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Written by Arundhati Toshniwal on July 28, 2021 Share on

Greece Visa for Indians – A Complete Guide For Your Smooth Trip

Known for its mythological history, ancient ruins, sunny beaches and tasty cuisine. It is no wonder why Greece is on every traveller’s bucket list. Greece offers its own share of stunning landscapes, culture and historic sites. So, excited to plan your trip to this wonderful country. Scroll down for the complete guide providing you with the information related to the Greece visa for Indians.

 

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Where to get Greece Visa for Indians

For Indian citizens, you can apply for a Greece visa online on the official website of the Visa Application Centre (VAC) to book an appointment. It is a secure procedure, which is designed to help you plan your trip better and will save your time at the submission counter at the VAC for Greece.

After completing the form, you have to print it, sign it and bring it along with the requested supporting documents to your appointment at the VAC. Also, your biometric data (10 fingerprints and digital photos) will be taken and note that appearance in person is necessary for all applicants regardless of age and is mandatory for biometrics.

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Types of Greece Visa for Indians

Schengen visa is needed for Greece and you can apply for it, at the Visa application centre:

(The Schengen is the area in Europe that comprises 26 European countries. They all have abolished passports and all types of border control at their mutual understanding.)

  1. Short term stay visa – It is applied if you are planning to stay in Greece for not more than 90 days.
  2. Long term stay visa – It is applied if you are planning to stay in Greece for more than 3 months. It is to be applied for reasons like – work, studies, academic research, religious, scientific or family reunification events, etc

Also read – The Best Places in Greece to Experience Arts and Culture

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Documents Required to Obtain Greece Visa for Indians

The Greece Embassy/Consular Office has the right to have all the documents they need and may even call you for an interview. So, Here is a list of Greece visa documents you may require for your application –

  1. You will need to download, fill and sign the visa application form from the official website of the visa application centre.
  2. Passport, valid for 3 months before the expiry date, should have at least 2 blank pages and issued within the past 10 years.
  3. Photocopy of passport’s front and last page.
  4. 2 Colored passport-sized photograph (3.5 x 4 cm, with white background, not more than a 6-month-old photograph, face and ears should be clearly visible and it should be on good quality paper.)
  5. Your complete itinerary including – Flight reservation of return or round ticket, Hotel reservations, campus residence reservation, or if the applicant intends to stay with a friend, proof of sponsorship or private accommodation from the host.
  6. Proof of financial status – Bank statement of last 3 months, Income tax return of past 2 years, payslips for last 3 months duly stamped and signed by the bank.
  7. Travel Insurance with minimum coverage of EUR 30000/INR 23,60,966.

The required documents and completed, signed visa application is to be submitted to one of the Visa Application Centres in India. Along with the required fees and some additional charges by VAC as Service Fee.

  • Visa fees for adults – INR 4200
  • Visa fees for children below 12 yrs – Free

Once applied, you can check the status online on the official website with the help of your receipt number.

Also read – 7 Most Beautiful Beaches In Greece That Are Absolutely Stunning

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Visa Processing Time for Greece Visa

The processing time for a Greece visa is a maximum of 15 days and may also extend to 30 -60 days for exceptional cases.

Kindly note, if you are submitting your application in Cochin/Sri Lanka and Pondicherry Application Centre for Greece, the processing time will be 2 more working days adding to normal days, by the Embassy.

Also read – Greece in January: A Pocket Guide to Visiting Beautiful Greece

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Travel Insurance For Indians Travelling to Greece

The applicant must purchase the travel insurance before applying for a Greece visa for Indians as it is one of the requirements for the Schengen visa.

Here are the requirements for Schengen travel insurance:

  1. The minimum coverage shall be INR 23,60,966 and should include medical evacuation/repatriation.
  2. It should be valid for the duration of stay in the Schengen country.
  3. The insurance company must have a representative office in European Union countries, in case of any.

Also read – Is Greece Open for Indian Tourists? – Read through to know more.

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Traveller Tips For Indians Visiting Greece

Here are tips for your safe and wonderful travelling experience in Greece –

  1. Always carry your important documents like –Passport, Identity proof, etc in your bag pack with you while exploring the country.
  2. Your short-stay visa allows you to travel to Greece and usually to the other Schengen States But you may have to provide certain information at the border.
  3. Be a responsible tourist as you will represent your country.
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Facts and Figures about Greece

  1. The full name of Greece is The Hellenic Republic of Greece,
  2. It is located in Southeast Europe,
  3. The capital of Greece is Athens and the major cities are Thessaloniki, Piraeus, and Larissa,
  4. The currency of Greece is Euro (EUR),
  5. Greek is the official language,
  6. The best time to visit Greece is April to June, and September to October.

Also read – Greece in October – All in One Guide to Greece Travel in October

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Frequently Asked Questions about Greece Visa from India

What does Schengen mean?

The Schengen is the area in Europe that comprises 26 European countries. They all have abolished passports and all types of border control at their mutual understanding.

Can Indians travel to the Schengen area with one Schengen passport?

Yes, you can travel to the Schengen area with one passport but still, you can be questioned about the purpose of visiting at the borders.

Which countries are part of the Schengen area?

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland are all the part of Schengen area in Europe.

How long can I stay in the country with a Schengen passport?

It is a short term stay passport, not more than 90 days.

What is the capital of Greece?

Athens is the capital city and one of the oldest cities in the world.

 

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Always check the details in your visas, passports and other Consular documents immediately on delivery/collection. And bring to the attention of the issuing authority without delay for rectification. Excited to visit Greece? Plan your trip from Pickyourtrail for some amazing Greece tour packages or customise your own Greece itinerary according to your likes and preferences. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s explore some ancient ruins!

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