Applying for a Greece visa: When, How, Where
Since the year 1992, Greece has been a party to the Schengen Agreement, which is a multilateral treaty signed by most European countries. This Agreement allows for the free transportation of people across the borders of the member states. Besides that, several non- member countries also have additional documents signed that make them act, for all intents and purposes as far as tourism from the UAE is concerned, as members.
What it means is that when you obtain a Greek visa, you automatically get a way of visiting most of Europe without the need of more permits. And yes, it does include tourists who come from countries outside of the Schengen Area.
As such, getting a visa to Greece is indeed a lucrative investment for anyone who loves to travel. And from this guide, you will learn how to do it.
Step 1. Get ready
Before you start the actual process of applying, you need to have a clear idea of what you want your trip to be, as its specifics do influence the visa you’ll be getting.
What you need to know in advance is the date you want to go to Greece and the date you will return. Chances are, the visa you get will not be of the exact same length, but that is just par for the course. We will discuss visa durations in one of the later steps.
Once you have your eyes set on a particular time, you will need to figure out when’s the best time to apply for your Greek visa. Note that the wait between submitting your documents and getting the result can come to 15 working days, so any applications handed in within less time than that, prior to the stated day of departure will be dismissed.
Likewise, you need to decide if there are any other Schengen countries you would like to visit using the visa you are applying for. If so, your application should be submitted to the visa center of the country you want to spend the most time in.
On the other hand, if you want to go to Greece for, let’s say, 10 days and then to Italy for another 10 days, you will need to apply at the center of whichever country you will enter first.
Step 2. Choose the application center
To apply for a Greek visa, you will have to make an appointment at one of the visa centers Greece has in the UAE. One is located in Dubai and the other in Abu Dhabi. Depending on where in the country you live, you must choose one of them.
The Abu Dhabi visa application center takes care of the people who reside in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain emirates, while the Dubai one covers the rest.
Be sure to learn the address of your center and plan your visit according to the usual traffic in the area at the time you go there. It is recommended that one arrives at the application center about fifteen minutes in advance.
Step 3. Select the best visa type for you.
One of the most important things Greece, as any country accommodating a foreign national’s arrival, wants to know is the purpose of your visit. It also determines the type of visa you need. Let’s brush up the main types there are:
- A tourist If you travel to Greece to enjoy a good time, be it sightseeing, diving, hiking, going to clubs or sports events, etc., you need a tourist visa.
- A work visa. Alternatively, if it’s work that you’re after, you must obtain a visa of this
- A business visa. For entrepreneurs who come to Greece to start a company, sign a contract, negotiate, etc.
- A visa for attending a cultural/religious event or shooting a movie. This category applies to those who travel to Greece for cultural
- A Schengen visa for UAE nationals. Those to whom this applies have certain benefits while being approved for a visa.
- A medical visa. If you need medical help that can be provided in Greece, this visa type will make it easier for you to do
Besides the type, you also need to decide what category visa you want. If you just plan to go to Greece once and then return to the UAE, a single-entry visa will suffice. However, should you prepare for multiple visits (for example, since you want a visa that will last for 90 days), then you need a double-entry one.
Failing to take that into consideration can make you lose some of the time that your visa is valid for!
Step 4. Prepare the required documents
To be granted a visa to Greece, you will have to prove your identity and good intentions to the immigration authorities. As one example, every country in the world wants to preclude a situation when someone arrives as a tourist and stays there to work illegally.
Just to make sure you will not cause any trouble, you need to collect the following documents and hand them in to the visa application center:
- Your passport. It must stay valid for at least 3 months after the last day of your intended
- Travel insurance to prevent any It has to cover medical expenses.
- Two passport-style pictures of you. The earliest they can be taken is 6 months before your
- Proof of your financial state (such as a bank statement for the past three months).
- Proof of stay. It can be a hotel reservation that will show the authorities where you are going to stay in their
- Proof of leave. Similarly, your return tickets will prove you are not going to stay in Greece
- Copies of the Schengen visas issued to you in the past. If you have already travelled to the Schengen Area countries before, it is advisable to show proof of it, as it bolsters your chances of
There are more documents that may be required for certain visa types.
Step 5. Complete the form
The application form can be downloaded from the VFS Global website. It is a questionnaire you need to fill in with information about yourself. It then needs to be printed out and added to your documents. You will submit them at the visa application center during your appointment.
Step 6. Make an appointment
Since now you know which application center to contact, you have to schedule an appointment there. It can take some time before there is a free spot for you to book. Smart System Holidays LLC offers special priority slot booking which considerably lowers the amount of waiting at this step of the process.
Step 7. Attend the appointment
On the selected day you must come to the visa application center with all the documents you have gathered and hand them in.
Apart from that, your biometric material will be taken (fingertips and a digital photo).
Step 8. Receive your approval
The only thing left to do is to wait for your application to be approved, which takes up to 15 working days. Before that time runs out, one should refrain from calling or otherwise contacting the center with inquiries on the state of their application. Instead, you can use the reference number to track the progress online.
This is a non-government site and whilst every endeavor is made to ensure the information is correct and up to date, there may be changes which we are not aware of. It is always a good idea to check the latest regulations. You should confirm details with your local Greek Visa Application Center.
Is there a way to shorten the processing time?
It is based on how busy the specific center is at a given time, so there is no external way to do it.
What is the fee for applying for a visa?
It comes to 80 EUR per adult tourist visa.
Can I pay in AED?
Yes, the visa center only takes payments in AED.