Preparing your trip to Greece

Here you'll find useful information for preparing your trip to Greece.

Passports and Visas

Greece is a Member-State of the European Union and has ratified the Schengen Agreement. Citizens traveling inside the E.U. just need to display their police I.D. Card without the need of a passport. However, a passport is necessary for a number of other transactions, such as currency exchange, purchases, etc.

Visas are not required by citizens of Member-States of the Schengen Agreement. Citizens of the majority of the countries that are not Member-States of the Schengen Agreement require a visa to enter Greece and the E.U. Visitors from these countries can obtain further information from the Hellenic Embassies or Consulates in their countries.

Visas are not required by holders of valid passports from the following non-E.U. countries if they want to visit Greece and remain in the country for up to 3 months (90 days) within a chronological period of 6 months: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Vatican, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Marino, Singapore, South Korea, USA, Uruguay, Venezuela.

General Info

Currency: Euro
Time Zone: GMT (UTC) +2
Drives on the: right
Calling code: +30
Electricity: 230V, 50Hz , German type plug F. Appliances from North America require a transformer and British ones an adaptor.

Mobile Telephony

Contact your phone company in order to make sure that your can use your mobile phone in Greece. Mobile operators in Greece are

COSMOTE VODAFONE WIND CYTA

Useful Phone Numbers

Police: 100
Tourist Police: 1571
Fire Department: 199
European Emergency Number: 112
Ambulance Service: 166
Duty Hospitals and Clinics: 1434
Pharmacies: 1434
Poisoning First Aid: 210 77 93 777

Health & Safety

In order to have access to necessary health care, tourists from member states of the European Union (EU) wishing to visit Greece must be holders of the European Health Card (EHIC) or any other legal Community document issued by their competent social security agency. In these cases, the necessary treatment in Greece is provided by:
- Social Security Institute Health Units (polyclinics) or doctor’s offices in the region;
- Regional clinics (former rural clinics) or the Health Centers of the National Health System; and
- the outpatients’ departments of the hospitals on contract

In order to have access to necessary health care, tourists from countries other than the member states of the European Union wishing to visit Greece must consult their social security agency for information before traveling.

When using taxis

You have to be aware that drivers are obliged, upon request, to issue official receipts for the total cost of the journey, which include vehicle’s registration number and owner’s name.

Exchange Currencies

Greece is a Member-State of the European Union and uses its uniform currency – the Euro.

Currency exchange rates are clearly displayed in every bank that accepts currency exchange, while credit card holders may acquire money from the ATMs of the collaborating banks. Greek banks are open for the public from 8:00 to 14:30 Mondays to Thursdays and from 8:00 to 13:30 on Fridays. They are closed on Public Holidays.

Euros can also be exchanged for notes of other foreign currencies at exchange offices that are situated at the airport and certain main ports, in the larger cities, as well as at many tourist destinations. A passport is required when exchanging currencies.