How to apply for a Greece visa from India ?
Do Indians need a visa to travel to Greece?
Yes, as Greece is a member of the European Union (EU) and is in the Schengen Area of countries that have abolished border controls between each others’ borders - meaning you will need an India Greece Visa.
How do I apply for a Greece visa from India?
You will first need to work out which type of Greece visa you need, depending on your purpose, the length of your trip, and how many times you plan to visit. The standard Schengen Visa, for trips lasting up to 90 days, is a short-stay visa, with longer stays requiring a work, study or family reunion visa. Multiple-entry visas are also available if you plan on traveling regularly to Greece or the Schengen Area.
You must apply for your visa no more than six months, and no fewer than 15 days, before your trip. Then you need to fill out your application, pay a fee of €80 for adults and €40 for minors, obtain all the documents you need for your Greece visa, and attend an interview at a consulate, embassy, or visa application center. Visa fees are waived for children under six years of age, those traveling to Europe for study purposes, researchers, those under 25 years old traveling with charitable organizations, and those participating in sporting or cultural events.
What documents do I need to apply for a short-stay Greece visa from India?
First of all, you need to download and complete a Schengen Visa application form.
In addition to this, you will need two recently taken passport-style photos, an Indian passport or other travel documents that are less than 10 years old and valid for at least three months after your departure date from the Schengen Area. You will also need travel and medical insurance covering you for costs up to €30,000, evidence of legal residence in India (such as an ID card), a cover letter stating your itinerary and the purpose of your visit, as well as a flight itinerary and proof of accommodation during your stay, proof of your civil status, like a marriage certificate, and proof you have means of subsistence during your stay.
Indian citizens, or those from other non-EU countries, need to prove they have €50 per day and a minimum total amount of €300 for stays up to five days when applying for a Greek visa. Minors need half this amount.
What additional documents do I need to get a Greece Visa to work or study?
If you are planning to work or study in Greece for fewer than 90 days, then you will need additional documents to obtain your short-stay visa. These include an employment contract, a current bank statement, a no objection letter from your Indian employer, and an income tax return. The self-employed need an income tax return, and a company bank statement, as well as any licensing documentation. As a student, you will need proof of enrolment at an educational institution in Greece, and a no objection letter from your current institution stating your study is authorized is helpful.
If you are looking to stay in Greece to study or work for more than 90 days, you will need to apply for a study visa or, a work permit through an employer who will take you on in Greece. Application approval may take longer than a standard short-stay visa, and applicants must meet all working visa requirements as outlined by the Greece Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Where do I apply for a Greece visa in India?
The Greek authorities outsource their visa applications process to the company Global Visa Center World. You can apply online via the Global Visa Center World website, and you will need to attend an interview at one of the Global Visa Center World branches, which are located in Mumbai, Pune, Puducherry, Chennai, Cochin, Gurgaon, Jalandhar, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Goa, New Delhi, Kochi, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, and Bengaluru. Applications should take around 15 days but can take up to 30 days to process, especially during busy periods. However, in some cases, it may take up to 60 days.
Why choose AXA Schengen Insurance?
AXA’s Low Cost Travel Insurance costs only €0.99 ($1.11) per day of your trip and meets your visa requirements, while the AXA Schengen Europe Travel Insurance offers extended coverage up to costs of €100,000. Those seeking a multiple-entry visa can purchase the Multi Trip insurance from €298 per year, which again covers you for expenses up to €100,000.
How to apply for other Schengen countries from India ?
Frequently asked questions about Greek visas from India
What will happen if I overstay my Greek visa?
You will likely face a fine or deportation and a ban on entering the Schengen Area - not just Greece - for a set period of time.
Will my visa allow me to travel to other European countries?
Providing they are one of the 25 other countries within the Schengen Area - then yes - you will be able to travel to them. However if staying on a work or student visa you can only work or study in Greece.
What should I do if my Greek visa is refused?
If your visa is refused you have the right to appeal to the Greek authorities.