Applying for a Greece Visa in the UK

Applying for a Greece Visa in the UK

Greece Schengen Visa Requirements and Application Guidelines for UK Residents

UK citizens who hold a full UK passport can travel to Greece visa-free. On the other hand, many non-EU nationals who reside in the UK are still required to get a Schengen visa to travel to Greece.


In recent years, following visa liberalization policies for non-EU countries, the number of countries whose nationals require visas to travel to Europe has slightly dropped. Here is the list of nationalities that are still required to get a Schengen Visa to visit Greece and other Schengen states.

Stat: As per 2016, Greece has issued a total of 949,399 uniform Schengen visas from 986,032 applications received.

Below you can find more information on applying for a Greece visa from the UK.


Who can apply for a Greece Visa from within the UK?

Citizens of these countries who have been residing in the UK for at least three months and plan on visiting Greece are required to get a Greece visa in order to be able to enter Greece.

You should apply for a visa via the Embassy of Greece in the UK if:

  • Greece is the only Schengen country you plan on visiting
  • Greece is your main destination (the country you will be staying the longest in)
  • Greece is the first Schengen country you are visiting

In case you plan on staying in Greece for more than 90 days you must apply for a residency permit, not a Greece Schengen visa.

Please, note that if you are not a resident in the United Kingdom you should apply at the Greek Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence.

Greece Visa application documents and requirements for UK residents

  • A valid passport or Travel document. Please make sure that:
    • Your passport has been issued within the previous 10 years,
    • Your passport has 2 full blank pages, one for the visa stamp and an additional spare page,
    • Your passport will be valid for at least three (3) months after the date you exit the Schengen Area.
  • A valid UK residence permit or other form of Identity Card. The UK residency permit must be endorsed in the actual passport (or on a new biometric ID card)
  • One application form filled out completely and signed by the applicant (please read the explanations carefully). You can also apply via 3rd party websites like this one here. You have to pay an extra fee for their services, but they will also help you with Appointment booking, Documents checking, Visa application as well as with Visa and Passport collection. For more information, please click here!
  • One passport format photo that has a light background, is rightly coloured, and shows full face features. The photo must be less than three months old and be attached with a paperclip on the application form.
  • Biometric data (Applies only if you haven’t provided biometric data within the last 59 months):
    • Fingerprints
    • A copy of the passport bio page where the photo is included.

Note: Children under the age of 12 are exempted from providing fingerprints.

This requirement only applies if you haven’t provided biometric data within the last 59 months

  • A cover letter that explains the purpose of the visit to Greece
  • Proof of travel arrangements: Round trip flight/travel reservations or other proof of intended transport and complete itinerary of your visit to Greece (if several Schengen States will be visited or if the trip covers several Schengen States and non-Schengen countries).
  • Travel Insurance stating that you are covered in case of a medical emergency and repatriation not just in Greece but in the whole Schengen zone (minimum coverage of € 30.000).
    • Holders of diplomatic passports and family members of EU/EEA citizens are exempted from providing proof of travel medical insurance
  • Proof of accommodation in Greece:
    • Evidence of a hotel booking or rental agreement, or
    • Invitation from your Greek host (family member, friend) with a copy of their passport
  • Proof of financial subsistence :
    • A recent statement of UK bank account for the last three months that shows funds of at least 50 € (40 £) per day spent in Greece, or
    • Traveller’s cheques, or
    • Proof of sponsorship

Note: Photocopies of the original documents should also be submitted and documents should not be more than one month old.

The documents listed above are documents required in all cases, regardless of the purpose of your visit in Greece. Depending on your employment status, here is a list of additional documents that are required for your visa application:

For employees:

  • Employment contract
  • Current bank statement of the latest 6 months
  • Leave permission from the employer
  • Income Tax Return (ITR) form or Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary

For the self-employed:

  • A copy of your business license
  • Company bank statement of the latest 6 months
  • Income Tax Return (ITR)

For foreign students:

  • Proof of enrolment
  • No-objection certificate from school or university

For retirees:

  • Pension statement of the latest 6 months

If unemployed and married to an EU citizen:

  • A recent (less than 3 months old) Confirmation of Employment letter from their spouse’s employer stating the position held within the company as well as the starting date,
  • Spouse’s valid passport
  • An officially translated marriage certificate. The translation must be in English, French or Greek and must be certified as a true copy by the Embassy of the country where the marriage took place or by the Legalization Bureau of the Foreign Office in UK
  • If married to a Greek national marriage should be registered with the relevant Municipality in Greece

Requirements for children under the age of 18

Parents or a an adult guardian are required to accompany their under-age children at the application center at the Greece Embassy in London. Also, minors who are granted a Greece visa are not allowed to travel to Greece by themselves. They should be accompanied by an adult during their stay in Greece.

Required documents for visa application for underage children

  • Proof of parent’s regular income (work contract with specified monthly income or a bank statement or business license)
  • Notarized travel permission from parent (parental travel consent)
  • If one parent lives in another country – their notarized parental travel consent
  • A school attendance letter issued by the Head of School.

All documents provided should be legalised and be in of the of the following languages:

  • English
  • Greek

To find more about the documentation needed for applying for a visa to Greece click here: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/greece-visa/

How to apply for a Greece Visa from the UK?

To book an appointment for a Greece visa from the UK you can do either of the following:

  • Book an appointment directly at the Greek Consulate Office in London. The following persons do not need to book an appointment:
    • Diplomatic passport holders and their family members
    • Family members of EU/EEA nationals

All applicants that do not fall into these categories are required to book an appointment with the Consulate Office

The visa section is open Monday to Friday from 9:30AM to 11:30PM except on public holidays:

  • 2 January
  • 6 January
  • Orthodox Ash Monday
  • 27 March
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • May Bank Holiday
  • Spring Bank Holiday
  • Orthodox Whit Monday
  • 15 August
  • Summer Bank Holiday
  • 25 December
  • 26 December

Reasons why you should apply for a Greece visa through the IAM website

  • IAM’s visa advisors will contact you as soon as possible to confirm the suitable date and time for you to attend the visa processing center in the UK.
  • They will fill in an Application Form for Greece Schengen visas online to secure your appointment and send it to you together with a complete list of requested documents and the confirmation of your appointment.
  • The IAM’s team will assist you in collecting the required documents and checking your prepared application to make sure your application has the highest possible prospect of success.
  • If you cannot collect your passport yourself, IAM’s representatives can arrange for collection. Alternatively, you may choose to have your application sent back by registered mail when you make your visa application.

For more information, please click here or start the visa application by filling the form online here!

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Greece Visa application and processing time

You can apply for a Greek Schengen visa 90 days before your planned trip. Usually the visa application process takes a minimum of 5 working days, therefore you are advised to apply 3 weeks in advance of your planned trip.

For the nationals of the following countries the application time takes at least 14 working days (Source: VFS Global):

Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Belarus,D.R. Congo, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, North Korea, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Palestinian travel documents holders, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen.

Greece Visa fees for UK residents

Since Greece is a Schengen state, visa fees are the same as any other Schengen visa. These are the costs of a Greece Schengen Visa when applying from UK:

Schengen Visa Category (by age) Fee in UK Pound Fee in Euro
Adult 51 £ 60 €
Child younger than 12 years of age Free Free

Note: Keep in mind that these fees may change depending on currency fluctuations and can be paid only in UK Pounds. Payments can be made in cash and by credit or debit card

Visa fee exemptions

The following persons are exempted from Visa fees:

  • Children younger than 6 years of age
  • Family members of an EU/EEA national
    • Documents required for exemption:
      • Original Marriage Certificate, or
      • Civil Partnership Certificate
      • Original full Birth Certificate
      • EU/EAA national’s passport.
  • Persons travelling for the purpose of study or educational training
    • School pupils.
    • Undergraduates and postgraduates
      • These persons must be accompanied by their teachers/professors
    • Invited researchers
      • Documents required for exemption:
        • Invitation letter from the Greek institution
        • Letter from the University/organization in the UK

Greece Visa fee discounts

For nationals of countries that have a visa facilitation agreement with the EU visa applications cost only 35 € (29.70 £). Nationals of countries that are granted visa discounts for Greece are:

  • Albania*
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina*
  • Georgia*
  • Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*
  • Moldova*
  • Montenegro*
  • Russian Federation
  • Serbia*
  • Ukraine*

*Note: This only applies to those nationals who do not hold a biometric passport.

Frequently Asked Questions about Greece Visas

Do holders of a Refugee Passport need a visa to Greece?

Refugee Passport (Geneva 1951) holders do not require a visa to enter Greece

What happens if some of the required documents are missing?

Unlike many other Schengen country Consulates who require a fully completed documentation to process your application, when applying for a Greece visa you can submit additional documents that are required even after you submit your application. Keep in mind that in this case your visa will be delayed (if issued)

Can a non-resident apply for a Greece visa at the Consular Office in London?

Although non UK residents are strongly advised to only apply for a Schengen in their country of residence, in cases of extreme emergency the Greek Consular Office may accept an application from a non UK resident.

Can I get a visa on the day that I apply?

No, you cannot get a Greece visa on the same day you submit your application. Although in cases of extreme medical emergency the Consulate may make an exception.

Do all applicants have to come in person at the visa centre?

All applicants, including children, must show up at the visa center on the scheduled day of the application.

Also, keep in mind that every person needs to have an individual appointment booked.

Are fees a guarantee that I will be issued a visa?

No, fees do not serve as a guarantee for a positive answer regarding your visa application. Also, you should keep in mind that all fees are non-refundable. Should you decide to apply after your visa is refused you will have to make the same payments again.

Which British travel document holders require a visa?

Unlike holders of a full UK passport who can travel to Greece visa free, these are the categories of British travel document holders who require a visa to visit Greece:

  • Travel documents for British Overseas Territories Citizens (BOTC) without right of abode in the UK
  • British Overseas Citizens (BOC)
  • British Protected Persons (BPP)
  • Holders of British Certificate of Travel (Black and Red Document).

(Source: greekembassy.org.uk). Click here for more information on who needs a visa to travel to Greece.

Tips:

Embassy & Consulates of Greece in the United Kingdom

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