Hunting in Greece

Information on hunting in Greece, including the hunting licences and rifle permits...

Hunting is a popular pastime in Greece, mainly on the mainland and mountainous areas. Wild boar and woodcock are commonly hunted animals.

Both a rifle permit and hunting licence are required to hunt in Greece.

Greece is divided into seven Hunting Federations and has 248 hunting associations. The overseeing body for these clubs and associations is the Hellenic Hunters Confederation. It can provide information on hunting seasons, hunting species and hunting areas.

Rifle Permits

A rifle can be bought without a licence, but it must then be registered with the police. A rifle permit must then be applied for within one month at the local Police station. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

The penalty for being in possession of an unregistered rifle without a permit may be up to four months in prison.

Only single or double barrelled rifles, with a rifle length over 1m and holding no more than three bullets are permitted.

The following weapons are illegal:

  • Automatic weapons
  • Nets
  • Traps

Hunting Licences

Hunting legislation in Greece is regulated by the General Secretariat of Forests and Natural Environment of the Ministry of Agriculture. A licence is required to hunt and should be carried at all times while hunting.

Licences are issued depending on several factors. Foreign licences may be used to hunt in certain areas.

Application for a Greek hunting permit

EU citizens may apply for a hunting licence in the same way as Greeks. Non-EU nationals must prove that they have lived in Greece for at least 15 years before making an application.

Applications for a hunting licence are submitted to the local Forest inspection of the Forests Directorate. The following documents are required:

  • Application form
  • Proof of insurance
  • Proof of payment of hunting fees
  • Signed formal declaration of no criminal record and no conviction for violations of hunting laws
  • Rifle licence or certificate from the Police of the place of residence, stating that the conditions for the possession of a shotgun are fulfilled
  • Two passport photographs (two additional photographs are required for first-time applications)
  • Proof that the applicant has successfully passed the hunting test (for first-time applications)
  • Signed formal declaration stating place of residence

Hunters with foreign-issued hunting permits

Hunting permits issued outside of Greece are accepted, however, they must be translated into Greek.

Foreign permit holders visiting Greece, and non-EU nationals resident in Greece for less than 15 years, may only hunt within Controlled Hunting Areas. There are seven Controlled Hunting Areas in Greece. The following documents are required to hunt in these areas:

  • Application form
  • Two recent photographs
  • Original hunting licence from their home country or certified photocopy
  • Proof of payment of hunting fees
  • Proof of insurance

The Hunting Test

A multiple choice test must be taken before qualifying for a hunting permit. The test can be taken at one of the following Forestry Offices:

  • At: Ippodameias square 8, Piraeus
    Mondays from 08:00-10:00
    Tel: 210 412 6753
  • At: Nikolaou Plastira 69, Egaleo
    Mondays from 09:00- 11:00
    Tel: 210 591 1879