Greece Visa

Greece Visa

Traveling to Greece

Greece has thousands of years of history; tourists come from all over the world to tour the Parthenon and other ancient wonders in Athens (its capital), Crete, and other exotic locations. The country is equally famed for its numerous islands (Santorini, Mykonos, etc.) which offer some of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. 

You may need a visa to travel to Greece, depending on where you are from (nationality), the length of your trip (duration of stay), and your reason for travel (type of visa needed). There are numerous types of visas for Greece, which are valid for travel for specific purposes and times. Different Greek visas have different Greece visa requirements and validity periods.

In general, Greek visas can be divided into two main categories: short stay visas and long stay visas (a long stay visa for Greece is required for those looking to spend more than 90 days in the country).

Another main distinction relates to allowed entries: a single entry will allow you just one entry into the country; a multiple entry visa for Greece will let you enter and exit as many times as needed. 

Greece visa types

Short Term Visas (Type C) 

Schengen Visas 

  • Business  
  • Cultural 
  • Medical
  • Official Visit 
  • Other 
  • Sports
  • Study (Schengen Greece Student visa) 
  • Tourism (Greece Tourist visa)
  • Visiting Family or Friends

Transit Visa (Type A) 

  • Greece Transit visa

Long Term Visas (Type D, National) 

A long stay visa to Greece will allow applicants to remain in the country for up to one year, and is available for the following purposes:

  • Accreditation 
  • Company Staff (Residence) 
  • Employment Purposes (Residence) (Greece Working visa) 
  • Family Reunion (Residence) 
  • Independent Financial Activity or Investment (Residence) 
  • Other
  • Studies, Research, Practical Training, Vocational training (Greece Student visa)

Greece visa requirements

The following documents are typically required for all visas to Greece.

Passport

Official, government-issued document, not older than 10 years, with the correct validity length (a minimum three months past the intended day of exit from Greece)

Visa fee

Your Greece visa fee will depend on the type of visa you are applying for, and possibly other factors, such as your age. Fees are generally non-refundable, even in the case of a denied visa.

Personal photos

Two recently taken photos of the applicant. Photos should be passport style (and have passport dimensions).

Additional documents:

You will almost certainly have to submit additional documents on your Greek visa application. Requested documents are typically those which help visa authorities confirm your identity, determine the truthfulness of your stated purpose of travel, and assess your financial state. The type of Greek visa you apply for will determine your supplemental documents, which may include the following: 

Biographical documents

Identity documents, such as your birth certificate

Financial materials 

Documents showing your finances, such as your bank balance

Accommodation

Information about where you will stay in Greece

Educational materials 

Proof of university education, etc.

Proof of medical insurance

Please note that all documents you submit will likely need to be written in either Greek or English (or accompanied by official translations into either). 

Greece visa application

Applicants for Greek visas should follow these general steps, which may vary slightly depending on numerous factors, including visa type and application destination. 

  1. Prepare your visa application

    Choose your visa duration
    Determine how long you intend to be in Greece i.e. what type of Greece visa you need: long, short, or airport. This will determine how you proceed with the subsequent application steps.
    Select your visa purpose
    Choose your reason for travel (working, study, etc.) 
    Select your entry category
    Your selection of the single-entry visa for Greece or the multiple entry visa for Greece will determine whether or not you may travel in and out of the country/Schengen area throughout your visa period. Consider that holders of the single-entry visa for Greece cannot return to the country after exiting.
    Determine where to apply (application destination)
    Find the physical destination for your application (the Greek Embassy/ Consulate or associated visa-application center where you live). See: “where to apply” for more info.

  2. Fill out your visa application

    Access your main application form
    There is no online Greek visa application system. Long term visa applicants can download the application form here. Schengen visa seekers should print out the universal Schengen visa form.
    Gather the rest of your documents
    Gather your required documents as well as the supplemental ones required for your specific Greek visa type.

  3. Schedule your visa interview

    Almost all Greek visa applicants must attend a visa appointment at their application destination (local Greek embassy/consulate/visa application center). Scheduling a Greek visa interview can take days, weeks, or even months. Contact the embassy/consulate/visa application center directly (via email/phone) to make an appointment.

  4. Attend your visa interview

    This is where you will submit your biometric information, be interviewed, pay your Greek visa fees, and meet other requirements pertaining to your visa type. This is typically the final stage of the Greece visa application process; you will either be granted a visa upon the conclusion of your appointment, receive a rejection, or leave to await a decision.

Please note that certain visas may require subsequent steps (for example, if you are applying for a long term Greece Business visa or Greece Working visa you may need to apply for a Greece Work Permit—other long term visas may require you to apply for a residence permit for Greece. For more information about whether your visa application will subsequently require you to seek a Greece Work Permit or a residence permit for Greece, make sure to research the specific visa requirements for your specific visa type. 

Where to apply for Greece visa

Greece visa application processing occurs at Greek embassies, consulates (and their associated visa application centers) around the world. Identify your local Greek Embassy in order to fulfill the in-person Greece visa requirements. If you are outside of Greece and are applying for a Greece visa, you will apply through the Greek embassy/consulate or visa application center where you live. If there is no Greek mission in your country, you will likely apply for your Greek visa through the embassy/consulate of another country, which is representing Greece’s interests abroad.

When to apply for a Greece Visa

Applicants for short-stay visas to Greece are advised to submit their application a minimum of fourteen days before their intended trip. And while applying well in advance is recommended, applying too early (i.e. over six months before departure) is discouraged.  

Greece visa processing time

The Greece visa application processing time varies. Factors which determine how long it will take to get your visa include the following:         

  • Greek visa type 
  • Application destination 
  • Your nationality 
  • The completeness of application 

Depending on all of these factors, you could expect to receive a visa in days, weeks, or even months after you apply. 

Greece visa FAQ

Who needs a Greece visa?

Depending on where you are from, you may need a visa to enter the country, regardless of how long you intend to stay. Some nationalities do not need a visa to travel to Greece. Regardless of your nationality, however, you will need a visa if you intend to stay in the country longer than 90 days and you are not an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen.

How do I get a visa for Greece?

Get a travel document for Greece (visa) by submitting an application to your local Greek embassy/consulate/visa application center, meeting the visa requirements, and paying your visa fee.

How much bank balance is required for Schengen visa?

The amount of money you need depends on the Schengen country you are visiting. You will likely need to show several months proof of salary/bank statements in order to meet the Schengen proof of funds requirement.

How do you decide which of the many types of Greece visa you need to apply for?

Choose from among the various types of Greece visa you need to apply for by considering your reason for travel and how long you want to stay in the country. These factors will determine the type of visa you need. In addition to visa type, you should also determine how many entries you need—i.e. whether you need a multiple entry visa for Greece or a single entry visa for Greece.

What if my Schengen visa is rejected?

Rejected Schengen visa applicants can appeal the decision, reapply, or apply for another travel document for Greece (different Greek visa, such as a Greece Business visa).

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