British Embassy Athens

1, Ploutarchou str
106 75 Athens
Greece

Opening hours

Consular section

  • Open to the public by appointment only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9am to 1pm.
  • Telephone enquiries: Monday to Friday, 8am to 3pm
  • Fax: +30 210 7272 720
  • Email: consular.athens@fco.gov.uk

Visas

  • The British Embassy in Greece does not deal with visa enquiries as this service is now provided by Teleperformance company.

All applications for visas to travel to the UK must continue to be made in advance on-line, through the Visa4UK website

If you have an appointment for Visa processing, the Teleperformance Visa Application Centre is located at Europa Plaza, Thisseos Avenue 330, Kalithea, GR176 75, Athens.

Contact UK Visas and Immigration in English

You can call or email English-speaking staff with a question about your application.

By phone

Telephone: 00 44 203 481 1736 Monday to Friday, 24 hours Calls cost £1.37 per minute on top of your standard network charges.

By email

Email UK Visas and Immigration. Emails enquiries cost £5.48. You won’t be charged for any follow-up emails about the same enquiry.

You’ll get a reply to your email within 2 days, except on Saturdays, Sundays and UK public holidays.

Policy Delivery team

  • By appointment only. Please call the embassy switchboard to make the necessary arrangements
  • Public information enquiries Monday to Friday, 9am to 11am
  • Fax: +30 210 7272 743
  • Email: information.athens@fco.gov.uk

Trade Development team

  • By appointment only. Please call the embassy switchboard to make the necessary arrangements
  • Telephone enquiries: Monday to Friday, 9am to 11am
  • Fax: +30 210 7272 734
  • Email: trade.athens@fco.gov.uk

Defence section

  • By appointment only. Please call the embassy switchboard to make the necessary arrangements
  • Fax: +30 210 7272 734
  • Email: information.athens@fco.gov.uk

Management section

  • By appointment only. Please call Embassy switchboard to make the necessary arrangements
  • Accounts: Monday to Friday, 8am to 11am. This section is closed on the first working day of every month
  • Fax: +30 210 7272 876
  • Email: information.athens@fco.gov.uk

2017 public holidays

Monday 2 January UK New Year’s Day
Friday 6 January Epiphany
Monday 27 February Clean Monday
Friday 14 April Good Friday
Monday 17 April Easter Monday
Monday 1 May May Day
Friday 26 May UK Privilege Holiday for Queen’s Birthday
Monday 29 May UK Spring Bank Holiday
Monday 5 June Whit Monday
Tuesday 15 August Assumption
Monday 28 August UK Summer Bank Holiday (Half-day*)
Monday 25 December Christmas Day
Tuesday 26 December Boxing Day

Getting to the embassy

By underground: Take the Egaleo-Airport metro line to Evangelismos station. Cross Vas. Sofias Avenue at the Rizari Street traffic lights.

By public transport - bus, trolley bus: There are lots of options available to you. The bus stop again is Evangelismos.

By car: Please note that it is not possible to reach the embassy entrance by car or to park in the area immediately around the Embassy. Several parking facilities are available close-by.

Security

Visitors to the embassy should, where possible, make an appointment in advance. If you would like information on a particular subject or require contact with one of our staff members, please call the embassy switchboard to make the necessary arrangements.

For security reasons, please be aware that photo ID will be required. Additionally, if your visit requires entry into the embassy beyond the lobby, mobile telephones and all other electronic devices must be switched off and left with the front desk and your photo ID will be exchanged for a visitors pass. They will be returned to you when you leave.

Disabled access

We are keen to ensure that our buildings and services are fully accessible to disabled members of the public.

General physical access

Entrance - the main reception area and Consular/Visa section are clear and unobstructed, although some corridors may require some manoeuvring. A member of staff is available to assist. A lift provides access to the upper floors of the embassy building. Lift entrance width provides standard accessibility for wheelchair users.

  • Toilets - wheelchair access facilities are available on the ground floor
  • Floor coverings are safe and even
  • Handrails are not currently provided in the main part of the embassy
  • Doors, except on the main entrances and fire doors are easily accessible to all users
  • Lighting throughout the embassy is of a high standard
  • During an emergency or an evacuation of the building help will be provided by a member of staff
  • Intercoms are located at the entrance and are reasonably accessible to wheelchair users
  • There is no parking facility at the embassy

Access for visually-impaired visitors

Internationally recognised fire and exit signs are located throughout the building. There are currently none in Braille. Guide dogs are most welcome, but some notice of a visit would be appreciated.

Access for deaf and hard of hearing visitors

Hearing dogs are most welcome but some notice of the visit would be appreciated.

Minicom and textphones are not currently available.

We regret that there are currently no members of staff with a knowledge of sign language.

Contact us

If you need to visit us or use our services and feel that they may be inaccessible to you, please contact us and we will try to find an alternative way of providing access for you.

In case of after hours emergencies: please call the switchboard and listen to instructions on how to get in touch with our Consular Assistance team in London. The team only handles emergencies involving British citizens abroad. Examples of emergencies include the hospitalisation, detention or death of a British national overseas.