passport of Greece

Greece Passport

Passport rankings out of 193 countries

Freedom of travel28

Asset protection66

Quality of life36

"Plan B"47

About Greece

Greece is located in Southern Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula. It is washed by the Ionian, Aegean, Mediterranean and Cretan Seas.

The main branch of the Greek economy is tourism. Travellers are attracted by the warm climate, rich history and original culture of the country.

Greece is a member of the European Union and the Schengen zone. Wealthy people can get a residence permit in Greece for investment. The advantages of this residence permit are that a residence permit card is issued immediately for 5 years, and investors do not need to live in the country. After 7 years, the investor has the right to apply for Greek citizenship by naturalization.

A Greek passport allows you to choose any EU country for life, receive education and medical services in Europe on favourable terms, visit 185 countries without a visa, including the United States and Canada.

Population

10.7 million

Capital

Athens

Official language

Greek

GDP per capita

$23.504

Time zone

UTC+2…+3

Currency

Euro

Greece passport ranking and benefits

  • 1

    Life in Greece or another EU country

    Greece is a member of the European Union. Greek citizenship allows you to live on the territory of the country or choose to move to another European state. You will not need to get a residence permit in that state, only to register after three months of residence. In addition, Greeks can choose to live in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland.

  • 2

    Access to 185 countries around the world

    A Greek passport allows you to visit the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia and other countries without a visa.

  • 3

    Education and healthcare in the European Union

    A child with a Greek passport will enroll in a university of any EU country on easier terms. Studying for them will cost less than for a non-EU national. Greek citizens receive healthcare benefits in Greece and other EU countries.

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    Work and international business

    A Greek passport allows you to start a company in the territory of Greece or in another European country. In the EU you won’t need to obtain a residence permit or work permit in advance.

Grounds for obtaining a Greece passport

Greece allows dual citizenship

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Birth to citizens of the country

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Marriage to a citizen of the country

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Work for the country's government

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Naturalization

Estimated time: 7 years

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Repatriation

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Adoption

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Parents citizenship

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Special conditions

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Special services to the state

Obtaining a Greece passport by naturalization: requirements for applicants

Knowledge of state language

Assimilation or cultural knowledge

Stable financial status

Good health

No criminal records

Frequently asked questions

  • How do I get a Greek passport?

    Greek citizenship is obtained by birth, adoption, repatriation, military service, special merit, or naturalisation.

    To obtain Greek citizenship by naturalisation, you must have lived in the country for at least 7 years, passed a test of the country’s language, history, culture, geography and government system, and have no criminal record.

    Greek citizenship cannot be obtained by investment. The country has a residence permit program for investors: first they get a residence permit, and after 7 years — citizenship.

  • How much to invest to get a residence permit in Greece?

    From €250,000 The most popular option is to buy real estate starting from €250,000. You can buy residential or commercial real estate.

  • Does Greece recognise second citizenship?

    Yes, Greek citizens can have multiple nationalities, as long as it does not contradict the laws of other countries.

  • What are the benefits of Greek citizenship?

    Greece is a member state of the European Union. Greek citizens can move to any state of the union, enjoy benefits for education and medical treatment in European countries. It is easier for Greeks to get a job or start a company there than for citizens of countries outside the European Union.

    The Greek passport allows you to visit 185 countries of the world without a visa, including the Schengen states, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and Australia.

  • How to live in Greece with citizenship of another country?

    Greece is a member of the European Union, so you can move there under a simplified procedure with a passport of one of the countries of this association — for example, Portugal or Malta.

  • Who can get Greek citizenship by birthright?

    Greek citizenship can be obtained by right of blood — if the child was born to citizens. If a child is born out of wedlock, the gender of the parent is taken into account. If the mother is a Greek citizen, the newborn is granted citizenship at birth. If the father is Greek and paternity can be proven, you need to apply for citizenship. This needs to be done before the age of 18.

    A child born on the territory of the country to unknown parents can obtain Greek citizenship by right of birth. Citizenship is also granted to the child of parents who have lived in Greece for at least five years before their birth.

Greece Passport in comparison with other passports