Greece is situated in southeastern Europe and consists of a mainland as well as thousands of islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas. It has a population of around 11 million and the capital city is Athens.
Often cited as the ‘cradle of Western civilization’, Greece has an ancient culture which has been instrumental in shaping the west: the arts, philosophy, language and politics have all been heavily influenced.
Greece has one of the highest numbers of UNESCO world heritage sites in the world, with 18. Aside from its history, Greece is famed for its golden coastlines, idyllic islands, enviable weather, and unique culture.
Greece: part of the European Union and the Schengen Agreement
Greece is a member of the European Union along with 27 other countries. It has also signed the Schengen Agreement which means that people can move freely between Greece and other Schengen countries.
Visitors traveling to Greece from other Schengen countries do not need a Europe travel visa for Greece. Non-EU travelers coming from outside the Schengen Area fall into two categories depending nationality: citizens from countries eligible for an ETIAS visa for Greece, and those from non-eligible countries who need a Schengen visa to enter.
Greece joined the EU in 1981 and was among the first countries to join the single currency (the euro) in 2002. As an EU member it part of the single-market and EU law applies.
In 2012, the political possibility of Greece leaving the EU (dubbed ‘Grexit’) was seemingly on the cards amid a debt crisis. This withdrawal is no longer a prospect. Greece continues to be an active European partner which works with its counterparts on EU policy and new directives, such as ETIAS Europe.
Tourism in Greece
Greece has been a tourist destination since its ancient era. With its rich, history, distinctive culture, and jaw dropping natural beauty, it is still one of the most visited countries in Europe. Greece is truly diverse and offers something for everyone.
What to see and do in the Greece?
There is no better place to experience the legend of ancient Greece than its capital city, Athens. It is a living museum which is full of surprises. You can step into the ring where Olympians first competed and visit the famous Parthenon temple.
The 5th-century BC landmarks contrast with the more modern side of Athens: a bohemian art scene, buzzing nightlife, and fantastic restaurants. One of the most popular attractions in Athens is the uba-modern Acropolis Museum which tells the tale of ancient Greece in within its striking steel and glass structure.
For sunseekers, Greece has some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Whether you are looking to relax or seeking an adrenaline-fuelled thrill, Greece’s countless islands are diverse, and full of opportunities. From the black sands of Santorini to the golden beaches of Crete and Rhodes, the Greek islands provide a breathtaking backdrop to a perfect holiday.
Greece’s beauty is not limited to its beaches. You can go hiking into volcanoes and lush forests, and set sail into the azure blue ocean and see some incredible examples of marine life such as dolphins and sea turtles. There are stunning mountains which you climb and pretty villages where can enjoy the more peaceful, slow-paced mediterranean lifestyle.
In all of Greece’s numerous tourist locations there is a constant. Greek culture and food are a highlight of any holiday there. The secret to Greek cooking is locally-sourced, top quality, Mediterranean produce, such as olive oil, feta cheese, and a range of herbs, seafood, and meat. Some dishes are found countrywide, whereas others are local specialties.
Music is integral to Greek culture. Its history goes back to its ancient era when music, dance, and poetry were inseparable and a part of daily life. Today, there are festivals and events year-round, such as the famous Athens Epidaurus Greek festival. For part-lovers, nights out in Greece are spectacular and can go on until sunrise.
ETIAS requirements for Greece
An ETIAS EU visa will be a legal requirement for travelers entering the Schengen Area from January 2020 (for citizens of eligible countries). The European Visa Waiver for Greece will allow visitors to enter the country for periods of no longer than 90 days over a 180-day duration.
To obtain a European visa waiver for Greece, applicants must complete the online application form and meet the basic ETIAS requirements for Greece. It is necessary to have a valid passport from an eligible country.
The Greece ETIAS application form involves entering some basic information such as name, address, and date of birth, and answering some basic security and health-related questions.
After the application form has been submitted, the applicants are screened. The information provided is cross-checked against various databases including Interpol’s. Once it has been processed, the approved Greece visa waiver is sent to the applicant by email.