Why do I need AMKA/PAAYPA? What is it for?

You need an AMKA/PAAYPA to access healthcare services, to work, and to be insured.

What is AMKA?

AMKA is the equivalent of a social security number in Greece. This number allows you to work and is the insurance ID of individuals in Greece. It also helps you access services such as health care, employment protection, benefits, and other state services.

How can I get AMKA?

After you are granted refugee status, your PAAYPA is automatically deactivated around a month after you are given your residency permit. Then you must obtain AMKA. You can get an AMKA by going to the citizens service centre closest to where you live. These are known as KEP offices (ΚΕΠ). The list of KEP offices, along with the closest ones to you are available here: http://www.e-gif.gov.gr/portal/page/portal/ermis/KepIndex

What is PAAYPA?

A PAAYPA (ΠΑΑΥΠΑ) is a temporary social security number given to asylum seekers which allows them to access state services such as healthcare. This ID, like AMKA, is necessary for employment.

How can I get PAAYPA?

If you apply for asylum in Greece, the Asylum Service will eventually give you a Full Registration Card, where your PAAYPA is shown. While you are a holder of a Full Registration Card, your PAAYPA works. It’s important to note that if you applied for asylum before January 2020, you will get your PAAYPA number when you renew your full registration card. If you had AMKA and you’re still classified as an asylum seeker, this number will automatically turn into PAAYPA; which will show the next time you renew it.


Because of the restrictions associated with COVID, you can use the electronic platform: https://www.amka.gr/have-paaypa/  and check if you have PAAYPA without visiting the Asylum Service offices.

What services can I use with PAAYPA?

You can access all:

  • Healthcare services in the field of preventive medicine for health promotion and prevention
  • Clinical examinations, screening, provision of medicine/treatment
  • Dental healthcare
  • Provision of non-hospital medical treatment for chronic diseases
  • Rehabilitation services, such as physiotherapy, logotherapy, ergotherapy, psychotherapy and special education
  • Medical transport via floating, aerial or motor vehicles of EKAV
  • Provision of medicinal products in certain cases
  • Inclusion in dialysis treatment for late-stage nephropathy patients

More info available: https://cheering.eu/2020/11/13/paaypa-guide/

Can I get vaccinated with PAAYPA?

Yes you can. You are entitled to visit any health centre, to make an appointment to get vaccinations or checkup.