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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.

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Required Documents

You are kindly advised to check the list of required documents before submitting your application. This will minimize the chances of your application being delayed or declined due to inadequate or incorrect submission of documents.

Following this, we advise you to download, print out and fill in the checklist which contains and explains what documents you need to hand in along with your passport when visiting a VAC for Greece to submit your application. This is done in order to help you prepare your application more effectively and save you time and efforts while you visit the GVCW Visa Application Centers.

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The below rates are applicable and they may vary at any time:

Visa Type Euro


Schengen Short Stay (Type C)   80 7,200
Schengen Short Stay (Type C) for nationals of The Gambia 120 10,800
Schengen Short Stay (Type C) for nationals of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Kosovo 35 3,150
Schengen Short Stay (Type C) for nationals of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine holders of non biometric passports* 35 3,150
Minors under twelve (12) years old Gratis
Holders of diplomatic and service passports Gratis
Spouses and children of EU citizen traveling with the latter as long as relevant sufficient proof is provided along with the application (i.e. ticket bookings, copy of EU citizen's valid passport and marriage certificate or unabridged birth certificate as applicable) Gratis
Organized groups of school pupils, students, postgraduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake stays for the purpose of study or educational training Gratis
Researchers from third countries traveling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research (as defined in Recommendation No 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005 to facilitate the issue by the Member States of uniform short-stay visas for researchers from third countries traveling within the Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research Gratis
Representatives and participants of non-profit organizations up to 25 years old participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organised by non-profit organizations Gratis

* Note: Citizens of: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine holders of biometric passports do not require Schengen visa.
Please consult here for nationals of countries with which the EU has concluded Visa Facilitation Agreements.

The Service Fee amounts to INR 2,700 (inclusive of Goods & Service Tax –SGST @9% and CGST@9%) per application over and above the Visa Fees.

All the above mentioned Fees are payable in cash or through UPI (Unified Payments Interface) in the equivalent amount in Indian Rupees (INR), as per the current exchange rate, at the time of submission of application at the Visa Application Center for Greece and are subject to change without notice. EURO currency mentioned above is for reference only.

The available payment method of the Visa Fees and the Service Fee is in cash or through UPI at the Visa Application Center for Greece.


As of 2 November 2015 all applicants applying for a Schengen visa will be required to present their biometric data - ten fingerprints and a digital photo. Biometric data will be stored in the Visa Information System (VIS), which is a central database for the exchange of data on short-stay visas (for stays up to 90 days in any 180-day period) between Schengen States. The main objectives of the VIS are to facilitate visa application procedures and checks at external border as well as to enhance security.

Photo Specifications
Photo Specifications

Before submitting Schengen Visa photos make sure that they are absolutely in a high quality form in order to make their reproduction easy – something needed when facial biometrics applies in the ID Document of the visa holder. The applicants should present two recent (not more than 6 months old) passport-sized photos that should be:

  • 3,5 x 4 cm (approx. 1.2 x 1.6 inch)
  • with a light background (white or off-white) so that features are distinguishable and contrast against the background
  • in color and with facing forward
  • with the forehead and ears visible, without heavy jewelry
  • full face, non-smiling (without sunglasses, a hat/ cap or other head covering, unless the applicant wears such items because of their religions belief or ethnic background
  • of high quality and printed on normal photographic paper (camera print), preferably not glossy

Please click here for the specifications.

Knowing and meeting properly these requirements is essential, as only if in the needed format, the biometric recognition of the applicant and perfect reproduction can be authorized correctly.

Please follow these instructions carefully. If photographs presented do not meet these requirements, your application will be considered incomplete.

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Travel Insurance

Pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 (Article 15) of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009”, which entered into force on April 5 of 2010, applicants must purchase a travel insurance product before they apply for a travel visa. Purchasing adequate travel insurance is one of the requirements of the Schengen visa.

The requirements for Schengen travel insurance:

  • The travel insurance should include medical evacuation/ repatriation. The minimum coverage shall be EUR 30,000 (denominated in Euros).
  • The insurance company must have a representative office in European Union countries.
  • The insurance must be valid for duration of stay in the Schengen countries.

Dear Applicants,
You can purchase insurance coverage from any insurer of your selection. However, in order to expedite and facilitate your application, we wish to bring to your knowledge that GVCW is partnering, through INSURTE, a European company acting under EU laws, with first-class European Insurance Companies.
Should you wish so, please click the following button:


Disclaimer: By clicking “Book now your insurance”, you will be redirected outside the Global Visa Center World (GVCW) website under our Privacy Notice. GVCW does not accept any liability arising from the purchase or use of the insurance services by any person.



Please, find here the list with approved Indian travel insurance companies of the Consular Posts of Schengen States providing travel medical insurances for Schengen Visa procedure.

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Travel Days Calculator

Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of 26 June 2013, amended the Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement, the Schengen Borders Code and the Visa Code and – among others – re-defined the concept of "short stay" for third-country nationals in the Schengen area which is a fundamental element of the Schengen acquis.

Track your application

After you submit your application we strongly encourage you to use our online service provided in order to track your application online and to check whether your passport is ready for collection. It is a secure procedure that is designed to help you to better plan and save your time.

In order to track your application you need to know the application ID, which is on the Payment Receipt given to you during the submission, and the applicant's passport number.


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Collect your Passport

After having tracked online whether your passport is ready for collection, you can collect your passport in person at the end of the visa application process.
Please note that in order to collect your passport in person you need to bring your ID and the Payment Receipt given to you during the submission which will be collected from you as a proof of delivery of your passport.
Please click 
here for passport collection times in the Visa Application Center for Greece of your choice.

If collecting in person is not possible, you may authorize another person to collect your passport on your behalf.

The authorized person will need to bring:

  • Original Payment Receipt of the applicant(s)
  • An original signed and certified authorization letter from the applicant (please click here)
  • A photocopy of the applicant’s ID
  • The original ID proof of the authorized person
  • A photocopy of the ID proof of the authorized person

In case of minors, the authorized person will need to bring:

  • Original Payment Receipt of the applicant(s)
  • An original signed and certified authorization letter from the minor's father and mother (please click here)
  • A photocopy of the mother's and father's IDs
  • A photocopy of the unabridged birth certificate of the minor
  • The original ID proof of the authorized person
  • A photocopy of the ID proof of the authorized person

The authorized Travel Agent will need to bring:

  • Original Payment Receipt of the applicant(s)
  • Original signed and certified authorization letter(s) from all applicants (please click here)
  • A photocopy of all applicants' IDs
  • Original signed and certified authorization letter from Travel Agency mentioning all applicants' names, passport numbers and reference numbers (please click here)
  • The original Agency ID proof of the Travel Agent
  • A photocopy of the Agency ID proof of the Travel Agent

Upon collection of passports, applicants are advised to immediately check that the visa granted meets their intended travel schedule and that all the information it contains is correct.


You have been issued a visa for the territories of the Schengen States.
As soon as you receive your short-stay visa, make sure that all the information it contains is correct.
Check the following:

  • Your passport has a passport number. This number is also indicated on the visa sticker. Make sure that these numbers are the same.
  • You applied for your visa for a specific period or periods. Check that your air ticket corresponds with the entry and exit dates indicated on the visa sticker.
  • Check that the number of days corresponds with the number of travel dates indicated on your visa sticker.
  • Check that your name is spelled correctly.
  • Do this yourself in order to avoid any problems or extra costs arising when using your visa. If you think that the information on the visa is incorrect, tell the consular authority immediately, so that any errors can be corrected.

How to read the visa sticker:

DURATION OF STAY.........DAYS indicates the number of days, you may stay in the Schengen area. The days should be counted from the date you enter the Schengen area (the entry stamp) to the date you exit the Schengen area (the exit stamp), i.e. both days included.
The period of time between “FROM ...UNTIL” is usually longer than the number of days printed in the “DURATION OF STAY” field. The difference in period is meant to give you flexibility to plan your entry into and exit from the Schengen area, but your stay in the Schengen area must never exceed the exact number of days in the “DURATION OF STAY ...DAYS” field. No matter how many days you have stayed in the Schengen area, you must leave no later than the date printed in the “UNTIL” field."

Controls at the border

Your short-stay visa allows you to travel to Greece and usually to other Schengen States. But it does not automatically entitle you to enter the Schengen area. So you may have to provide certain information at border or other controls. You may, for instance, have to provide information on your means of support, how long you intend to stay in Greece and in the Schengen area, and why you are visiting. In some cases, such checks may result in a refusal for the visa holder to enter Greece or the Schengen area.
It is therefore recommended that you carry with you copies of the documents which you presented when you applied for the visa (e.g. letters of invitation, travel confirmations, other documents stating the purpose of your stay). This will help to make the border control procedure easier and avoid delays at the border.


You must keep to the period of stay allowed by your visa. Misuse and overstay may result in you being expelled and banned from obtaining a new visa for a certain period of time.

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Procedure on a refusal of a visa

The decision to refuse a Schengen visa and the reasons for the refusal are notified using a standard form that is handed out by the Member State's Consulate that refused the visa. The notification of the refusal must include the reasons, on which the refusal was based, and the procedures and deadlines for submitting an appeal.

Applicants who have been refused a visa may appeal against this decision. Appeals shall be conducted against the Member State that has taken the final decision on the application and in accordance with the national law of that Member State. Member States shall provide applicants with information regarding the procedure to be followed in the event of an appeal.

Applicants are free to re-apply if their application has been refused earlier. However, it is recommended to take note of the reasons for the earlier refusal before submitting a new application and make amendments, where necessary.

The visa fee is not refunded if the visa is refused. The visa fee covers the cost of the examination of the visa application.