Required Documents for Greece Schengen Visa
Application forms for a Greek Schengen visa are available in multiple languages. However, if your application comes with documents written in a language other than English or Greek, they need to be translated into either English or Greek. Documents needed for a Greek Schengen visa must be completed or translated into English or Greek.
- Valid passport
- At least 2 blank pages
- With the applicant’s signature
- Not more than 10 years old
- Valid for at least 3 months after the expiration of the requested visa
- Previous passport, if applicable
- Passport-sized photos
- Size 3.5 x 4.5 cm
- Plain white background
- Taken within the past 6 months
- Forward-facing with facial features visible and clear
- Completed application form
- Biometric data (Fingerprints)
- Greek Visa fee
- Documents pertinent to your trip
- Travel Itinerary or plan
- Proof of return to the country of residence or forward ticket to another country
- Reason for travel to Greece
- Flight reservations
- Proof of financial means (bank statements over the last 3-month period, personal properties, and/or other assets)
- Proof of accommodations (with booking reference number, location, and contact number of the hotel)
- Travel medical insurance
- Valid through the entire visa period
- Valid in all Schengen countries
- A minimum coverage of 30,000 EUR must be purchased
- Insurance conditions such as validity, duration, and extent of your coverage to be clearly stated on the confirmation letter or insurance document
- Employment letter with the following information:
- Name and address of employer
- Nature of employment
- Starting date of employment
- Purpose of travel
- Duration of time off from work for travel
- Scans (copies) of:
- Personal-ID page of passport.
- Older Schengen visas (if relevant).
- Residence permit (if relevant).
- Applicants below the age of 18 are required to submit the following additional requirements:
- Copy of birth certificate
- If the minor applicant is adopted, adoption documents are required
- If the minor applicant's parents are divorced, divorce papers are required
- If the minor applicant's parents are deceased, death certificates are required
- Letter of consent from both parents or legal guardians
- Passport copies of both parents or legal guardians
- It may also be necessary to submit supplementary documents in relation to your travel visa application.
Greek visa Fees
The standard fee for the application of a Greek Schengen visa is 80 EUR. However, there are particular applicants who are exempted from fees, such as most student visas and visas for children below the age of 6. Applicants will probably have to pay a separate, non-refundable service payment with their application.
Greek Schengen Visa Application Steps
- Prepare all the required documents.
- Select “Tourism” as the reason for travel on the visa application form.
- Decide the number of entries needed to Greece or the Schengen area.
- Fill out the application form.
- Application procedures for a Greek Schengen visa may vary, depending on where you are applying from. Applicants can download, complete and print out an online application form here. Submit the paper copies to the Greek Consulate or visa processing center.
- Schedule a visa appointment, if applicable.
- Most applications require an in-person appointment at the nearest Greek Consulate or visa center in order to submit the application. Alternatively, applications may be submitted without prior appointment during normal operating hours. Contact the Greek Consulate or visa center to determine if there is a need to schedule an appointment.
- Submit your Greece Schengen visa application.
- Note: Applications must be submitted at least 15 days before the date of travel but not earlier than 6 months before the date of travel.
- Generally, applications must be submitted in person to the Greek Consulate or visa processing center. However, there may be a few differences in the submission procedures.
- Applicants will likely be required to submit their fingerprints (biometric data). Children below the age of 12 are exempted from biometric data collection, but facial photo capturing is a must from the age of 5 years and above.
- Applicants may also be asked to come back on another date for an interview regarding their trip.
- Pay the visa application fee.
When to Apply for a Greek visa
Visa applications must be submitted at least 15 days before the travel date but no earlier than 6 months before the travel date.
Where to Apply
Applications should be submitted personally either through the Greek Consulate, or the consulate of a country that represents the consular affairs of Greece.
In countries without any Greek consulate, applications may be submitted through a Schengen state consulate representing the interests of a Greek consulate.
A list of Greek embassies and consulates is available here.
Applications should be submitted only in the country of citizenship or residence.
Greek visa Processing Time
Generally, it takes approximately 15 days to process Greek Schengen visa applications. However, in some cases it might take as long as 60 days.
For approved visa applications:
Applicants must ensure that the information on the visa is complete and valid upon collection.
Applicants who have received their Schengen Visa for Greece should remember the following things:
- Inform the Greek Consulate or visa application center of any change to your itinerary after submission is completed.
- The approval of a Schengen visa does not guarantee entry upon arrival to Greece or other countries in the Schengen area.
- Additional documents pertaining to your financial means or accommodation may still be required to gain entry to Greece or other Schengen areas.
For denied Greek visa applications:
If your application for a Greek Schengen visa was rejected, you have the right to appeal the decision within 3 weeks.
The appeal process begins by picking up the standard-issued visa refusal form which also has the details of the reason for the rejection and the procedures of the appeal process.