Thursday, July 23, 2009

Greece: Staying Long Term

Attention: Males of Greek heritage between the ages of 20 and 45

In addition to being subject to all Greek laws affecting U.S. citizens, dual nationals may also be subject to other laws that impose special obligations on Greek citizens. Greek males between the ages of 20 and 45 are required by Greek law to perform military service. This applies to any individual whom the Greek authorities consider to be Greek, regardless of whether or not the individual considers himself Greek, has foreign citizenship and passport, or was born or lives outside of Greece.

If remaining in Greece for more than the 90-day period permitted for tourism or business, men of Greek descent may be prevented from leaving Greece until they have completed their military obligations. Generally, obligatory non-voluntary military service in Greece will not affect US citizenship. Specific questions on this subject should be addressed to the citizenship section of the US Embassy in Athens. For additional information, see our information on Citizenship and Nationality. For additional information regarding military service requirements, contact the nearest Greek embassy.

This kind of knowledge is completely necessary to have before going to any country. There are laws that may be very different than the United States, so it pays to know this kind of information. The more you know, the better, and at Passport Health you will receive this very knowledge to make sure you stay safe and nothing unfortunate happens.

According to, all electronic games are banned. The reasoning is that it was an attempt to stop illegal gambling. All games were banned because the government could not distinguish between harmless Internet chess and other games it deemed illegal.

Have you ever traveled to a country and realized there was a weird law that you had no idea of?

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