Red Tape and Visas
Greece is an EU country, which means that any member of the EU can travel freely in and out of Greece by using their passport or national identity card. The exception is to people from the United Kingdom, who have to produce a passport. This is due to the fact that the United Kingdom did not sign the Schengen agreement.
Residents of other countries do have to meet certain visa requirements and these vary on a country by country basis. Hence, if you are considering travelling to Greece and you are not an EU national, you need to contact your nearest Greek consulate or embassy for further information.
Tourists and business people are able to stay within Greece for 90 days at a time. People who travel to Greece on a US passport (official or diplomatic) have to receive a visa via the US State Department. Furthermore, if you have either a US or Candian passport, your passport cannot run out within three months of your intended departure date from Greece. All travelers are advised to never travel on a passport that is valid for less than six months.
Greek customs officials are entitled to see your documents that state how and when you will return home or leave Greece for other destinations. However, it is very rare for this to be viewed, unless officials suspect that you are entering Greece to work without a permit. Do remember that it isn’t just the customs officials that can ask for these documents, but also any other person in a position of authority within Greece. Hence, if you are caught working where you shouldn’t work, or if a police man for instance feels you are behaving suspiciously, you may be asked for these documents and you will have to produce them. However, considering the working situation in Greece due to the economic crisis, very few people actually enter looking for illegal work.
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Red Tape and Visas