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Visa Information

Greece is part of the EU, thus there are no duty restrictions within EU countries. Greece is also a Schengen Agreement nation and shall be governed by those rules.

Upon entering the country from outside the EU, customs inspection is usually cursory for foreign tourists and a verbal declaration is generally all that is required.


EU & Schengen countries: No visa required.


Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand & USA: No visa required for tourist visits of up to 90 days. For longer stays, contact your nearest Greek embassy or consulate and begin your application well in advance. Applications for a Schengen Visa must be filed with the embassy or consulate of the country that is your primary destination.


Other countries: If your country is not encompassed in the information above, please find a complete list of countries requiring and not requiring visas at the following website: https://www.mfa.gr/en/visas/visas-for-foreigners-traveling-to-greece/countries-requiring-or-not-requiring-visa.html 


Other information

Random searches are still occasionally made for drugs. Import regulations for medicines are strict; if you are taking medication, make sure you get a statement from your doctor before you leave home. It is illegal, for instance, to take codeine into Greece without an accompanying doctor’s certificate.

It’s strictly forbidden to export antiquities (anything more than 100 years old) without an export permit. This crime is second only to drug smuggling in the penalties imposed. It is an offence to remove even the smallest article from an archaeological site. The place to apply for an export permit is the Antique Dealers and Private Collections section of the Athens Archaeological Service website.


If you happen to be carrying more than €10,000 in cash, you must declare it.

Duty-free allowances (for adults) are:

200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco

1L spirits

2L wine

other goods up to the value of €430 (€150 for under 15 years).


Important Information: The information available here is for general purpose only. Please contact your nearest embassy for accurate, up-to-date information.