Greece Tourist Visa Requirements

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Greece Tourist Visa Requirements

If you want to visit Greece for holidays, depending on the country you come from you may require a tourist visa. Below you can find all the information to get started with your visa application.

#1 Who Needs a Visa to Visit Greece on Holidays? Which are  the Greece Visa-Free countries?

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece, here is the table that shows if you need a Visa or not to visit Greece, depending on the country of your origin.

COUNTRY ORDINARY PASSPORT
AFGHANISTAN VISA
ALBANIA (NOTE 1) VISA-FREE
ALGERIA VISA
ANDORRA VISA-FREE
ANGOLA VISA
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA VISA-FREE
ARGENTINA VISA-FREE
ARMENIA VISA
AUSTRALIA VISA-FREE
AUSTRIA VISA-FREE
AZERBAIJAN VISA
BAHAMAS VISA-FREE
BAHRAIN VISA
BANGLADESH VISA
BARBADOS VISA-FREE
BELARUS VISA
BELGIUM VISA-FREE
BELIZE VISA
BENIN VISA
BHUTAN VISA
BOLIVIA VISA
BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (NOTE 1) VISA-FREE
BOTSWANA VISA
BRAZIL VISA-FREE
BRUNEI VISA-FREE
BULGARIA VISA-FREE
BURKINA FASO VISA 
BURUNDI VISA
CAMBODIA VISA 
CAMEROON VISA 
CANADA VISA-FREE
CAPE VERDE VISA
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC VISA
CHAD VISA
CHILE VISA-FREE
CHINA VISA 
COLOMBIA VISA-FREE
COMOROS VISA
CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE VISA
CONGO, REPUBLIC OF THE VISA
COSTA RICA VISA-FREE
COTE D’IVOIRE VISA 
CROATIA VISA-FREE
CUBA VISA
CYPRUS VISA-FREE 
CZECH REPUBLIC VISA-FREE
DENMARK VISA-FREE
DJIBOUTI VISA 
DOMINICA VISA-FREE 
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC VISA 
ECUADOR VISA
EGYPT VISA
EL SALVADOR VISA-FREE
EQUATORIAL GUINEA VISA 
ERITREA VISA 
ESTONIA VISA-FREE
ETHIOPIA VISA
FIJI VISA
FINLAND VISA-FREE
FRANCE VISA-FREE
GABON VISA
GAMBIA VISA
GEORGIA VISA
GERMANY VISA-FREE
GHANA VISA 
GRENADA VISA-FREE FOR 90 DAYS
GUATEMALA VISA-FREE
GUINEA VISA
GUINEA-BISSAU VISA
GUYANA VISA
HAITI VISA
HOLY SEE (THE VATICAN) VISA-FREE
HONDURAS VISA-FREE
HUNGARY VISA-FREE
ICELAND VISA-FREE
INDIA VISA
INDONESIA VISA
IRAN VISA 
IRAQ VISA
IRELAND VISA-FREE
ISRAEL VISA-FREE
ITALY VISA-FREE 
JAMAICA VISA
JAPAN VISA-FREE
JORDAN VISA 
KAZAKHSTAN VISA
KENYA VISA
KIRIBATI VISA-FREE
KOREA, NORTH VISA
KOREA, SOUTH VISA-FREE
KUWAIT VISA
KYRGYSTAN VISA
LAOS VISA
LATVIA VISA-FREE 
LEBANON VISA 
LESOTHO VISA 
LIBERIA VISA 
LIBYA VISA
LIECHTENSTEIN VISA-FREE
LITHUANIA VISA-FREE 
LUXEMBOURG VISA-FREE
MADAGASCAR VISA
MALAWI VISA
MALAYSIA VISA-FREE 
MALDIVES VISA
MALI VISA
MALTA VISA-FREE
MARSHALL ISLANDS VISA-FREE
MAURITANIA VISA
MAURITIUS VISA-FREE
MEXICO VISA-FREE
MICRONESIA VISA
MOLDOVA
(NOTE 1)
VISA-FREE
MONACO VISA-FREE
MONGOLIA VISA
MONTENEGRO (NOTE 1) VISA-FREE
MOROCCO VISA 
MOZAMBIQUE VISA
MYANMAR VISA
NAMIBIA VISA
NAURU VISA
NEPAL VISA 
NETHERLANDS VISA-FREE
NEW ZEALAND VISA-FREE 
NICARAGUA VISA-FREE
NIGER VISA
NIGERIA VISA
NORWAY VISA-FREE
OMAN VISA
PAKISTAN VISA 
PALAU VISA-FREE
PANAMA VISA-FREE
PAPUA NEW GUINEA VISA
PARAGUAY VISA-FREE
PERU VISA-FREE
PHILIPPINES VISA
POLAND VISA-FREE
PORTUGAL VISA-FREE 
QATAR VISA
ROMANIA VISA-FREE
RUSSIA VISA
RWANDA VISA
SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS VISA-FREE
SAINT LUCIA VISA-FREE
SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES VISA-FREE 
SAMOA VISA-FREE 
SAN MARINO VISA-FREE 
SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE VISA
SAUDI ARABIA VISA
SENEGAL VISA
SERBIA (NOTES 1 & 2) VISA-FREE
SEYCHELLES VISA-FREE
SIERRA LEONE VISA
SINGAPORE VISA-FREE
SLOVAKIA VISA-FREE 
SLOVENIA VISA-FREE
SOLOMON ISLANDS VISA
SOMALIA VISA
SOUTH AFRICA VISA
SPAIN VISA-FREE
SRI LANKA VISA
SUDAN VISA
SOUTH SUDAN VISA
SURINAME VISA
SWAZILAND VISA
SWEDEN VISA-FREE 
SWITZERLAND VISA-FREE
SYRIA VISA
TAJIKISTAN VISA
TANZANIA VISA
THAILAND VISA
THE FYROM (NOTE 1) VISA-FREE
TIMOR-LESTE VISA-FREE 
TOGO VISA 
TONGA VISA-FREE
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO VISA-FREE
TUNISIA VISA
TURKEY (NOTE 4) VISA
TURKMENISTAN VISA
TUVALU VISA-FREE
UGANDA VISA
UKRAINE VISA
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES  VISA-FREE
UNITED KINGDOM VISA-FREE
USA VISA-FREE
URUGUAY VISA-FREE
UZBEKISTAN VISA
VANUATU VISA-FREE
VENEZUELA VISA-FREE
VIETNAM VISA
YEMEN VISA
ZAMBIA VISA
ZIMBABWE VISA

 

Notes:

(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

#2 If I don’t need a Visa, how long can I stay in Greece?

If you come from a Visa-Free country, you can stay in Greece for 90 days in a period of 180 days.

#3 How much does the Tourist Visa to Greece cost?

It depends on the country you originate from. You have to consult your local embassy to get to know the cost. Usually, the Schengen fee is 60 euros and the cost for citizens from Russia, Ukraine, Georgia and children between 6 and 12 years old is 35 euros.

#4 Do I need to show cash with me to get the visa?

In some countries, there is a requirement that you show that you have at least 50 euros for every day that you want to stay in Greece for your holidays.

#4 Where can I find the application form?

You can find the application form to apply for your tourist visa to Greece at http://www.mfa.gr/en/visas/schengen-visas/application-form.html 

#5 Can I apply for a visa if I am under 18?

No, if you are under 18 years old, your parents should apply for the visa.

#6 When should my passport expire at the latest to apply for a visa?

Your passport should expire at least after three months from the day that you apply for a visa to Greece.

#7 Is there any other requirement for my passport?

Yes, your passport should have at least two blank pages, so that the visa sign can be posted.

#8 Should I book my flight before I get my visa?

No! Don’t do that! If you don’t get the approval for your touristic visa to Greece, you will not be compensated for the cost of your flight tickets. Get the visa first and book the flights at a later stage.

#9 What is the step-by-step process to apply for a tourist visa to Greece?

It varies a little bit depending on your country of origin but in general you have to follow these steps:

Step 1: Get an application form, which is provided to you for free by your embassy. Always call your embassy first.

Step 2: Get 2 recent, colored photos 3x4cms. They should be “passport photos”.

Step 3: If you are employed, you will need to get a letter from your employer which states your salary.

Step 4: You will need to prove that you have the necessary funds (cash) to stay in Greece. E.g., a confirmation letter from your bank for the existence of an account of yours in euros, dollars etc. If there is no bank account in your name you should have a travel cheque.

Step 5: You need to provide a confirmation of your accommodation arrangements to a Greek Hotel, from a travel agency. If you are not planning to stay in a hotel, and you are planning to visit a friend at his house, then your host should prove his financial ability to host you and go to the police to get a validated declaration which will state all the necessary information of the guest.

Step 6: You need to have a travel insurance which will cover all the expenses to be transferred back to your country in case of a serious accident.

Step 7: Pay the visa fee (e.g. 60 or 35 euros or other)

#10 How Long will it take to get my Visa approved and issued?

Usually it takes between 2 and 15 days depending on the quality of your application and the information you provide and the period of the year. The high season is May to July, so expect some delays.

#11 Should I apply on my own for the Visa or could I get it done through a third party?

Both ways are ok. You could ask your travel agent to do all the paperwork for your visa, although this might take a little bit longer.

#12 What if I want to stay for more than 90 days in Greece?

You cannot do that unfortunately. You will need to get a permanent stay visa to do that, which is a whole different process.

#13 Where can I get a sample of the Invitation Letter for the Greek Visa?

There is not any official sample for the invitation letter. You can see an example e.g. if you are attending a conference, at http://www.icsv23.org/documents/VisaLetterTemplate.png .

#14 Where can I get the Official Information on Tourist Visas to Greece?

The best source is the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the relevant website is http://www.mfa.gr/usa/en/services/services-for-non-greeks/visa-section.html

 

Disclaimer: All this information is meant to help you and is NOT official in any way. Please always consult your local embassies on the process.

 

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