Greece visa

You cannot simply come to Greece, whether for tourism or to settle down. In most cases, a visa will be required to enter Greece. A visa to Greece is a permit that allows its holder to enter Greece and stay there for a certain period of time.

Visas also determine what activities foreigners can participate in and whether they can bring family members with them. To get a Greek visa, you must first apply for a visa. The application process involves a number of procedures, documents to collect, and certain fees to pay.

Find out everything you need to know about Greek visas below.

Greece Schengen Visa

A Greek Schengen visa is a permit to enter Greece and stay there for a maximum of 90 days within a six-month period.
The most common Schengen visa types to Greece are:
  • Greece tourist visa, to Greece for vacation, sightseeing and other tourist purposes.
  • Tourist visa to Greece, to visit friends or family members living in Greece.
  • Greek Business Visa, to engage in business-related activities.
  • Medical visa to Greece, to benefit from medical treatment in Greece.
  • Short-term student visa in Greece, to study courses lasting up to three months in semesters.
  • Greek Cultural Visa, to participate in cultural, sporting or filming events in Greece.

Greece Visa Application

To apply for a Greek visa, you need to be knowledgeable about a number of issues, such as when and where to apply. Then, you need to follow the step-by-step process to complete all the necessary formalities for the application. Then find these procedures explained simply and clearly in chronological order.
Applying for a Schengen visa to Greece is the same as applying for a Schengen visa for all other member states. Before you begin this process, learn the following:
  1. Find out whether you need to apply for a Greece Visa.
  2. Check when is the right time to apply.
  3. Find out where you need to lodge your application.
  4. Complete the application form for a Schengen Visa.
  5. Make a visa appointment.
  6. Collect the required documents
  7. Attend the visa interview.
  8. Give your biometrics.
  9. Pay the visa fee.

Check if you Need to Apply for a Visa to Enter Greece

Your nationality, the intended length of your stay and purpose of your trip are the three main factors that define whether you need a visa to Greece or not. Based on that, you will need a Greece Transit Visa if you are a national of:

One of the 14 countries under the Schengen Transit Visa regime

  • Cameroon
  • Ivory Coast
  • Cuba
  • Djibouti
  • Gambia
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Jordan
  • Liberia
  • Mali
  • Sierra Leone
  • Syria
  • Togo

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When to Apply for a Greece Visa?

The best time to apply for a visa to Greece is as early as possible!
However, you can apply no earlier than three months before your planned trip to Greece. Try to apply at least five weeks in advance, especially if you are applying for a long-term visa.



Where to Apply for a Greece Visa?

You should lodge your completed application for a Greece visa at the representative mission of Greece in your country of residence. This could be any of the following.

  • The Greek Embassy or Consulate.
  • The Embassy or Consulate of another Schengen country, representing Greece.
  • A third-party Visa Service Center, accepting applications on behalf of Greece.

Note that in absence of any of three in your country of residence, you may have to apply at one of the three located in a neighboring country. I.e. Kosovo citizens need to apply in neighboring Macedonia.

Complete the application form for a Schengen Visa

After checking when you should apply and which Greek representation you need to apply to, you can now start the Greek visa application process. You must fill out the Schengen visa application form for Greece. The application form can be completed online on the Greek government website.

Greece Schengen Visa Validity

The maximum validity of a Schengen visa is three months within a 6-month period. However, the embassy may grant you a shorter validity period, i.e.  three weeks, or even shorter, four days. All of this information can be found on the visa sticker affixed to your passport. Please pay attention to the following information on this sticker.
  • Labels “FROM – UNTIL” mark the date you can first enter, and the date you can last leave the Schengen territory.
  • Label DURATION OF STAY – stands for the number of days you can remain in the Schengen Zone within the given Schengen visa validity.
EXAMPLE: “Duration of stay” represents 7 days, while “from to” dates represent September 1 to September 30, which means you can spend up to seven days in the area Schengen area from September 1 to September 30, i.e. from 20 to 27 September.

Greece National Visas

A Greek National Visa is an authorization to travel to Greece with the intention of temporarily settling here, under the following purposes:

  • Work
  • Study
  • Family Reunion

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