Capital: Athens

Language: Greek

Area: 131957 km²

Population: 10955000

Timezone : UTC/GTM 2

Currency: euro (€)

Code: +30

Electric sockets: 230 V AC, 50Hz. Type plug C (standard Euro Plug) type plug F (Schuko) and plug type E

Greece is a member of the Schengen Agreement.

To travel to Greece U.S. citizens are required to:

  • Hold a passport valid for at least 6-months at the time of arrival or an equivalent recognized travel document
  • A valid ETIAS visa waiver for Greece


U.S. citizens staying in Greece for more than 90 days:

  • ETIAS for Americans is only valid for short-term stays of up to 90 days. Those intending to remain in Greece longer than 3 months must obtain the appropriate visa.

U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece

Address: 91 Vasilisis Sophias Ave 10160 Athens, Greece

Phone:(+30) 210 721 2951

The following cities have U.S. Consulates: Thessaloniki.

Tourist Travel Information about Greece

etias greece Greece’s official name is the Hellenic Republic. It is also known as Ellas or Ellada.

It is located in Southern Europe, on the southernmost tip of the Balkan peninsula, with extensive coastlines and islands in the Aegean, Ionian, and Mediterranean Seas.

Over 17 million tourists visit Greece each year, more than the country’s entire population. Tourism constitutes nearly 16% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP.)

Greece boasts a very long history, with the Greek language being present in the country for nearly 4,000 years.

Its ancient culture has had a significant influence on the arts, language, philosophy, politics of western society, including western alphabets, Platonic ideals, and the Socratic method, democracies, and republics, and the Olympics.

It is an incredibly appealing place to visit, with a mountainous mainland and idyllic island beaches. No point in Greece is more than 85 miles (137 kilometers) from the water. Greece has about 9,000 miles of coastline, the 10th longest in the world.

Greece’s highest elevation is the legendary home of Zeus and other Olympian gods and goddesses, Mount Olympus at 9,750 feet (2,917 meters).

Its lowest elevation is the Mediterranean Sea or sea level. This beautiful Mediterranean country enjoys on average more than 250 days of sunshine—or three thousand sunny hours—a year, which makes it one of the sunniest countries in the world and the brightest in Europe.

Greece has more than three thousand islands and islets, of which only about 130 are inhabited, with a number of these being some of the most famous in the world. Among them, Santorini has been named the most beautiful island in the world multiple times.

Interesting facts

  • The saying “taking the bull by its horns” comes from the Greek myth of Hercules saving Crete from a raging bull by seizing its horns
  • Athens is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It is also the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, political science, Western literature, historiography, major mathematical principles, and Western theories of tragedy and comedy
  • Greece has more archaeological museums than any other country in the world
  • Greeks do not wave with an open hand. In fact, it is considered an insult to show the palm of he hand with the fingers extended. Greeks wave with the palm closed.
  • Feta cheese and Greek yogurt have risen in prominence the past few years, especially in the United States, while Greece has been traditionally one of the top producing nations of sea sponges, marble, and olive oil for years. It is estimated that nearly 9% of all the marble worldwide is produced in Greece alone.

Medical Information for U.S. citizens

Recommended vaccines:

  • Routine Vaccines
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rabies


  • 112 is the pan-European emergency number and is always free to call.
  • 112 - Emergency
  • 166 - Ambulance
  • 199 - Fire Department
  • 100 - Police
  • 109 - Anti-drug Police
  • 108 - Coast Guard
  • 171 - Tourist Police
  • 107 - Pharmacies
  • 106 - Hospitals
  • 191 - Forest Fire Authority
  • 10400 - Traffic Police
  • 148 - Weather service
  • 139 - International Phone Assistance
  • 11888 - General Telephone Information

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