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Greece Visa Requirements

Do you need a visa to travel to Greece?

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Greek flag waving in the breeze. Do you need a visa to visit Greece?

Do you need a visa to visit Greece?

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Updated April 25, 2013
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)
Andorra
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Bahamas
Barbados
Belgium
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina (with biometric passport only
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
El Salvador
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Guatemala
The Holy See (Vatican City)
Honduras
Hong Kong (only with Special Administrative Region passport)
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Korea (South)
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Montenegro (with biometric passport only)
Monaco
Morocco
The Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Norway
Panama
Paraguay
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Saint Kitts and Nevis
San Marino
Serbia (with restrictions)
Seychelles
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan (with passport including identity number
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) with biometric passport
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
USA
Uruguay
Vatican
Venezuela

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.

As of May 2008, "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 through 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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