How to Apply for an Extension of 90 Day Visa Free Travel
A U.S. citizen may remain in any Schengen country (or travel between various Schengen countries) as a tourist for up to 90 days in a 180-day period without a visa. Anyone staying in the Schengen zone beyond the 90-day period may be subject to a fine at the time of departure and will be barred from entry into any other Schengen country for 90 days. In Greece, fines for overstaying the 90 day visa free period run from €600 to €1,200.
If you are unable to depart before your 90 day limit and wish to apply for an extension, you must contact the closest Aliens Bureau at least two weeks prior to your required departure date.
- Complete the online application. If you cannot complete the application online or do not hear from them in a few days, call the office (main numbers and addresses below).
- Receive an email notifying you when to come to their office
- Attend your appointment
The Greek authorities evaluate each application on a case by case basis and typically do not approve extensions for tourism purposes. The Embassy cannot request an extension on your behalf or attempt to influence the decision on your application.
Aliens Bureaus in Attica
- Athens: 24 Petrou Ralli Str, Tavros; 210-3405828
- North East Attica: 15 Agiou Orous Str., Marousi; 210-6875176
- South East Attica: Voriou Ipirou 50, Ano Glyfada; 210-9692916, 210-9692918; 210-9692919
- West Attica: 21-23 Marmara Str., Egaleo; 210-5319315
- Piraeus: 37 Iroon Politehniou Str; 210-4174855
Aliens Bureaus outside of Attica
- Chios: Polemidi 1, Chios 82100; 22710-81543
- Crete (Agios Nikolaos): Erithrou Stavrou 47, Agios Nikolaos 72100; 28410-91413; 28410-91417
- Crete (Chania): Leoforos Irakliou 23, Chania 73100; 28210-25811; 28210-25812
- Crete (Heraklion): Agiou Artemiou 1, N. Alikarnassos, Heraklion 71601; 2810-274060; 2810-274061
- Crete (Rethymno): Iroon Polythechniou 30, Rethymno 74100; 28310-88196; 28310-88197
- Cyclades (all islands): Plateia Rethymnis 1, Ermoupoli, Syros 84100; 22810-96184
- Halkida: Arethousis 153; 2210-37036
- Lesvos: Strati Myrivilli & M. Kountoura 2, Mytilene 81100; 22510-58879; 22510-58880; 22510-58881
- Rhodes (includes Kos): Ethelodon Dodekanision 43, Rhodes 85100; 22410-27612
- Thessaloniki: Dodekanisou 4, Thessaloniki 54626; 2310-500986; 2310-558010