Visa Requirements for Greek Citizens
Visa requirements for Greek nationals are pre-determined rules and conditions imposed on all Greek passport holders by the authorities of other countries upon entry.
Requirements vary depending on the country you want to apply for a visa for. Approximately 140 countries do not require visas for short-term stays for Greek citizens, which means the Greek passport ranks eighth in the overall travel freedom rankings. However, there are still over 100 countries that require visas for Greek citizens to visit. This can be in the form of an embassy visa, e-visa, or visa on arrival.
Most visa-free countries outside the European Union allow Greek passport holders to enter the country for 90 days/3 months without applying for an e-visa or embassy visa. However, some countries allow Greek nationals to stay longer.
For example, Canada allows travelers from Greece to stay for up to six months at a time. Many countries issue electronic visas (eVisa) or electronic travel authorizations (ETA) to Greek citizens. Usually these are needed for short leisure visits, but in some cases they can also be used for professional reasons or while traveling. In some countries, Greek passport holders are eligible to obtain a Visa on Arrival (VoA). However, if you wait until your arrival date to apply for a visa, you may have to queue at the border and waste valuable time. An embassy visa is required to enter dozens of countries and territories. Greek citizens must apply for these visas directly at an official diplomatic mission.
Read below to find out more about the types of visas currently available to Greek citizens.
Electronic visas allow Greek citizens to travel to other countries for short-term stays for leisure or professional purposes.
Electronic travel visa approval options are available for Greek nationals in over 40 countries around the world, including Egypt, India, and Russia.
List of countries that offer eVisas for Greek citizens
- Ascension Island
- Cape Verde
- Ivory Coast
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- Puerto Rico
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- South Sudan
- Sri Lanka
- United States Virgin Islands
Many e-visas are multi-entry travel documents that allow travelers to stay in the destination country for up to six months, with each entry occurring within a specific period of time from visa issuance. Generally, an approved e-visa allows Greek citizens to visit the country for work-related, travel and leisure purposes.
However, please note that if you wish to visit a particular country or region for other reasons or for an extended period of time, you may need to apply for an embassy visa.
Obtaining an electronic travel authorization document is relatively easy.
You will need to fill in your passport and personal information in the online application form.
Once approved, your visa will be digitally linked to your travel documents and sent directly to your email inbox.
Visa on Arrival
A visa on arrival is a type of travel authorization that you receive at a border crossing after arriving in your destination country. Approximately 40 countries around the world offer visa-on-arrival options to Greek nationals.
Some of these countries also offer online visas that allow you to avoid queues at border crossings.
List of countries that offer Visas on Arrival for Greek citizens
- Burkina Faso
- Iraqi Kurdistan
- The Maldives
- Papua New Guinea
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- Sri Lanka
To obtain a visa on arrival, you will need to bring several documents with you.
However, this varies by country, so we recommend checking your destination country’s specific application requirements before traveling. Documents requested often include passports and copies, visa fees, proof of hotel reservations, round-trip air tickets, and travel medical insurance.
To obtain a visa on arrival, Greek travelers must go directly to a border crossing, where an immigration officer will give them a visa application form to fill out. Next, you will usually have to pay the visa-on-arrival fee.
Finally, just wait for approval. Even a VoA may ask foreign travelers to confirm the purpose of their trip, so make sure the country you want to visit doesn’t have any special requirements.
An embassy visa is a visa that must be obtained directly at the diplomatic mission of your chosen foreign country.
This means you will need to visit the embassy or consulate in person.
List of countries that require Greek citizens to have an Embassy visa upon arrival
- Aland Islands
- American Samoa
- The British Indian Ocean Territory
- The Central African Republic
- Christmas Island
- The Cocos Islands
- The Republic of the Congo
- The Democratic Republic of the Congo
- The Cook Islands
- Equatorial Guinea
- The Falkland Islands
- French Guiana
- Norfolk Island
- North Korea
- The Pitcairn Islands
- Saint Barthelemy
- Saint Helena
- Saint Martin
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Approximately 50 countries around the world require Greek citizens to apply for an embassy visa, regardless of the duration or purpose of their trip.
Reservations must be made at the diplomatic mission closest to your destination. The whole process can take several weeks, so be sure to do this on time. Embassy visas can be issued for a variety of purposes, including work, leisure, transit, and study abroad.
Some destinations require an embassy visa regardless of the purpose of your visit or the length of your stay. However, in most cases, a foreign country only requires an embassy visa for long-term stays or for purposes unrelated to leisure, business, or transit.
Greece is part of the European Union and the Schengen Agreement, giving its citizens considerable freedom of travel.
In total, Greek passport holders are allowed to visit more than 100 countries without a visa for short-term stays.
Countries that offer visa exemption for Greek citizens
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Brest and Grodno
- The British Virgin Islands
- The Cayman Islands
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- The Faroe Islands
- French Polynesia
- The Gambia
- Hong Kong
- Isle of Man
- The Marshall Islands
- The Netherlands
- New Caledonia
- North Macedonia
- The Northern Mariana Islands
- The Philippines
- The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- San Marino
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Sint Maarten
- The Solomon Islands
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Trinidad and Tobago
- The Turks and Caicos Islands
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- Wallis and Futuna
- Vatican City
Around 140 different destinations allow Greek citizens to travel visa-free. Plan your visit to any of the countries listed above so you don’t have to apply for a visa in advance. Traveling without a visa is a simple process.
No need to wait in long lines at immigration or fill out applications weeks before departure. To travel without a visa, just bring yourself and your passport. Generally, you are permitted to enter the country without a visa for leisure, transit, or professional purposes.
This means you can go on vacation, take a relaxing vacation, look for a new job opportunity, sign a new contract, attend a seminar or conference or simply travel around the area.
However, if you are traveling for purposes other than those listed above, you may need to apply for a visa. There are many countries where Greek citizens do not need a visa to visit. However, even if you don’t need a visa to enter the country, it’s important to know the rules for studying or working abroad.