Greece Travel Information
A number of cases of coronavirus have been detected
in Greece. Greek authorities have introduced measures to
stop the spread of the virus. On 28 April, the Greek
Prime Minister presented a roadmap for the gradual
lifting of covid-19 restrictions. The reopening will
consist of several phases over the next few weeks. The
Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against travel that
is not strictly necessary.
Emergency telephone: 112
Tourist police: 1571
Contact the embassy at telephone number: (0030) 210
72 46 173 if you are in a crisis or emergency. Outside
the embassy's opening hours please contact the
Ministry's limited operational center at telephone:
(0047) 23 95 00 00, email: [email protected]
Norwegian citizens are encouraged to have valid
travel insurance and a European health insurance card.
Travelers can also register contact information with the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Reiseregistrering.no is an
offer to travelers to register contact information. In
the event of a serious incident, the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs has the opportunity to send you information by
SMS or e-mail.
If a crisis situation arises, it is the Greek
authorities who are responsible for the on-site relief
work. Follow local government guidance and advice. Stay
informed about the situation through the internet,
television and radio. The website The Secretariat for
Crisis Management Communication provides information in
Greek and English.
Notify the embassy/consulate if you are in an
affected area, if you leave an affected area or leave
the country. It is important that you notify your
relatives. Notify family members, employer and Norwegian
authorities/embassy how you are doing.
- Countryaah: Athens is the capital
of Greece. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Greece is both a transit country and a host country
for refugees and migrants. The Greek authorities have
implemented a number of measures to coordinate the
challenges associated with demanding situations along
the border with Turkey and on some of the islands
closest to Turkey. The embassy is contacted by
volunteers who want to assist and who have questions
related to the safety of the islands. The situation in
some of the islands closest to Turkey is unclear and can
change at short notice. As with all travel and foreign
stays, the laws and regulations of the country must be
adhered to, including the instructions provided by the
country's health and police authorities.
There is low crime in Greece. Athens is a relatively
safe city to travel in, but as in all major cities, care
should be taken in the evenings and nights. Take
precautions to avoid pickpockets. Travelers are
encouraged to be especially vigilant for pickpockets on
the subway and other public transport.
Occasional terrorist acts occur in Athens. The
attacks can be characterized as militant political
statements and have so far not targeted foreign tourists
or typical tourist destinations.
There is a risk of earthquakes in Greece. Most
earthquakes are barely noticeable, but the danger of
major earthquakes with major damage is always present.
The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs refers to the
following links for relevant information on earthquakes
- General Secretariat for Civil Protection
- European-Mediterranean Seismological Center
- Institute of Geodynamics
The embassy encourages Norwegians to become aware of
the precautions that should be taken before, during and
after any earthquakes. If there has just been an
earthquake, a tsunami can occur. A tsunami is not one
big wave, but a series of waves that can come at
Due to dry landscape and high temperatures, Greece is
exposed to forest fires. The danger increases
considerably if there is strong wind in the area. Be
prepared for evacuation that may be necessary.
Respect warnings on beaches with undercurrents and
troubled seas. Antiques from the seabed are not allowed.
Greek highways are of good quality, but highways are
of variable standard. The driving style is different
from what you are used to from Norway, and the accident
rate is unfortunately high. Pedestrians are not a
priority group in the traffic picture, so be careful
when crossing roads, even at traffic lights. Please note
that green and red light rules do not apply when a
traffic intersection is directed by traffic police.
Norwegian driver's license is valid in Greece.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
There is a requirement in Greece that anyone should
be able to present official identification with
citizenship. Of the Norwegian ID documents, only the
passport meets these requirements outside the Nordic
countries. At airports and at border control, Norwegian
citizens can be denied access to aircraft and other
means of transport without a passport. The passport need
not be valid beyond the day of departure from Greece.
If you lose your passport, you can apply for an
emergency passport at the embassy. Emergency passport
requires personal attendance.
When traveling with children under the age of 18,
Greek authorities may require family relationships to be
documented. When only one of the parents is traveling
with the child, Greek authorities may require a
certified authorization from the parent who is not on
the trip. If the children are traveling alone, it may be
necessary to include a confirmation that the trip and
the stay have been approved by the child's parents or
appointed caregivers. This is especially true when
traveling out of the EU/EEA area, for example during day
trips from Corfu to Albania. A copy of the parent's
passport should be attached to the confirmation. Example
of a general confirmation.
If you need help or for more information, you can
contact the embassy in Athens by email:
[email protected] Outside opening hours, the UD's
24-hour operating center can be contacted at:
Emergency passport is accepted as valid travel
document upon entry into Greece. Persons with a
residence permit in Norway do not initially need a visa
to enter Greece. Please see the Greek embassy in Oslo's
website for more information. Travel certificates for
refugees (green travel document) and foreigner passport
(blue travel document) are accepted as valid travel
documents upon entry into Greece. Please note that you
must also bring a valid residence card. If you do not
have a residence card, the Greek authorities may refuse
to leave Greece.
If you lose your travel voucher, foreign passport
and/or residence card, contact the embassy. Please note
that applying for a travel document for return to Norway
can take several days.
A pilgrimage pass is required to visit the
monasteries of Mount Athos.
The Pilgrim Pass is issued in Thessaloniki. Priority is
given to Orthodox Christians, only men have access and
there is a limit to how many can be on Mount Athos at
the same time. Contact Mt. Athos, phone: +30 2310
252578, well in advance if you are planning a visit
between April and September. The monasteries do not
charge for their hospitality, but donations are
accepted. Visitors should be fairly attracted. The use
of video and film cameras and/or tape recorders is
Privately owned boats with a length of more than
seven meters must pay a fee either before or on the day
of arrival in Greek waters: The Recreational and Daily
Tour Cruise Ships Fee
Coronavirus (covid-19): Norwegian
travelers should keep abreast of the development of the
coronavirus. Norwegian citizens residing or traveling in
Greece are advised to regularly monitor information
provided by the media and follow the advice, guidance
and directions of the Greek authorities on how to deal
with the situation. Information is available on the
websites of the National Public Health Organization.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
You can call 1135 if you think you have symptoms of
the coronavirus and are in Greece.
Greek health authorities have created an emergency
telephone 10306 if you need psychosocial follow-up.
To limit the spread of the coronavirus, the Greek
authorities have introduced a number of measures. You
can find information on the website Coronavirus disease.
The Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, presented
a roadmap on April 28 for the gradual lifting of
restrictions related to covid-19. The reopening will
consist of several phases over the next few weeks. It
will no longer be required to have a message to travel
outside, and the radius of movement will be somewhat
expanded. The Prime Minister emphasized that the
situation is uncertain. Whether one goes from one phase
to the next will depend on how the virus develops.
The first phase starts on May 4th. You can find
information on the Plan for the gradual easing of
Covid-19 restrictive measures.
- Airports are open for commercial flights, but
with a number of restrictions. If you have any
questions about your trip, contact your airline.
- All travelers to Greece are required to
quarantine for 14 days.
- Information for travelers can be found on the
Athens International Airport website.
- Sailboats coming from abroad cannot dock in
Greek ports, and all private sailing is prohibited.
- On March 21, restrictions were imposed on boat
traffic to the Greek islands, with the exception of
goods transport, as well as for permanent residents.
- The hotels are closed until June. Some hotels
are allowed to stay open. A list of hotels that are
open can be found on the Ministry of Tourism's
Life in Greece does not pose any special health
risks. The standard at public hospitals is varied and is
often below the standard Nordic standard. There is a
large range of private clinics where the standard is
good. In general, the threshold is lower for initiating
surgery than for similar cases in Norway.
A general recommendation is to visit the Institute of
Public Health's websites before traveling abroad. There
have been several cases of Vestnil fever in Greece in
recent years. Measures to minimize exposure to mosquito
bites are recommended. Use mosquito nets, clothing that
covers the body and mosquito repellent - especially at
dusk and just before sunrise when mosquitoes are most
The tap water can be drunk but may have a taste of
Time zone for Greece is UTC +2 (Norwegian time + 1
power grid in Greece is at 220 volts The
telephone network is stable. GSM coverage: 90-95 per
Greece has summer and winter time on par with Norway.
Emergency telephone: 112
Area code for calls from Norway to Greece is +30.
The currency unit in Greece is the euro. The most
common bank/credit cards are accepted.
National Holidays 2020: January 1 - New Year's Day,
January 6 - Epiphany, March 2 - Introduction of Lent,
March 25 - Greek National Day, April 17 - Orthodox Good
Friday, April 19 - Orthodox Easter Sunday, April 20 -
Orthodox Easter Monday, May 1 - International Workers'
Day, June 8 - Orthodox Pentecost, August 15 - Virgin
Mary's Admission to Heaven, October 28 - Greek National
Day, December 25 - Christmas Day and December 26 - 2.
The two largest ports in Athens, Piraeus and Rafina,
have good connections to the Greek islands. The metro is
precise and has direct line from the airport to the
center of Athens.
The language in Greece is Greek. Younger Greeks have
good English skills, but older Greeks in smaller places
cannot be expected to understand English.