Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Greece – updated entry dates for U.S. citizens

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Greece – updated entry dates for U.S. citizens The Greek government announced an update to its tourism plan first released on May 29.  U.S. citizens are permitted entry to Greece beginning June 15, but you may be subject to COVID-19 testing and quarantine depending on where your travel originated.  Please see …

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Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Athens – tourism travel update

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Athens – travel from US to Greece banned until July 1 Tourism Travel Update:  Travel from the United States to Greece is banned until July 1.  The Greek authorities announced a list of 29 countries from which it will accept tourists starting on June 15.  The countries are Albania, Australia, Austria, …

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Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Athens – ferry travel and international arrivals

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Athens – Opening Update, Ferry Travel and International Arrivals Opening Update:  The Greek authorities announced further updates, including the May 25 opening of restaurants, bars and cafes and ferry access to and from the islands, the June 15 opening of seasonal hotels, and restoration of some international flights.  See our  COVID-19 page  for more …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Athens – ban on non-EU citizens extended

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Athens – Ban on non-EU Citizens Entering Greece Extended Ban on Entry of non-EU Citizens:  The Greek government extended the ban on the entry of non-EU citizens into Greece until June 15.  Exceptions include spouses or minor children of EU/Schengen nationals, long-term residents, members of government delegations, and passengers in transit.  Flights:  Several airlines …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Athens – movement restrictions extended to May 4

  To unsubscribe from U.S. Embassy Athens alerts and messages, click  here .  The Greek authorities extended the movement restrictions from April 27 to May 4.  For necessary local travel, you must carry your passport or other identification at all times and have a certificate of movement indicating your reason for being out.  Follow instructions on the Greek authority’s  website

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Video Statement to American Citizens

Thursday, March 26, 2020  Hello. For those of you I’ve not met, my name is Geoff Pyatt, I’m the American Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic. I wanted to take a couple of minutes today to speak with my fellow Americans here in Greece about the unprecedented challenges that we’re all facing together as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. I want to …

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Temporary Suspension of Consular Operations

The Consular Section at U.S. Embassy Athens has suspended non-emergency visa operations in the interest of public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.  American Citizen Services will remain available for U.S. citizen emergency appointments. All visa appointments have been suspended until further notice.  Immigrant visa appointments will be rescheduled at a later date.  In the meantime, …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Strikes affecting Athens and ferries to/from Piraeus

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Multiple strikes affecting Athens and ferries to/from Piraeus (Tuesday 18 February 2020) Locations:  Athens and locations throughout Greece with ferry service Events:  The following strikes are scheduled for Tuesday 18 February: Electric trains and Metro will be on a 24-hour strike, starting from 05:00 on Tuesday. Blue buses and Trolleys will be on a …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens

Location: Greece, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season, security measures in Greece remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by violent extremist ideology throughout Europe.  Violent extremists continue to focus on locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece (September 23, 2019) Location: Throughout Greece Event: Public service employees, municipal employees, mass media employees, public school teachers, public transportation, ferries and air traffic controllers plan to hold a 24 hour strike, beginning at 06:00 on Tuesday morning, on September 24, 2019. Public hospitals and ambulance service will operate …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Outreach to Karpathos on September 25 & 26, 2019

Visit by Athens Consular Personnel to Karpathos on September 25 and 26, 2019       Residents of the Dodecanese are invited to join representatives from the U.S. Embassy Athens on Wednesday, September 25, and Thursday, September 26, as they provide Consular and Federal Benefits services.  Consular services will include accepting passport applications for persons NOT eligible for mail-in …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Outreach to Iraklio, Crete on April 3 and 4, 2019

  Residents of Crete are invited to join representatives from the U.S. Embassy Athens on Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 4, 2019, as they provide Consular, Federal Benefits and Immigration services at the Municipal building on 2 Androgeo Str., Iraklio.  Services will include accepting passport applications for persons NOT eligible for mail-in application services, …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens and U.S. Consulate Thessaloniki, Greece

Locations:   Central Athens. In the areas of Athens University, Syntagma Square and the Exarchia areas.   Downtown Thessaloniki—originating in the area of Kamara/Arch of Galerius Events:  Athens:  A series of demonstrations from student and leftist groups are planned today at 12:00, 18:00, 21:00 for the 10th anniversary of the death of Alexis Grigoropoulos. These demonstrations have turned violent in the past.  Expect possible …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Outreach to Rhodes, October 16 and 17, 2018

American citizens of the Dodecanese can meet with representatives from the U.S. Embassy on Tuesday, October 16 and Wednesday, October 17, as they provide Consular and Federal Benefits Services in Rhodes. Consular services will include accepting passport applications for persons ineligible for mail-in application services and registering birth abroad to U.S. citizen parent(s) and are …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Outreach to Thessaloniki, October 4 and 5, 2018

American citizens of Northern Greece can meet with representatives from the U.S. Embassy on Thursday, October 4 and Friday, October 5, as they provide Consular and Federal Benefits Services. Consular services will include accepting passport applications for persons ineligible for mail-in application services and registering birth abroad to U.S. citizen parent(s) and are available by …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki (May 17, 2018) Location:     Announced gathering point is Venizelos statue (78, Egnatia St.) followed by a march to the U.S. Consulate General Event:           A demonstration protesting the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel is expected to take place May 17, starting at 7:00 p.m. Actions to Take:  Keep …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens and U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens and U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki (May 15, 2018) Location:      Athens – Announced gathering point is Megaro Mousikis metro station followed by a march to U.S. and Israeli Embassies Thessaloniki –  Announced gathering point is Arch of Galerius – Kamara (142, Egnatia St.) followed by a march to the U.S. …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens (April 17, 2018) Locations: Announced gathering point is Syntagma Square followed by a march to U.S Embassy Athens Announced gathering points are Arch of Galerius (Kamara) and the Venizelos statue (78 Egnatia St.) followed by separate marches to U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki. Events: Athens – A demonstration is expected to take …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (April 16, 2018) Location:  Announced gathering point is Athens University (Propylaia- Panepistimiou Ave.) with a march to U.S. Embassy Athens. Event:  A large demonstration is expected to take place today, April 16, 2018, beginning at 12 noon.  Greek leftist groups intend to protest U.S. coalition action in …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (April 14, 2018)

Locations: Syntagma Square to the U.S. Embassy Athens Event: Greek leftist and anti-war groups plan to protest U.S. action in Syria with a march to the US Embassy starting at 1800, April 14, 2018. U.S. government personnel have been advised to avoid the area. Actions to Take: -Avoid the area of the demonstration -Exercise caution …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (April 13, 2018) Locations: Megaro Musikis station and park to the U.S. Embassy Downtown Thessaloniki – Venizelos Statue (78, Egnatia Street) Event: Athens – Greek leftist and anti-war groups plan to protest possible U.S. action in Syria and military presence in the Aegean and Mediterranean starting at …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (April 3, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (April 3, 2018) Location:  Announced gathering point is U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece with a march to the Israeli Embassy. Event:  A demonstration is expected to take place on April 3, 2018, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Greek leftist groups and Palestinians living in Greece intend protest U.S. policy …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Outreach to Hania, Crete

Visit by Athens Consular Personnel to Hania, Crete on March 23, 2018       Athens – Residents of Crete are invited to join representatives from the U.S. Embassy on Friday, March 23, 2018, as they provide Consular, Federal Benefits and Immigration services.  Consular Services will include accepting passport applications for persons NOT eligible for mail-in application services, …

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Visit by Athens Consular Personnel to Chios on March 15 and 16, 2018

Athens – Residents of Chios are invited to join representatives from the U.S. Embassy on Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16, 2018, as they provide consular, federal benefits and Immigration services in Chios. Consular Services will include accepting passport applications for persons NOT eligible for mail-in application services, documenting children’s births in Greece to …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (February 27, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (February 27, 2018) Location:  March from Athens’ Syntagma Square up Vasilissis Sofias Avenue to the U.S. Embassy Athens. Event: PAME (Greek Trade Union Front) and the Communist Party (KKE) have announced plans to protest U.S. government policies starting at 18:30, Tuesday, February 27.  Reports indicate the participants …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (February 4, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (February 4, 2018) Location:  Announced gathering point is Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece. Event: Large demonstration (upwards of 500,000 participants according to media reports) expected to take place on February 4 beginning at 2 p.m. The group intends to protest the use of the term ‘Macedonia’ by …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (February 3, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (February 3, 2018) Location: Announced gathering point is Rigillis Square Square in Athens, Greece. Protesters will march to 131 Mesogion Avenue, political party Golden Dawn’s offices. Event: Demonstration by anarchists expected to take place on February 3 beginning at 6 p.m. The group intends to protest Golden …

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Visit by Athens Consular Personnel to Thessaloniki, February 1 and February 2

Visit by Athens Consular Personnel to Thessaloniki, February 1 and 2, 2018 * U.S. Embassy Athens was unable to send this message until now because of the budget uncertainty and federal government shutdown.  We plan to be in Thessaloniki again in late May (dates TBD).* American citizens of Northern Greece can meet with representatives from the U.S. …

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Athens and Thessaloniki Demonstrations and Strikes

Demonstrations for today, Wednesday, January 24   Athens Area Time:               12:00 Where:             U.S Embassy (91 Vas Sofias St) Who:                Kurds living in Greece   Time:               13:30 Where:             Ministry of Education (37 A. Papandreou St, Marousi, near “The Athens Mall”) Who:                Theater actors   Thessaloniki Area Time:                        15:30 Where:                      Thessaloniki Court House (5, 26th October St.) …

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Security and Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Health and Safety Announcements

    U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece Security and Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:  Health and Safety Announcement from Hellenic Food Authority on Possible Tainted Food December 20, 2017   The Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) published an announcement concerning the claims of the Anarchist Group “Blackgreen Arsons” that it has poisoned specific brands and products in random …

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Travel Alert: Europe

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.  U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals and events.  This Travel Alert expires on January 31, 2018. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the …

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Weekly Notary Service to Start at U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki

Athens – Starting Tuesday, April 25, the U.S. Consulate General in Thessaloniki will begin offering weekly notarial service to residents of Northern Greece. The service, available to U.S. citizens and non-citizens alike, will be offered every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. by appointment only.

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the American Citizens’ Voting Party

  Friday 14 October 2016 – 7:00 p.m. American Community School Good evening everybody.  Thank you, Director Gialamas, for that very gracious introduction.  I also want to say thank you to Rosemary and the whole team from our Consular Section.  They do great, great work and I know they put a lot of effort into …

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