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Passports and Visas

Greece is a Member-State of the European Union and has ratified the Schengen Agreement. Citizens traveling inside the E.U. just need to display their police I.D. Card without the need of a passport. Visas are not required by citizens of Member-States of the Schengen Agreement. Greece follows the provisions of the Schengen Agreement, which abolished controls on common internal lands, at air and sea borders and allows Member-State citizens to travel around without a visa for a short stay period of up to three (3) months.

Citizens of the majority of the countries that are not Member-States of the Schengen Agreement require a visa to enter Greece and the E.U. Visas are not required by holders of valid passports from the following non-E.U. countries if they want to visit Greece and remain in the country for up to 3 months (90 days) within a chronological period of 6 months:

 

Andorra

Costa Rica

Malaysia

Paraguay

Argentina

Croatia

Mexico

Saint Marino

Australia

El Salvador

Monaco

Singapore

Brazil

Guatemala

New Zealand

South Korea

Brunei

Honduras

Vatican

USA

Canada

Israel

Nicaragua

Uruguay

Chile

Japan

Panama

Venezuela

 

Exchange Currencies

Greece is a Member-State of the European Union and uses its uniform currency – the Euro. Currency exchange rates are clearly displayed in every bank that accepts currency exchange, while credit card holders may acquire money from the ATMs of the collaborating banks. Greek banks are open for the public from 8:00 to 14:30 Mondays to Thursdays and from 8:00 to 13:30 on Fridays. They are closed on Public Holidays and weekends.  Euros can also be exchanged at exchange offices that are situated at the airport and certain main ports, in the larger cities, as well as at many tourist destinations. A passport is required when exchanging currencies.

 

Time Zone

Time Greece: GMT +2

 

Calling code

The international calling code of Greece is +30

 

Health & Safety

In order to have access to necessary health care, tourists from member states of the European Union (EU) wishing to visit Greece must be holders of the European Health Card (EHIC) or any other legal Community document issued by their competent social security agency. In order to have access to necessary health care, tourists from countries other than the member states of the European Union wishing to visit Greece must consult their social security agency for information before travelling.