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February 8, 2024

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Visa-free travels for Greece passport holders

As of February 2023, Greece passport holders can visit 171 countries without a visa, including all European countries. To visit the USA, Canada, and Australia, the Greeks obtain an electronic travel authorisation.

The Greece Golden Visa can be the first step for foreigners to obtain a passport. This Visa is also an alternative to a Schengen one.

Let’s look at the main destinations to travel visa-free if you get a Greek passport.

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Greece Passport Visa-Free Countries 2023

Visa-free travels for Greece passport holders

3 types of countries for travellers with a Greek passport

We can divide all countries into four types, depending on entry conditions for Greek citizens: visa-free countries, visa-on-arrival countries, and electronic travel authorisation countries.

Visa-free countries — 114. Greece passport holders can visit these countries without a visa at all.

In the Schengen Area, they have freedom of movement and are granted a 90-day stay every 180 days. The Greeks often do not need an ID or passport to enter Schengen countries. The same travel rules apply to Greek residents with Golden Visas.

Conditions for non-Schengen Area countries can differ: at least you must take a passport to visit them.

Visa-on-arrival countries — 29. In this case, Greek citizens get visas at the destination country airport or online through an official website. This type of visa requires paying a fee: its amount varies from country to country, but it is usually less than a fee for a visa received through a consulate.

Electronic travel authorisation countries, or eTA countries — 28. This type is almost the same as a visa on arrival — you fill out the questionnaire online and activate the entry permission when crossing the country’s border.

Please note that the Greece visa-free countries list and entry requirements are constantly changing due to geopolitical changes, international relations, and agreements between countries.

All the countries available visa-free to Greece passport holders

Europe

#

Country

Entry conditions

Duration of stay

1

Albania

Visa-free

90 days

2

Andorra

Visa-free

90 days

3

Austria

Visa-free

90 days

4

Belarus

Visa-free

30 days

5

Belgium

Visa-free

90 days

6

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Visa-free

90 days

7

Bulgaria

Visa-free

90 days

8

Croatia

Visa-free

90 days

9

Cyprus

Visa-free

90 days

10

Czech Republic

Visa-free

90 days

11

Denmark

Visa-free

90 days

12

Estonia

Visa-free

90 days

13

Finland

Visa-free

90 days

14

France

Visa-free

90 days

15

Georgia

Visa-free

360 days

16

Germany

Visa-free

90 days

17

Hungary

Visa-free

90 days

18

Iceland

Visa-free

90 days

19

Ireland

Visa-free

90 days

20

Italy

Visa-free

90 days

21

Latvia

Visa-free

90 days

22

Liechtenstein

Visa-free

90 days

23

Lithuania

Visa-free

90 days

24

Luxembourg

Visa-free

90 days

25

Malta

Visa-free

90 days

26

Moldova

Visa-free

90 days

27

Monaco

Visa-free

90 days

28

Montenegro

Visa-free

90 days

29

Netherlands

Visa-free

90 days

30

North Macedonia

Visa-free

90 days

31

Norway

Visa-free

90 days

32

Poland

Visa-free

90 days

33

Portugal

Visa-free

90 days

34

Romania

Visa-free

90 days

35

Russia

eTA

16 days

36

San Marino

Visa-free

90 days

37

Serbia

Visa-free

90 days

38

Slovakia

Visa-free

90 days

39

Slovenia

Visa-free

90 days

40

Spain

Visa-free

90 days

41

Sweden

Visa-free

90 days

42

Switzerland

Visa-free

90 days

43

Turkey

Visa-free

90 days

44

Ukraine

Visa-free

90 days

45

United Kingdom

Visa-free

180 days

Americas

#

Country

Entry conditions

Duration of stay

1

Argentina

Visa-free

90 days

2

Belize

Visa-free

30 days

3

Bolivia

Visa-free

90 days

4

Brazil

Visa-free

90 days

5

Canada

eTa

90 days

6

Chile

Visa-free

90 days

7

Colombia

Visa-free

90 days

8

Costa Rica

Visa-free

90 days

9

Ecuador

Visa-free

90 days

10

El Salvador

Visa-free

90 days

11

Guatemala

Visa-free

90 days

12

Guyana

Visa-free

90 days

13

Honduras

Visa-free

90 days

14

Mexico

Visa-free

180 days

15

Nicaragua

Visa-free

90 days

16

Panama

Visa-free

90 days

17

Paraguay

Visa-free

90 days

18

Peru

Visa-free

180 days

19

United States

eTA

90 days

20

Uruguay

Visa-free

90 days

21

Venezuela

Visa-free

90 days

Asia

#

Country

Entry conditions

Duration of stay

1

Bangladesh

Visa on arrival

30 days

2

Bhutan

eTA

15 days

4

Brunei

Visa-free

90 days

4

Cambodia

Visa on arrival

30 days

5

India

eTA

30, 90, or 180 days

6

Indonesia

Visa on arrival

30 days

7

Japan

Visa-free

90 days

8

Kazakhstan

Visa-free

30 days

9

Kyrgyzstan

Visa-free

60 days

10

Laos

Visa on arrival

30 days

11

Malaysia

Visa-free

90 days

12

Maldives

Visa on arrival

30 days

13

Mongolia

Visa-free

30 days

14

Myanmar (Burma)

eTA

28 days

15

Nepal

Visa on arrival

90 days

16

Pakistan

eTA

30 days

17

Philippines

Visa-free

30 days

18

Singapore

Visa-free

90 days

19

South Korea

eTA

90 days

20

Sri Lanka

eTA

30 days

21

Tajikistan

Visa-free

30 days

22

Thailand

Visa-free

30 days

23

Timor-Leste

Visa-free

90 days

24

Uzbekistan

Visa-free

30 days

25

Vietnam

eTA

30 days

Middle East

#

Country

Entry conditions

Duration of stay

1

Armenia

Visa-free

180 days

2

Azerbaijan

eTA

30 days

3

Bahrain

Visa on arrival

14 days

4

Iran

eTA

30 days

5

Iraq

Visa on arrival

60 days

6

Israel

Visa-free

90 days

7

Jordan

Visa on arrival

30 days

8

Kuwait

Visa on arrival

90 days

9

Lebanon

Visa on arrival

30 days

10

Oman

Visa on arrival

30 days

11

Qatar

Visa on arrival

90 days

12

Saudi Arabia

Visa on arrival

90 days

13

United Arab Emirates

Visa-free

90 days

Oceania

#

Country

Entry conditions

Duration of stay

1

Australia

eTA

90 days

2

Fiji

Visa-free

120 days

3

Kiribati

Visa-free

120 days

4

Marshall Islands

Visa-free

90 days

5

Micronesia

Visa-free

90 days

6

New Zealand

eTA

90 days

7

Palau Islands

Visa-free

90 days

8

Papua New Guinea

eTA

60 days

9

Samoa

Visa-free

90 days

10

Solomon Islands

Visa-free

90 days

11

Tonga

Visa-free

90 days

12

Tuvalu

Visa-free

90 days

13

Vanuatu

Visa-free

90 days

Africa

#

Country

Entry conditions

Duration of stay

1

Angola

Visa-free

30 days

2

Benin

eTA

30 days

3

Botswana

Visa-free

90 days

4

Burkina Faso

Visa on arrival

30 days

5

Burundi

Visa on arrival

30 days

6

Cameroon

eTA

60 days

7

Cape Verde Islands

Visa-free

30 days

8

Comoros Islands

Visa on arrival

45 days

9

Congo — Kinshasa

eTA

90 days

10

Côte d’Ivoire

eTA

90 days

11

Djibouti

eTA

90 days

12

Egypt

Visa on arrival

30 days

13

Eswatini (Swaziland)

Visa-free

30 days

14

Equatorial Guinea

eTA

90 days

15

Ethiopia

eTA

30 days

16

Gabon

Visa-free

30 days

17

Gambia

Visa-free

90 days

18

Guinea

eTA

90 days

19

Guinea-Bissau

Visa on arrival

90 days

20

Kenya

eTA

90 days

21

Lesotho

eTA

30 days

22

Madagascar

Visa on arrival

90 days

23

Malawi

Visa on arrival

90 days

24

Mauritania

Visa on arrival

90 days

25

Mauritius

Visa-free

90 days

26

Morocco

Visa-free

90 days

27

Mozambique

Visa on arrival

30 days

28

Nigeria

eTA

90 days

29

Rwanda

Visa on arrival

30 days

30

São Tomé & Príncipe

Visa-free

15 days

31

Senegal

Visa-free

90 days

32

Seychelles

Visa-free

90 days

33

Sierra Leone

Visa on arrival

30 days

34

Somalia

Visa on arrival

30 days

35

South Africa

Visa-free

90 days

36

South Sudan

eTA

90 days

37

Tanzania

Visa on arrival

90 days

38

Togo

Visa on arrival

7 days

39

Tunisia

Visa-free

30 days

40

Uganda

eTA

45 days

41

Zambia

Visa-free

90 days

42

Zimbabwe

Visa on arrival

90 days

Caribbean

#

Country

Entry conditions

Duration of stay

1

Antigua and Barbuda

Visa-free

180 days

2

Bahamas

Visa-free

240 days

3

Barbados

Visa-free

90 days

4

Dominica

Visa-free

180 days

5

Dominican Republic

Visa-free

90 days

6

Grenada

Visa-free

90 days

7

Haiti

Visa-free

90 days

8

Jamaica

Visa-free

30 days

9

St. Kitts and Nevis

Visa-free

90 days

10

St. Lucia

Visa-free

90 days

11

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Visa-free

90 days

12

Trinidad and Tobago

Visa-free

90 days

Individual cost calculation of the residence permit in Greece

Individual cost calculation of the residence permit in Greece

How to get a Greek Passport

You can get a Greek passport even if you aren’t ethnic Greek. For example, you can get it if you marry a Greek citizen. But there is one more way if you have no wedding plans: you can obtain a passport through a Golden Visa and naturalisation.

1

About 6 months

Obtain a residence permit by investment

Make €250,000+ contribution to the country’s economy.

2

In 5 years

Apply for permanent residence

You are eligible if you have lived in Greece for five consecutive years and maintain the investment.

3

In 2 years

Apply for citizenship

You can get citizenship by naturalisation for a 7-year permanent living in Greece. Moreover, you must pass an exam and prove your knowledge of Greek at a B1 level.

Greece Golden Visa Program and its benefits for investors

The Greece residence permit program, or the Golden Visa program, allows you to take a first step on your pathway to citizenship. The main idea of this program is simple: you get an RP in Greece in return for your contribution to the country’s economy.

The minimum investment amount is €250,000, and the decision waiting period is 3 months. Under this residence program, you can buy a property in Greece, rent a hotel or tourist residence, purchase a land plot for construction or agriculture, get a timeshare, inherit or get as a gift real estate, buy securities or open a bank deposit.

The most popular option is buying real estate: it allows participation with minimal investments, and the property can be sold in 5 years — after obtaining permanent residency.

Immediately after receiving a residence permit, you get travel freedom in Europe — you can visit all 27 Schengen countries without a visa:

at-flag Austria
be-flag Belgium
hr-flag Croatia
cz-flag Czech Republic
dk-flag Denmark
ee-flag Estonia
fi-flag Finland
fr-flag France
de-flag Germany

gr-flag Greece
hu-flag Hungary
is-flag Iceland
it-flag Italy
lv-flag Latvia
lt-flag Lithuania
lu-flag Luxembourg
mt-flag Malta
nl-flag Netherlands

no-flag Norway
pl-flag Poland
pt-flag Portugal
sk-flag Slovakia
si-flag Slovenia

es-flag Spain
se-flag Sweden
ch-flag Switzerland

One more benefit of the Greece residence permit: if you become a tax resident, you can expect tax optimisation.

Instead of a conclusion

  1. In 2023, the Greek passport allows travelling to 171 countries visa-free.

  2. You can get a Greek passport through naturalisation; obtaining a residence permit is the first step toward citizenship.

  3. Greece residence permit can be acquired by investing €250,000 or more in the country’s economy. This program is also called "Golden Visa". The most popular investment option is purchasing real estate.

  4. You can get into the Greece Golden Visa program with legal assistance from Immigrant Invest.

Immigrant Invest is a licensed agent for citizenship and residence by investment programs in the EU, the Caribbean, Asia, and the Middle East. Take advantage of our global 15-year expertise — schedule a meeting with our investment programs experts.

Will you obtain a residence permit in Greece?

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Frequently asked questions

  • Can you go to the USA with a Greek passport without a visa?

    With a Greek passport, you can enter the USA with eTA, an electronic visa obtained online. The maximum duration of stay is 90 days.

  • Do the Greeks need a visa for Turkey?

    No, Greek citizens don’t need a visa to travel to Turkey. Travellers are granted a 90-day tourist stay every 6 months.

  • Do the Greeks need a visa for Thailand?

    Greek citizens do not require a visa to travel to Thailand if their stay does not exceed 30 days.

  • Can I enter the UK with a Greek passport?

    Yes, if you have a Greek passport, you can enter the UK without a visa. You may stay in the country for 180 days.

  • How strong is a Greek passport?

    The Greek passport is at the top of the strongest passports — it allows you to visit 171 countries without a visa. And you can get Greece citizenship through the Golden Visa Program and then naturalisation.