Greece Frequently Asked Questions
What language is spoken in Greece?
The official language is Greek, but English is also widely spoken.
What currency is used in Greece?
The official currency of Greece is the Euro
Do I need a visa to travel to Greece?
Greece is part of the Schengen travel zone. Until the end of 2021, Canadian and US citizens do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days within the zone. The European Travel Information and Authorization System, or ETIAS, takes effect from January 2022. The ETIAS negates the need for a tourist visa for both US and Canadian citizens. It instead requires incoming travellers to register and pay a small fee at least 15 days before arriving in Europe. Each authorization is good for up to 3 years, provided the authorized passport does not expire during that time. If a traveller changes or renews their passport, they will need to re-apply for new authorization under the ETIAS.
When is the best time to travel to Greece?
The best time to go to Greece is from June - August. This is when it is driest and warmest. April, September, and October can be rainy and cooler but less crowded.
Is there transportation within Greece?
To get around in Greece you can utilize private transfers shared transfers, taxis, ferries and planes.
Is Greece a family-friendly destination?
Greece is a great destination for travelling families. Greece welcomes children with all sorts of fun activities and excursions. Many resorts will have Kid’s clubs, playgrounds, babysitters, children’s activities, and more.
How welcoming is Greece to LGBTQ travellers?
Though conservative in parts, Greece has a large, active LGBTQ community and welcomes LGBTQ travellers. Mykonos, Athens, Santorini, Ios, and Crete, are all popular LGBTQ destinations.
What voltage and power outlet is used in Greece?
In Greece, they use 220 volts. The power outlet uses round two-pin plugs. Travellers from North America should bring an adaptor.
What are some important items to pack for Greece?
Casual clothes, for women a sundress or a dressy pair of shorts or pants, for men a pair of slacks, a light rainproof jacket, Flip-Flops or Sandals, athletic shoes or hiking shoes, a small backpack for sightseeing or the beach, two swimsuits so you can one wet and the other dry, cover-up, sealife-friendly sunscreen, hat or visor, sunglasses, bug spray (eco friendly), camera and extra memory card, reusable and collapsible water bottle, universal travel adapter, extra battery pack, sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer.
What is wi-fi like in Greece?
There is wi-fi available at most hotels. You can buy prepaid internet cards from kiosks also.
What are the main annual events held in Greece?
January - Feast of St. Basil - all of Greece
February - Greek Carnival(Apokries) - all of Greece
March - Greek Independence Day - all of Greece
April - Orthodox Good Friday through Easter - all of Greece,
April - Feast of St George - all of Greece
May - May Day - all of Greece
June - August - Athens Epidaurus Festival - Athens
June - Miaoulia Festiival - Hydra
June - Matala Beach Festival - Crete
July - August - Olympus Festival - Olympia
July - Aegean Film Festival - Patmos
July - Rethymnon Wine Festival - Crete
August - Full Moon Festival - all of Greece
September - Armata Festival - Spetses
September - Athens Film Festival - Athens
November - Athens Marathon - Athens
November- Thessaloniki International Film Festival
What are some useful Greek words?
Hello - Yai sas
Good Bye - Antio sas
Do you speak English? - Milate anglika?
Good Morning - Kalimera
Good Night - Kalinikta
How are you? - Ti Kanis
Where is the toilet? - Pou ine I toualeta?
Thank you - Efkharisto
Yes - Ne
No - Ohi
Please - Parakalo
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