Basic Visa Information

Applicants who wish to apply for a Visa are requested to kindly read the provided information carefully. The guidelines listed on this site are to help you prepare your documents as accurately as possible, on the basis of the common list of supporting documents to be presented by applicants for short stay Schengen visas in India. This will reduce the chances of your application being incomplete or a delay in being processed.

A short stay type C Schengen Visa is for any person who plans to visit Greece and remain in the Schengen area for up to 90 days over a period of 180 days (6 months) (You will find information on how to calculate your visa travel days on this page here).  Purpose of travel could be Tourism, Business, Visiting Family or Friends, Cultural and Educational, Sports, Medical reasons, Studies, Transit, Airport transit and Other. A visa application cannot be lodged earlier than three months before the start of the intended visit.

Please note that for non-Indian passport holders, it is necessary to have a permanent or temporary residency permit valid for more than 3 months after the intended date of return to India in order to apply. In any other case the Greek Consular authorities will not be able to process your application.

The visa applications may be submitted either at the Visa Application Centres for Greece in India click here or directly at the Greek Embassy- Consular Office, as part of Art. 17 (5) Visa Code; VFA provisions w/a.

All applications will be assessed by the Greek Embassy-Consular Office in New Delhi. The Visa Application Centres for Greece offer the option of courier service for return of your documents submitted, directly at your doorstep.
You may be required to appear before a Visa Officer for a personal interview at the Greek Embassy-Consular Office in New Delhi, prior to a decision being taken on your application.

Important - The processing time for applications is maximum 15 days, as per the Schengen Regulation. In exceptional cases, this period may be extended up to 30 calendar days, notably when further scrutiny of the application is needed and when additional documentation is needed in specific cases, the period may be extended up to a maximum of 60 calendar days.

Kindly note if you are submitting your application in Cochin /Sri Lanka / Puducherry and Nepal Application Centre for Greece the processing time will be 2 more Working days in addition to normal days defined by Embassy.