How Long Can I Stay in Greece

NO VISA REQUIRED FOR VISITS OF 90 DAYS OR LESS ON A TOURIST PASSPORT, BUT CHECK YOUR PASSPORT VALIDITY DATES!

The responsibility for setting immigration police, procedures, and fees lies entirely with the Greek government. Greece is a member of the Schengen Zone.**  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 days period run from €600 to €1,200.

Entry into Greece or any of the other European countries in the Schengen area for short-term tourism, a business trip, or in transit to a non-Schengen destination requires that the passport be valid for at least three months beyond the intended date of departure.  If the passport does not meet the Schengen requirements, the traveler may be refused boarding by the airline at the point of origin or while transferring planes.  A traveler could also be denied entry upon arrival in the Schengen area.  For this reason, we recommend that U.S. passports have at least six months validity remaining whenever traveling abroad.

**The Schengen Countries, as of September 2014, are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

TEMPORARY EXTENSION PERMITS TO THE 90-DAY PERIOD

If you wish to stay beyond 90 days, you must visit an aliens bureau and show evidence of a compelling reason to prolong your stay in Greece at least two weeks before the end of the 90 day period.

NOTE THAT EXTENSIONS FOR TOURIST PURPOSES ARE NOT GRANTED.

Aliens Bureaus in Attica:

Athens                                    24 Petrou Ralli Str., Tavros                   Tel.  210-340-5828

North-East Attica                   15 Agiou Orous Str., Marousi                Tel.  210-687-5176

South-East Attica                   Former east airport of Athens               Tel.  210-969-0293

West Attica                             21-23 Marmara Str., Egaleo                 Tel.  210-531-9315

Piraeus                                    37 Iroon Politehniou Str.                      Tel.  210-417-4855

 

VISAS

If you wish to stay in Greece for longer than 90 days within a 180-day period, you should apply for a visa at Greek Embassy or Greek Consulate prior to your arrival in Greece.  Visas may be issued for property owners, students, employment, athletes, coaches, etc.  Contact the closest Greek Mission to your area of residence for requirements.  U.S official and diplomatic passport holders must obtain a Schengen visa prior to arrival to Greece.  Greek missions in the United States may be found at: https://www.mfa.gr/usa/en/

RESIDENCE PERMITS

There are many categories of residence permits. In most of the cases, U.S. citizens will need to obtain a visa from the Greek Consulate or Embassy that has jurisdiction over the area of their residence abroad. Upon your arrival in Greece, you should apply for the residence permit at the Decentralized Administration Office of your area of residence prior to the expiration of your visa.  U.S. citizens married to European citizens may apply for a Greek residency permit.

For questions concerning residence permits, please call or visit one of the following Decentralized Administration offices in the prefecture of Attica

Decentralized Administration for Athens and West Attica

2 Salaminias Str. & Petrou Ralli Ave., Tavros

Tel. 210-340-3350

Decentralized Administration for North-East Attica

19 Psaron Str., Pallini

Tel. 210-660-4900

Decentralized Administration for North Attica, Piraeus, Trizinia, and the islands of Agistri, Aegina, Kythira, Poros, Salamina, Spetses, and Hydra.

5 Agiou Dionysiou Str., Piraeus

Tel. 210-414-1600