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Greece Tourist Visa Guide: Everything Indians Need to Know

Last Update: 07-03-2024

Greece tourist visa

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Greece tourist visa

Is a visa required for Greece?

Yes, all Indian passport holders require a Schengen visa to visit Greece for tourism and business related activities.

Processing time for Greece Visa

21 to 28 Working Days

Greece tourist visa fees for Indians

1. Embassy fees: 0 to 11 years old: No fees ; 12+ years: Euro 80 (INR 7,280/-) 2.Service fees: Euro 30 (INR 2,730/-)

Greece visa validity

180 Days

Greece visa stay duration

90 Days

How to apply for a Greece visa

  1. Apply through Teleport in under 2 minutes
  2. Apply through the Government portal.

Documents required for Greece visa

  1. Visa Application Form
  2. Passport 
  3. Photograph 
  4. Cover Letter
  5. Travel Medical Insurance - Euro 30,000
  6. Flight tickets and Hotel Bookings
  7. Bank Statement (last 3 months)
  8. Income tax return (last 2 years)
  9. See other documents

Can Indians get Greece visa on arrival?

No, Indian passport holders are not eligible for a visa-on-arrival when entering Greece.

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Do Indians Need a Visa to Visit Greece?

Yes, Indians travelling to Greece for a short stay of 90 days need to get a Schengen visa. This visa allows you to enter Greece for tourism, business, visiting friends or family, and cultural exchanges.

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction
  2. When Can I Apply for a Greece Schengen Visa?
  3. Types of Greece Visas for Indians
  4. How to Complete a Visa Application for a Greece Tourist Visa for Indians?
  5. Greece Visa Requirements for Indians
  6. How Long Does it Take to Process a Greece Visa?
  7. Greece Tourist Visa Fees for Indians
  8. What is the Validity of a Greece Tourist Visa for Indians?
  9. How Long Can I Stay in Greece with my Short-term Visa?
  10. How to Track the Status of my Greece Visa Application?
  11. Do Indian Citizens Need Travel Insurance for a Greece Visa?
  12. What are the Reasons for Greece Visa Rejection in India?
  13. What to do if My Greece Tourist Visa Gets Rejected?
  14. Do I Need an Airport Transit Visa for Greece?
  15. What to do After Reaching Greece Airport?
  16. Conclusion
  17. FAQs

Introduction

Planning a trip to Greece from India? Understanding the visa process is essential for a hassle-free journey. This comprehensive guide provides all the information they need to obtain a Greece tourist visa for Indians, covering application procedures, required documents, visa types, and fees.

From application methods to processing times, we've got you covered to ensure you're well-prepared for your Greek adventure.

If you have any questions or need assistance, our dedicated team is here to help. Feel free to contact us at +91 73148 52914 or reach out to us on WhatsApp.

Prepare for a smooth journey to Greece – Safe travels!

Can Indians Get a Greece Visa on Arrival?

No, Greece does not offer visas on arrival to Indian passport holders. Indians need to have an approved Schengen visa prior to their departure to Greece.

When Can I Apply for a Greece Schengen Visa?

Applying for a Schengen Visa at a Greece Diplomatic Mission:

Single Country Visit:

Apply at the Greek consulate if you're visiting only Greece as your single Schengen country and it's your first entry point.

Visiting Multiple Schengen Countries:

  • If visiting several Schengen countries and intend to stay for a longer duration in Greece, then apply at a Greek consulate.
  • If visiting several Schengen countries with similar stays (e.g., tourism in Greece, Italy, and Spain), apply at the consulate of your first entry country—Greece, in this case.

Main Purpose of Visit:

Your main purpose determines where you apply. If it's unclear and you're visiting multiple countries, submit your application to the embassy or consulate of your first entry point to the Schengen area.

For instance, if your main purpose is attending a conference in Greece while touring multiple countries, apply at the Greek consulate.

Types of Greece Visas for Indians

Schengen visa(C-type): A Schengen Visa of the short-stay Type C is designed for individuals intending to visit Greece and stay within the Schengen region for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period (equivalent to 6 months). This visa caters to a range of purposes, including tourism, business, visiting family or friends, cultural and educational endeavours, and sports activities.

National Visa(D-type): A long-stay 'D' visa grants its holder permission to enter and reside in Greece for a period exceeding three months. This visa may be granted for various purposes, including employment, study, research, participation in cultural, scientific, or religious events, as well as family reunification.

Those holding a national visa are obligated to apply for a residence permit in Greece immediately upon their arrival in the country.

Applicants are required to submit a long-stay visa application for Greece, along with the requisite supporting documents tailored to the specific purpose of their intended stay. 

How to Complete a Visa Application for a Greece Tourist Visa for Indians?

Apply for Greece Visa Effortlessly with Teleport

Teleport simplifies the visa application process, ensuring a prompt and hassle-free experience. Here's how to apply for a Greece visa:

Step 1: Start Your Greece Visa Application:

Visit Teleport's Greece visa application portal and click 'Apply for Visa.'

Step 2: Provide Basic Details and Pay Fees:

Upload scanned copies of your passport's front and back pages. Teleport can autofill your information or you can manually input your details. Choose between full or partial upfront payment for the visa fee.

Step 3: Gather Required Documents:

Teleport's dedicated relationship manager will assist you in collecting all necessary documents for the Greece visa application.

Step 4: Schedule Your Appointment:

Your Teleport relationship manager will arrange an appointment at the visa application centre according to your preferred location and dates.

Step 5: Attend Appointment and Submit Biometrics:

Visit the visa application centre at the appointed time to submit your biometrics and necessary documentation.

✅ Teleport conducts a thorough review of your application and documents before submission to the embassy.

✅ You'll receive updates on your application's progress via WhatsApp and Email.

Once the embassy completes the review, Teleport will update your application status on the platform. You'll receive timely notifications regarding the embassy's decision. Upon approval, you can conveniently download your visa from the Teleport Dashboard.

Apply Through Greece Government Website

Step 1: Choose Visa Type and Fill Application Form:

Identify the suitable visa type for your trip and fill out the application form online. Make sure to understand the Greece tourist visa fees for Indians, required documents and  processing time.

Step 2: Gather Your Documents:

Collect all necessary documents as per the Greece visa requirements.

Step 3: Submit Your Application Online:

Log in to your existing account or create a new account to initiate your visa application.

Step 4: Schedule Appointment at VAC:

After submitting your application, book an appointment at the Visa Application Centre (VAC). Choose the centre based on your location and availability.

Choose the Visa Application Centre

LocationWorking Hours (Mon to Fri)Address

New Delhi

09:00-16:00

Shivaji Stadium Metro Station, Mezzanine Level, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place New Delhi Delhi 110001 India

Ahmedabad

15:00-17:00

1st Floor, Abhiji VI, Emerald House, Near Parimal Garden Cross Road, Off C G Road Ahmedabad Gujarat 380006 India

Bangalore

09:00-15:00

Manipal Center South Block S 821 8th floor 47 Dickensen Road Bangalore Karnataka 560042 India

Chandigarh

09:00-15:00

Elante Offices, entry from Gate No.3, Unit No. B209, 2nd Floor, Office Block B, Plot No. 178 - 178A, Industrial & Business Park, Phase - I Chandigarh Chandigarh 160002 India

Chennai

15:00-16:00

Fagun Towers, Third Floor, No 74, Ethiraj Salai, Egmore Chennai Tamil Nadu 600008 India

Cochin

08:00-12:00 and 13:00-15:00

1st Floor Coastal Chambers (Manoj Tower), Ravipuram M G Road, Kerala Cochin Kerala 682015 India

Goa

08:00-15:00

Gera Imperium Grand, 6th floor, Office No. 619, 620, 621, Patto Plaza (behind Ginger Hotel), Panjim. Goa 403001 India

Gurgaon

09:00-14:30

Unit No 419-420, ILD Trade Centre, 4th Floor, Sector 47 Sohna Road Gurgaon Haryana 122001 India

Hyderabad

08:00-15:00

Unit 1, Lower Concourse , Punjagutta Metro Station, 8-2-340/1, Punjagutta Rd, Punjagutta Officers Colony, Punjagutta Hyderabad Telangana 500082 India

Jaipur

09:00-15:00

Manglam Ambition Tower 1st Floor, Agrasen Circle (Malan ka Chauraha), Subhash Marg, C Scheme Jaipur Rajasthan 302001 India

Kolkata

09:00-15:00

Acropolis, Unit 6/9, 6th Floor, 1858 Rajdanga Main Road Kolkata West Bengal 700107 India

Jalandhar

09:00-15:00

Aman Plaza, 3rd Floor, 310 Lajpat Nagar, Mahavir Marg. Jalandhar Punjab 144001 India

Mumbai

08:00-15:00

4th Floor, Urmi Axis Building, Behind Famous Studio, Opp. E. Moses Road, Mahalaxmi (West) Mumbai Maharashtra 400011 India

Puducherry

09:00-12:00 and 13:00-15:00

Good Shepherd Square, No 33, East Cost Road. Elaipillaichavady, Pudupalayam Village Puducherry Puducherry 605005 India

Pune

08:00-15:00

93 Avenue Mall, 4th Floor, Kalubai Chowk, Near Fatima Nagar Junction, Wanowarie, Opp. Croma, Maharashtra Pune Maharashtra 411022 India

Step 5: Track Your Application:

Monitor the status of your application online using the application ID provided during submission and your passport number.

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Step 6: Collect Your Passport:

You can choose to have your passport delivered to your address. Provide the correct delivery details at the Greece Visa Application Center. Note that there's an additional charge of INR 700 for passport courier services.

How to Complete a Visa Application for a Greece Tourist Visa for Indians?

Documents Required for Greece Visa Application

Mandatory Documents

Visa Application Form

Sign and bring the completed form with you on your appointment.

Original Passport

  • Valid for at least 3 months beyond your intended stay
  • Minimum of 2 blank pages. 
  • Issued within the last ten years

Clear photocopy of passport

Including the first and last pages, along with all visas and entry stamps.

Previous passport

Include your previous passport if any

Photograph

  • Dimensions: 35mm x 40mm
  • One recent colour photo
  • White background

Bank Statement

  • Financial transactions for the last three months,
  • Stamped and signed by the bank.

Cover Letter

  • Explaining the purpose of your trip,
  • Duration of stay,

Travel Insurance

Covering a minimum of 30,000 Euros for the entire stay in the Schengen area.

Proof of Accommodation

  • Hotel reservations, holiday home rental, or campus residence booking. 
  • Proof of sponsorship or private accommodation from a host if staying with a family member or friend. Some Schengen States may require a national form for sponsorship.

Flight Reservation

  • Return or round-trip ticket. 
  • For multiple Schengen States travel, proof of intra-Schengen flight reservation, train itinerary, or car rental

ITR (Income Tax Return)

Include ITR acknowledgment for the last two assessment years, attested

Supporting Documents

If Employed

  • Payslips for the last three months,
  • Employment contract, and
  • Employer's statement of holiday approval.

If Self-Employed

Certificate of company registration.

If Retired

  • Pension statements for the last three months and
  • Proof of regular income from property or business ownership.

If Sponsored

  • Proof of sponsorship and/or
  • Private accommodation using the Schengen State's national form.

If a Minor (under 18 years)

  • When a minor travels with only one parent, a notarized consent from the other parent or guardian is required, unless one parent has sole custody.
  • If the minor travels alone, notarized consent from both parents or guardians with custody is necessary. 
  • Include copies of the parents' passports; if not applicable, provide the applicant's birth certificate and copies of the parents' ID cards. 
  • If one parent has a valid visa, their notarized consent is required

If Married

  • Marriage certificate or
  • Copy of the ration card if marital status isn't indicated in the passport.
  • For spouses, endorsement in both passports or an original marriage certificate with an apostille from MEA.

Photograph Requirements and Specifications for Greece Visa Application

Photo requirements for a Greece visa as an Indian citizen includes:

Recent Photo: Your visa photo must be no older than 6 months

Size and Dimensions: Make sure your photo adheres to the following specifications:

  • Dimensions: 35mm by 40mm (width x height)
  • Your face should occupy 70 to 80% of the image
  • The background should be plain white.

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Head Position: Ensure your head is fully visible and centred in the photo.

Eyeglasses and Headgear: If wearing eyeglasses, no glare should obscure your eyes. Religious headgear is allowed, but your entire face (from chin to forehead, including cheeks and ears) must be fully visible.

Quality: The photo should be in colour, high-resolution, and well-lit, with no shadows, red-eye, or reflections.

How Long Does it Take to Process a Greece Visa?

The typical processing time for Greece visa applications ranges from 21 to 28 working days. However, some applications may require additional processing, which could extend the duration up to 45 days. Visa applications should be submitted no earlier than 6 months before the planned departure date.

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Teleport’s Expert Tip

If you're applying for a visa at a Visa Application Centre in India other than the one in New Delhi, remember to allocate an extra 10-15 days to the minimum processing time.

This is because your application will first be sent to the GVC World New Delhi VAC for Greece before being forwarded to the Embassy of Greece - Consular Office in New Delhi the following day. We’ve observed multiple delays in Greece visas over the past year and hence sooner you apply, the better

Greece Tourist Visa Fees for Indians

Fee TypeAmount

Embassy Fees (0-11 years)

No Fees

Embassy Fees (12+ years)

Euro 80 (INR 7,280/-)

Service Fees

Euro 30 (INR 2,730/-)

Note(Fee Exemption)

Children under 12 years old and individuals with diplomatic or service passports are exempt from paying the Greece Schengen visa application fees

What is the Validity of a Greece Tourist Visa for Indians?

A tourist visa for Greece permits a stay of up to 90 days within a 180-day period. The exact validity can vary at the embassy's discretion, potentially extending up to 1 year, although this isn't guaranteed for every application.

How Long Can I Stay in Greece with my Short-term Visa?

With a short-term visa, you can stay in Greece and other Schengen countries for a maximum of 90 days within any 180-day timeframe. 

How to Track the Status of my Greece Visa Application?

Track Your Application Using the Teleport Dashboard

Stay updated on the progress of your visa application for Greece through Teleport. If you've used Teleport for your application, receive instant notifications via WhatsApp, email, or directly on your Teleport Dashboard.

  1. Access the Teleport Dashboard
  2. Navigate to Your Applications section
  3. Click on your Submitted application to view its current status.

Track Your Greece Visa Application Status via Government Website

Alternatively, you can track your Greece visa application status through Government portal:

  1. Visit the Government visa portal
  2. Navigate to ‘Track your Application’
  3. Enter your Application ID and Passport No. to view your application status.

Do Indian Citizens Need Travel Insurance for a Greece Visa?

Yes, Indian citizens applying for a Greece visa must have travel insurance with a minimum coverage of 30,000 Euros. It's wise to explore health insurance options from reputable providers like Tata AIG, Digit Insurance, HDFC Ergo, and more. This ensures you're adequately prepared for any unforeseen circumstances during your travels.

What are the Reasons for Greece Visa Rejection in India?

Following are the reasons for Greece Visa Rejection:

  1. Submission of fraudulent documents: Some applicants attempt to deceive authorities by submitting fake documents instead of genuine ones requested by the consular office.
  2. Misrepresentation of the purpose of the trip: If your travel plans do not align with the information provided, such as discrepancies in accommodation or flight details, your visa may be rejected.
  3. Suspected ulterior motives: If authorities suspect that your reasons for visiting Greece are not genuine, such as posing a threat to the state, your visa application may be denied.
  4. Inadequate travel history: Insufficient travel history, particularly for the type of visa being applied for, could lead to a rejection of your visa application.
  5. Damaged passport: Presenting a passport in poor condition, such as torn or missing pages, could result in the denial of your visa application.

What to do if My Greece Tourist Visa Gets Rejected?

You have the option to appeal against this decision. When a Schengen visa is denied, the specific reasons for the refusal, along with the necessary appeal procedures and deadlines, are conveyed through a standard form provided by the consulate of the Member State that issued the refusal.

In situations where one Member State represents another for visa issuance, the appeal process aligns with the Member State that made the ultimate decision.

Should your application be rejected, you are free to submit a new one. However, it is advisable to carefully review the grounds for the previous denial and, where necessary, make adjustments before reapplying.

It's important to note that the visa fee is non-refundable, even in cases of visa refusal, as it is designed to cover the costs associated with processing the visa application.

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Teleport’s Expert Tip

You are free to reapply if your visa application has been denied. There's no waiting period required after a refusal to submit a new application. However, it's advisable to address the reasons for the previous refusal before reapplying.

Please note that submitting a new application doesn't guarantee approval.

Do I Need an Airport Transit Visa for Greece?

If you have connecting flights through a Schengen state airport, it's crucial to differentiate between two scenarios:

  1. Transit through the international transit area of an airport: This means you stay within the airport's international transit area and don't exit it.
  2. Transit via the territory of a Member State at an airport: In this case, you leave the international transit area of the airport.

If you have an Airport Transit Visa (ATV), it allows you to pass through the international transit area of a Schengen State's airport and wait for your connecting flight to a non-Schengen country. However, it does not permit you to enter the Schengen territory, such as staying at a hotel or taking a connecting flight to another Schengen State.

Travelling to a Schengen State through another Schengen State's airport is not considered airport transit. Similarly, if you're travelling to a non-Schengen country through two Schengen state airports, it's not considered airport transit either. Flights between two or more Schengen States are viewed as "domestic" flights. Depending on your nationality, you might need a short stay visa to enter the Schengen area, even if your stay is just for a few hours and you remain at the airport (outside the international transit zone).

Can I Extend My Greece Tourist Visa?

Typically, extensions are granted if you've spent fewer than 90 days in the Schengen area within the last 180 days and your current visa is still valid.

When requesting a visa extension, you need to demonstrate that circumstances beyond your control, such as force majeure, humanitarian reasons, or serious personal matters, prevent you from leaving the Member States' territory before your visa or authorised stay period expires. 

What to do After Reaching Greece Airport?

Upon arrival at a Greece airport, ensure a smooth exit by following these steps:

  1. Prepare your travel documents: Have your passport with stamped sticker visa, return ticket, and hotel bookings ready for quick verification by immigration authorities, facilitating a smoother arrival process.
  2. Unaccompanied minor guidelines: If you're travelling alone as a minor, stick close to your designated flight attendant for safety. Identify your assigned adult at the destination airport to ensure a secure arrival.
  3. Familiarise yourself with Greece's regulations: If you have items to declare or require baggage inspection, proceed to the customs area. Understanding the Customs Regulations at Greece Airports can help avoid complications.

Conclusion

In summary, obtaining a Greece tourist visa for Indians requires careful planning and attention to detail. From understanding the Greece visa requirements and application process to organising the necessary documents and securing travel insurance, thorough preparation is crucial for a successful trip.

While Greece does not provide visas on arrival, applicants can apply through authorised channels like Teleport or Government visa portal. It's important to adhere to Greece's entry regulations upon arrival at the airport to ensure a seamless entry procedure.

With adequate preparation and adherence to the guidelines, Indian travellers can make the most of their visit to Greece, immersing themselves in its rich cultural heritage, picturesque landscapes, and vibrant cities with confidence.

If you have any inquiries or need assistance, our dedicated team is available to help. Feel free to call us at +91 73148 52914 or reach out to us via WhatsApp.

Wishing you safe travels and a wonderful experience exploring Greece!

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