European Travel Information and Authorization System

ETIAS Greece - Traveling From the United Kingdom

The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) was introduced by the European Union for the purpose of enhancing border control. The primary function of ETIAS Greece is to electronically track visitors in and out of the Schengen zone and ensure they do not pose a security threat, thereby improving the safety of visitors and residents alike.

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What is ETIAS Greece?

ETIAS is an electronic system that will be brought into operation in 2025 (the exact date is yet to be confirmed). The information submitted by applicants during the ETIAS application procedure will be analysed and cross-checked against existing databases such as Europol, Interpol,and the Schengen Information System (SIS), to help authorities ensure that the applicant is not a known security threat. The aim of ETIAS Greece is not only to make travel into the Schengen zone safer, but also simpler and more efficient.

ETIAS will be required of all people who do not currently require a Schengen visa to enter the Schengen zone. Once the ETIAS system is operational in 2025, citizens of visa exempt countries, such as the UK, will require ETIAS approval before entering the Schengen zone (which includes Greece).

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Documents required for UK citizens travelling to Greece

As Greece is part of the Schengen zone, UK citizens will require ETIAS Greece. They will not be required to visit any embassies or consulates as the ETIAS application is fully electronic. A valid e-Passport with an expiry date no less than three months from the date of arrival in Greece is the only document necessary for the ETIAS application, but please do bear in mind, when the passport expires the application will no longer be valid. You will have to apply for ETIAS Greece again.

If the applicant’s information or paperwork is deemed insufficient during the application process, the applicant may be asked for additional documentation or be invited to attend an interview. The application may be denied in exceptional circumstances.

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How does ETIAS Greece Work?

The ETIAS application is fully electronic, so it is intended to be completed quickly and easily online. After submission, the applicant will receive a notification of either approval or rejection in the form of a PDF, via email, within minutes. Mostly, applications will be approved. However, if the information submitted is insufficient or if legal concerns are raised regarding the applicant, they maybe asked to submit more information or attend an interview. In unusual circumstances, the application may ultimately be rejected.

If ETIAS Greece is granted to an individual, it will be valid for three years or until the registered passport expires. Within that time, the ETIAS holder will be entitled to visit an unlimited number of locations within the Schengen zone for 90 days within a 180-day period. The Schengen zone includes full current EU Schengen countries, future Schengen members, European Free Trade Association (EFTA) members, and European Microstates with Open Borders.

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Reduced application time for ETIAS Greece

The ETIAS application is expected to be a quick procedure,taking no more than a few minutes, and the system will time out after 20 minutes. ETIAS Greece is electronic and will take just moments to analyse the information given in the application and check it across different databases. The information required will include basic information such as your full name, date of birth and address. It will also include some other questions about your travel history, medical history and if you have a criminal record. If all information is valid and correct and does not give cause for suspicion, the application is likely to be approved within minutes.

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Ensure the security of European borders

Many new technologies are being used to enhance the safety of the Schengen zone borders, and ETIAS Greece is one of the tools being used.The information submitted during the application procedure will be utilised to decipher whether the applicant is a threat of any kind. All of the data collected will be stored and could be used in the future,for purposes of safety and security.

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Decrease terrorism and crime

With terrorism becoming an increasing threat in recent decades, and with many European countries being the victims of such terrorism, the topic of enhanced border control has become more important than ever. ETIAS Greece was brought about in response to this threat, to gather information about the people travelling through Europe and to help ensure greater security for visitors and residents of the Schengen zone. This will be done by cross-checking the information and documentation gathered at the point of ETIAS application against various existing databases such as Europol, Interpol and the SIS, to ensure the applicant is not a known threat of any kind.

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Systematisation of visa liberalisation

The ETIAS system will be far more advanced than the one in place now for visa-exempt countries like the United Kingdom. By checking every visitor against current databases and pre-screening the risk they may pose, it will streamline the process of travelling to the Schengen region and improve the security of the countries within it. All nationals of the UK and other non-EU countries with visa exemption will be required to have ETIAS Greece when the system becomes operational in 2025.

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Fight against illegal immigration

One of the main purposes of ETIAS Greece is to curb the flow of illegal immigration by tracking all visitors in and out of the EU Schengen zone. Illegal immigration is unfortunately the cause of many societal stressors and is a difficult issue for many countries worldwide.

Some examples of the issues caused by illegal immigration are as follows:

  • Wage disparities
  • Educational and health problems
  • Unsafe transit
  • Over-population issues
  • Increased disease transmission
  • Exploiting immigrants for low wages
  • Salary disparities

Who will need ETIAS to travel to Greece?

Anyone who is a citizen of a non-EU nation that has visa-free status with the EU will need to fill out an ETIAS visa waiver application before visiting Greece or any other Schengen zone country, once the scheme is underway in 2025. Because the UK has been added to this list (as a result of its exit from the EU following Brexit) Anyone travelling to Greece from UK will soon be required to obtain ETIAS permission. The following nations currently make up the list of those that will be eligible for ETIAS:

  • etias required country flagAlbania
  • etias required country flagAntigua-et-Barbuda
  • etias required country flagArgentine
  • etias required country flagAustralie
  • etias required country flagBahamas
  • etias required country flagBarbade
  • etias required country flagBosnie-Herzégovine
  • etias required country flagBrésil
  • etias required country flagBrunei
  • etias required country flagCanada
  • etias required country flagChili
  • etias required country flagColombie
  • etias required country flagCosta Rica
  • etias required country flagRépublique dominicaine
  • etias required country flagLe Salvador
  • etias required country flagGéorgie
  • etias required country flagGrenade
  • etias required country flagGuatemala
  • etias required country flagHonduras
  • etias required country flagHong Kong
  • etias required country flagIsraël
  • etias required country flagJapon
  • etias required country flagKiribati
  • etias required country flagMacao
  • etias required country flagMacédoine du Nord
  • etias required country flagMalaisie
  • etias required country flagÎles Marshall
  • etias required country flagÎle Maurice
  • etias required country flagMexique
  • etias required country flagMicronésie
  • etias required country flagMoldavie
  • etias required country flagMonténégro
  • etias required country flagNouvelle-Zélande
  • etias required country flagNicaragua
  • etias required country flagPalaos
  • etias required country flagPanama
  • etias required country flagParaguay
  • etias required country flagPérou
  • etias required country flagSaint Kitts & Nevis
  • etias required country flagSainte-Lucie
  • etias required country flagSaint Vincent
  • etias required country flagSt. Vincent
  • etias required country flagSerbia
  • etias required country flagSeychelles
  • etias required country flagSingapore
  • etias required country flagSolomon Islands
  • etias required country flagSouth Korea
  • etias required country flagTaiwan
  • etias required country flagTimor Leste
  • etias required country flagTonga
  • etias required country flagTrinidad and Tobago
  • etias required country flagTuvalu
  • etias required country flagUruguay
  • etias required country flagUkraine
  • etias required country flagUAE
  • etias required country flagVanuatu
  • etias required country flagVenezuela
  • etias required country flagUnited Kingdom
  • etias required country flagUnited States
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ETIAS Greece countries

Travellers are only obliged to apply for ETIAS Greece permission if they intend to visit one or more countries within the Schengen zone. Full EU Schengen states, nations that are members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), European Microstates with Open Borders, and any prospective Schengen members are all included in this category. If you only want to visit countries outside the Schengen region, you do not need to apply for ETIAS. ETIAS is necessary in order to visit any of the following locations:

  • etias country flagAustria
  • etias country flagBelgium
  • etias country flagCzech Republic
  • etias country flagDenmark
  • etias country flagEstonia
  • etias country flagFinland
  • etias country flagFrance
  • etias country flagGermany
  • etias country flagGreece
  • etias country flagHungary
  • etias country flagIceland
  • etias country flagItaly
  • etias country flagLatvia
  • etias country flagLiechtenstein
  • etias country flagLithuania
  • etias country flagLuxembourg
  • etias country flagMalta
  • etias country flagNetherlands
  • etias country flagNorway
  • etias country flagPoland
  • etias country flagPortugal
  • etias country flagSlovakia
  • etias country flagSlovenia
  • etias country flagSweden
  • etias country flagSpain
  • etias country flagSwitzerland

Non-Schengen Countries

  • etias country flagBulgaria
  • etias country flagCroatia
  • etias country flagCyprus
  • etias country flagRomania
  • etias country flagMonaco
  • etias country flagSan Marino
  • etias country flagVatican

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Yes, ETIAS will be required for UK nationals. Citizens of any non-EU countries with visa-free status, which includes the UK now it is not part of the EU, will need ETIAS Greece to travel to the Schengen zone starting in 2025, when ETIAS becomes active.

Now the UK is no longer part of the EU, since Brexit, it falls into the category of ETIAS eligible countries. Countries that are eligible for ETIAS are those that are not part of the EU but do hold visa-free status with the EU. All such countries, now including the UK, will require ETIAS Greece approval once the system becomes operational in 2025.

The ETIAS application will cost around £6, although the cost is yet to be finalised. For those under 18 or over 70, the application will be free of charge. We will continually update the website if changes are announced,or new information is added.

The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is an electronic system designed to make travelling to the Schengen zone easier while also enhancing security at the zone’s borders. It will maintain awareness of all visitors entering and leaving the Schengen region and, in doing so,seek to improve the safety of its visitors and residents.