Embassies and Consulates in Greece

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In most of the countries you will find diplomatic missions, which usually refers to an embassy and/or a consulate. Diplomatic bodies represent other country interests in Greece, with the aim of strengthening international relations between the states and providing services for their citizens in Greece.

Embassies and consulates are considered legal territories of their home countries. They are not "foreign territory" but they are protected and considered the property of the country using them, meaning that Greece does not have jurisdiction over the embassy or consulate of another country.

What is the difference between Embassy and Consulate

The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations international treaty defines the diplomatic mission’s purpose and framework. The various diplomatic missions offer several services and carry out different missions. For example:

  • Embassy: This is the primary diplomatic representation of a country’s government and is headed by an ambassador. An embassy is the main location for a diplomatic presence of one country in another. A country has at most one embassy in another country, and is always established in the capital city of the host country. In the absence of a consulate in a country, the embassy has also a consular section to carry out all the relevant consular services (see below).
  • Consulate General: This is a diplomatic mission, headed by a consul that provides a full range of services such as: issuing passports/visas, keeping birth and marriage records, assisting expats, providing legal information, translations etc. It can be located in any major city of the host country, although often in the capital city (in certain cases, in the same building as the embassy). In major countries and large territories, you often have more than one consulate.
  • Honorary Consulate: It supplements the Consulate to provide a limited range of consular services and is headed by an honorary consul. They help nationals abroad. For example, in the event of a hospital stay, missing person, death, natural disaster or other emergency. They can also issue emergency travel documents and consular declarations for which the applicant is required to appear in person.

NB: You will usually apply for a visa at the Consulate of the country you want to visit. However, if there is no such representation in Greece, you can apply for a visa at the embassy.

Where to find Consulates and Embassies in Greece

Not all countries have an Embassy and/or a Consulate as it depends of the political situation, the relationship with the host country, the size of the country, and the number of foreign citizens living there.

In some cases, countries can share representations and you can be assisted by the services of another embassy or consular service to get the information you need.

We recommend you register/contact your country’s embassy at your destination. It is a free service provided by any diplomatic mission and it will allow them to record information about your upcoming trip abroad. It can be used to assist you in case of an emergency.

Registration will also allow you to get routine information from your nearest embassy or consulate, as citizen residing abroad.

The Greek capital, Athens hosts 85 embassies

There are also 194 consulates and three other representations in Greece (European Union, Palestine and Taiwan Representation Office in Athens).

All consulates and honorary consulates are located in Athens, except for those countries who own an embassy in the capital of Greece and might have another diplomatic mission outside the capital.

You will find below a list of selected countries (the list is not exhaustive) that have a diplomatic mission in Greece. The list includes embassies, consulates, honorary consulates and sometime other official representations for you to be able to get information and services.

Embassies and Main Consulates in Athens


Embassy of Australia in Greece

Address: 5 Hatziyianni Mexi Street, Athens
Tel: (+30) 21 0870 4000
E-Mail: ae.athens@dfat.gov.au
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/AustraliaInGreece/ and https://twitter.com/AusAmbAthens/
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 08:00-16:00  

The embassy of Australia in Athens (also accredited to Bulgaria and Romania) provides advice on the range of passport, notarial and consular services available to Australian citizens, and information on visa and citizenship arrangements.


Canadian Embassy in Greece

Address: 48 Ethnikis Antistaseos Street, Chalandri, 152 31, Athens
Tel: (+30) 21 0727 3400
E-Mail: athns-cs@international.gc.ca
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/CanadainGreece and https://twitter.com/canadagreece
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 08:30h to 16:30h

The embassy of Canada in Athens provides consular and passport services, general enquiries and notarial services.

Honorary Consulates: In addition to the embassy in Athens, Canada has another honorary consulates in Thessaloniki.


Embassy of China in Greece
Address:10-12 Dimokratias, P.Psychico, 15452 Athens
E-Mail: athens@csm.mfa.gov.cn
Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 09:00-12:30 and 15:00 to 18:00

Consular section:
Address: Alexandrou Papanastasiou 67B, P. Psychico, 15452 Athens
Tel: (+30) 21 0672 3282
E-Mail: athens@csm.mfa.gov.cn
Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 09:00-16:00

The consular section provides a range of consular services such as visa and passport processing as well as document legalization.


French Embassy in Greece

Address: Vas. Sofias 7, 106 71 Athens
Tel: (+30) 21 0339 1000

Consular section:
Address: 6 rue Akadimias, 10671 Athens
Tel: (+30) 21 0969 6480
E-Mail: ambafrance@ambafrance-is.org
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/ambafrance.gr/
Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 10:00h to 18:00h

The French Embassy in Greece provides reception of the public (consular affairs), register of French nationals established outside France, identity cards and passports, civil status: marriages, births ..., other steps (legalization of signature, driver's license...), elections, national service and assembly of French nationals abroad.

Honorary Consulates: In addition to the embassy in Athens, France homes 14 honorary consulates in Argostoli, Chania, Corfu, Heraklion, Hermoupolis, Ioannina, Mykonos, Mytilini, Nafplio, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Thessaloniki and Volos.


Embassy of Germany in Greece

Address: Karoli & Dimitriou 3, 106 75 Athens-Kolonaki.
Tel: (+30) 21 0728 5111
E-Mail: info@athen.diplo.de
Social Media: https://twitter.com/GermanyinGreece and https://www.facebook.com/GermanyinGreece
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Greece provides passports and ID cards’ services, nationality, family and inheritance matters, criminal records, visa and entry, lawyers, doctors and translators and customs service, etc.

Honorary Consulates: In addition to the embassy in Athens, Germany has 10 more honorary consulates in Chania, Corfu, Heraklion, Hermoupolis, Igoumenitsa, Komotini, Patras, Rhodes, Samos, Syros, Volos and Thessaloniki.


Embassy of the Japan in Greece

Address: 46 Ethnikis Antistaseos, 152 31 Chalandri, Athens
Tel: (+30) 21 0670 9900
E-Mail: embjapan@at.mofa.go.jp and consular@at.mofa.go.jp for the consular section
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/EmbassyofJapaninGreece/
Opening hours: The consular section is open Monday-Friday: 08.30 - 17.00

The Japanese consulate shares the same details as the embassy. They provide a range of consular services such as visa and passport processing as well as document legalization.

Honorary Consulates: In addition to the embassy in Athens, Japan has another honorary consulate in Thessaloniki.


Embassy of Russia in Greece

Address: 28, Nikiforou Lytra str., Paleo Psychiko, 154 52, Athens
Tel: (+30) 21 0672 5235
E-mail: embraf@otenet.gr

Consular section:
Address: 5, Tzavella str., Halandri, 152 32 Athens
Tel: (+30) 21 0671 1945
E-Mail: athenes@dks.ru
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/RusEmbGreece and https://vk.com/rusembgreece and https://twitter.com/RFEmbassyGr
Opening hours: The consular section is open Monday-Friday: 08.30 – 13:30

For services such as visa and passport processing as well as document legalization, it is requested to visit the Consular Section upon appointment.

Honorary Consulates: In addition to the embassy in Athens, Russia has 2 more honorary consulates in Heraklion and Thessaloniki.

United Kingdom (Great Britain)

British Embassy in Greece

Address: 1 Ploutarchou street, Athens
Tel: (+30) 21 0727 2600
E-Mail: Information.Athens@fcdo.gov.uk
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/ukingreece and https://twitter.com/ukingreece
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 8:30-16:00 and Friday: 8:30-15:30

The British Embassy in Greece provides services to British nationals living in and visiting the country. Some of the services are: emergency travel document replacement, notarial and documentary services, marriage, consular fees, visa services, etc.

Honorary Consulates: In addition to the embassy in Athens, the UK has 4 more honorary consulates in Corfu, Heraklion, Rhodes and Kakynthos.

USA (United States of America)

Embassy of the United States of America in Greece

Address: 91 Vasilisis Sophias Avenue, 10160 Athens
Tel: (+30) 21 0721 2951
E-Mail: athensamericancitizenservices@state.gov
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/USEmbassyAthens and https://twitter.com/USEmbassyAthens
Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 08:30-17:00

The US representation in Greece provides a range of consular services such as regular passport applications and renewals, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA), and notarial services.

Honorary Consulates: In addition to the embassy in Athens, the USA has another honorary consulates in Thessaloniki.

Honorary Consulates in Greece

Contact directly the Embassy/Consulate website for more information.

For countries with no consulates or embassies in Greece, the Honorary Consulates are supervised by diplomatic representations located in other country, often Rome, in Italy or Paris, in France

Honorary Consulates in Corfú

Honorary Consulates in Heraklion

Honorary Consulates in Patras

Honorary Consulates in Rhodes

  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Italy
  • Switzerland

Honorary Consulates in Thessaloniki