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Greece Passport and Visa Requirements
Greece Passport and Visa Requirements

All citizens from EU and Schengen countries enjoy travel to Greece without a visa, plus certain non-EU citizens from countries with which Greece has signed an agreement.

Visas are determined by your passport and your citizenship only. Marriage to an EU/Greek citizen and/or the passport of your spouse does not matter; blood relationships also do not matter.

Travelers should have a passport or other travel document valid for at least three (3) months past the intended departure date.

All citizens from these countries do not need a visa to visit or travel to Greece.

  • Article last updated January 2, 2015. However, answers in Comments reflect a person’s specific case and whatever laws were in effect at the time.

Schengen member states as of January 2015

  1. Austria
  2. Belgium
  3. Czech Republic
  4. Denmark
  5. Estonia
  6. Finland
  7. France and Monaco
  8. Germany
  9. Greece
  10. Hungary
  11. Iceland
  12. Italy
  13. Latvia
  14. Liechtenstein
  15. Lithuania
  16. Luxembourg
  17. Malta
  18. Netherlands
  19. Norway
  20. Poland
  21. Portugal
  22. Slovakia
  23. Slovenia
  24. Spain
  25. Sweden
  26. Switzerland

EU countries

Citizens from these EU countries that are not part of Schengen may also visit Greece without a visa.

  1. Bulgaria
  2. Croatia as of July 1, 2013
  3. Cyprus
  4. Ireland
  5. Romania
  6. United Kingdom

Non-EU Countries

Citizens of the following non-EU countries can travel to Greece without first getting a Schengen or national visa from the Greek consulate/embassy and can stay a maximum of 90 days within any 180-day period as a tourist. During this time, (s)he is not permitted to work in Greece or any EU/Schengen country without first securing a work permit; and (s)he is not permitted to stay longer than 90 days in any 180-day period without first applying for a residence permit.

If you are not a citizen from one of these countries with the proper passport, and you do not have a residence permit from the EU or Schengen countries listed in previous sections, stop now. You need a visa.

  • Albania (biometric passport holders, as of December 15, 2010) * There are reports of discrimination at the border
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda (added May 29, 2009)
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bahamas (added May 29, 2009)
  • Barbados (added May 29, 2009)
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia (biometric passport holders, as of December 15, 2010)
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Holy See (State of the Vatican)
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong (blue and red passports)
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Macao (holders of Região Administrativa Especial de Macau)
  • Macedonia/FYROM (as of December 19, 2009; reports of discrimination at land border)
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius (added May 29, 2009)
  • Mexico
  • Moldova (biometric passport holders, as of April 27, 2014)
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro (biometric passport holders, as of December 19, 2009)
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • St. Kitts and Nevis (added May 29, 2009)
  • San Marino
  • Serbia (biometric passport holders, as of December 19, 2009)
  • Seychelles (added May 29, 2009)
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan (only holders of passports containing an ID number as of January 11, 2011)
  • Turkey (Green passports only, as of July 28, 2010; certain persons who are members of associations and sports clubs. Visa-free travel for Turkish citizens was discussed in March 2013, but nothing approved.)
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

Turkish citizens may also visit the islands of Chios, Kastellorizo, Kos, Lesvos, Rhodes and Samos for 15 days without a visa between May and October for 2013 (Kathimerini, Agelioforos).

Future visa-waiver candidates

The European Union has proposed that the following nations enter visa-free status in the future.

  • China Saint Lucia
  • Colombia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Dominica Samoa
  • Grenada Solomon Islands
  • Kiribati Timor-Leste
  • Marshall Islands Tonga
  • Micronesa Trinidad and Tobago
  • Nauru Tuvalu
  • Palau United Arab Emirates
  • Peru Vanuatu
  • Russia

As of last update, citizens from these countries still need a visa and should apply at the relevant consulate/embassy. Citizens should not depend on news sources that report hopes, votes, agreements and approvals, which is the not the same as official real-life implementation.

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania — Non-biometric passport holders ³
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia ¹
  • Bosnia — Non-biometric passport holders ³
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burma/Myanmar
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cote D’Ivoire
  • Cuba
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Northern Marianas (islands)
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Russia*
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey (all citizens except green passport holders from July 28, 2010)²
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates**
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

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