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Last time I rented a car in Greece, I needed an "International Driver's License", which I had the foresight to get before I got there. Is this still the case? Do all rental car places require it?

The reason why I ask is, it was kind of a pain to get and don't want to get it unless I need it.
 
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Not sure where you are from, but I do know that I don't need an "International Driver's License" any more as my Australian Driver's license is sufficient. Might also be the case for a US and Canadian driver's license.
 
REnted a car in Greece several years ago and I presented my international license, which I purchased at AAA for about 15 dollars and in approx 15 mins. I am not a AAA member. The big issue with car rentals is the age limitaion of 75 yrs of age. The rental co."s charge additional fees for anyone over 75. I found a company in Corinth that did not have an age restriction and that's about 1-1/2 hrs from Athens by train.
 
I think I better get the International Driver's License from AAA just in case? Seems like it couldn't hurt, especially since it is so inexpensive and easy to do.
 
Renting a car in Greece is now possible with a US license – an international driver's license is no longer required!

If you visit the website of the US Embassy in Greece you will see the following sentence: “U.S. citizen tourists/temporary residents with stays less than six months with a valid United States driver’s license can drive in Greece with their U.S. license.”

Up to you but you don't need one now.
I go to Greece almost every year . From November 2021 onwards, I don't need international permit, I can use my Australian drivers license.
 
I think I better get the International Driver's License from AAA just in case? Seems like it couldn't hurt, especially since it is so inexpensive and easy to do.
I agree with this!
 

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The rest of the details tend to sort themselves out. For example, you can book your lodging as you go along, especially off-peak.

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I am planning my next Greek trip.

I want to go in October but the people I am traveling with - we won't be able to to go until mid-October.

I have been to Crete that late in the year and to Athens, but not anywhere else. On our schedule is to visit some of the smaller islands, like Hydra.

Do places like that shut down? My main concern is, will the tourist shops be closed? I love to browse through them and it's part of my enjoyment.
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