Greece’s Work & Holiday Visa for Australians
If you’re an Australian aged between 18 and 30 years old and have completed at least two years of university education, you can apply for a Work and Holiday visa to live in Greece for up to 12 months!
This visa also allows you to work in Greece for a maximum of six months per employer (except not as an au-pair), study in Greece for up to four months, and travel to other Schengen Area countries in Europe for up to 90 out of every 180 days.
This page contains information about the Greek Work and Holiday Visa for Australian citizens. It was last updated on 17 August 2021.
Greece’s international border has reopened after COVID-19, although some entry requirements remain in place. See the Greek Ministry of Tourism website for more information.
Please note that you may need to apply for an exemption to leave Australia from the Australian government before departing for your working holiday.
Key facts about Greece (Hellenic Republic)
- Population: Approx. 10.5 million
- Official language: Greek
- Capital city: Athens
- Largest cities: Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras, Larissa, Heraklion
- Name of the country in Greek: Ελλάδα (Hellada)
- Currency: Euro
Greece Work and Holiday Visa requirements for Australians
In addition to Australians, Greece offers working holiday visas to citizens of Canada. The information on this page applies to Australian citizens.
To apply for a Greek Work and Holiday Visa as an Australian citizen, you must meet the following requirements:
- Aged between 18-30 years old (inclusive) at the time of application
- Hold tertiary qualifications, or have successfully completed at least two years of university study
- Have enough money to support yourself in Greece (at least €3,000 or approx. AUD4,700)
- Have an onward/return ticket from Greece or enough money to buy one
- Have good health and meet Greece’s character requirements
You cannot apply for this visa if you:
- Will be accompanied by dependent children
- Have already participated in the working holiday program in Greece
See the Memorandum of Understanding between Australia and Greece for the full terms of this reciprocal agreement.
Documents needed to apply for this visa
When applying for a Working Holiday Visa for Greece as an Australian citizen, you will need to provide the following documents:
- Australian passport with at least two blank pages and expiring at least 3 months after your intended departure date from Greece
- Completed long-stay visa application form
- Recent passport-sized photo
- Return flight ticket to Greece, or proof of sufficient funds to buy an onward/return ticket
- Proof of university degree/s or having successfully completed at least two years of tertiary study
- Bank statement/s from the past six months showing you have at least the equivalent of €3,000 (approx. AUD4,700)
- A criminal record certificate issued by Australian authorities
- A medical certificate issued by a recognised institution, stating that you don’t pose a risk to public health
- Proof of travel/health insurance providing at least €30,000 (approx. AUD50,000) coverage for emergency medical expenses, hospitalisation and repatriation costs for the entire duration of the stay in Greece
- Letter of Australian government support
There is a visa fee of €75 (approx. AUD116) and a stamp fee for issuing the residence permit of €150 (approx. AUD232). These fees must be paid in cash in Australian Dollars at the exchange rate at the time of application.
See the Greece in Australia website for more details.
How to apply for a Greek Work and Holiday Visa
To apply for a Greek Work and Holiday Visa, you’ll need to make contact one of the following Greek Missions in Australia, depending on where you live, to make an appointment to submit your visa application in person:
- Greek Consular Section of the Embassy of Greece in Canberra (ACT residents only)
- Greek Consulate General in Adelaide (SA & NT residents only)
- Greek Consulate General in Melbourne (VIC & TAS residents only)
- Greek Consulate General in Sydney (NSW & QLD residents only)
- Greek Consulate in Perth (WA residents only)
You’ll find the contact details for each mission and make an appointment on the Greece in Australia website.
Arriving in Greece
Once your visa has been issued, you’ll be able to travel to Greece. After arriving, you’ll need to visit an Aliens and Immigration Department of the Decentralized Administration office in your new place of residence in Greece and submit an application & supporting documents to receive your residence permit.
Once you’re ready to move, you may also find it helpful to connect with other Australians in Greece in the GREEK/AUSTRALIANS LIVING IN GREECE – “GRAUSSIES” Facebook group.
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