Greece Takes First Steps To Create New ID’s And Passports In Line With EU Guidelines

Date: 19.04.2019 / / Comments (0)

The Hellenic Police (ELAS) launched a tender for the creation of an electronic Information System for Security Documents, which will issue new IDs and to upgrade current passports, driving licenses and other documents, thus implementing an EU decision that was first taken in November 2018.

According to ELAS, the company that will manufacture the new security documents and IDs must already have produced similar documents in another two EU member-states and adhere to the current security standards of both the European Union and the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

The new system will also upgrade travel and other documents issued to foreign nationals in Greece.

The EU’s decision to overhaul the security standards of these documents and is due to become an EU directive in the coming days, after which all EU member-states will have 24 months to issue their citizens’ documents in line with the new standards.
The new IDs will be similar to a credit card and have shared security features, such as a machine-readable zone for use in airport, port, and railway station scanners and a contactless chip containing biometric data (photo and fingerprints).

In addition to Greek IDs and passports, the system will also be used to issue diplomatic passports, UN travel documents for refugees, UN travel documents for stateless persons, driving licenses, various types residence permits and police IDs.
Greece was one of the last countries in Europe that issued machines without a machine-readable zone and were not in line with ICAO guidelines.

Reviews & Comments ( has relaunched as the top Greek real estate and property website portal dedicated to Greece and Cyprus’ industry.’s members include top real estate agents, realtors, individual sellers, FSBO, sale by owners, architects, developers, construction companies, lawyers, notaries and others that advertise residential (house, home, land, apartments, flats, villas, land, parcels and commercial listings for those looking to buy, sell and rent across all of the Hellenic Republic. is like the MLS database portal that is advertised in the top Greek diaspora and international markets around the world to those looking to invest - including Australia, the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, France, Europe, South Africa, Russia and everywhere else. Most foreigners start their home search in popular destinations like Mykonos, Chania, Crete, Athens, Thessaloniki, Cyclades, Santorini, Rhodes, Corfu, Ios, Lefkada and many more cities, prefectures and regions in Greece. has been featured in most Greek news media outlets and in some of the leading international publications in newspapers, magazines, websites, online news portals, television and radio. Notable publications featuring and its founder, Georgios Stroumboulis include the Wall Street Journal, G1 Brasil, India Today, Barron’s, El Mundo, Naftemporiki, Kerdos, Isotimia, Vradyni, Elefterotypia, Elefteros Typos, Imerisia, Ta Nea, Ethnos, Neos Kosmos,,,,,, People Greece,, Radio Neo Show, Antenna ANT1 Satellite TV, MEGA TV, Makedonia TV, Channel 9 (Το Α και το Ω των ακινήτων). is the only real estate website to have produced its own reality TV show called Hellenic Home Hunting ( Created, produced and edited by George Stroumboulis’ media company, BouliBrand (, this TV show caused an international media storm for controversy during the unstable economy period in Greece. Visit for the latest property listings and start your search, register for an account to sell or simply browse our news. Stay connected with us on Facebook (, Twitter (, LinkedIn (, YouTube (, and Instagram ( Use the hashtag #GPE360 and #HellenicHomeHunting.

featured on the front page of

The Only TV Show Promoting
Greek Real Estate to the World!