SHORT TERM VISA

The holder of a Schengen visa is entitled to enter and stay, for a maximum of 90 days in any- 180 days period *,, in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

An application for a Schengen visa can be lodged at the Embassy of Greece in the following cases:

  • Greece is the sole destination of the applicant.
  • If the applicant intends to travel to more Schengen countries: Greece is the main destination of the applicant or, where there is no main destination, Greece is his/her first point of entry in the Schengen area.

For calculating the period of allowed stay, you can use the short-stay calculator and read the user's guide , which contains information on the relevant rules, the use of the calculator and practical examples.

DECISION ON THE APPLICATION-TIME LIMITS

The Embassy decides on applications once it reaches at Embassy and processing time for applications is maximum 15 days, In exceptional cases, this period may be extended up to 30 calendar days in, notably when further scrutiny of the application is needed and when additional documentation is needed in specific cases, the period may be extended up to a maximum of 60 calendar days.

ATTENTION:

Applications of nationals of specific third countries or of specific categories of such nationals are subject to prior consultation of central authorities of other Member States. Such consultation lasts approximately seven calendar days and does not apply to applications for airport transit visas.

Third countries whose nationals or specific categories of such third country nationals who are subject to prior consultation

Third country Specific categories concerned, if applicable
Afghanistan Applies only to holders of diplomatic and service passports
Algeria
Bangladesh
Belarus
D.R. Congo
Egypt Does not apply to holders of diplomatic and service passports
Iran
Iraq
Jordan
Kazakhstan Applies only to holders of service passports
(North) Korea
Lebanon
Libya
Mauritania
Morocco
Nigeria
Pakistan
Russian Federation Applies only to holders of service passports
Rwanda
Saudi Arabia Does not apply to holders of diplomatic passports
Somalia
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Syria
Tunisia
Uzbekistan Does not apply to holders of diplomatic passports or soldiers and police officers who travel for the purpose of exercising their duty
Vietnam
Yemen
Category of persons
Palestinians
Refugees
Stateless persons

SPECIAL PROCEDURES FOR EU FAMILY MEMBERS*

Family members of an EU citizen benefit from the following facilitations as far as they accompany or join the EU citizen:

  1. Submission of the application directly to the Embassy without prior appointment .
  2. Simplification of the documentation required: application, photograph, valid passport and any official document proving his/her family relationship with the EU citizen.
  3. Exemption from the visa fee.
  4. Issuance of a multiple-entry visa, valid for a long period.

As family member of an EU citizen is considered:

  • the spouse
  • the partner with whom the EU citizen has a durable relationship, which can be proved appropriately, such as in cases where a registered partnership has been contracted, a common or adopted child exists or the partners have assumed common long-term commitments of legal, social and financial nature.
  • The direct descendants (children) of the EU citizen or his/her spouse or partner who are under the age of 21 or are financially dependant on the EU citizen or his/her spouse or partner.
  • The direct ascendants (parents) of the EU citizen or his/her spouse or partner who are financially dependant on the EU citizen or his/her spouse or partner.

* The same provisions are applied to family members of citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Special procedures for citizens of countries which have concluded Visa Facilitation Agreements with The European Union : Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Fyrom, Georgia,The Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, The Russian Federation, Serbia and Ukraine

  1. Submission of the application directly to the Embassy without prior appointment.
  2. Simplification of the documentation required depending on the provisions of the relevant agreement
  3. Visa fee: exemption from the visa fee for specific categories of applicants, and reduction of the visa fee to 35 Euro for the rest of the applicants.
  4. For certain categories of applicants: issuance of a multiple-entry visa, valid for a long period.
  5. The EU has concluded Visa Liberalization Agreements with Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Fyrom, Montenegro and Serbia: citizens of those countries who are in possession of a valid biometric passport can enter and stay in the Schengen area for a period of maximum 90 days per semester without holding a Schengen visa.
  6. Holders of diplomatic passports of all the above-mentioned countries are exempted from the visa requirement.
NOTE:
Kindly note if you are submitting your application in Cochin /Srilanka and Nepal Application center the processing time will be 2 more Working days in addition to normal days define by Embassy.

SKYPE INTERVIEWS

Please to inform you that VFS Global has started Skype services to conduct Interviews for Applicants submitting their Application at satellite Centre's - Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Jalandhar, Pune, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Goa ,Srilanka,Nepal and Cochin so that the applicant does not have to come to New Delhi.

Please note that Applicant has to visit the respective Application Centre for the Interview which will be conducted by Embassy of Greece.