Fast Facts: Greece

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least 90 days after your return date, though we strongly recommend at least six months.

U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Greece for stays up to 90 days. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

What is the weather like?

Greece has fairly good weather all-year round with very little rain. Peak tourist season is June through August with temperatures getting into the 90's. May and September are optimal months to travel to Greece, avoid tourists and still enjoy the wonderful weather. Winter is still nice for touring but the water tends to be too cold to swim in.

Check out the current weather conditions in Greece.

What is required for entry?

See our Visa page for information on passports and visas to Greece.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

There are no health requirements for entering Greece. However, you might want to consider getting a hepatitis vaccination. Ask your physician when planning a trip to Greece.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

Greece uses the Euro as its national currency. Please review the current exchange rate for the euro.

ATMs are prevalent in Athens.

Are tips & service charges customary?

Restaurants include a 15% service charge, and additional tipping is always welcome, but not required. Leave a small tip for the busperson. Concierges and hotel receptionists, around 3 euros. Tip guides 2 euros, doormen 1.5 euros, barbers 10%.

What items should I shop for?

In Greece, shop for pottery, lace, rugs, wines, embroidery, gold jewelry with Greek designs, and silver jewelry with precious stones. In Crete, look for handbags and harps. In Rhodes, ceramic tiles.

What are the voltage requirements?

220 volts. Plugs C, D, E & F. You will need a voltage converter, and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.