restrictions: (a) Greece refuses admission and transit to holders
of passports issued by Bophutatswana, Ciskei, Transkei and Venda; holders
of travel documents issued by Macedonia (Former Yugolslav Republic),
unless accompanied by a special visa form; holders of Somalian passports
issued after 23 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 may 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.
PASSPORTS: Passport valid for at least three months
after period of intended stay required by all except:
(a) 1. EU/EEA nationals with a valid national ID card
and with sufficient funds for their length of stay;
(b) nationals of EU states, Monaco and Switzerland with valid national
(c) nationals of EU countries and Switzerland with passports valid for
period of intended stay.
VISAS: Required by all except the following:
(a) nationals of the countries referred to in the chart above for a
period of up to 90 days;
(b) nationals of Andorra, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria,
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, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Switzerland, Uruguay, Vatican
City and Venezuela for up to 90 days;
(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, India, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria,
Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic and Turkey
who always need a visa, even if transiting by the same aircraft.
Note: The following nationals always require an Airport Transit
visa to transit through a Greek airport:
Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Congo (Dem Rep), Eritrea, Ethiopia,
Ghana, India, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan,
Syrian Arab Republic and Turkey.
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. Short-stay, Transit and Airport Transit:
£22.50. Prices depend on exchange rates. Contact the Consulate/Consular
section at Embassy for further details.
Note: Spouses and children of EU nationals (providing spouse’s
passport and the original marriage certificate 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. Otherwise, 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
Validity: Short-stay (single- and multiple-entry): valid for
six months from date of issue for stays of maximum 90 days per entry.
Transit (single- and multiple-entry): valid for a maximum of five days
per entry, including the day of arrival. Visas cannot be extended and
a new application must be made each time.
Application to: 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 enter
first (if they have no main destination).
Application requirements: (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 of minors). (c) Two recent passport-size
photos. (d) Fee (payable in cash or postal order only). (e) Return or
onward 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, both original and photocopy.
If visiting friends or relatives, a letter duly certified by a police
station in Greece must be submitted. (f) Proof of sufficient funds to
cover stay (bank statement or travellers cheques). (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. (h) Original and photocopy of proof of travel insurance
to cover intended stay in Greece. (i) Transport documentation, eg air
ticket, confirmed ferry booking 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 in person at the London Embassy but
may supply a Special Delivery self-addressed envelope instead.
Note: Applications can be made in person only. Appointments must
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
Working days required: At least three weeks.
Note: 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, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Oman, Palestinian
Authority passport holders, Pakistan, The Philippines, Qatar, Russian
Federation, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Surinam, Syrian Arab
Republic, Taiwan (China), Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
Temporary residence: Apply to the Aliens Department
Important note: Persons arriving in 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.