Greece is a signatory to the Schengen Agreement (1995). For more
details about passport/visa regulations within the Schengen area,
see the introductory section, How to Use this Guide.
(a) Greece refuses admission and transit
to holders of passports issued by Bophutatswana, Ciskei, Venda
and Transkei; holders of travel documents issued by Macedonia
(Former Yugoslav Republic), unless accompanied by a special visa
form; holders of Somalian passports issued or extended after 31
January 1991; Norwegian Fremmedpass or Reisbevis; Ethiopian emergency
passports; holders of travel documents issued by the area of Cyprus
not controlled by the government of Cyprus; holders of UN laissez-passers;
and holders of Turkish travel documents with visas or stamps indicating
previous or planned visits to Cyprus.
(b) Some nationals might have to register with the Aliens Department
of the nearest police station within 48 hours of arrival. It is
advised to contact the nearest Embassy/Consulate to determine
whether this is necessary prior to travel.
Passport valid for at least 3 months after period of intended
stay required by all except:
(a) 1. EU/EEA nationals with a valid national ID card and with
adequate funds for their length of stay;
(b) 2. Nationals of EU states, Switzerland and Monaco with valid
national ID cards;
(c) 3. Nationals of Switzerland and EU countries with passports
valid for periods of intended stay.
Required by all except the following:
(a) nationals of the countries referred to in the chart above
for stays of up to 90 days;
(b) nationals of Andorra, Argentina, Brunei, Bulgaria, Bolivia,
Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Honduras, Hong
Kong (SAR) (blue and red passport holders), Iceland, Israel, Korea
(Rep), Liechtenstein, Macau (SAR), Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New
Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Singapore, Switzerland,
Romania, Uruguay, Vatican City and Venezuela for stays of up to
(c) those continuing their journey to a third country within
48 hours, provided holding tickets with reserved seats and other
documents for their onward journey, except: nationals of Afghanistan,
Angola, Bangladesh, Congo (Dem Rep), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana,
Iraq, India, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Somalia,
Syrian Arab Republic and Turkey, who always need a visa, even
if transiting by the same aircraft.
Types of visa and cost
A uniform type of visa, the Schengen visa, is issued for tourist,
business and private visits. There are three types of Schengen
visa. Transit, Short-stay and Airport Transit: £22.50. Prices
depend on exchange rates. Contact the Consulate/Consular section
at Embassy for further details.
Cost of Visa Conversion Table
Children and spouses of EU nationals (providing spouse’s
passport and the original marriage certificate, or child's original
birth certificate (with certified translation into English, if
applicable), are produced), and nationals of some other countries,
receive their visas free of charge (enquire at Embassy for details).
Minors under 18 years should be accompanied by both parents, or
else, a letter from both parents or legal guardians is needed,
authorising the minor to travel and stay in Greece, appointing
a person responsible for the minor during stay (authenticated
by man of law or consular officer of applicant's nationality),
parents’ passports, birth certificate of the minor and proof
of legal guardianship enclosed.
Depends on nationality.
Application and enquiries
Consulate (or Consular section at Embassy); see
Contact Addresses section. Travellers visiting just one Schengen
country should apply to the Consulate of that country; travellers
visiting more than one Schengen country should apply to the Consulate
of the country chosen as the main destination or the country they
will be visiting first (if they have no main destination).
(a) Passport or travel document valid for at least three months
after expiry date of visa, with blank pages to affix visa, showing
valid Residence Permit.
(b) Completed application form (signed by legal guardian in case
(c) Two recent passport-size photos.
(d) Fee (payable in cash or postal order only).
(e) Onward or return ticket (necessary for transit and airport
transit visas, which also require a visa for onward country to
be submitted, if applicable) or proof of booking/itinerary from
travel agent. If visiting relatives or friends, a letter duly
certified by a police station in Greece must be submitted.
(f) Proof of adequate funds to cover stay (bank statement or
(g) Proof of reason for visit; a letter of reference from employer
detailing wages, and letter of invitation from Greek company for
business trips; a letter from school for school trip. If self-employed,
a letter from a solicitor or an accountant is required.
(h) Photocopy and original of proof of travel insurance to cover
intended stay in Greece.
(i) Transport documentation, eg confirmed ferry booking, air
ticket or, if driving, registration document, proof of legal ownership
of vehicle and insurance certificate.
(j) Those who claim visas in the UK and live more than 200 miles
from London do not have to collect their visas personally at the
London Embassy but may supply a Special Delivery self-addressed
Applications can be made in person only. Appointments should be
made through the automated booking service for those residing
in the UK and in the vicinity of London (tel: (09065) 540 744).
A limited number of visas are issued each day on a first-come,
first-served basis. All documents must be submitted both in their
original form and with their photocopies.
Working days required
At least 3 weeks.
Nationals from the following countries should allow several weeks
from the date of appointment for the processing of their application:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Bahrain, Belarus, Burundi, China
(PR), Colombia, Egypt, Georgia, Guinea, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq,
Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea (Dem Rep), Kuwait, Moldova, Oman, Palestinian
Authority passport holders, Pakistan, Taiwan (China), Lebanon,
Libya, The Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saudi
Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Surinam, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine,
United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
Apply to the Aliens Department in Athens.
Persons arriving and departing from Greece on a charter flight
risk having the return portion of their ticket invalidated by
the authorities if, at any time during their stay, they leave
Greece and remain overnight or longer in another country.