Many visitors to Greece will not need to obtain a visa for visits to Greece of up to 90 days. This includes citizens of all other European Union countries, Canada, Australia, Japan, and the United States.
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These days, as security arrangements change rapidly, visa requirements can also change. Please verify your needs directly with the local Greek consulate in your nation of origin. If you're flying directly to Greece, your airline may also be able to tell you if a visa is required, but it is best to verify visa requirements for Greece with the Greek embassy or consulate in your country. This list from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Greece gives additional information, but please be aware that no website, however official, may be perfectly up to date.
Double-check directly if you have any doubts. Be persistent - with the Greek financial crisis, some offices may be less well-staffed than usual.
Greece Visa Requirements - No Visa Nations
Here is a chart of visa requirements from the Greece Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
As of the date of this article, no visa was required for regular passport holders from the following nations for stays of 90 days or less:
Albania (with biometric passport only)
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina (with biometric passport only)
The Holy See (Vatican City)
Hong Kong (only with Special Administrative Region passport)
Montenegro (with biometric passport only)
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Serbia (with restrictions)
Taiwan (with passport including identity number
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) with biometric passport
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
More Information on Visas for Greece
Previously, no visa was required for citizens of Ecuador. But, now, due to the recently implemented Schengen Treaty, a visa is now required.
"Most" citizens of Serbia will no longer be charged for visas to visit Greece.
Requirements for other countries vary substantially and should be verified with the local Greek Embassy or Consulate in that country.
The 90-day limit applies for both tourism and business. However, if you travel on an official or diplomatic U.S. passport, you will need a visa issued by the U.S. State Department. Similar restrictions exist for other official and diplomatic passport holders from other nations.
More importantly, your U.S. or Canadian passport must be valid for a minimum of three months beyond the end of your projected stay. This is true for many countries, not just Greece, and it is a good idea to never travel on a passport with less than six months time left on it.
Technically, Greek officials may ask to see travel tickets for your return home or for additional destinations beyond Greece. In practice, this rarely occurs and usually will only be asked for if there is a suspicion that the visitor intends to attempt to work in Greece illegally. It is more likely to occur prior to a one-way flight or other transportation into Greece rather than once you've arrived on Greek soil.
What Shots Do I Need for Greece? No vaccinations are required for Greece, but some health professionals recommend shots for travelers.
Greek Visa Requirements for Other Countries:
These nations do presently require visas, even for transit visits which continue on the same aircraft. They are Angola, Bangladesh, the Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, and Turkey. If the political situation in a nation changes abruptly, it may be added to this list. Tensions between Greece and Turkey occasionally result in visa restrictions on entering Turkey from Greece and the other way around.
Hong Kong is another special circumstance.Hong Kong Passport Holders Visa Info for Greece
Although the information on this page is believed to be accurate as of the date above, changes can occur. Again, it is strongly recommended that you contact the Greek Embassy or Consulate in your area at the time of your trip to confirm visa requirements. See the "Greek Embassies" link above.
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