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Travel Advisory July 26, 2023

Greece - level 1: exercise normal precautions.

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Exercise normal precautions in Greece.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Greece.

If you decide to travel to Greece: 

  • Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  ( STEP ) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on  Facebook  and  Twitter .
  • Review the  Country Security Report  for Greece.
  • Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the  Traveler’s Checklist .

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91 Vasilisis Sophias Avenue 10160 Athens, Greece Telephone: +(30)(210) 721-2951 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +30 210 729-4444 or +30 210 729-4301 Fax: +(30)(210) 724-5313 Email:   [email protected] Facebook

U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki Plateia Commercial Center 43 Tsimiski Street, 7th floor 546 23 Thessaloniki Greece Telephone: +30-231-024-2905 Emergency After-Hours Telephone:  +30 210 729-4444 or +30 210 729-4301 Fax: +30 231-024-2927 Email:  [email protected] U.S. Embassy Athens provides all regular consular services including U.S. passports, notarials, and reports of birth and death abroad.

U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki provides notarial service. Embassy Athens consular staff periodically provide regular consular services in Thessaloniki. Please check the U.S. Embassy Athens website for information on the next scheduled visit. Visa services are provided at Embassy Athens only.

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Visit the Embassy of Greece website for the most current visa information.

Greece is a party to the Schengen Agreement; therefore, U.S. citizens may enter Greece without a visa for stays of up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes. For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet .

  • For entry into Greece, your passport should have at least six months of remaining validity . While Greek law requires three months of passport validity beyond the intended date of your departure, if you are transiting a country that requires six months of validity, you may not be permitted to continue your trip. We recommend that you have at least six months of validity to avoid any travel disruptions.
  • U.S. citizens traveling on a passport reported lost or stolen will not be permitted entry into Greece and may be returned to their original departure point. This decision is the purview of the Greek immigration authorities; the U.S. Embassy cannot intervene. Emergency passports are issued only at the Embassy in Athens. Staff members do not travel to the air, land, or sea ports of entry.
  • You must arrive in country with proof of sufficient funds and a return airline ticket or other evidence that you will depart Greece if asked. The sufficient funds requirement is often met with credit cards.
  • U.S. official and diplomatic passport holders must obtain a Schengen visa prior to arrival. If you are traveling on a U.S. official or diplomatic passport, you will not be allowed to enter Greece without a visa.
  • If traveling on official military orders , review the guidance in the Department of Defense Foreign Clearance Guide .

If you are a U.S. citizen with a passport listing your place of birth as the Northern Republic of Macedonia, the Greek authorities will stamp your passport.

If you are a U.S. citizen with a passport listing your place of birth as Skopje or the Republic of Macedonia, your U.S. passport should be recognized as a valid travel document. However, be aware:

  • Greek Immigration officers at ports of entry (land, air, and sea) will not place entry stamps in a passport listing the traveler’s place of birth as Macedonia or the Republic of Macedonia.
  • You will be asked to complete a short form on which the entry stamp will be placed.
  • Keep the form with your passport while you are in Greece and present it upon departure. If you lose the form, you must visit a police station and file a report before the Greek authorities will permit you to depart the country.

HIV/AIDS RESTRICTIONS: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Greece.

Find information on dual nationality , prevention of international child abduction , and customs information on our website .

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Terrorism: Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possible near-term attacks in Europe. All European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations. In the past year, there have been multiple terrorist attacks in Europe. Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities as viable targets. In addition, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, high-profile events, educational institutions, airports, and other soft targets remain priority locations for possible attacks. U.S. citizens should exercise additional vigilance in these and similar locations.

For more information, see our Terrorism page.

Strikes and Demonstrations:

  • Domestic strikes, demonstrations, and work stoppages are common throughout Greece and can become violent. Stay informed through local news, hotel security, the U.S. Embassy website , and the Consular Section’s Facebook page . Enroll in STEP to receive alerts sent by the Embassy.
  • Transportation sector strikes interrupt traffic, public transportation, taxis, seaports, and airports. Confirm domestic and international flights before heading to the airport.
  • Avoid all areas affected by the annual November 17 demonstrations, including the U.S. Embassy.
  • Anarchists and criminals have used university campuses as refuges. Demonstrators frequently congregate in the Polytechnic University area, Exarchia, Omonia, and Syntagma Squares in Athens; and at Aristotle Square, Aristotle University, and the Kamara area in Thessaloniki.
  • Violent anarchist groups have joined public demonstrations to clash with police and vandalize public and private property.

Crime: Crimes against tourists, such as pick-pocketing and purse-snatching , occur at popular tourist sites and on public transportation, especially the metro. A common tactic is one person causes a commotion on the metro or pushes travelers to distract them while another person snatches the belongings. Thieves also seek out and break into rental cars to steal passports, valuables, and luggage. The Embassy has received reports of alcohol-induced attacks targeting individual tourists at some holiday resorts and bars.

Take the following precautions:

  • Be cautious and aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not leave bags unattended, especially on the metro and the Athens Airport train or in your vehicle.
  • Avoid standing near bus or train doors. Thieves often strike as the doors open then disappear into the crowd.
  • Use alcohol in moderation and remain in control.
  • Never leave drinks unattended in bars or clubs.
  • Be discreet when discussing plans and organizing belongings upon arrival.
  • Protect yourself and your money by using well-lit, public ATMs.
  • Be aware of internet scams with online thieves posing as loved ones or romantic interests.

See the  Department of State  and the  FBI  pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime: Report crime to the local police and contact the U.S. Embassy at (+30) 210-720-2414 or the Emergency after-hours telephone (+30) 210-729-4444 if you require assistance. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .

  • Help you find appropriate medical care
  • Assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • Contact relatives or friends, with your written consent
  • Explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • Provide a list of local attorneys
  • Provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the United States.
  • Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in certain cases of destitution
  • Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home in certain cases of destitution
  • Replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

Tremors and earthquakes occur regularly.  Forest fires are common, especially during the dry summer months, and occasionally cause road closures. In the event of a natural disaster, follow the instructions of local authorities. Contact the General Secretariat for Civil Protection, which responds to emergencies, at 210-335-9900 for more information. Operators speak English. Monitor the U.S. Embassy Athens’ website and Consular Facebook page .

Tourism : The tourism industry is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and facilities do not commonly occur. Hazardous areas/activities are not always identified with appropriate signage, and staff may not be trained or certified either by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is typically available only in/near major cities, such as Athens or Thessaloniki. First responders are generally unable to access areas outside of major cities and to provide urgent medical treatment. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Possession of a U.S. passport will not prevent you from being arrested, prosecuted, or jailed.

  • Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines. Marijuana is illegal in Greece.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs could land you immediately in jail.
  • Photographing military installations is prohibited and may lead to arrest.
  • Mace or pepper-spray canisters are illegal in Greece. Such items will be confiscated, and police may arrest or detain you.
  • Carry your passport or some form of photo identification at all times. Police may detain you for questioning if you do not have proper identification with you.

Some crimes are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Faith-Based Travelers: See our webpages for details:

  • Faith-Based Travel Information
  • International Religious Freedom Report – see country reports
  • Human Rights Report – see country reports
  • Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
  • Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad

Greek Antiquities: Customs authorities strictly regulate the export of Greek antiquities, including rocks from archaeology sites. Do not remove anything, no matter how small, from archaeological or historical sites. Do not purchase protected antiquities and carry receipts for any purchases that may appear to be antiquities.

Military Service for Dual Nationals:

  • Greek males between 19 and 45 are required to perform military service.
  • If the Greek government considers you to be a Greek citizen, you may be required to fulfill this obligation whether or not you consider yourself Greek or possess a U.S. or third country’s passport.
  • Authorities can prevent you from leaving Greece until you complete your military obligations . Contact the Greek embassy or nearest Greek consulate with questions.
  • Generally, required military service will not affect your U.S. citizenship, but contact U.S. Embassy Athens if you have questions.

LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Greece. LGBTI individuals in Greece are protected by anti-discrimination laws, and gender identity is among the grounds covered by laws against hate speech; however, non-governmental organizations report that social discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is widespread in Greece and violence against LGBTI individuals remains a problem.

See our LGBTI travel information page and section six of our Human Rights Report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: While Greek law prohibits discrimination against persons with physical or intellectual disabilities and local law requires access to buildings, sidewalks, and public transportation, application and enforcement of these laws is lacking.

  • Handicapped parking spaces and sidewalk ramps are often occupied or blocked by parked vehicles.
  • Sidewalks often are narrow with broken paving stones and large holes and obstructed by trees and street signs.
  • Buildings with ramps might lack accessible elevators or bathrooms.
  • A small percentage of public buildings (primarily in Athens) have full accessibility. Some buildings and intersections include accommodations for visually-impaired travelers.
  • The Athens metro and Athens International Airport are fully accessible with ramps and elevators.
  • Ask your hotel about accessibility before booking.

The Deputy Ombudsman for Social Welfare handles complaints related to persons with disabilities, especially those related to employment, social security, and transportation.

Students: See our students abroad page and  FBI travel tips .

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for women travelers .

Most public medical facilities in Greece offer adequate care, although service quality and hospital appearance may differ from the United States. Some private hospitals have affiliations with U.S. facilities and provide high-quality care. Many doctors trained in the United States or elsewhere in Europe.

  • Private hospitals usually require proof of adequate insurance or cash before admitting a patient. Patients bear all costs for transfer to or between hospitals.
  • Public hospitals often employ minimal nursing staff overnight and on weekends in non-emergency wards. Consider hiring a private nurse or having family spend the night with the patient, especially a minor child.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare is not accepted overseas.

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. You may be required to pay upfront and seek reimbursement from your insurance company. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage .

We strongly recommend that travelers purchase travel insurance before their trips to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the Greek Embassy or consulate in the United States , the Customs office at Athens International Airport (+30 210-3542126) or the National Organization of Medicines ( [email protected] , www.eof.gr , +30 213-204-0000) to ensure the medication is legal in Greece. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

  • World Health Organization
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Travel and Transportation

Short-term Car Rentals: Greek law requires that visitors carry a valid U.S. driver’s license and an international driver’s permit (IDP), even if the rental company does not request to see your IDP. The Embassy does not issue IDPs. You must obtain your IDP in the United States from the American Automobile Association ( AAA ) or the American Automobile Touring Alliance ( AATA ). Contact AAA directly to inquire about their mail in option that will allow you to apply from overseas, but note that it will likely take days or weeks. If you drive without these documents, you may face high fines (1,000 Euros or more) or be responsible for all expenses in the event of an accident.

Road Conditions and Safety: Greece has one of the highest traffic fatality rates in the European Union. Exercise extreme caution as both a driver and a pedestrian, and follow these tips:

  • Drive defensively.
  • Expect heavy traffic, obscured traffic signs, and vehicles traveling at high speeds.
  • Driving at night in inclement weather and on mountain roads can be hazardous.
  • Local law requires all motorcyclists to wear a helmet.
  • Check for motorbikes between lanes and on either side of you.
  • Do not rely on lane markings. On many two-lane highways, slower traffic will drive on the shoulder, and cars will pass straddling the center double-yellow line.
  • Review your insurance coverage before renting. Most insurance companies require that you have both your valid U.S. license and an international driver’s permit (IDP) for coverage in Greece. Small motorbike and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) rental firms frequently carry no insurance and require customers to cover the cost of all damages to their vehicles. Your insurance company may not cover two-wheel or ATV rentals.

Traffic Laws:

  • Talking or texting on a mobile phone while driving is illegal. The police check phone records when investigating accidents.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal, and police conduct random alcohol testing.
  • A Greek license is required if you stay more than 185 days in Greece. Contact the Regional Office of Transportation and Communications for more information.

See our road safety page for more information, including information on IDPs. Visit the Greek National Tourist Office website for more helpful tips.                                        

Public Transportation: Purchase and validate your ticket by touching it to the pad on the turnstile prior to boarding a bus or train. Inspectors randomly check for tickets. If you do not have a ticket, have the wrong ticket, or fail to validate your ticket, you could be fined up to 60 times the basic fare.

Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Greece’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page .

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Greece should monitor U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at www.marad.dot.gov/msci , the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website, https://homeport.uscg.mil , and the NGA broadcast warnings website https://msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/MSI.portal . Greece implemented a Recreational and Daily Tour Cruise Ships Fee on all private and professional leisure ships with a total length of over seven meters, regardless of flag, in Greek territorial waters. Mariners should consult https://www.aade.gr/polites/etepai for details.

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  • Call us in Washington, D.C. at 1-888-407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1-202-501-4444 (from all other countries) from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
  • See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution  and  Travel Advisories .
  • Follow us on  Twitter  and  Facebook .
  • See  traveling safely abroad  for useful travel tips.

Review information about International Parental Child Abduction in Greece . For additional IPCA-related information, please see the  International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act ( ICAPRA )  report.”

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Essential Documents for Traveling to Greece: Your Must-Have Checklist

If you are planning to travel to greece, it's essential to have the necessary documents with you. some of the documents you need to carry include a valid passport, visa (if required), travel insurance, flight tickets, hotel reservations, and any additional documents related to your specific travel purpose or activities. make sure to check the current travel requirements and covid-19 protocols before your trip..

Essential Documents for Traveling to Greece: Your Must-Have Checklist

Key Takeaways:

  • Ensure a smooth trip to Greece by having a valid passport, checking visa requirements , and obtaining travel insurance.
  • Carry proof of accommodations, return ticket, financial means, and an international driver’s license if necessary.
  • EU citizens should have a European Health Insurance Card, and all travelers should be aware of COVID-19 requirements.

Essential Documents for Your Trip to Greece

Traveling to Greece? Whether it’s your dream vacation or a business trip, it’s essential to ensure you have all the necessary documents packed and ready to go. Greece offers a blend of stunning landscapes, historic wonders, and vibrant culture, but proper preparation is key to ensuring a smooth journey. Here’s a guide to the documents you need to carry to enjoy the beauty of Greece without any hiccups.

Passport and Visa Requirements

Before setting off to Greece, the most crucial document you need is a valid passport . Ensure that your passport has at least six months remaining before its expiration date, a requirement by many countries to avoid problems at immigration.

Depending on your nationality, you may also require a visa to enter Greece . Greece is a member of the European Union and part of the Schengen Agreement, so travelers from EU countries can enter with a national ID card. However, if you’re from outside the EU, you should check your specific visa requirements.

“Always double-check visa requirements well in advance of your trip, as processing times can vary,” advises a travel expert.

For most non-EU travelers, particularly those from the US, Canada, and Australia, a visa is not required for stays of up to 90 days within a 180-day period. But for longer stays or different travel purposes like studies or work, a visa would be necessary.

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The official portal of the Hellenic Republic provides up-to-date information on visa requirements.

Travel Insurance Documentation

While this is not always mandatory, having comprehensive travel insurance is highly recommended. Your insurance should cover medical emergencies, trip cancellations, lost luggage, and potential repatriation. Be sure to carry the insurance documents with you, as you may need to present proof of insurance upon request.

Accommodation Confirmation and Return Ticket

Immigration officers may request to see proof of your accommodations in Greece. This can be hotel reservation confirmations or a letter of invitation if you’re staying with friends or family. Likewise, a return ticket or onward journey evidence is often required to demonstrate that you intend to leave the country within the allowed timeframe.

Financial Means

To ensure travelers are capable of supporting themselves during their stay, authorities may check for proof of sufficient funds. This could be in the form of recent bank statements, cash, travelers’ checks, or credit cards.

“Maintain easy access to proof of funds to avoid any delays during your immigration process,” suggests a travel specialist.

International Driver’s License

If you’re planning to rent a car and explore Greece at your own pace, an international driver’s license, alongside your valid national driver’s license, is necessary. Remember, it’s not a replacement but a supplement to your existing license and is required by law for non-EU driving licenses.

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

For EU citizens, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitles you to state-provided medical treatment within Greece. It can assure you receive necessary healthcare without direct payment or at a reduced cost. Make sure you have this card with you if you’re an EU national.

COVID-19 Related Documents

Given the ever-changing landscape due to the pandemic, it is vital to check the current COVID-19 requirements before traveling. Depending on ongoing policies, you may need to show proof of vaccination, a negative test, or a recovery certificate. Keep abreast of the latest updates on the Greek government’s COVID-19 information page .

In conclusion, packing the right documents is as important as packing your sunscreen and swimwear when heading to Greece. Regularly consult official Greek travel resources and plan well ahead to ensure that nothing stands in the way of experiencing the rich history and awe-inspiring landscapes of Greece. From the sparkling Aegean Sea to the ruins of ancient Athens, every detail counts in making your Greek odyssey unforgettable.

So there you have it, folks! Don’t forget to pack your passport, visa, travel insurance, accommodation confirmation, return ticket, proof of funds, international driver’s license, EHIC, and COVID-19 documents before jetting off to Greece. Trust me, it’s worth the effort! And for more handy travel tips and exciting destinations, head over to visaverge.com. Happy travels!

FAQ’s to know:

FAQ 1: What are the passport and visa requirements for traveling to Greece? Answer: To travel to Greece, you need a valid passport with at least six months remaining before its expiration date. Additionally, depending on your nationality, you may require a visa. If you are from an EU country, a national ID card is sufficient. Non-EU travelers, such as those from the US, Canada, and Australia, typically do not need a visa for stays up to 90 days within a 180-day period. However, it’s important to check the specific visa requirements for your nationality and travel purpose to ensure compliance.

FAQ 2: Do I need travel insurance when visiting Greece? Answer: While travel insurance is not mandatory, it is highly recommended to have comprehensive coverage when traveling to Greece. Your insurance should include medical emergencies, trip cancellations, lost luggage, and repatriation. It’s important to carry the insurance documents with you, as you may be asked to provide proof of insurance upon request.

FAQ 3: What documents do I need to show for immigration purposes in Greece? Answer: When going through immigration in Greece, you may be asked to provide certain documents. These can include proof of accommodation, such as hotel reservations or a letter of invitation if staying with friends or family. Additionally, you may need to show a return ticket or evidence of onward travel to demonstrate that you plan to leave the country within the allowed timeframe. Authorities may also request proof of sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay, which can be in the form of recent bank statements, cash, travelers’ checks, or credit cards. It is important to maintain easy access to these documents to avoid any delays during the immigration process.

What did you learn? Answer below to know:

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The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) has released the updated aviation directive (NOTAM) with new rules concerning international arrivals from abroad. According to this directive, inbound travelers to Greece from EU/Schengen member states and from 33 non-EU countries (mentioned below) that hold a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate will not be subject to additional restrictions (such as testing before travel for the fully vaccinated).

All other inbound travelers to Greece (including children over 5 years old) that do not have an EU Digital COVID Certificate, regardless of nationality, Covid vaccination status or proof of recovery, must present a negative PCR test result (performed within 72 hours before travel) or a rapid antigen test result (performed within 24 hours before travel).

The new rules will run until February 21.

Following are Greece’s entry rules in detail.

Travel rules for international arrivals

Passenger Locator Form (PLF) All travelers to Greece, regardless of their nationality, must submit the mandatory Passenger Locator Form (PLF) any time before the departure of their flight.

EU Digital Covid Certificate (EUDCC) holders

The new NOTAM foresees entry into Greece without additional restrictions (such as the prior Covid-19 testing before travel requirement for vaccinated) for European Union Digital Covid Certificate (EUDCC) holders coming from:

– the EU and Schengen zone countries – the following 33 non-EU countries and territories that have joined the EUDCC system: San Marino, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, the Vatican, Northern Macedonia, Georgia, Switzerland, El Salvador, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Lebanon, Morocco, Montenegro, Moldova, Monaco, Norway, New Zealand, Ukraine, Uruguay, Panama, Cape Verde, Serbia, Singapore, Thailand, Togo, Turkey, Tunisia, Faroe Islands and Chinese Taipei.

The EU Digital Covid Certificate must include information on one of the following:

1) a vaccination certificate valid for nine months since full vaccination for Covid-19, and without validity limit for travelers who have received the booster dose

2) a recovery certificate valid for 180 days after its issue date

3) a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours before travel or a negative rapid antigen test performed within 24 hours before travel.

The rule is also in force for children aged 5 and over.

Non-EUDCC holders: Mandatory testing before entering the country

All other inbound travelers to Greece that do not have an EUDCC (including children over 5 years old) and regardless of their Covid vaccination status must present a negative PCR test result (performed within 72 hours before travel) or a rapid antigen test result (performed within 24 hours before travel) upon arrival.

UPDATE: Travelers from US, Canada & Australia

All travelers from the United States of America, Canada and Australia may enter Greece provided they have one of the following:

For further information, press here .

Random rapid testing on arrival

Every traveler who arrives in Greece, regardless if they are a holder of the EU Digital Covid Certificate, may be subject to random COVID-19 rapid test at the airport (depending on the data provided on the PLF forms and based on the ‘EVA’ system).

If a passenger is selected for a rapid test and is positive for the coronavirus then he/she must quarantine for a total of five days at home or in a temporary facility as indicated by Greek authorities. The isolation period begins the next day, after diagnosed positive for Covid-19.

The mandatory quarantine can end after five days as long as passengers have no symptoms or their symptoms have subsided (no fever for the last 24 hours without the use of antipyretics). Self-isolation is extended in case fever persists and until it subsides. These passengers are required to wear only a high filtering respirator mask (FFP2 or N95) or a double mask (surgical and fabric) for at least another five days after the end of the self-isolation period.

Wearing a mask is mandatory

At the arrival and departure areas inside airports, as well as during all domestic and international flights, staff and passengers are required to wear a face mask at all times.

Passengers are also required to comply with the instructions of the permanent and temporary staff of airports or airlines responsible for supervising, crowd management and passenger assistance, in order to maintain the necessary distances and to ensure safe boarding/disembarkation to avoid overcrowding.

The compulsory travel documents passengers must have with them are checked by airline staff. According to the HCAA, airline staff is obliged to ascertain that travelers have all the necessary documentation before they board flight to Greece. In the case of violation, the airline will have to to repatriate the passenger at its own expense.

The Greek government has detailed information on a dedicated website with the entry rules to Greece. The website includes frequently asked questions.

Travelers are advised to contact their travel agent or airline to confirm the requirements before their trip. Those in need of specific details on the travel rules for passengers of international flights are advised to contact their embassy or the General Secretariat for Civil Protection .

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Entering Greece: New Covid-19 Rules for International Travelers

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The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) on Sunday released an updated aviation directive (NOTAM) with new rules concerning international arrivals from abroad.

According to the updated directive, inbound travelers to Greece from EU/Schengen member states and from 33 non-EU countries (mentioned below) that hold a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate will not be subject to additional restrictions (such as testing before travel for the fully vaccinated).

[Since February 1, following a European Commission announcement , the certificates for those vaccinated against COVID-19 with two doses and without a booster shot should be valid for a period of 270 (9 months) for travel.]

All other inbound travelers to Greece (including children over 5 years old) that do not have an EU Digital COVID Certificate, regardless of nationality, Covid vaccination status or proof of recovery, must present a negative PCR test result (performed within 72 hours before travel) or a rapid antigen test result (performed within 24 hours before travel).

The new rules will run until February 21.

Following are Greece’s entry rules in detail.

Travel rules for international arrivals

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Photo source: European Commission / Photographer: Yorgos Karahalis

Passenger Locator Form (PLF)

All travelers to Greece , regardless of their nationality, must submit the mandatory Passenger Locator Form (PLF)  any time before the departure of their flight.

EU Digital Covid Certificate (EUDCC) holders

The new NOTAM foresees entry into Greece without additional restrictions (such as the prior Covid-19 testing before travel requirement for vaccinated) for European Union Digital Covid Certificate (EUDCC) holders coming from:

– the EU and Schengen zone countries – the following 33 non-EU countries and territories that have joined the EUDCC system: San Marino, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, the Vatican, Northern Macedonia, Georgia, Switzerland, El Salvador, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Lebanon, Morocco, Montenegro, Moldova, Monaco, Norway, New Zealand, Ukraine, Uruguay, Panama, Cape Verde, Serbia, Singapore, Thailand, Togo, Turkey, Tunisia, Faroe Islands and Chinese Taipei.

The EU Digital Covid Certificate must include information on one of the following:

1) a vaccination certificate valid for nine months since full vaccination for Covid-19, and without validity limit for travelers who have received the booster dose

2) a recovery certificate valid for 180 days after its issue date

3) a  negative PCR test  performed within 72 hours before travel or a  negative rapid antigen test performed within 24 hours before travel.

The rule is also in force for children aged 5 and over.

Non-EUDCC holders: Mandatory testing before entering the country

All other inbound travelers to Greece that do not have an EUDCC (including children over 5 years old) and regardless of their Covid vaccination status must present a negative PCR test result (performed within 72 hours before travel) or a rapid antigen test result (performed within 24 hours before travel) upon arrival.

UPDATE: Travelers from US, Canada & Australia

All travelers from the United States of America, Canada and Australia may enter Greece provided they have one of the following:

3) a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours before travel or a negative rapid antigen test performed within 24 hours before travel.

For further information, press here .

Random rapid testing on arrival

Negative test result by using rapid test device for COVID-19. Photo: Shutterstock 1656883729

Photo: Shutterstock

Every traveler who arrives in Greece, regardless if they are a holder of the EU Digital Covid Certificate, may be subject to random COVID-19 rapid test at the airport (depending on the data provided on the PLF forms and based on the ‘EVA’ system).

If a passenger is selected for a rapid test and is positive for the coronavirus then he/she must quarantine for a total of five days at home or in a temporary facility as indicated by Greek authorities. The isolation period begins the next day, after diagnosed positive for Covid-19.

The mandatory quarantine can end after five days as long as passengers have no symptoms or their symptoms have subsided (no fever for the last 24 hours without the use of antipyretics). Self-isolation is extended in case fever persists and until it subsides. These passengers are required to wear only a high filtering respirator mask (FFP2 or N95) or a double mask (surgical and fabric) for at least another five days after the end of the self-isolation period.

Wearing a mask is mandatory

Athens, Greece - July 2020: People wearing masks for COVID-19 in eleftherios Venizelos Airport in Athens, Greece.

At the arrival and departure areas inside airports, as well as during all domestic and international flights, staff and passengers are required to wear a face mask at all times.

Passengers are also required to comply with the instructions of the permanent and temporary staff of airports or airlines responsible for supervising, crowd management and passenger assistance, in order to maintain the necessary distances and to ensure safe boarding/disembarkation to avoid overcrowding.

The compulsory travel documents passengers must have with them are checked by airline staff. According to the HCAA, airline staff is obliged to ascertain that travelers have all the necessary documentation before they board flight to Greece. In the case of violation, the airline will have to to repatriate the passenger at its own expense.

The Greek government has detailed information on a  dedicated website  with the entry rules to Greece. The website includes frequently asked questions.

Travelers are advised to contact their travel agent or airline to confirm the requirements before their trip. Those in need of specific details on the travel rules for passengers of international flights are advised to contact their embassy or the  General Secretariat for Civil Protection .

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greece is acting under the orders of the WEF you have lost your country…what happened to oxi? these measures are in direct contradiction to any and all scientific advice or truth. get online and check out other countries…we are all alive…healthy and alive and not masked or jabbed.

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Why aren’t Australians on EUDCC list. What happens on internal flights and ferries for Australians?

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What are the time frame for Covid recovery certificate post date of infection for 1) entry into the country 2) entry into restaurant and bars. Iv seen various timelines from 180 days, 3 months and 4 months ? My son had covid in October so hes within 180 days but not the other 2

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Can fully vaccinated plus booster shot South Africans tourists visit Greece in May/June 2022? Will we be issued visas? Thank you

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I am currently visiting Greece from South Africa and this is what I found: 1. if you have a 72 hour PCR test, it’s good enough to come into the country, provided you have the Passenger Locator Form. 2. South African Vaccine certificate does not scan in Greece.I am fully vaccinated and have my Southa frican certificate but the QR code is not recognized in Greece. Subsequently, I found out that South Africa vaccine certificates can not be used globally as the technology is too expensive and South Africa has not bought into it. Every time you go to a coffee shop or restaurant you are asked for your vaccine certificate or a covid rapid or pcr test. 3 You need to fill a Passenger locator form before departing South Africa. This is found on the Greek Government site. https://travel.gov.gr/#/ You need to carry this form with you wherever you go. Print a few and keep them on you-or electronically 4. I was asked for the PCR test and the passenger locator form at all the airports, and when entering Greece 5. They do random screening at the airport as well as you enter.

It becomes expensive if you need testing every time you go into an establishment, PCR or rapid is 7 to 10 euro–the testing is more expensive than going out to get a coffee, so not worth it. You can do the tests at a pharmacy but need your passports and Passenger Locator forms to get a valid GR certificate. I do not think there will be an issue with visas. You need to keep checking the greek government site for updates—https://travel.gov.gr

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It was great to hear those information,l’am wondering why is that a person had a PCR test abroad +plus PLF before departure and submit all the requirement documents.Come to the country of destination has to be required for above document and forced to have a test again at Airport. Is that a new law !

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What are the rules for South African passport holders entering Greece for holidays in June 2022?

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I am Canadian with 3 shots of pfizer vaccine. Travelling to Greece in May. Do I still need the preflight PCR test?

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I too would be interested in this answer, as I also am hoping to go to Greece in May 2022.

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Can citizens of Trinidad and Tobago enter Greece as yet?

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Greece will continue to have covidfascist measures even when covidfascism is over everywhere else.

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So has Greece got rid of the wretched list of countries whose citizens and residents were allowed entry? For example can Colombians now visit Greece for tourist purposes?

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Entry requirements

This advice reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British citizen’ passport from the UK, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Greece set and enforce entry rules. If you’re not sure how these requirements apply to you, contact Greece’s embassy or consulate in the UK.

COVID-19 rules

Countries may restrict travel or bring in rules at short notice. Check with your travel company or airline for changes.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Visit TravelHealthPro (from the UK’s National Travel Health Network and Centre) for general COVID-19 advice for travellers .

Travel to Greece

Follow any instructions given on arrival at immigration or airport testing facilities. Check the Ministry of Tourism website for more information.

Passport validity requirements

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must follow the Schengen area passport requirements .

Your passport must be:

  • issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

You must check your passport meets these requirements before you travel. If your passport was issued before 1 October 2018, extra months may have been added to its expiry date.

Contact the embassy of the country you are visiting if you think that your passport does not meet both these requirements. Renew your passport if you need to .

Visa requirements

You can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel:

  • as a tourist
  • to visit family or friends
  • to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events
  • for short-term studies or training

If you are travelling to Greece and other Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day limit. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days.

For a longer stay (to work or study, for business or for other reasons) you will need to meet the Greek government’s entry requirements. Check with the Greek Embassy before you make arrangements to travel about what type of visa and work permit, if any, you may need.

If you are travelling to Greece for work , read the guidance on visas and permits.

The entry requirements for touring creatives have recently changed, more details of the new rules can be found on the Greek Embassy website. If you stay in Greece with a residence permit or long-stay visa, this does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit.

Passport stamping

Check your passport is stamped if you enter or exit the Schengen area through Greece as a visitor. Border guards will use passport stamps to check you’re complying with the 90-day visa-free limit for short stays in the Schengen area. If relevant entry or exit stamps are not in your passport, border guards will presume that you have overstayed your visa-free limit. If you do overstay, you may be fined on departure, and have restrictions placed on your ability to re-enter Greece whilst the fine remains unpaid.

You can show evidence of when and where you entered or exited the Schengen area, and ask the border guards to add this date and location in your passport. Examples of acceptable evidence include boarding passes and tickets.

You may also need to:

  • show a return or onward ticket
  • show you have enough money for your stay

If you are resident in Greece, read our Living in Greece guide for passport stamping information.

Vaccination requirements (other than COVID-19)

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the vaccinations and vaccination certificates you may need on TravelHealthPro .

Customs rules

There are strict rules about goods that can be brought into and taken out of Greece . You must declare anything that may be prohibited or subject to tax or duty.

Taking food and drink into the EU

You cannot take meat, milk or products containing them into EU countries. There are some exceptions for medical reasons, for example certain amounts of powdered infant milk, infant food, or pet food required for medical reasons. Check the rules about taking food and drink into the EU on the European Commission website.

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Countries that allow visa-free travel with Refugee Travel Documents

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  • Countries that require visas for visitors with the Refugee Travel Document (blue) issued under the 1951 UN Convention
  • Countries that DO NOT require visas for the visitors with the Refugee Travel Document (blue) issued under the 1951 UN Convention
  • European countries that you can travel visa free with a travel document
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  • List of countries that DO NOT ALLOW ENTRANCE for the visitors with the Refugee Travel Document (blue) issued under the 1951 UN Convention
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How to Apply for a Visa

Please note that the information below changes regularly. For example, the UK leaving the EU may change the ability to travel visa-free to European countries. Therefore, you should always check the visa requirements of your country of destination before you travel.

This question comes up when you are considering travelling to one of the European or Schengen Countries or another country. Once you have obtained refugee status, you may wonder where you can travel without the need for a visa.

If you are a holder of a Refugee Travel Document issued by the United Kingdom under the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees , you can travel visa-free to a lot of countries. Different countries have their own travel restrictions and require you to have a visa even for short term visits like tourism, even if you have a Refugee Travel Document.

When you are travelling, you will need to make sure that you carry your valid UK residence permit confirming your refugee status together with the Refugee Travel Document.

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N OTE: This list is subject to changes at any time . We recommend double-checking information on the current visa requirements with the embassy of your country of destination before making any travel arrangements or you can start an application with IaM and we can check for you. IaM is not liable for any immigration or other difficulties you may encounter based on the information on this page.

For countries with official sources, there will be a hyperlink, which will be highlighted in orange and underlined. You can click on it to view more information.

Countries that require visas for visitors with the Refugee Travel Document (blue) issued under the 1951 UN Convention:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina  
  • Czech Republic
  • Dominican Republic
  • Jamaica * (depending on the country of origin of the traveller)
  • Kazakhstan  
  • Norway * (1951 Convention travel documents issued by Malta, Ireland, Liechtenstein, or Switzerland have visa-free access to Norway )
  • Philippines
  • Saudi Arabia 
  • Thailand*  (depending on the country of origin of the traveller)
  • Turkey   (unless for official visit)
  • United Kingdom

Countries that do not require visas for visitors with the Refugee Travel Document (blue) issued under the 1951 UN Convention:

  • Liechtenstein 
  • Netherlands* (depending on the country of origin of the traveller)
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia * (depending on the country of origin of the traveller)
  • Vatican city

European countries that require a visa to travel with a travel document:

European countries that you can travel visa free with a travel document:.

  • Liechtenstein
  • Monaco* (To be confirmed after Brexit)
  • Netherlands* (Depending on your nationality)

List of countries that DO NOT ALLOW ENTRANCE for the visitors with the Refugee Travel Document (blue) issued under the 1951 UN Convention:

  • UAE – Dubai
  • Qatar – Doha

List of countries that issue travel documents:

  • Netherlands *
  • Republic of Ireland
  • United States of America

All the above countries issue refugee travel documents in one form or another. They allow you to leave the country that issued them and return with the same documents. Some countries allow you to travel to other countries without the need for a visa. Whereas, you may need to obtain a visa for other countries. These arrangements are usually due to agreements between countries.

Please note that in some instances, you may lose your refugee status if you travel to the country from which you sought refuge. You will need to check with the country that issued your travel documents.

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Getting a Travel Visa

A travel visa is an official document, usually stamped or affixed into the bearer’s passport, that grants the right to legally enter, remain within, or leave a foreign country. A  Schengen visa , for example, allows you to travel to any of the  Schengen countries  as well as other  non-Schengen countries  that allow travellers to enter their countries with a Schengen visa.

Travellers without a valid travel visa will be refused entry into a country. And, if the individual enters the country through illegal means and is later discovered, may be punished and deported.

Each country has their own processes for applying for a visa. Generally, you will need to fill in an application form and submit any requirements that the consulate or embassy asks for, and some even require you to appear for an interview .

There are many factors that could add to your visa being approved or rejected by the consulate, and many find the process of applying for a visa stressful for this reason. You can choose to do this on your own, or get a service like IaM to help you either make the application or check the application that you filled out yourself.

If you want to make your own visa application to any of the Schengen countries , check out our blog posts for our detailed guides:

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51 Responses

does greece accept travel document

Great article Very informative Just one suggestion in title if you can add UK

does greece accept travel document

Hello, Can I still travel to these countries visa free with a refugee travel document after brexit? Thanks

does greece accept travel document

We are in the process of updating this post. Check with the embassy first to know where you want to go.

does greece accept travel document

The French embassy has been ignoring my email enquiries and their visa centre as well. I am stuck and do not know if I can still travel to France visa free with my refugee blue travel documents with Brexit. Has anyone travelled during this year 2021? did you need to apply for a Schengen visa or did you travel visa free? That would help a lot if someone could share their experience. Many thanks

does greece accept travel document

i tried to go to france but they send me back

Yes, on our list it says France requires visa.

does greece accept travel document

Greece need a visa as the embassy confirmed

does greece accept travel document

Hi all, I am currently stck in Georgia that entered the UK red list and in need for a buffer place to spend the ten days before flying back to the UK. I would appreciate any suggestions for a visa free destination.

Hi. You can check the UK amber list ( https://immigrationandmigration.com/uk-travel-update-uks-amber-travel-list/ ) or green list ( https://immigrationandmigration.com/uk-travel-update-new-countries-on-the-green-list/ ).

does greece accept travel document

What type of visa do I need to visit a Switzerland for about 2 weeks to visit a friend. And can I travel to Switzerland from Sudan . I live in the uk and I have a refugee travel document. I’m traveling to Sudan in few days then if possible will travel to Switzerland.

You will need a Schengen visa to visit Switzerland to visit a friend. You can check the list above if you are required to apply for this visa.

does greece accept travel document

Hi , I have a Uganda travel document the Geneva Convention 1951 July 28 If I travel Europe I need visa or not

Read the blog post above.

does greece accept travel document

Can I still travel to Malta with a refugee travel document from the UK without a visa? I have contacted the relevant embassies but have not had any replies yet.

Hi. We have updated our list. You can check which countries you can travel to visa-free.

does greece accept travel document

Hi CHesca , thanks alot for this information so i have read that Malta does not require visa for Blue refuggee TravelDocument . just some one stuck in Istanbul and have to go to malta to do the 10 days there . thanks

You’re welcome. Glad to help.

does greece accept travel document

Hi , I have a Japanese travel document the Geneva Convention 1951 July 28 If I travel Europe I need visa or not

Check the list above or contact the embassy for more info.

does greece accept travel document

Hi , thank you for this helpful article but can you please confirm about Turkey and Tunisia as I can see them in countries DO NOT require visas for the visitors with the Refugee Travel Document (blue) issued under the 1951 UN Convention. do you have any link to show this new update I checked Turkish official website and I think they still ask Refugee travel document holders to apply for visa. please let me know!

many thanks

You can check with the embassy to be sure if you will need a visa or not.

does greece accept travel document

I,m a refugee in Namibia. I have acceptance status and my traveling document. I would like to visit Canada or Austria. Please how will I get the Visa.

Hi. You can start your application with us here: For Austria: https://immigrationandmigration.com/schengen-visas/ For Canada: https://immigrationandmigration.com/canada-visas/

does greece accept travel document

Hi, I been in Portugal in June 21, could I still travel to Portugal with my travel document from UK? Thank you very much.

Check the article above.

does greece accept travel document

Hi I live in the UK having travel documents. Can I travel to paris without visa please let me know Thanks

You can check the list above for France.

does greece accept travel document

Hi Juan, can I check if your comment means you travelled to Portugal in June 2021 visa free? I have a flight to Portugal tomorrow and I was under the impression that I could travel without a visa with the same travel document mentioned in the article. Thanks

does greece accept travel document

I would also be interested in this question in regards Portugal.

does greece accept travel document

Has anyone with refugee travel document indeed travelled to USA WITHOUT a visa or do we actually need a visa to get in?

According to our list, USA requires a visa.

does greece accept travel document

My first inquiry: HI, my UK Refugee Travel Documents will expire in 14/11/2021 (that is bit less than 3 months from now). Can I still use it to travel to Europe (Greece or Lithuania)?

My second inquiry: about a week ago I contacted Lithuania (by email) asking if I could visit Lithuania using my Refugee Travel Document (above) visa-free. They confirmed that I COULD! However, in the list above Lithuania is under the “Countries that REQUIRE visas for visitors with the Refugee Travel Document (blue) issued under the 1951 UN Convention”. Can you explain how this works please?

You need to make sure that your travel document is valid if you plan to travel. As we have put up in the notice, these restrictions can change at any time so we recommend you check with the embassy.

does greece accept travel document

I hold a UN Convention Refugee Travel Document issued in the UK, and I am preparing to visit a country that does not require visa from me. I wonder if I need to present my Biographic Residency Permit Card (BRP) at the custom alonsige the travel document?

Yes you will need that to enter the UK.

does greece accept travel document

I have refugee uganda refugee i need to visit canda how will i go there please help me.

does greece accept travel document

Hello, I have a blue passport (1951) issued by Belgium, I live with in Brussels, I would like to go to south Africa, I would like to know if I need or apply for a visa to go there some days of vacation?.. Thanks

You can check our list above and/or check with the embassy to be sure.

does greece accept travel document

Just been to the Portugal Consulate, Refugees now need a Visa to travel to Portugal.

Hi Baba, is this with the 1951 travel document??

Is this with travel document and valid biometric card?

does greece accept travel document

Hi I have Uk travel document (black) I want travel Eastern Europe do I need visa or just buy ticket and travel also if not which country accept it ?

Check the list above.

Do I Require visa with UK travel Document and biometric card for Portugal? I am Albanian citizen, but I reside in the UK.

Hi Eduart, Albanian citizens do not need a Schengen visa to travel to Portugal or any Schengen countries.

does greece accept travel document

You forgot to mention Canada in your list of countries that issue travel documents. Here’s the details about how to get a Canadian travel document: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/canadian-passports/travel-documents-non-canadians.html

does greece accept travel document

Hi, Anyone been able to travel to Italy recently? I tried to go from Birmingham to Milan with Ryanair and they denied me boarding even though I printed embassy website and consulate email confirming that visa is not required. Ryanair’s handling agent at Birmingham Airport, Swissport use IATA TravelCentre to check for visas

does greece accept travel document

Hi I am a Zimbabwean national who holds a UK refugee travel document and I just wanted to check if South Africa definitely does not require a visa as the last time a friend travelled there about ten years ago they did require one. At that time it did state that we needed one on their website but this is no longer stated so am guessing this has changed. Checked with the embassy but referred me to vfs global.

Regarding my earlier enquiry just got an email from VFS global South Africa desk and the agent stated that a visa would need to be applied for prior to travel if I hold a UK refugee travel document as a Zimbabwean national.

does greece accept travel document

Hi , I have a uk travel document the Convention of 28 july 1951 and i wanted to check if i need a visa to travel to belguim. Thanks

does greece accept travel document

Belgium is listed above in one of the countries that you need a visa. Check out how to apply for a Belgium visa .

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n the context of providing consular assistance, the Consular Authorities issue in emergencies National Temporary Travel Documents.

The National Temporary Travel Documents (Laissez –passer) are issued by the Consular Authorities to Greek citizens (L.2968 / 18.12.2001), who are deprived of a passport either due to loss or due to theft, in order to enable them to return to Greece or at their place of permanent residence.

They are valid for the time required for the completion of the journey and for the necessary time needed for overnight stays or travel correspondence.

The issue of Temporary Travel documents is free of charge.

The National Temporary Travel Documents (article 3 par.b΄ of L.2968 / 18.12.2001) are issued only in exceptional cases and in case  the timely issuance of a passport is not possible.

The vast majority of these cases concern the loss / theft / destruction of a passport or a Identity Card, while no Temporary Travel Document is issued in case of expiration of the old passport or untimely issuance of a new one. Necessary supporting documents:

  • Application,
  • Two (2) photos,
  • ID card or certificate of registration in the Municipal Register
  • Statement of the nearest local foreign Police Authority that the loss or theft of the applicant's Greek passport was declared.
  • Solemn Declaration of article 8 of Law 1599/1986 regarding the place, time and conditions of loss or theft of the passport

For the verification of the identity of the applicant who lost his/her passport and for the issuance of a Temporary Travel Document and in case he/she does not have a Greek Identity Card (with Latin characters) a witness with a valid passport is required.

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Petty crime

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing, purse snatching and luggage theft occurs. Tourists are frequently targeted.

Organized groups of thieves often use distraction techniques and are particularly active:

  • at tourist sites and attractions
  • in restaurants, patios and bars
  • in hotel lobbies
  • on public transportation, including metro and trains to and from Athens International Airport
  • at airports, bus and railway stations including Larissa and Peloponnese stations in Athens

While you’re in Greece:

  • ensure that your belongings, including your passport, are secure at all times
  • don’t keep your passport and other types of ID at the same place and carry a photocopy rather than the original
  • avoid showing signs of affluence
  • avoid carrying large sums of cash or unnecessary valuables
  • pay attention to your surroundings, particularly in crowded and tourist areas
  • be wary of unsolicited offers or advice from strangers
  • avoid isolated areas, parks and down-market bars and restaurants, especially after dark

Violent crime

Violent crime, such as attacks committed by far-right extremists against individuals belonging to ethnic, religious or political minorities are uncommon, but do occur.

Always be vigilant and aware of your surroundings.

Spiked food and drinks

Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers. Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum or cigarettes from new acquaintances. These items may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery.

Victims of crime

If you are a victim of a crime, go to the nearest police station to report it. Keep a copy of your report, as you may need it to make a claim to your insurance provider.

If you are a victim of sexual assault:

  • seek medical assistance, whether or not you appear to have been physically harmed
  • contact the local police immediately and ensure they file a report
  • inform consular officials at the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate

The Greek police has a dedicated unit to assist foreign tourists and offers services in English and other languages.

You can contact the tourism police 24/7 anywhere in Greece by dialling the 1571 or the regular police at 100.

Credit card and ATM fraud occurs.

When using debit or credit cards:

  • pay careful attention when your cards are being handled by others
  • use ATMs located in public areas or inside a bank or business
  • avoid using card readers with an irregular or unusual feature
  • cover the keypad with one hand when entering your PIN
  • check for any unauthorized transactions on your account statements

Overseas fraud

There is a threat of terrorism in Europe. Terrorists have carried out attacks in several European cities. Terrorist attacks could occur at any time.

Targets could include:

  • government buildings, including schools
  • places of worship
  • airports and other transportation hubs and networks
  • public areas such as tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centres, markets, hotels and other sites frequented by foreigners

Be particularly vigilant if attending:

  • sporting events
  • religious holidays
  • other public celebrations

Terrorists have used such occasions to mount attacks.

Extremist groups and organizations have used improvised explosive devices, bombs and arson attacks in urban areas to target:

  • the Greek State and its institutions
  • foreign commercial and diplomatic interests
  • ethnic, religious and migrants’ centers and organizations

While tourists are not specifically targeted, you could find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Demonstrations and strikes

Demonstrations.

Demonstrations take place regularly, particularly in Athens and Thessaloniki. They are usually held on days of social or historical significance, such as:

  • Workers' Day on May 1
  • the commemoration of the Athens Polytechnic uprising of 1973 on November 17
  • the commemoration of the riots of 2008 on December 6

In Athens, demonstrations and marches occur primarily in areas around:

  • Syntagma Square, in front of the Greek Parliament
  • Omonia Square
  • the National Technical University complex on Patision Avenue
  • Exarchia neighbourhood

In Thessaloniki, they occur primarily in areas around:

  • Aristotelous Square
  • Egnatia Street
  • the Arch of Galerius
  • the campus of the Aristotle University

Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. Demonstrations and strikes can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

Strikes and pressure tactics occur regularly, particularly in key sectors such as transport and public health services. These strikes can disrupt travel and public services.

  • Consult local media to be aware of strikes that may affect your stay or travel plans
  • In the event of a transport strike, plan extra time to get to your destination

Mass gatherings (large-scale events)

Women's safety

Foreigners have been sexually assaulted, most often on the islands.

Don’t accept rides from strangers or casual acquaintances.

Advice for women travellers

Water activities

Many beaches in Greece are supervised and enforce excellent safety procedures.

However, tidal changes and strong winds can cause hazardous currents and riptides.

Coral, urchin, jellyfish and other aquatic life found along reefs can poison, sting or cause infection if touched or stepped on.

  • Always obey warning flags at beaches
  • Ask local authorities about the presence of dangerous species and immediately seek medical assistance if you get hurt
  • Wear reef shoes to protect yourself against stone and coral cuts or urchin stings
  • Keep a safe distance from boats and restricted areas
  • Avoid visiting beaches or coastal areas during periods of severe weather warnings
  • Look out for signs warning of cliff erosion and falling rocks
  • Don’t dive into unknown waters, as hidden rocks or shallow depths can cause serious injury or death
  • Exercise caution and follow the advice of the local authorities

Recreational boating

If you are planning to go boating:

  • know the capacity of your boat and don’t exceed it
  • know and respect the navigation rules
  • follow safe practices for all activities on the water
  • keep a safe distance from areas reserved for certain activities such as snorkeling
  • carry a VHF marine radio that will generate your position in case of emergency
  • be prepared for emergencies

Water safety abroad

Outdoor activities, such as hiking, can be dangerous if unprepared. Trails are not always marked, and weather conditions can change rapidly, even in summer.

If you intend to go hiking or mountaineering:

  • never do so alone, and do not part with your hiking companions
  • obtain detailed information on your activity and on the environment in which you will be before setting out
  • buy travel insurance that includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation
  • ensure that your physical condition is good enough to meet the challenges of your activity
  • avoid venturing off marked trails
  • ensure that you’re adequately equipped and bring sufficient water
  • stay informed about weather and other conditions that may pose a hazard
  • be aware of the presence of dangerous species such as snakes
  • inform a family member or friend of your itinerary
  • dial 112 from a cellphone for any emergency

Road safety

Road conditions and road safety can vary greatly throughout the country.

Severe traffic congestion and difficult terrain may lead to hazardous driving conditions.

Accidents causing fatalities are common. Drivers often drive at excessive speeds and are reckless.

Drivers and speeding motorbikes don’t always yield to pedestrians or bicycles. Exercise caution when walking, crossing streets or biking.

Accidents involving tourists renting motorbikes, scooters or mopeds are common, especially on the islands.

Small, unlicensed rental agencies do not always offer vehicles that comply with up-to-date safety standards.

  • Read the rental contract carefully
  • Inspect the equipment before renting it
  • Never drink and drive
  • Reduce your speed on rough and uneven terrain
  • In the event of an accident, wait for police to arrive

You may not be able to file an insurance claim without a police report.

Public transportation

Public transportation is generally safe and reliable. The bus network is extensive, and train services connect certain major cities. Athens has a modern metro system. Strikes may sometimes affect transportation services.

Taxis are generally safe. Metered taxis are widely available.

There are fixed rates for transportation to and from Athens International Airport. Confirm the rate before departure.

Ferries between mainland Greece and its islands meet European safety standards.

Weather conditions and strong winds can lead to cancellations or significant delays. Rough sea conditions may cause motion sickness, particularly on high-speed ferries.

  • Pay attention to pre-departure notices from your carrier
  • Always reconfirm departure schedule before heading to the port

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

Information about foreign domestic airlines

Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.

We have obtained the information on this page from the Greek authorities. It can, however, change at any time.

Verify this information with the  Foreign Representatives in Canada .

  • Schengen area

Greece is a Schengen area country. Canadian citizens do not need a visa for travel to countries within the Schengen area. However, visa-free travel only applies to stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period. Stays are cumulative and include visits to any Schengen area country.

If you plan to stay in the Schengen area for a longer period of time, you will need a visa. You must contact the high commission or embassy of the country or countries you are travelling to and obtain the appropriate visa(s) prior to travel.

Useful links

  • Foreign Representatives in Canada

Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.

Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

Regular Canadian passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the date you expect to leave the Schengen area.

Passport for official travel

Different entry rules may apply.

Official travel

Passport with “X” gender identifier

While the Government of Canada issues passports with an “X” gender identifier, it cannot guarantee your entry or transit through other countries. You might face entry restrictions in countries that do not recognize the “X” gender identifier. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Other travel documents

Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

  • Foreign Representatives in Canada
  • Canadian passports

Tourist visa: not required for stays up to 90 days in any 180-day period Business visa: not required for stays up to 90 days in any 180-day period Work visa: required Student visa: required

If you must stay in Greece longer than 90 days due to serious and unforeseen events, such as a medical emergency, you may be able to seek an extension of your stay as a visitor.

Present your request to the office of the Greek police on aliens’ issues at least 15 days before your 90-day, visa-free period expires.

Yellow fever

Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).

Children and travel

Learn more about travelling with children .

Relevant Travel Health Notices

  • Global Measles Notice - 13 March, 2024
  • COVID-19 and International Travel - 13 March, 2024

This section contains information on possible health risks and restrictions regularly found or ongoing in the destination. Follow this advice to lower your risk of becoming ill while travelling. Not all risks are listed below.

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably 6 weeks before you travel to get personalized health advice and recommendations.

Routine vaccines

Be sure that your  routine vaccinations , as per your province or territory , are up-to-date before travelling, regardless of your destination.

Some of these vaccinations include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.

Pre-travel vaccines and medications

You may be at risk for preventable diseases while travelling in this destination. Talk to a travel health professional about which medications or vaccines may be right for you, based on your destination and itinerary. 

Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.

Country Entry Requirement*

  • Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.

Recommendation

  • Vaccination is not recommended.

* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.

About Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.

Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are fully protected against measles.

  Hepatitis B is a risk in every destination. It is a viral liver disease that is easily transmitted from one person to another through exposure to blood and body fluids containing the hepatitis B virus.  Travellers who may be exposed to blood or other bodily fluids (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) are at higher risk of getting hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all travellers. Prevent hepatitis B infection by practicing safe sex, only using new and sterile drug equipment, and only getting tattoos and piercings in settings that follow public health regulations and standards.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious viral disease. It can spread from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

It is recommended that all eligible travellers complete a COVID-19 vaccine series along with any additional recommended doses in Canada before travelling. Evidence shows that vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. While vaccination provides better protection against serious illness, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Anyone who has not completed a vaccine series is at increased risk of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and is at greater risk for severe disease when travelling internationally.

Before travelling, verify your destination’s COVID-19 vaccination entry/exit requirements. Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are adequately protected against COVID-19.

 The best way to protect yourself from seasonal influenza (flu) is to get vaccinated every year. Get the flu shot at least 2 weeks before travelling.  

 The flu occurs worldwide. 

  •  In the Northern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs from November to   April.
  •  In the Southern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs between April and   October.
  •  In the tropics, there is flu activity year round. 

The flu vaccine available in one hemisphere may only offer partial protection against the flu in the other hemisphere.

The flu virus spreads from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Clean your hands often and wear a mask if you have a fever or respiratory symptoms.

Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease that is caused by parasites spread through the bites of mosquitoes.   Limited malaria transmission may occur in this destination, but risk to travellers is very low.    Antimalarial medication is not recommended for most travellers. Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic before travelling to discuss your options. It is recommended to do this 6 weeks before travel, however, it is still a good idea any time before leaving.    Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times: 

  • Cover your skin and use an approved insect repellent on uncovered skin.
  • Exclude mosquitoes from your living area with screening and/or closed, well-sealed doors and windows.
  • Use insecticide-treated bed nets if mosquitoes cannot be excluded from your living area.
  • Wear permethrin-treated clothing. 

If you develop symptoms similar to malaria when you are travelling or up to a year after you return home, see a health care professional immediately. Tell them where you have been travelling or living. 

In this destination, rabies  may be present in some wildlife species, including bats. Rabies is a deadly disease that spreads to humans primarily through bites or scratches from an infected animal. 

If you are bitten or scratched by an animal while travelling, immediately wash the wound with soap and clean water and see a health care professional. 

Before travel, discuss rabies vaccination with a health care professional. It may be recommended for travellers who will be working directly with wildlife. 

Safe food and water precautions

Many illnesses can be caused by eating food or drinking beverages contaminated by bacteria, parasites, toxins, or viruses, or by swimming or bathing in contaminated water.

  • Learn more about food and water precautions to take to avoid getting sick by visiting our eat and drink safely abroad page. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
  • Avoid getting water into your eyes, mouth or nose when swimming or participating in activities in freshwater (streams, canals, lakes), particularly after flooding or heavy rain. Water may look clean but could still be polluted or contaminated.
  • Avoid inhaling or swallowing water while bathing, showering, or swimming in pools or hot tubs. 

Insect bite prevention

Many diseases are spread by the bites of infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or flies. When travelling to areas where infected insects may be present:

  • Use insect repellent (bug spray) on exposed skin
  • Cover up with light-coloured, loose clothes made of tightly woven materials such as nylon or polyester
  • Minimize exposure to insects
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in buildings that are not fully enclosed

To learn more about how you can reduce your risk of infection and disease caused by bites, both at home and abroad, visit our insect bite prevention page.

Find out what types of insects are present where you’re travelling, when they’re most active, and the symptoms of the diseases they spread.

Animal precautions

Some infections, such as rabies and influenza, can be shared between humans and animals. Certain types of activities may increase your chance of contact with animals, such as travelling in rural or forested areas, camping, hiking, and visiting wet markets (places where live animals are slaughtered and sold) or caves.

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, livestock (pigs, cows), monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats, and to avoid eating undercooked wild game.

Closely supervise children, as they are more likely to come in contact with animals.

Person-to-person infections

Stay home if you’re sick and practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette , which includes coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand. Reduce your risk of colds, the flu and other illnesses by:

  •   washing your hands often
  • avoiding or limiting the amount of time spent in closed spaces, crowded places, or at large-scale events (concerts, sporting events, rallies)
  • avoiding close physical contact with people who may be showing symptoms of illness 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) , HIV , and mpox are spread through blood and bodily fluids; use condoms, practise safe sex, and limit your number of sexual partners. Check with your local public health authority pre-travel to determine your eligibility for mpox vaccine.  

Medical services and facilities

Health care is adequate, but varies throughout the country.

Facilities are generally good in cities such as Athens and Thessaloniki and in towns that have large hospitals, such as Heraklion, Ioannina and Patras.

If you’re travelling to smaller islands or to remote areas, you may need a medical evacuation to a central hospital, in the event of serious illness or injury.

Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.

Travel health and safety

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a   travel health kit , especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You must abide by local laws.

Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad .

Transfer to a Canadian prison

Canada and Greece are signatories to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in Greece to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and Greece authorities.

This process can take a long time, and there is no guarantee that the transfer will be approved by either or both sides.

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect prison sentences and heavy fines.

Drugs, alcohol and travel

Identification

Local police may ask to see your identification at any time.

  • Carry adequate identification at all times, such as your passport or residence permit
  • Keep a photocopy of your passport in a safe place, in case it is lost or stolen

Photography

There are restrictions on photographing and filming:

  • military installations and military personnel
  • border areas
  • harbours, airports and other transportation hubs
  • churches, monasteries and monks

In and around these areas, you should always:

  • verify if photography is allowed or if a special permit is required
  • request permission if individuals are involved
  • refrain from photographing or filming if in doubt
  • comply with all requests from local authorities

Recreational and commercial flying of drones is regulated.

You must register your drone to use it across the European Union. If you don’t comply, you may be fined and your drone confiscated.

  • Information to visitors concerning drones - Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA)
  • Civil drones - European Union Aviation Safety Agency

Greece has strict laws regarding the possession and use of weapons and items that may be used as weapons, such as:

  • knuckledusters
  • pocketknife
  • pepper spray

Do not buy or travel with these items.

Cultural heritage and antiquities

There are strict laws regarding:

  • purchase and exportation of antiquities and objects of special significance to the country's cultural heritage
  • excavation and on-site archaeological research
  • access to underwater archaeological sites
  • filming and photography of archaeological sites for commercial purposes
  • protection of archaeological sites and monuments

To avoid any difficulties, make sure you:

  • have the proper permit to conduct activities related to cultural heritage and archaeological sites
  • obtain and carry the required legal paperwork to purchase or export antiquities

While visiting archaeological sites and monuments:

  • don’t film or photograph unless it is clearly allowed
  • stay on the dedicated paths and respect off-limits areas
  • don’t touch statues and monuments
  • don’t pick up rocks or any other artifacts found on site

Greek Cultural Heritage law - Hellenic Society for Law and Archaeology

Dual citizenship

Dual citizenship is legally recognized in Greece.

If you are a Canadian citizen, but also a citizen of Greece, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited while you're there. You may also be subject to different entry/exit requirements .

Travellers with dual citizenship

National obligations

If you are a Canadian citizen, but also a citizen of Greece, or are eligible for Greek citizenship, you may be subject to compulsory military service and other aspects of Greek law.

Obtain a document certifying your status from the Embassy of Greece prior to travel.

  • National service - Embassy of Greece in Ottawa
  • Greek citizenship - Embassy of Greece in Ottawa

International Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty. It can help parents with the return of children who have been removed to or retained in certain countries in violation of custody rights. The convention applies between Canada and Greece.

If your child was wrongfully taken to, or is being held in Greece, and if the applicable conditions are met, you may apply for the return of your child to the Greek court.

If you are in this situation:

  • act as quickly as you can
  • contact the Central Authority for your province or territory of residence for information on starting an application under The Hague Convention
  • consult a lawyer in Canada and in Greece to explore all the legal options for the return of your child
  • report the situation to the nearest Canadian government office abroad or to the Vulnerable Children’s Consular Unit at Global Affairs Canada by calling the Emergency Watch and Response Centre

If your child was removed from a country other than Canada, consult a lawyer to determine if The Hague Convention applies.

Be aware that Canadian consular officials cannot interfere in private legal matters or in another country’s judicial affairs.

  • List of Canadian Central Authorities for the Hague Convention
  • International Child Abduction: A Guidebook for Left-Behind Parents
  • Travelling with children
  • The Hague Convention - Hague Conference on Private International Law
  • Canadian embassies and consulates by destination
  • Emergency Watch and Response Centre

If you plan on entering Greece by sea on your boat or a rented boat of a total length of over 7 metres, you must pay the Recreational and Daily Tour Cruise Ships fee (TEPAI). This must be done online prior to arrival.

Recreational and Daily Tour Cruise Ships fee - Independent Authority for Public Revenue (AADE) (in Greek)

As a tourist or temporary resident, you can drive with a valid Canadian driver’s licence.

You must have valid insurance coverage.

You must wear a helmet when driving or as a passenger of a motorcycle, a scooter or a moped. You may be fined if you fail to comply.

Carrying an individual in an irregular migration situation in your vehicle, even without your knowledge, is a criminal offence. Don’t pick up hitchhikers.

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The currency of Greece is the euro (EUR).

ATMs may not be easily available in remote areas or may be out of cash. Make sure to carry some money if you plan on visiting small islands and remote regions.

If you are carrying €10,000 or more, or the equivalent in other currencies, you must make a declaration to customs when you enter or leave the European Union. It includes sums in:

  • banknotes and coins
  • bearer negotiable instruments such as cheques, travellers’ cheques, promissory notes and money orders
  • bonds, shares
  • gold coins with a gold content of at least 90 %
  • gold bars, nuggets or clumps with a gold content of at least 99.5 %
  • any other convertible asset

This does not apply if you are travelling within the European Union or in transit to a non-EU country.

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Seismic activity

Greece is located in an active seismic zone. Major earthquakes could occur and can cause significant damage.

Santorini and Nisyros islands have active volcanoes.

If you’re travelling near an active volcano or are practising volcano tourism:

  • closely monitor volcanic activity levels through local media and official sources
  • ensure that you’re well informed about conditions that may pose a hazard
  • follow the advice of local authorities
  • Earthquakes - What to Do?
  • Latest earthquakes - National Observatory of Athens
  • Volcanic eruptions - Ministry for climate crisis and civil protections

Seasonal storms and flooding

Seasonal storms and heavy rains can cause severe flooding and landslides particularly during the spring and winter months. Roads may become impassable and infrastructure damaged.

  • Stay informed of the latest regional weather forecasts
  • Follow the advice of local authorities, including evacuation orders

Weather forecast and alerts - Hellenic National Meteorological Service

Meltemi wind

The Meltemi or Etesian is a strong wind that regularly sweeps the Aegean and the eastern Mediterranean seas from May to September. It can blow uninterruptedly for several days. This wind may bring high waves, strong currents and may disrupt transportation.

If you travel to Greece during this period:

  • expect possible transportation delays or cancellations
  • be very cautious if sailing or boating
  • avoid swimming during rough sea conditions
  • monitor the latest regional weather forecasts

Wildfires are common between July and September, particularly in:

  • the Peloponnese
  • Central Greece
  • Eastern Macedonia and Thrace
  • the northern areas of Athens.

The air quality in areas near active fires may deteriorate due to heavy smoke.

In case of a major fire:

  • stay away from affected areas, particularly if you suffer from respiratory ailments
  • follow the advice of local emergency services personnel, including evacuation orders
  • monitor local media for up-to-date information on the situation

Latest information on fires - General Secretariat for Civil Protection

Local services

  • 112 for emergency assistance
  • 1571 for tourist police
  • 100 for police

Consular assistance

For emergency consular assistance, call the Embassy of Canada to Greece, in Athens, and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.

The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.

The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.

If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.

Learn more about consular services .

Risk Levels

  take normal security precautions.

Take similar precautions to those you would take in Canada.

  Exercise a high degree of caution

There are certain safety and security concerns or the situation could change quickly. Be very cautious at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.

IMPORTANT: The two levels below are official Government of Canada Travel Advisories and are issued when the safety and security of Canadians travelling or living in the country or region may be at risk.

  Avoid non-essential travel

Your safety and security could be at risk. You should think about your need to travel to this country, territory or region based on family or business requirements, knowledge of or familiarity with the region, and other factors. If you are already there, think about whether you really need to be there. If you do not need to be there, you should think about leaving.

  Avoid all travel

You should not travel to this country, territory or region. Your personal safety and security are at great risk. If you are already there, you should think about leaving if it is safe to do so.

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Which Countries Accept A UK Refugee Travel Document

Published: November 1, 2023

Modified: December 28, 2023

by Floria Mckim

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Introduction

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on which countries accept a UK Refugee Travel Document. The journey of a refugee is marked by immense challenges and uncertainties. Obtaining refugee status in a new country is a significant milestone, granting individuals the right to protection and a chance to rebuild their lives. One essential document that facilitates this journey is the UK Refugee Travel Document.

What exactly is a UK Refugee Travel Document, and why is it important? To put it simply, it is an official travel document issued to individuals who have been granted refugee status in the United Kingdom. This document serves as an identity proof and allows refugees to travel internationally while ensuring their protection and safety.

For refugees, having the ability to travel is not only a matter of personal freedom but can also be crucial in certain situations. Whether it is reuniting with family members, attending important events, or seeking educational and employment opportunities abroad, the UK Refugee Travel Document plays a vital role in facilitating these journeys.

In this article, we will delve into the countries that accept a UK Refugee Travel Document and explore any potential travel restrictions that may be imposed. We will also provide some valuable tips for traveling with a UK Refugee Travel Document, ensuring a smoother and more hassle-free experience.

It is important to note that travel regulations can vary between countries and are subject to change. We recommend consulting with the relevant authorities or embassies of the countries you plan to visit for the most up-to-date information. With that said, let’s explore the world of travel opportunities that await UK Refugee Travel Document holders.

What is a UK Refugee Travel Document?

A UK Refugee Travel Document, also known as a Convention Travel Document, is an official document issued by the UK government to individuals who have been granted refugee status in the United Kingdom. It serves as proof of identity and travel authorization for refugees, enabling them to travel internationally while enjoying the rights and protections granted to them through their refugee status.

The UK Refugee Travel Document is recognized by numerous countries around the world as a valid travel document, allowing refugees to enter and exit these countries and travel within their borders. It is important to note that this document is not a passport and does not grant the same privileges as a passport held by a citizen of a particular country. However, it serves as a viable alternative for refugees who are unable to obtain a passport from their home country.

The UK Refugee Travel Document is designed to comply with international standards set forth by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). It contains essential information about the document holder, including their full name, date of birth, nationality (as “Refugee”), and a photograph. The document also includes a unique document number and is typically valid for up to 10 years, although the exact validity period may vary.

It is crucial to understand that the UK Refugee Travel Document is only issued to individuals who have been granted refugee status by the UK government. Refugees who have been given humanitarian protection or discretionary leave to remain in the UK may not be eligible for this travel document. It is essential to consult with the relevant immigration authorities or seek legal advice to determine eligibility and understand the specific requirements for obtaining a UK Refugee Travel Document.

With a UK Refugee Travel Document in hand, refugees gain the ability to travel internationally, which can be instrumental in a variety of situations. From attending family events and weddings to pursuing educational opportunities or participating in international conferences, the UK Refugee Travel Document opens up a world of possibilities and helps refugees maintain connections and build new lives beyond their country of refuge.

Overview of Refugee Convention Signatories

The international community recognizes the importance of protecting refugees and providing them with the rights and support they need. Several international agreements and conventions have been established to ensure the welfare and safety of refugees, one of which is the 1951 Refugee Convention.

The 1951 Refugee Convention, also known as the Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, is an international treaty that outlines the rights and obligations of signatory countries towards refugees. It defines who is considered a refugee and the legal protections they are entitled to receive.

Currently, 149 countries have signed and ratified the 1951 Refugee Convention, affirming their commitment to upholding the rights and protection of refugees. These signatory countries are obligated to offer assistance to refugees, including granting them access to legal protection, education, employment, and healthcare, among other essential services.

It is vital to note that not all countries that have signed the Refugee Convention automatically accept the UK Refugee Travel Document. Each country retains the authority to establish its own policies and requirements for accepting travel documents issued by other countries.

When planning international travel with a UK Refugee Travel Document, it is crucial to consider the specific travel regulations and restrictions implemented by each country you intend to visit. While many signatory countries accept the UK Refugee Travel Document, some may have additional requirements or restrictions that need to be taken into account.

It is also worth noting that there are some countries that, despite being signatories to the Refugee Convention, do not accept the UK Refugee Travel Document. Their decision may be based on various factors, including their internal immigration policies or diplomatic relations with the issuing country.

As such, it is imperative to thoroughly research and understand the travel policies of each country you wish to visit. Consulting with the relevant embassies or consulates is highly recommended to obtain accurate and up-to-date information regarding the acceptance of the UK Refugee Travel Document.

Overall, the Refugee Convention and its signatory countries play a crucial role in protecting and supporting refugees worldwide. It is through these international agreements that refugees are granted legal protections and the chance to rebuild their lives in a safe and welcoming environment. Understanding the nuances of each country’s acceptance policies ensures a smoother and more enjoyable travel experience for UK Refugee Travel Document holders.

Countries that Accept UK Refugee Travel Document

Refugees who possess a UK Refugee Travel Document have the opportunity to explore and visit numerous countries worldwide. While acceptance policies may vary, the UK Refugee Travel Document is generally recognized as a valid travel document by many nations.

Here are some of the countries that commonly accept the UK Refugee Travel Document:

  • European Union (EU) Countries: Most EU member states, including Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and the Netherlands, recognize the UK Refugee Travel Document and allow entry for tourism, business, or temporary visits. However, it is essential to check the specific visa requirements or travel restrictions imposed by each country.
  • United States: The United States accepts the UK Refugee Travel Document for temporary visits under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) or with the appropriate nonimmigrant visa. However, individuals with refugee status should consult with the U.S. Department of State or the nearest U.S. embassy for detailed information.
  • Canada: UK Refugee Travel Document holders can travel to Canada for tourism, business, or study purposes. They may require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa, depending on their nationality. It is advisable to check the Canadian government’s official website or consult with the nearest Canadian embassy for precise information.
  • Australia: Australia generally accepts the UK Refugee Travel Document for temporary visits. However, travelers are required to obtain a valid visa, such as an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or another appropriate visa category. It is important to review the Australian government’s official visa information or consult with the nearest Australian embassy or consulate.
  • New Zealand: UK Refugee Travel Document holders can travel to New Zealand for tourism, business, or study purposes. They typically need to apply for a visitor visa, which can be done through the New Zealand immigration website or the nearest New Zealand embassy or consulate.

It is crucial to note that travel regulations can change, and entry requirements may vary depending on the purpose of travel, nationality, and specific circumstances. Therefore, it is always advisable to check the current travel policies of the desired destination country by consulting with applicable embassies, consulates, or official government websites.

Furthermore, it is essential to be aware that even when a country accepts the UK Refugee Travel Document, there may be additional entry requirements, such as visa applications or proof of sufficient funds to support the trip. Adhering to these requirements and obtaining the necessary visas or permits well in advance can help ensure a smooth and hassle-free travel experience.

Overall, UK Refugee Travel Document holders have the opportunity to explore numerous countries and experience different cultures around the world. By staying informed about entry requirements and planning accordingly, refugees can make the most of their travel opportunities and create enriching experiences beyond their country of refuge.

Potential Travel Restrictions for UK Refugee Travel Document Holders

While the UK Refugee Travel Document is generally accepted by many countries, it is important for holders to be aware of potential travel restrictions they may encounter. These restrictions can vary depending on the destination country’s immigration policies and diplomatic relations.

Here are some potential travel restrictions that UK Refugee Travel Document holders may face:

  • Visa Requirements: Some countries may require UK Refugee Travel Document holders to obtain a visa before entering. The visa application process may involve providing additional documentation, such as proof of accommodation, travel itinerary, or financial means to support the trip. It is crucial to check the visa requirements of the desired destination and apply well in advance.
  • Limited Stay Duration: Certain countries may impose limits on the duration of stay for UK Refugee Travel Document holders. It is essential to be aware of these restrictions and comply with the authorized length of stay to avoid legal issues or penalties.
  • Travel Advisories: Travel advisories issued by governments to their citizens may also affect UK Refugee Travel Document holders. If a destination is subject to an active travel advisory, it is important to assess the risks involved and consider whether travel to that particular country is advisable at the time.
  • Transit Restrictions: Some countries may have transit restrictions for individuals traveling with a UK Refugee Travel Document. This means that even if the destination country accepts the travel document, transiting through another country en route may not be permitted. It is crucial to check transit requirements and potential restrictions when planning multi-leg journeys.
  • Pre-clearance Requirements: In some cases, UK Refugee Travel Document holders may need to undergo pre-clearance procedures, such as obtaining an entry permit or providing additional documentation, before boarding a flight or entering a specific country. It is essential to verify if any pre-clearance requirements exist for the intended destination and comply with the necessary procedures.

It is important to note that travel restrictions can change over time and can vary between countries. Therefore, it is crucial for UK Refugee Travel Document holders to stay informed about the latest travel advisories, entry requirements, and immigration policies of the countries they plan to visit.

Before embarking on any international trip, it is highly recommended to consult with the relevant embassies, consulates, or immigration authorities of the destination countries. They will provide up-to-date and accurate information regarding any potential travel restrictions, visa requirements, or other necessary documents.

By being proactive and well-informed, UK Refugee Travel Document holders can ensure a smoother and more enjoyable travel experience while minimizing any unforeseen challenges or complications that may arise during their journey.

Tips for Traveling with a UK Refugee Travel Document

Traveling with a UK Refugee Travel Document can be an exciting and fulfilling experience. To help ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey, here are some essential tips to keep in mind:

  • Research Destination Requirements: Before traveling to a specific country, thoroughly research the entry requirements and visa policies for UK Refugee Travel Document holders. Check if a visa is required, the duration of stay allowed, and any other specific documentation that may be needed.
  • Check Travel Advisories: Stay updated on travel advisories issued by authorities of the destination country and your home country. These advisories provide important information about safety concerns, political unrest, natural disasters, and other factors that may affect your travel plans.
  • Ensure Validity of Travel Document: Confirm that your UK Refugee Travel Document is valid for the duration of your planned trip. Some countries require the document’s validity to extend beyond the planned departure date from their territory.
  • Keep Copies of Travel Documents: Make digital and physical copies of your UK Refugee Travel Document and other important travel documents. Keep a copy with a trusted family member or friend and carry a duplicate set with you in case of loss or theft.
  • Contact Embassies or Consulates: Reach out to the embassies or consulates of the countries you plan to visit to confirm any specific requirements or restrictions for UK Refugee Travel Document holders. They can provide the most accurate and up-to-date information.
  • Plan Ahead: Give yourself plenty of time to plan your trip, including obtaining visas, booking accommodations, and arranging transportation. Some countries may have lengthy visa processing times, so it is advisable to start the visa application process well in advance.
  • Travel Insurance: Consider purchasing travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellation, or lost belongings. It provides peace of mind and financial protection in case unexpected situations arise during your journey.
  • Stay Informed: Stay informed about the local customs, traditions, and cultural norms of the countries you plan to visit. This will help ensure you respect the local culture and avoid any unintentional misunderstandings.
  • Practice Safety Precautions: Keep your travel documents secure at all times, be cautious of your surroundings, and follow general safety precautions. Familiarize yourself with emergency contact information and the location of your country’s embassy or consulate in each destination.
  • Follow Immigration Rules: Always adhere to the immigration rules and regulations of the countries you visit. Abide by the specified duration of stay, avoid any prohibited activities, and ensure your conduct aligns with the local laws and regulations.

Remember, traveling with a UK Refugee Travel Document provides you with unique opportunities to explore new destinations and embrace new experiences. By staying informed, prepared, and respectful, you can make the most of your travels and create lasting memories.

Traveling with a UK Refugee Travel Document opens up a world of possibilities for individuals who have been granted refugee status in the United Kingdom. While there may be potential travel restrictions and varying acceptance policies, the majority of countries recognize the validity of the UK Refugee Travel Document and welcome holders for temporary visits and tourism.

It is crucial for UK Refugee Travel Document holders to familiarize themselves with the entry requirements, visa policies, and travel advisories of the countries they intend to visit. Staying informed about any potential travel restrictions and adhering to the immigration rules of each destination ensures a smoother and more enjoyable travel experience.

By conducting thorough research, consulting with relevant embassies or consulates, and planning ahead, UK Refugee Travel Document holders can navigate the complexities of international travel with confidence. Keeping copies of important travel documents, purchasing travel insurance, and practicing safety precautions are all essential elements of a successful trip.

The ability to travel internationally with a UK Refugee Travel Document empowers refugees to maintain connections, explore new horizons, and access educational and employment opportunities worldwide. It is a crucial step towards rebuilding their lives and embracing new experiences beyond their country of refuge.

As acceptance policies and travel regulations can change, it is important to stay up to date and consult with relevant authorities when planning trips. By doing so, UK Refugee Travel Document holders can make the most of their journeys, connect with different cultures, and create remarkable memories along the way.

Remember, traveling with a UK Refugee Travel Document is not just about visiting new places—it is about embracing the spirit of resilience and hope, celebrating newfound freedoms, and seizing the opportunities that lie ahead.

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Travel Documents in Greece

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*The following process also applies to Ukrainian nationals that have been rejected and haven’t obtained the Temporary Protection status.

Once you receive refugee status or subsidiary protection in Greece, you can apply for a Travel Document (TDV). You don’t have to wait until your Residence Permit is issued.

If you have refugee status, your Travel Document will look like this:

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You can use your national passport if you have been granted subsidiary protection. But if you cannot get a passport from your country of origin, you can also apply for a Travel document.

If you have subsidiary protection, your Travel Document will look like this:

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Travel Documents issued for refugees or members of their families are valid for 5 years for adults and minors over 14 years old and 3 years for minors under 14 years old.

Travel Documents issued for those granted subsidiary protection or family members are valid for 3 years.

How and where to apply

The competent authority for the issuance of travel documents is the Hellenic Police.

Please find the steps to apply briefly listed below:

  • Apply to Police Passport Offices. You choose a Passport Office depending on your area –scheduling an appointment will be required. You have to submit an application provided by the Passport Office and additional documents/administrative fees described below. The Passport Office will also take your fingerprints.
  • You can choose the closest Passport Office of Police Stations from the RI Service Map on the website. Visit our Service map and check the category "Passport Offices".
  • When you apply, you must have your Residence Permit (ADET) with you to show it. Otherwise, you must show the International Protection Applicant's Card marked "Residence Permit is Pending."
  • You will receive a receipt from the Passport Office when you submit your application and supporting documents. You must not lose this receipt, as you will need it to pick up your travel documents.

IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS FOR MINOR CHILDREN IN YOUR CARE:

  • When you have joint custody of your children with your spouse, and you can't both be present at the Passport Office for the application of your children, written consent is needed from the parent that won't be able to be there. The signatures in the written consent need to be authenticated by Police or KEP.
  • When you have sole custody of your children and there is no official document that proves this (e.g., divorce certificate, death certificate) you need to submit to the Passport Office a Sworn Declaration in which you have to state that you have the sole custody of your children due to a specific event (e.g., divorce, death) but an official document from your country of origin can not be acquired to prove this. A sworn declaration can be signed before a Notary or Judge and it is best to seek legal assistance for the procedure, although it is not obligatory.
  • To apply for travel documents for your children, you need the same supporting documents/fee described below. You should bring your children (even newborn) with you to the Passport Office when you apply for their travel documents. Also, if your children are over 6 years old, they will be fingerprinted. If you are an unaccompanied minor, your Representative or Commissioner appointed by the District Attorney for your care will apply for you.

Find more details on the process, documents and decision on the Ministry's website .

Required documents you need to submit with your Travel Document application.

  • Solemn Declaration application for the issue of travel documents which the Passport Office can provide.
  • Copy of the International Protection decision document.
  • Note that if you have been granted subsidiary protection, the Subsidiary Protection decision document should specify that you have the right to travel documents from the Greek State. If the above-mentioned decision does not include the above specification, you are required to provide a document that objectively proves that the authorities of your country of origin cannot issue a national passport for you (e.g., a relevant declaration issued from the Embassy of your country of origin in Greece).
  • Copy of the Residence Permit decision document (ADET).
  • Two recent photographs (passport type).Τhe cost approximately €10 (euros).
  • Paravolo. Travel Documents cost €84,40 (euros) for adults and minors over 14 years old and €73,60 (euros) for minors under 14 years old.

How to pay the renewal fees

You can pay the fees for the renewal of your Travel Document through the so-called e-paravolo online platform (all information on this platform is in Greek).

e-paravolo

If you have a tax number (AFM) , you can access this platform, and all your personal information (name, surname, father's name, mother's name, date of birth, etc) will appear automatically.

You can also access this platform without having an AFM. In that case, though, you cannot request your money back if anything goes wrong.

You can pay the fee online on the e-paravolo platform, using web banking or a credit card. Another option is to print the unique code you will get from the e-paravolo online platform and pay the fees at a bank or a post office with a regular cash deposit.

After you are informed that the decision of the renewal of your travelling document is ready, you should book an appointment with the competent Police Department to give your fingerprints again and the paid paravolo (fee).

What happens after you apply

  • The Greek Police will do national and international criminal background checks on you.
  • If you pass the background checks, the police will issue the Travel Document.
  • Every week the Greek Asylum Service releases a list of all the ready Travel Documents. You can find the latest list here.

How long it takes

The Greek Asylum Service says you should expect to wait 2 -9 months for the Travel Document to be issued because the criminal background check takes a long time.

Where can you pick up the Travel Document?

To check if your travel documents are ready and to find out from which Asylum Service Offices you can pick them, you have to follow this link using your case number .

You can only pick up your travel documents from the Thessaloniki Regional Asylum Office or the Attica Regional Asylum Office.

Dates for pick up of travel documents are announced in the file you need to download from the List of Travel Documents that are ready-Pick . To pick up your travel documents,, you must come in person at the specific date/time according to your case number as specified in relevant Asylum Service announcements.

You cannot send a representative to pick up your travel documents

You should have the receipt from the relevant police authority that shows that you have submitted the required documents for your application and your Residence Permit (ADET) (or if you don't have a Residence Permit, you should have you your applicant's card).

With a Travel Document, you have the right to:

  • Travel to some other EU countries as a tourist for up to 3 months without a visa (Check before you travel to learn whether you need a visa to enter your destination country).
  • Travel to non-EU countries with a visa.

Keep in mind:

  • You can go to another EU country (within the Schengen area), but you cannot stay for more than 90 calendar days within six months.
  • When you are recognized as a refugee or beneficiary of subsidiary protection in Greece, you must live in Greece. The residence permit you obtains is valid ONLY for Greece. You can stay abroad within the Schengen area legally only for up to 90 days within a six-month period, for holidays or visiting relatives, etc. and must return to Greece within 90 days. In any other case of breaking these 90 days you will need to submit documents to Greek authorities to prove why you needed to stay longer, such as for reasons of hospitalization. 
  • In this case, you apply for residency in another country, and this country gives you a residence permit for work, or because you married a citizen of that country, then you can stay in the other country. Still, you won't maintain the Greek residency.
  • If you ask for asylum in another EU country, it may not give you legal status and send you back to Greece. Οnly exceptionally and within their discretionary power, one state might decide to examine an asylum application of someone who has already applied for asylum in another EU country.
  • If you have refugee status (full asylum) and travel to your country of origin, you may lose your status in Greece.
  • If you have subsidiary protection, you cannot travel to your country of origin with a Travel Document. Still, depending on your specific case, you may lose your status in Greece. Nevertheless, if you have a passport issued by your country of origin, you may travel to your country of origin.
  • If your travel document expires while you are abroad, you will not be able to return to Greece.

Your Travel Document does not give you the right to:

  • Stay permanently in another European country
  • Work in another European country

NOTE: Your Travel Document is a valid form of identification as a Residence Permit. However, we suggest you carry both documents, especially when travelling outside Greece.

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Applying for an emergency travel document in Greece

If your passport or ID card is lost or stolen in Greece, and you need an emergency travel document soon, this is how to apply

Follow these steps

Step 1: email the embassy.

Email the embassy in Athens as soon as possible: [email protected] .

Include the following information:

  • the telephone number on which you can be reached;
  • your exact travelling route;
  • your current location.

Include the following documents:

  • a completed passport application form ;
  • a completed declaration stating that the travel document is missing (C2 Form);
  • two passport photos that meet Dutch requirements. Find out where to obtain a passport photo in Greece ;
  • proof that you are a tourist or that you cannot postpone your journey;
  • if you will be travelling by plane, train, bus or boat: tickets for the rest of your journey;
  • your full name;
  • your date of birth;
  • the name of the authority that issued the document (mayor of...., ambassador to.....);
  • the date of issue;
  • if possible: other identity documents or photos or scans of them;
  • if possible: a police report stating that your passport or ID card was lost or stolen.

If the emergency travel document is for a child younger than 18, their parent(s) or guardian(s) must give permission. The applicant must:

  • bring photocopies of the passport or ID card of their parent(s) or guardian(s);
  • get their parent(s)/guardian(s) to sign the passport application form or fill in a proof of consent .

Step 2: Wait for a response and file a police report

The embassy or consulate-general will ask the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for permission to issue an emergency travel document. This usually takes between 1 and 3 working days. If you have not attached a scan or photo of your lost or stolen passport or ID card, the waiting time may be longer.

If the Ministry gives permission, the embassy or consulate-general will contact you to discuss where and when you can apply for your emergency travel document.

Reporting your passport or ID card as lost or stolen

While you wait for a response, you may report the loss or theft of your passport or ID card to the local police. This is not compulsory, but it can be useful. If you file a report, ask the police for written proof. You may need it for insurance purposes or to show the local authorities.

Step 3: Go to your appointment

The embassy or consulate-general will tell you when and where your appointment is. Bring all the documents listed above with you to your appointment.

You will pay during the appointment. The overview of consular fees in Greece tells you how much an emergency travel document costs and which payment methods are accepted.

Once your application has been processed, your passport or ID card will be registered internationally as invalid. This means no one will be able to travel on it. If you find your passport or ID card at a later date, you won’t be able to travel on it either.

Step 4: Collect your emergency travel document

The embassy or consulate-general will tell you when and where you can collect your document. Bear in mind that an emergency travel document has a shorter validity period than a passport or ID card.

If the Ministry of Foreign Affairs decides that you need a new passport or ID card instead, the process will take longer. This may happen if, for example, the country you are planning to travel to does not accept Dutch emergency travel documents. In that case you may have to wait for up to 4 weeks.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us .

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    Passports & Visas Travel documents In order to visit Greece you need to have the following travel documents:-ID card in the case that your country of origin is a signatory to the Schengen Agreement, you may use your national ID to enter the country and you may stay for a three-month period.In these cases a passport is not necessary, although you will need it in a variety of other transactions ...

  4. Protocol for Arrivals in Greece

    One PLF should be submitted per family. • Travellers will receive the PLF with their unique Quick Response (QR) code via email (the QR code will be provided in a link in the email). The PLF can also be found on the Visit Greece app and at travel.gov.gr. It is strongly recommended that all visitors download the Visit Greece app (GDPR compliant ...

  5. Protocol for Arrivals in Greece: All Travelers Must Fill Out a

    The protocol for arrivals in Greece says, at the top of the form, 'You will receive the PLF document with the QR code on the day of your scheduled arrival in Greece (at midnight)'. I assume they mean the early hours of the morning on the day of departure, so by 00.01 on the day of departure(19 July) not 24.00 (midnight) which as he is ...

  6. Essential Documents for Traveling to Greece: Your Must-Have Checklist

    Ensure a smooth trip to Greece by having a valid passport, checking visa requirements, and obtaining travel insurance. Carry proof of accommodations, return ticket, financial means, and an international driver's license if necessary. EU citizens should have a European Health Insurance Card, and all travelers should be aware of COVID-19 ...

  7. Update on COVID-19

    Useful info. Visitors to Greece are no longer required to present Covid vaccination certificates after the latest move to allow smooth entry to the country. From May 1, visitors won't be required to hold EU Digital Covid Certificates (or other Covid vaccination or recovery certificates) on arrival, and can enjoy full access to museums ...

  8. New Covid-19 rules for international travelers entering Greece

    All travelers from the United States of America, Canada and Australia may enter Greece provided they have one of the following: 1) a vaccination certificate valid for nine months since full vaccination for Covid-19, and without validity limit for travelers who have received the booster dose. 2) a recovery certificate valid for 180 days after ...

  9. Greece

    Travel.gov.gr GreeceHealthFirst - travel advice _____ You can find the latest information on air travel regulations for this country on the IATA website. You can also find information about your passenger rights on our portal for citizens. Documents you need to travel in Europe Health cover for temporary stays

  10. Entering Greece: New Covid-19 Rules for International Travelers

    The compulsory travel documents passengers must have with them are checked by airline staff. According to the HCAA, airline staff is obliged to ascertain that travelers have all the necessary documentation before they board flight to Greece. In the case of violation, the airline will have to to repatriate the passenger at its own expense.

  11. COVID-19 Information

    Greek authorities have posted answers to many Frequently Asked Questions about travel to and within Greece at travel.gov.gr and greecehealthfirst.gr. The Greek National Tourism Organization has also launched the Visit Greece app, which includes detailed COVID-19 travel updates, as well as a map of COVID-19 diagnostic testing locations.

  12. Travel entry requirements for Greece updated

    Halkidik. All passengers arriving in Greece must complete and submit a Passenger Locator Form online that provides their contact data in the country. All travellers over five years old entering the country must present a certificate issued by a public authority or certified laboratory of either vaccination against COVID-19, a negative PCR test ...

  13. FAQ

    This means they will allow refugees with a Greek Travel Document and without a visa to fly out of Greek airports to the UK. Be careful — you will be sent back once you reach a UK airport without a visa. Please note that the British Embassy in Greece does not deal with visa enquiries.

  14. Έτοιμα Ταξιδιωτικά Έγγραφα

    14.01.2024: List of Travel Documents that are ready-Pick up at Regional Asylum Office of Attica. 8 March 2024.

  15. Ταξιδιωτικά Έγγραφα

    Travel documents are individual.Ιn order to apply for travel documents you have to be a recognized refugee or an alien with Subsidiary Protection.; Αν είστε δικαιούχος καθεστώτος πρόσφυγα, τα ταξιδιωτικά έγγραφα τα δικά σας και της οικογένειάς σας διαρκούν πέντε (5) έτη από την ...

  16. Entry requirements

    Your passport must be: issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the 'date of issue') valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ...

  17. Countries that allow visa-free travel with Refugee Travel Documents

    My first inquiry: HI, my UK Refugee Travel Documents will expire in 14/11/2021 (that is bit less than 3 months from now). Can I still use it to travel to Europe (Greece or Lithuania)? My second inquiry: about a week ago I contacted Lithuania (by email) asking if I could visit Lithuania using my Refugee Travel Document (above) visa-free.

  18. Travel documents for EU nationals

    Documents you need for travel in the EU and Schengen countries. As an EU national, you have the right to travel freely in the 27 EU member countries as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland (non-EU countries but members of the Schengen area) carrying either a valid passport or a national identity card (ID).

  19. Emergency travel document and expired passport

    2nd Annual Review of Greece - UK Strategic Bilateral Framework (30.1.2024) Attention: In accordance with the Community Code on Visas short term visitors to Greece (and to the Schengen area in general) must be in possession of a valid travel document. The Travel document's validity shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from Greece (or the Schengen area in ...

  20. Travel advice and advisories for Greece

    While you're in Greece: ensure that your belongings, including your passport, are secure at all times. don't keep your passport and other types of ID at the same place and carry a photocopy rather than the original. avoid showing signs of affluence. avoid carrying large sums of cash or unnecessary valuables.

  21. Which Countries Accept A UK Refugee Travel Document

    Here are some of the countries that commonly accept the UK Refugee Travel Document: European Union (EU) Countries: Most EU member states, including Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and the Netherlands, recognize the UK Refugee Travel Document and allow entry for tourism, business, or temporary visits. However, it is essential to check the ...

  22. Travel Documents in Greece

    If your travel document expires while you are abroad, you will not be able to return to Greece. Your Travel Document does not give you the right to: Stay permanently in another European country; Work in another European country; NOTE: Your Travel Document is a valid form of identification as a Residence Permit.

  23. Applying for an emergency travel document in Greece

    Bear in mind that an emergency travel document has a shorter validity period than a passport or ID card. If the Ministry of Foreign Affairs decides that you need a new passport or ID card instead, the process will take longer. This may happen if, for example, the country you are planning to travel to does not accept Dutch emergency travel ...