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Greece Visa, Passport & Money Advice

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When travelling to Greece it is important to get to grips with the money, visa and passport matters. We have compiled the most important information to help you plan your exciting adventure.



If you are a British Passport holder, you do not need a visa to visit Greece, but there are some specifics you need to be aware of which we have outlined below:

Passport Validity

In order to travel to the Schengen area, 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’)
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Duration of Stay

You can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies to any kind of travel; holidays, visiting friends and family or work meetings. 

Visits to Schengen countries, of which Greece is a member, within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 day allocation so any trips you took to the Schengen zone will have been deducted.

Passport Stamping

Check your passport is stamped by the border officer when you enter and exit Greece so it is clear you haven’t overstayed your visa. You will need to use the ‘other passport’ queues at Greek immigration and not the one intended for EU passports.


From 2025, you will need to apply for an ETIAS in order to travel to Greece, and any other country in the Schengen zone. The application is all online and quick to apply for. More information can be found here.

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Money in Greece

Greece is part of the European Union (EU) so uses the euro. You can often use a credit or debit card in tourist hotspots, larger towns and cities. Every now and then, especially in smaller shops and cafes and in remote areas, you will need to pay in cash so it is always best to have some on you. It is best to contact your bank to check on any restrictions and advice for using your cards abroad. ATMs can be found in most large and smaller towns in Greece and on the islands. 

Credit card for Car Rental

A credit card is essential for renting a car, the deposit is reserved when you collect the car with your credit card. The name of the main driver must match the name on the credit card.

Tips and Haggling

Tipping isn’t expected but always appreciated, there is no need to work out a percentage though – generally it is customary to leave a coin or two at restaurants and bars/cafes where you are served at the table. Some establishments add a service charge and if this is the case an extra tip is not expected. 


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