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Expat Guide to Residency in Greece

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Learn how to obtain a residency visa in Greece. Expats, Retirees and others who have navigated the process offer advice and guidance for newcomers in Greece.

Obtaining a residency visa in Greece is not always easy, but our Guide to Residency in Greece gives newcomers an overview of the steps involved and advice from others who have already navigated the process.

  • Gather the necessary documents for residency status in Greece. These include:
    • Valid passport
    • Proof of address in Greece
    • Proof of financial means
    • Proof of health insurance
  • Visit the local police station in the area of residence in Greece to apply for a residence permit. Bring the necessary documents.
  • Apply for a Tax Number at the local Tax Office.
    • Bring the necessary documents, including the residence permit.
    • Fill out the application form.
    • Submit the application form and documents.
  • Visit the local municipality office to register for a Greek Social Security Number.
    • Bring the necessary documents, including the residence permit and Tax Number.
    • Fill out the application form.
    • Submit the application form and documents.

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What tips do expats have about residency and visas in Greece?

"If you plan to stay in Greece for an extended period of time, you will need to apply for a residence permit. Depending on the length of your stay, you may need to apply for a long-term visa. You will also need to provide proof of sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay, as well as proof of health insurance. Additionally, you may need to provide a valid passport and other documents such as a birth certificate or marriage certificate," said one expat living in Greece.

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"In order to visit Greece, foreign nationals must obtain a visa from a Greek embassy or consulate prior to their arrival. The process of applying for a visa involves submitting an application form, providing a valid passport, two passport-sized photographs, proof of sufficient funds, and proof of accommodation. In order to obtain residency in Greece, foreign nationals must apply for a residence permit. The process of applying for residency involves submitting an application form, providing a valid passport, two passport-sized photographs, proof of sufficient funds, proof of accommodation, and proof of employment or other legal source of income. Additionally, applicants may be required to provide a criminal record certificate and a medical certificate," commented one member living in Greece.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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