Immigration documents in Greece

There are three most important documents related to immigration and residency in Greece:


The image of the passport of GreeceA passport is an identity document that provides information about a specific person. In the context of immigration and residency, a passport proves that a person holds the citizenship of a certain country, Greece for example.

The passport of Greece is considered to be quite strong, requiring no visa to enter most of the countries. Where a visa-free entry is not available, its holder will usually receive a relevant authorisation upon arrival.

Residence permit document

The residence permit of Greece is a document that allows a person from outside Greece to reside in the country. An example of such a document would be the 'Άδεια παραμονής αλλοδαπού'. It is usually either limited in validity length (temporary RP) or or provides an unlimited right to reside (permanent RP). As a document, most of the times it is a card similar to an ID-card or a driver's licence.

In Greece, there are 11 main types of residence permit documents with a number of possible variations, such as specialized documents for the family members of an original document holder.


The visa of Greece is a document that allows a person who is not a resident of Greece to enter the country. There are several types of visas, e.g. Transit visa, Tourist visa, etc. They are usually distinguished by the purpose, for which the applicant wishes to enter the country. There 10 major types of visa in Greece.