’s Cycladic sister is considerably less busy. Some of my most beloved beaches are on Milos, among them secluded Gerondas in the southwest part of the island, with its deep, still waters, and Alogomandra in the northeast, beneath a partially collapsed sea cave.

Mina Agnos, cofounder and president of luxury Greek travel experts Travelive , recommends staying at Melian Boutique Hotel and Spa , a favorite among her clients, or Milos Breeze Boutique Hotel , whose warm, friendly service is unmatched. “Make sure to book a private sailboat, yacht, or RIB to visit the Kleftiko and Sykia sea caves and nearby Poliegos islet, where you can swim in ultramarine waters,” she says. Shopping-wise, Agnos recommends Opsidianos in the port town of Adamas for a wide variety of handmade jewelry and Milos Sand Gallery in the atmospheric hilltop capital Plaka for its fascinating sand exhibits and one-of-a-kind memorabilia.

Swap Mykonos for Syros

Understated Syros couldn’t be more different than outlandish Mykonos. But if you’re looking to live the slow island life and appreciate history, walk this way. Immerse yourself in the 19th-century grandeur of Syros’s capital Ermoupolis, whose stately town hall is a work of art. Wander among graceful neoclassical sea captains’ mansions in the aristocratic Vaporia neighborhood, where the Apollon Theater , a miniature replica of Milan’s La Scala, hosts the International Festival of the Aegean in July. Expect orchestral performances, classical music, and opera productions such as Donizetti’s Don Pasquale .

The Vaporia section is where you’ll find the newly opened Argini Hotel , housed in a sensitively restored stone building dating to 1853. Design pieces from the likes of Gessi, Artemide, and Buster + Punch add a contemporary edge. Sleep amid restored wall and ceiling frescoes painted by artists of the time depicting Renaissance elements, mythical creatures, and Greek revolutionary heroes. Unwind at the rooftop plunge pool and bar, atmospheric hammam, and indoor pool before dressing for dinner at in-house restaurant Elexis, where chef Nikos Stamatis weaves island staples like kopanisti cheese and capers into inventive dishes. Fly Cycladic offers inter-island flights between Syros and other islands aboard low-altitude 12-seater planes.

Diners at dusk outside a restaurant on a Zakynthos street limited to pedestrians

You’lll eat well on lesser-known Zakynthos. Expect wood-fired breads, local olive oil, and seriously fresh fish.

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Explore family-run restaurants across the islands

From Tinos to Zakynthos and Kefalonia to Sifnos, chefs raise the bar of Greek island cuisine by preserving long-held family traditions and reimagining local recipes

The Ionian island of Zakynthos is best known for its picture-perfect Shipwreck Beach, which remains closed to the public following a landslide. But it’s also a food lover’s dream come true. Rubys Sakis Kandilas, CEO of Explore Zakynthos and a licensed tour guide, admits to a soft spot for Porto Roma, which he says is one of the island’s oldest and best fish restaurants. If you arrive by boat at the restaurant, situated on the azure bay of the same name, moor up at the floating pier and prepare for a feast of locally caught, masterfully chargrilled fish, ranging from red mullet and common dentex to goldblotch grouper. Meanwhile, at Dafni beach, you’ll find vintage family-run tavernas that operate on generators. They’re not hooked up to the power grid because they are located within a marine park. At Porto Mela, “They bake bread in a wood-fired oven and serve it with olive oil of their own production, tomato, and garlic. I also love the traditional Zakynthian dish rabbit stifado with ladotiri cheese,” Kandilas says.

On Tinos, sample taramosalata dip made with squid ink at seaside Thalassaki and fennel croquettes at Ankyra with a glass of crisp local white assyrtiko wine. Other options include crudo fish dishes at Omega3 and elegantly simple seafood at zero waste–focused Cantina on Sifnos. Off western Greece, in the Ionian islands, Kefalonia is known for hearty homestyle meat pies and family-run taverna Makis, in Vasilikades village, dishes up a tasty one.

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Top 6 passports that offer visa-free access to more than 190 countries

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The importance of a passport in international travel cannot be overstated. It determines the ease with which individuals can traverse borders and visit countries without the inconvenience of visa requirements, making it an indispensable document for globetrotters. Enter the Henley Passport Index, a global ranking system that evaluates countries based on the travel freedom afforded to their citizens. Serving as a comprehensive guide, this index unveils the world's most potent passports!

The Henley Passport Index operates on a simple premise: it ranks passports according to the number of countries their holders can access without requiring a visa in advance. Drawing from data compiled by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), renowned for its expansive repository of travel information, the index offers a meticulous assessment of global travel privileges.

Here's a glimpse at some of the top contenders that provide its citizens visa-free access to more than 190 countries.

Leading the pack with an impressive score of 194, holders of the French passport can explore a vast array of destinations visa-free. From the historic landmarks of Europe to the tropical paradises of the Caribbean, the world is their oyster.

Sharing the top spot with France, Germany opens doors to 194 countries without the need for a visa in advance. Whether it's admiring the scenic beauty of Ireland or immersing oneself in the cultural tapestry of Croatia, German passport holders enjoy unparalleled travel freedom.

With a passport ranking of 194, Italian citizens have the freedom to travel across multiple countries seamlessly. Whether exploring the ancient wonders of Peru or experiencing the lively streets of Singapore, the opportunities for discovery are limitless.

Celebrated for its effectiveness and hospitality, Japan generously offers its passport holders visa-free entry to 194 countries. Whether they're immersing themselves in the tranquil atmosphere of Finland or discovering the architectural wonders of Belgium, Japanese travelers are embraced with open arms wherever they go.

As a global hub of commerce and culture, Singapore's passport holders enjoy the privilege of visa-free access to 194 destinations worldwide.

Rounding out the elite group with a score of 194, Spain offers its citizens the freedom to explore the world without the hindrance of visas. Whether it's savouring the culinary delights of Argentina or basking in the sun-kissed beaches of Greece, Spanish passport holders can set out on unforgettable journeys with ease.

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Top 6 passports that offer visa-free access to more than 190 countries

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Essential new passport rules for Brits travelling to Greece, Spain, and France this summer

A s summer is rapidly approaching, it's crucial for Brits to familiarise themselves with the new passport regulations before jetting off on their holidays.

Greece, Spain, and France are among the favourite destinations for Brits during the summer season. It might seem as simple as showing up at the airport with your boarding pass and passport, but since the UK's departure from the European Union (EU), it's worth reviewing the specific rules of your destination country before you reach the airport.

Several travellers have been caught out by these new regulations, resulting in cancelled holidays. This includes Penny Priestly and her husband Dug, who were unable to fly to Benidorm for a ten-day holiday despite possessing valid passports, reports the Mirror .

Understanding travel rules and restrictions is key to ensuring a smooth start to your holiday. However, with so many sources available, finding the most current and accurate travel advice, rules, and restrictions can be a confusing and frustrating task.

The Gov.uk website provides country-specific advice and information - here are the current passport requirements for Greece, Spain, and France, according to their site:

If you're planning a trip to an EU country (excluding Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, it's essential to adhere to the Schengen area passport requirements.

For those travelling to Greece, your passport must meet the following criteria:

  • Issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the ‘date of issue’ labelled on your passport)
  • Valid for at least three months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’ labelled on your passport)

It's crucial to ensure your passport meets these requirements before setting off. If your passport was issued prior to 1 October 2018, additional months may have been added to its expiry date.

If in doubt, it's advisable to contact the Greek embassy to confirm whether your passport is valid for travel. Remember to renew your passport if necessary.

Spain also adheres to the Schengen area rules. Therefore, your passport must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a ‘date of issue’ less than 10 years before the date you arrive – if you renewed your passport before 1 October 2018, it may have a date of issue that is more than 10 years ago
  • Have an ‘expiry date’ at least three months after the day you plan to leave the Schengen area

If you've booked your trip through a travel provider, they should be able to confirm whether your passport and other travel documents are valid. It's important to note that entry will be denied if you attempt to use a passport that has been reported lost or stolen, or if you don't have a valid travel document.

France also complies with the Schengen area passport requirements. Your passport must meet the following criteria:

If you discover that your passport needs renewing, bear in mind that new fees were introduced in April 2024. The current passport renewal fees are as follows:

  • A standard online application made from within the UK costs £88.50 for adults and £57.50 for children
  • A standard postal application costs £100.00 for adults and £69.00 for children
  • A standard online application when applying from overseas costs £101.00 for adults and £65.50 for children
  • A standard paper application when applying from overseas costs £112.50 for adults and £77.00 for children

Keep in mind that it can take up to three weeks to get a new passport issued, and during peak times like the school summer holidays, it could take even longer. If you're ever unsure about the restrictions of the country you're visiting, whether it's related to passports or not, it's always a good idea to contact the country's embassy - they'll be able to provide you with the most current information you need for a hassle-free journey to your destination.

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If you have always dreamt of exploring the ancient wonders of Greece and then immersing yourself in the romantic charm of Italy, you're in for an unforgettable adventure. Traveling from Greece to Italy is a journey that takes you through centuries of history, vibrant cultures, and breathtaking landscapes. In this guide, we will cover all the essential information you need to make the most out of your trip, including transportation options, visa requirements, and must-see destinations along the way. So buckle up and get ready to embark on a transcontinental voyage like no other!

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Greece and Italy are two stunning Mediterranean countries, each with their own unique attractions and cultural heritage. If you are considering a trip from Greece to Italy, it is important to be aware of the current requirements and restrictions in place. Whether you are planning a leisurely vacation or have essential travel needs, here is everything you need to know about traveling from Greece to Italy.

First and foremost, it is crucial to stay informed about the latest travel advisories and regulations issued by the respective governments. These guidelines may change frequently, so make sure to check official sources such as the websites of the Greek and Italian embassies or consulates for the most up-to-date information.

At present, Greece has implemented a color-coded system categorizing countries based on the risk level of COVID-19 transmission. The categories are green, orange, and red. Italy is currently on Greece's orange list. However, travelers from orange countries are allowed to enter Greece without quarantine if they meet certain conditions.

To travel from Greece to Italy, you should be aware of the following requirements:

  • Vaccination status: Check if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Different rules may apply for vaccinated and non-vaccinated travelers.
  • COVID-19 tests: Depending on your vaccination status, you may need to provide negative COVID-19 test results. The type of test required (PCR or rapid antigen) and the time window for the test results may vary. Check the specific requirements for your situation.
  • Digital Passenger Locator Form (PLF): Fill out the PLF before traveling to Italy. This form includes your contact details and travel information. You may need to present the confirmation receipt upon arrival.
  • Quarantine: Depending on your vaccination status and COVID-19 test results, quarantine may or may not be required upon arrival in Italy. Follow the latest guidelines and seek clarification if needed.

Additionally, it is essential to have travel insurance with extensive coverage for medical expenses and potential COVID-19-related issues.

Remember that not only are there national restrictions in place, but individual regions or provinces within Italy may have additional measures or regulations. Research the specific rules of your intended destination in Italy to ensure compliance.

It is highly recommended to follow all hygiene and safety protocols throughout your journey, including wearing a mask, maintaining social distance, and practicing good hand hygiene. Stay updated on any travel advisories or additional requirements that may arise.

Lastly, it is crucial to anticipate potential changes or unforeseen circumstances. Flight cancellations, travel restrictions, and alteration of rules can happen, so it is wise to have a backup plan and be prepared to be flexible with your travel dates and arrangements.

With these guidelines and precautions in mind, you can plan your trip from Greece to Italy with confidence. By staying informed and following the necessary measures, you can enjoy the beauty and wonders of both countries while prioritizing the health and safety of yourself and others. Safe travels!

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Traveling between Greece and Italy is a popular option for many tourists and it's no wonder why. Both countries offer stunning landscapes, rich history, and delicious cuisine. If you're planning a trip from Greece to Italy, you'll want to explore the transportation options available to you.

The fastest and most convenient way to travel between Greece and Italy is by air. Several airlines offer direct flights between major cities in Greece, such as Athens or Thessaloniki, and Italian cities like Rome, Milan, or Venice. Flights can be found for reasonable prices if you book in advance, and the journey takes only a few hours.

Another popular option for traveling between Greece and Italy is by ferry. Greece and Italy are both countries with a strong maritime tradition, and ferry connections between the two are numerous and reliable. There are ferry routes connecting various Greek islands, such as Corfu, Patras, or Igoumenitsa, to Italian ports such as Brindisi, Bari, or Ancona. Traveling by ferry allows you to enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean Sea and take in the stunning views along the way. The journey time can vary depending on the route and the type of ferry, but it typically takes around 6-12 hours.

If you prefer a more scenic route and have some time to spare, traveling by train is a great option. There are no direct train connections between Greece and Italy, but you can easily reach Italy from Greece by taking a train from Athens to Patras, and then boarding a ferry to Italy. Once in Italy, you can continue your journey by train to various destinations. The train journey offers breathtaking scenery, especially as you pass through the picturesque countryside and coastal regions. However, keep in mind that the train journey can be time-consuming, as it involves multiple transfers and longer travel times compared to flying or taking a ferry.

If you prefer the flexibility and freedom of driving, you can also consider traveling between Greece and Italy by car. The most common route is through the Egnatia Odos motorway in Greece, which connects with the A14 motorway in Italy. The journey by car allows you to explore various stops along the way and enjoy the stunning Mediterranean landscapes. However, keep in mind that the journey can be long, and you'll need to check the driving regulations and requirements for both countries, such as toll roads and border crossing regulations.

When planning your trip from Greece to Italy, consider your preferences for speed, cost, and the experience you want to have. Whether you choose to fly, take a ferry, travel by train, or drive, both Greece and Italy offer an incredible journey that will make your trip unforgettable.

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If you are planning a trip from Greece to Italy, it is important to be aware of the necessary documents and visa requirements. Here is a detailed guide to help you prepare for your journey and ensure a smooth and hassle-free travel experience.

The first and most crucial document you will need for your trip is a valid passport. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your planned departure date from Italy. If your passport is set to expire soon, it is advisable to renew it before embarking on your journey.

Visa Requirements:

Greece and Italy are both part of the Schengen Area, which is a zone comprising 26 European countries that have eliminated passport and other types of border control. As a result, if you are a citizen of a Schengen member country, you do not need to obtain a visa to travel from Greece to Italy. This means that if you hold a Greek or Italian passport, you can freely travel between the two countries without the need for a visa.

However, if you are not a citizen of a Schengen member country, you may need to apply for a Schengen visa before traveling to Italy. The type of visa you require will depend on the purpose and duration of your stay. For example, if you are planning a short tourist visit, you will need to apply for a Schengen tourist visa. It is important to note that the visa application process can take some time, so it is advisable to apply well in advance of your intended travel dates.

Health Insurance:

While not a document per se, it is highly recommended to have travel health insurance that covers medical expenses during your trip. This is especially important if you require any medical assistance while in Italy, as healthcare costs can be substantial. Having travel health insurance will provide you with peace of mind and financial protection in case of any unforeseen circumstances.

Proof of Accommodation and Itinerary:

When traveling from Greece to Italy, it is a good idea to have proof of accommodation and an itinerary with you. This can include hotel reservations, rental agreements, or any other documentation that demonstrates where you will be staying during your time in Italy. Having a detailed itinerary can also help immigration officials understand the purpose and duration of your stay in the country.

Additional Tips:

  • Ensure that you have copies of all your important documents, such as your passport, visa, and travel health insurance, and keep them in a safe place separate from the originals.
  • Familiarize yourself with the local laws and customs of Italy to avoid any potential misunderstandings or legal issues during your stay.
  • Check the latest travel advisories and restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as these requirements may change and could impact your travel plans.

By following these guidelines and ensuring you have all the necessary documents, you can enjoy a stress-free journey from Greece to Italy. Remember to plan ahead, stay organized, and make the most of your trip exploring the beautiful attractions and experiencing the rich culture of Italy. Safe travels!

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As travel restrictions begin to ease in different parts of the world, many people are eager to start planning their trips again. If you're considering traveling between Greece and Italy, it's important to be aware of the COVID-19 guidelines that are in place.

Before you travel, it's crucial to check the latest travel advisories and requirements for both Greece and Italy. The situation may change rapidly, so it's essential to stay informed.

Testing Requirements:

  • In most cases, travelers from Greece to Italy are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival. The test should have been taken within a certain timeframe, usually 72 hours before your departure. Make sure to check the specific requirements for your destination in Italy.
  • Some regions in Italy may have additional testing requirements or may require testing upon arrival. It's important to check the requirements for the specific region you plan to visit.

Entry Restrictions:

  • Both Greece and Italy may have entry restrictions in place for travelers from certain countries or regions. It's important to check if there are any specific restrictions that apply to you.
  • You may be required to fill out a health declaration form or complete an online registration before your trip. Make sure to complete any necessary forms or registrations before your departure.

Quarantine Requirements:

  • Depending on your travel history and the current situation, you may be required to quarantine upon arrival in Italy. The length of the quarantine period may vary depending on various factors, such as your vaccination status or recent travel history.
  • It's important to familiarize yourself with the quarantine requirements of the specific region you plan to visit in Italy.

Vaccination and Health Passports:

  • Greece and Italy, like many other countries, recognize vaccination certificates and health passports as a means to facilitate travel. If you are fully vaccinated, make sure to bring your vaccination certificate or health passport with you during your travels.
  • Depending on the specific requirements in Italy, being fully vaccinated may exempt you from certain testing or quarantine requirements. However, it's important to note that the rules may vary depending on the region you plan to visit.

Health and Safety Protocols:

Even if you meet all the necessary requirements and have been vaccinated, it's crucial to continue following health and safety protocols during your travels. This includes wearing masks, practicing good hand hygiene, and maintaining social distancing whenever possible.

It's important to note that the COVID-19 situation is still evolving, and travel restrictions may change at any time. Before your trip, make sure to stay updated on the latest guidance and requirements from official sources, such as government websites or reputable travel advisories.

By staying informed and following the guidelines, you can navigate the current travel landscape and have a safe and enjoyable trip between Greece and Italy. Remember to prioritize your health and the wellbeing of others as you explore new destinations.

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