You are not need to get a visa to visit Greece or any other member of the Schengen Area for up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes, as long as your U.S. passport is valid for at least three months after your intended return to the United States! There are some exceptions: if you plan to stay in Greece for longer than 90 days or if you are looking for a job, then you should apply for a residence permit.
To stay longer than 90 days or to find work, you will need to apply for a residence permit. The Greek Migration Office (PMO) has offices in all Greek cities but applications must be made in Athens. You can read more about the procedure on their website: https://gr.wikipedia.org/wiki/%CE%B9_%CF%81%CE%BF%E8%BE%93._%E4%BA%A4%ED%95%98#Schengen_visa
The Schengen System allows citizens of participating countries to travel without a visa when entering each other's territory. However, this does not mean that you can enter any country within the area without a visa, since certain conditions have to be met. For example, you cannot enter Greece with a Schengen visa if you also hold a European Union (EU) citizenship.
Entry Requirements for Greece If admitted, all US travelers, even convicts, are free to travel from one Schengen Area nation to another without having to present their passport. When entering Greece, they must have at least six months remaining on their passport, according to Greek legislation. Otherwise, they will not be allowed to enter the country.
Who can go to Greece? Any American is free to visit Greece, provided they fulfill some requirements and have a valid visa or entry permit. In fact, many Americans choose to visit Greece every year. If you're one of them, keep reading for more information about going to Greece as an American.
What countries are part of the European Union (EU)? The 28 EU member states are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden. Israel is also considered part of Europe, but it belongs to the Middle East rather than South Asia.
What are the benefits of traveling to Greece as an American? You can enter Greece with only a passport and credit card if you don't need a visa because it's a member state of the EU. Also, there are no taxes or fees when you arrive in Greece.
Entry Remains Restricted: Beginning May 14, 2021, Greece will accept only EU and Schengen citizens, as well as those permanently resident in the United States, EU and Schengen states, and some other countries. For further information, see the "Entry and Exit Requirements" section below, as well as travel.gov.gr. You may be able to apply for a Greek visa if you cannot obtain a valid entry permit from a European country or the Schengen Area.
In addition to these restrictions, new measures have been introduced since 2017 that require foreign nationals to register with the local police department within 8 hours of arriving in Greece. Registration is mandatory for people staying in the country longer than 3 months, whether they have a residence permit or not.
Foreigners who do not register with the local police are at risk of being denied access to health care, employment, education, and other social services. In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, anyone who has visited certain high-risk areas within the last 2 weeks is not allowed to enter Greece. Visitors who have recently traveled to Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, or Yemen can't enter Greece either.
If you wish to visit Greece as a tourist or on business, please read our page on Greece for more information.
Tourists are permitted to remain for up to 90 days. Citizens of Greece can acquire a visa on arrival or an evisa, both of which can be obtained online. Visitors are required to provide a passport that is valid for at least six months. In addition, they must provide evidence of a return flight back to their home country after their visit to Greece.
In order to stay longer than the 90 days, citizens of Greece will need to obtain an extension. This can be done at any immigration office in Greece.
There is no charge for the visa application process. However, applicants will need to cover the cost of returning to the Greek embassy or consulate with the completed form.
Visitors may stay in Greece for a maximum of 180 days in one entry. If you plan to stay longer than 180 days, you must apply for a new visa.
If you have been granted a visa on arrival and wish to stay longer than the initial period, you must then extend your visa. There is no option of extending it once it has expired. This needs to be done well in advance of its expiry date.
Extensions take approximately 10 working days to process. After this time has elapsed, you will need to start the process again. It is recommended that you do this as soon as possible so as not to delay your travel plans.
Tourists entering Greek territory from another (Schengen nation) are not required to show their passports to Greek authorities. In this situation, the only document required is a national identity card. Passports and other travel papers approved for admission must be valid for at least three months beyond the intended stay. In case of questions regarding the validity of your document, contact the consulate of the exporting country.
In case you decide to bring a photo ID with you when you visit Greece, we recommend that it contains your name, date of birth, nationality and address. It is also important to carry evidence of insurance, such as a copy of the front and back of your policy or an email confirming your coverage. If you are unable to produce necessary documents, you may be denied entry to Greece.
The Greek Ministry of Citizen Protection can request your airline to withhold your personal information if there is a suspicion that you might try to enter Greece illegally. Your data will then be passed on to Greek immigration authorities who may check whether you have any outstanding warrants for arrest or deportation. Should this happen, you could be denied entry to Greece.
In conclusion, if you plan to visit Greece, it's recommended that you bring along proof of identity and insurance.