It’s impossible to sum up the beauty of Greece in a few sentences. You can walk the ring where the first ever Olympics were held, or bask in sunshine that lights up a seemingly endless coastline, roam among the white walls and blue domed churches of Santorini or simply enjoy the unique cuisine – all in a single country, Greece.
Little wonder then that this nation drew close to 30 million tourists between January and November 2018, according to figures provided by the Hellenic Statistical Authority.
If you want to experience this land that brings together the ancient with the modern seamlessly, you need to start by applying for a Greek Schengen visa. For this, the first step is to fill the Schengen Visa Application Form. Along with this form, you will need to pay the visa fee and submit some necessary documents to the Greek embassy in your home country.
Documents Required for Visa Application
Let’s go one by one.
Visa Application Form
The form will need to be filled accurately and completely. Any misrepresentation of data or inadequate information can lead to your form being rejected. There are various details to fill in the form, including your personal information and travel details.
Two photographs must be attached with the form. The photographs need to be recent, with your complete face visible in them. The photographs must be taken against a light background.
A Valid Passport
Your original passport and its photocopies are also needed. The passport must be valid for at least six months after your intended departure from Greece. Your passport must also have at least two blank pages for the visa stamp.
Travel medical insurance with cover at least €30,000, valid across the Schengen Zone, is mandatory. The insurance should cover for health-related costs, such as sudden illness, accidents or even death.
A cover letter, stating the purpose and details of your trip, such as the places you wish to visit, your hotel reservations, etc., is required.
Proof of Civil Status
You will need to provide proof of your civil status. Documents such as marriage certificate, birth certificate or any national identity card can be used for this purpose.
You must also provide the flight itinerary of your trip, containing details such as the flight numbers and the date and time of your flight’s arrival and departure from Greece.
You would have to prove that you have the funds to finance your entire stay in Greece. Documents, such as bank statements for the last three months, pay slips, and proof of employment can be used for this purpose.
How Long Does It Take to Get Greece Visit Visa?
Although you can apply for a Greek Schengen visa 90 days before your intended trip, it is advisable to apply at least 3 weeks before the date of travel. The visa processing time can vary from 5 to 14 working days, depending upon your nationality. It is recommended to also keep some time in hand in case of unforeseen delays.
For further information, it is advisable to visit the Greek embassy in your home country.