AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS VISITING GREECE
TRAVEL INFO AND ETIAS REQUIREMENTS
An ETIAS authorisation will be required for every Australian citizen for short-stay period in Greece starting from 2021.
A valid passport is required to enter Greece. All tourists entering Greek territory from another (Schengen country) are exempted from presenting their passports to Greek authorities. In this case, a national identity card is the only document needed.
The passport and other travel documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of 3 months beyond the period of intended stay. All the Passports (or equivalent travel documents) issued more than ten years before the date of travel, may not be accepted.
A Schengen visa is mandatory for all nationals of Australia who stay in the country for a period greater than 90 days.
For short stay visits (less than 90 days within a period of 180 days), the visitors are exempted from obtaining a valid Schengen visa.
An ETIAS authorisation will become a mandatory requirement for every Australian citizen starting from 2021.
ETIAS will have a validity of five years, and it can be used for an unlimited number of entries.
Greek custom regulates and blocks the importing of several dangerous items such as weapons (the traveler must hold a valid European Firearm Pass), legal and illegal drugs.
Goods can be imported into Greek territory following the mandatory limits regulated by the government:
If arriving from a non-EU country:
- Tobacco: Cigarettes (800), cigars (200), cigarillos (400), tobacco (1Kg).
- Alcohol: Spirits over 22% (10L), Spirits under 22% (20L), wine (90L), beer (110L).
If arriving from an EU Member State:
- Tobacco: Cigarettes (200), cigars (50), cigarillos (100), tobacco (250g) if arriving by air.
- Cigarettes (40), cigars (10), cigarillos (20), tobacco (50g) if arriving by other means.
- Alcohol: Spirits over 22% (1L), Spirits under 22% (2L), wine (4L), beer (16L).
Exporting any antiquities (items more than 100 years old) it's forbidden, the penalties applied are second to drug smuggling only. All the archeological sites must be kept untouched.
Money Amounts of over €10,000 (or equivalent in foreign currencies) in cash or travelers' cheques must be declared at the point of entry or exit of the EU. Visitors entering Greece with a one-way ticket and not having sufficient funds to purchase a return ticket might be refused to enter.
Australia and Greece
Seven Greek sailors sentenced to Australia for piracy were the first known Greeks to settle in Australia. They were pardoned but two settled in Australia. In the mid-1800s, Greek sailors abandoned ship in Australian waters to partake in the gold rush. After World War II and the civil war in Greece, around 160,000 Greeks are thought to have migrated to Australia in search of better jobs and lives. The Greek-Australian community grew to be among the largest outside of Greece.
Australia and Greece have had consular relations since the 1920s. The two countries entered into a Work and Holiday Visa Arrangement and a bilateral social security agreement which provides improved social security protection to those who have lived and/or worked in both countries.
Over 600,000 Australians are now of Greek ancestry.
Australians wanting to visit Greece after 2021 will have to apply through the ETIAS pre-authorisation system which is similar to Australia’s ETA.
List of Australian diplomatic offices in Greece
Australian Consulate in Thessaloniki, Greece
Address: 28 Archeologikou Mousiou Street, Thessaloniki 54641, Greece
Phone: +30 (2)310 827-494
Fax: +30 (2)310 827-424
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 08:30 - 12:00
Details: Mr Christos Gandas - Consul
Australian Embassy in Athens, Greece
Address: Level 6, Thon Building, Cnr. Kifisias and Alexandras Ave, Ambelokipi, PO Box 14070, Athens 11510, Greece
Phone: +30 210 870 4000
Fax: +30 210 870 4055
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 - 16:00
Details: Ms Jenny Bloomfield - Ambassador
List of Greek diplomatic offices in Australia
Honorary Consulate of Greece in Newcastle
Address: 215 Newcastle Road, East Maitland, N.S.W. 2323, Australia, Postal Address: P.O. Box 495, East Maitland (Newcastle), Newcastle N.S.W. 2323
Phone: (00612) 49336467
Fax: (006149) 341517
Honorary Consulate of Greece in Hobart (Tasmania)
Address: 37- Derwentwater Aveue, Sandy Bay, TS 7005, Australia
Phone: (00613) 62252825
Fax: (00613) 62234611
Honorary Consulate General of Greece in Darwin
Honorary Consulate of Greece in Brisbane
Consulate of Grecce in Perth
Consulate General of Greece in Sydney
Address: Level 2, 219-223 Castlereagh Street, Sydney N.S.W. 2000
Phone: (00612) 92649130, 92641768
Fax: (00612) 92646135
Consulate General of Greece in Melbourne
Address: 37-39 Albert Road, Melbourne 3004, Victoria
Phone: (00613) 98664524-5
Fax: (00613) 98664933
Consulate General of Greece in Adelaide
Address: 1/300 Flinders Street
Phone: (00618) 82322036
Embassy of Greece in Canberra, Australia
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Area: 131,940 KM2
Timezone: UTC/GMT +2 hours
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Calling Code: +30
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