Planning a trip to Greece is full of excitement: weighing up which island is best suited to you; browsing lists of the country’s best beaches; calculating how much Greek food it’s physically possible to consume in two weeks.

The less fun part? Working out the visa situation. Thankfully our guide to Greece’s entry requirements spells out everything you need to know, with information on different visa types, the costs and how to apply for one.

What you need to know about visas in Greece

Greece is part of both the EU and the Schengen area, groups of European nations that allow free movement of people between them. As such, any citizen from any of these countries does not require a visa to visit Greece for any amount of time.

Meanwhile, citizens of the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the USA, Singapore, additional European countries not in the Schengen area, and a number of South American countries, can stay in Greece for up to 90 days in any six month period without a visa. After staying 90 days, travelers will need to leave the Schengen area for at least 90 days before re-entering. Stays of more than 90 days require a visa.

Citizens from other countries, including India, Pakistan, Egypt, Lebanon and South Africa, will need a visa to visit Greece. The most common visa type for tourist purposes is a Schengen visa, which allows visitors to travel through any Schengen country, including Greece, during the period the visa is valid for, usually 90 days. Longer and multi-entry visas are also available. You can find a full list of the countries whose citizens require visas to visit Greece on the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

If required, visas should be applied for at your nearest Greek embassy or consulate in your home country. The maximum time for visa applications to be processed is 15 days, but typically the timeframe is shorter. If you are planning to visit multiple Schengen countries, alongside Greece, then apply at the embassy or consulate of the Schengen country you are planning to spend most time in. Schengen visas cost €80 for adults and €40 for children (aged 6-12; there is no charge for children under 6).

To extend a visa, or 90-day period of visa-free stay, after arriving in Greece, you’ll need to fill out a form on the Hellenic Police website. It’s worth noting visa extensions are only granted on the subject of the person having evidence of ‘exceptional reasons’ for which the extension of stay is required.

Greece offers working holiday visas to citizens of Canada and Australia. These visas allow the holder to visit Greece for up to 12 months for tourism purposes, with the option of carrying out casual employment during this time to help fund their trip. The visa is available for 18- to 31-year-olds in Australia and 18- to 35-year-olds in Canada, who have not been granted the visa previously. Holders of this visa can work for no longer than six months during their trip.

You might also like:
Introducing Greece’s national parks
The top day trips from Athens
The best time to go to Greece

Get more travel inspiration, tips and exclusive offers sent straight to your inbox with our weekly newsletter.

Buy Where to go When Europe

With more than 300 suggestions for destinations across Europe and the best time of year to experience them, this book is the ultimate trip planner for every month of the year.

Buy Where to go When Europe

Explore related stories