Entry to Greece

In order to enter GREECE as a citizen outside the EU (including of the United States, Canada, South American countries, Australia, UK) you will need a signed PASSPORT valid for 6 months beyond the completion of your trip.

Citizens of all European Union countries, Australia, Canada, USA, UK and most other countries do not need a visa. Details of visa regulations can be obtained on the GOV.gr websiteVisas can be obtained on arrival free of charge. Three months are usually granted on arrival, and this can be extended.

Please note new European Entry Requirements may go into affect in 2025.

The rules of travel to Europe have changed. Starting in mid-2025, some 1.4 billion people from over 60 visa-exempt countries will most likely be required to have a travel authorization to enter most European countries. For more information visit the website for Schengen Visas.

ETIAS Requirements – 2025

ETIAS travel authorisation is an entry requirement for visa-exempt nationals travelling to any of 30 European countries. It is linked to a traveller’s passport. It is valid for up to three years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. If you get a new passport, you need to get a new ETIAS travel authorisation.

With a valid ETIAS travel authorisation, you can enter the territory of these European countries as often as you want for short-term stays – normally for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. However, it does not guarantee entry. When you arrive, a border guard will ask to see your passport and other documents and verify that you meet the entry conditions.

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General Health and Safety

The US Embassy in Greece provides referrals to English speaking facilities.

Public hospitals may operate with skeletal staff over weekends, and it may be difficult to locate a doctor or someone who speaks English. Private hospitals have an appearance more akin to the United States and are more expensive.  Medical fees can vary considerably in Greece. We recommend that clients inquire about fees in advance. Patients should settle all bills in euros and request a formal receipt.  Some hospitals do not accept credit cards and expect payment in cash.
Available medical care on islands and outside of Athens and Thessaloniki may be more limited, with clinics only.  Serious medical situations generally require travel to Athens or Thessaloniki for treatment.  If doctors determine urgent care is needed, the hospital or clinic will help you arrange travel.

List of Medical Resources 

You can see CDC Health Advisory on this link:  CDC Travel Health Advisory

For EU citizens, find more information at the Center for Disease Prevention and Control:  ECDC Europa

Medication:  Carry your medication with you at all times.  Be sure all medications are in the Original Packaging.  For prescription medication, be sure they are clearly labeled with your name.