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Type of Greece Visas

Tourist Visa (Short term)
  • Processing time: 10-15 days
  • Stay period: Upto 90 days
  • Validity: 6 months
  • Entry: Single/Multiple
  • Fees: INR 7,699/-
Business Visa (Short term)
  • Processing time: 10-15 days
  • Stay period: Upto 90 days
  • Validity: 6 months
  • Entry: Single/Multiple
  • Fees: INR 7,699/-
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Documents required for Greece Visa

  • Must have Documents for Greece Visa:
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    • Original Passport with at least 6 months validity and minimum 3 blank pages + all old passports if any;
    • Visa Application form;
    • 2 recent colour photographs (Photo Specification);
    • Personal Covering letter (For Employed - Plain paper/ For Self-Employed – Company Letterhead);
    • Original updated Bank Statement (last 6 months);
    • Income Tax Returns / Form 16 for last 2 years;
    • Flight reservation;
    • Hotel reservation;
    • Day wise Itinerary;
    • Travel Insurance (minimum coverage of EUR 30000).

    Kindly note: The Govt is very strict on the photograph requirement; please ensure that your photos are as per the specifications.

  • Supporting documents as per your occupation, type of visit:
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    1. If Employed:

    • Original Leave sanctioned certificate with company seal and signature;
    • Last 3 months salary slip.

    2. If Self Employed:

    • Business Registration License / MOA / Partnership deed;
    • Company’s updated bank statement of last 6 months.

    3. If Retired:

    • Proof of retirement like pension book, statement etc.

    4. If Student:

    • School / College / Institute ID Card;
    • Bonafide certificate.

    5. If Minor:

    • Birth Certificate;
    • No Objection Certificate from the parents / non-accompanying parent on Rs 100/- stamp paper;
    • ID proof of parent like passport or PAN card.

    6. If Visiting friend or relative:

    • Invitation letter;
    • Inviter’s ID proof like Passport or Resident Permit;
    • Address proof like any Electricity bill, any Utility bill etc.

    7. If Sponsored:

    • Sponsorship letter;
    • Sponsor’s national ID proof like Passport, PAN card or Resident permit;
    • Updated bank statement of last 6 months;
    • Income tax returns of last 3 years.

    8. For Business Visa:

    • Invitation letter from host Company stating purpose of trip, business details etc;
    • Covering letter from Indian company on company letterhead.

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Greece Visa FAQs

  • add What is a Greece Schengen visa?

    A Greece Schengen visa is a special kind of visa which allows you to travel among all the Schengen countries including Greece for a maximum period of upto 90 days. This is a traveller’s dream where with one visa you can travel to any of the other 25 Schengen countries along with Greece.

  • add The Schengen Visa is valid for which countries?

    A Schengen Visa (issued by a consulate or embassy of a Schengen State) is valid for all 26 States of the Schengen Area (including the European territory of Greece), unless it is marked otherwise on the visa sticker. So you do not need another visa to enter or stay in the European territory of Greece. However, you must be in possession of documentary evidence for the reasons of your stay and your means of support. Schengen Area comprises of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

  • add How long can I stay in the Schengen area on the basis of my visa?

    The Schengen Visa is a short stay visa and takes the form of a sticker affixed to your passport. The definition of “short stay” is a stay of "90 days in any 180 days period". This means that the total duration of stay is of maximum 90 days in any period of 180 days. The precise length of validity of your Schengen Visa is indicated on the visa sticker under the heading “Duration of visit”. With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker under the heading "Number of entries" by "1". A two-entry or a multiple-entry visa allows for two or several entries during the validity of the Schengen Visa. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "02" or "MULT" under the heading "Number of entries".

  • add Will all Schengen Visas be granted for 90 days?

    No, not necessarily all Schengen Visas will be granted for 90 days. You may get the Schengen Visa only for the number of days that you present in your travel itinerary and your flight & hotel bookings

  • add Can I apply again for a Schengen Visa if my application has been refused earlier?

    You may appeal against this decision. 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 were based, and the procedures and deadlines for submitting an appeal. You are free to re-apply again if your application has been refused earlier. However, it is recommended that you 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.

  • add What is the Schengen Visa cover letter?

    The Schengen Visa cover letter is a letter which summarizes your intent to travel to a country that is part of the Schengen area. In your cover letter you should explain:

    • the purpose of your trip
    • when and where you intend to travel
    • how your trip is going to be funded
    • day-by-day itinerary for your trip
    • duration of the trip
  • add As a Greece short-stay visa holder can I extend my Schengen Visa while in Greece?

    You cannot extend your Greece short-stay while in Greece except in special circumstances, and exceeding your permitted period of stay is considered an act of illegality or criminality. Instead, you must return to your home country within the permitted period of stay and apply for another Greece Visa if necessary.

  • add Can I leave the Schengen area and return again with my Schengen visa?

    Schengen visas may allow for a single-entry or multiple entries. With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "01". With a visa allowing for two or multiple entries you may enter twice or several times during the validity of the visa.

  • add If my Greece short-stay multiple entry Schengen Visa is valid for a year, how long can I remain in the Greece territory?

    A short-stay Schengen Visa allows you to enter and stay in a Greece territory for a maximum period of 90 days within a period of six months.

  • add How long before the start of the intended visit should I apply for a Schengen Visa?

    You may only submit your Schengen visa application 90 days before your date of departure. We recommend that you apply at least 20 working days before the date you wish to depart as certain types of travel purpose may take longer than usual to process. For instance, the processing time of your Schengen Visa Application will take between 5-15 working days from your appointment date.

  • add How long does it take to obtain a Greece Visa?

    Typically, a Greece Visa (Schengen Visa) takes anywhere from 10 to 15 days to process in the Greek Embassy/Consulate. The processing time for a Greece Visa is dependent on several factors and can change without notice at the consulate's discretion. This period may be extended up to 30 days or 60 days.

  • add What is the role of GVCW?

    Global Visa Center World (GVCW) is the sole Visa Service Provider for Greece in 4 geographical zones, assisting the Hellenic Consular Authorities in the respective countries in their work in issuing Schengen visas to foreign applicants. GVCW is the only European Service Provider Company serving the first EU Government, the Greek Government. In this highly competitive field of Visa Providers, GVCW is a European Service Provider Company serving the Greek Government, assisting its consular authorities in issuing Schengen visas.

  • add How can I check the status of my Greece Visa application?

    Applicants can check the status of Greece visa application online using the Greece GVCW Application Id and Date of Birth. Kindly visit the Track Your Application section of the Greece GVCW website.

  • add Is it mandatory for me to take an appointment for a Greece Visa?

    Yes, an appointment is mandatory for Greece Visa in order to provide your biometrics and submit your visa documents.

  • add I have a valid long stay visa/residence permit for a country that is part of the Schengen area. Do I need another visa to travel to other Schengen states?

    No. A long stay visa or a residence permit issued by a Schengen State allows you to travel or stay in other Schengen States, while respecting the maximum duration of a “short stay” (a stay of "90 days in any 180 day period")

  • add My family is also applying for a Greece Visa, how many appointments should we make?

    Every member of the family needs an individual appointment.

  • add Which countries are part of the Schengen Area?

    The Schengen area covers 26 countries ("Schengen States") without border controls between them. These countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. These countries apply the common visa policy for short stay Visas. This Visa allows you to travel through Greece and the Schengen area for up to 90 days.

  • add I am traveling to multiple Schengen countries. From which Consulate should I apply for my Schengen Visa?

    Schengen Visa must be applied from the Embassy / Consulate of the country where you will be staying for maximum number of days. If your stay has equal number of days in each country then you must apply to the Embassy / Consulate of the country which would serve as the first port of entry. 

  • add Can I leave the Schengen area and return again with my Schengen Visa?

    Schengen Visas may allow for a single-entry or multiple entries. With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "01". With a visa allowing for two or multiple entries you may enter twice or several times during the validity of the Schengen Visa.

  • add What is the difference between a single-entry Schengen Visa and a multiple-entry Schengen Visa?

    According to the EU, a single-entry Schengen Visa allows entry to the Schengen area only once, meaning you are not permitted to re-enter the Schengen Area after leaving, while a multiple-entry Schengen Visa allows multiple entries into the Schengen Area within the visa’s validity period (90 days total within 180-day period).

  • add Do I have to present any other document at the Schengen external borders apart from my travel document with the Schengen Visa?

    The short-stay visa does not automatically entitle you to enter the Schengen area. At the border (or during other controls) you may have to show the visa but also provide additional documentation, for example; sufficient evidence that you have sufficient means to cover the stay and the return trip. It is therefore recommended that you carry with you copies of the documents which you presented when applying for the Schengen visa (e.g. letters of invitation, travel confirmations, other documents stating the purpose of your stay).

  • add Do I have to apply in person for the Schengen Visa?

    Yes, applications by mail will not be accepted. The Schengen visa application should be presented in person because biometrical data must be recorded.

  • add I am a family member of an EU-citizen. Are the standard requirements applicable to me?

    Family members of EU citizens who have exercised their right of free movement (meaning that the EU citizen resides in or travels to a Member State other than his/her country of origin) benefit from certain procedural facilitations. The basic criteria to be fulfilled are the following:

    • the EU citizen has exercised his/her right of free movement
    • the family member (applicant) belongs to one of the categories covered by Directive 2004/38/EC
    • the family member (applicant) accompanies the EU citizen or joins him/her in the Schengen State of destination.
  • add Why is personal appearance mandatory for Greece Visa?

    As from 2nd November 2015 following the introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS), all Schengen visa applicants in India have to appear in person in order to provide biometric data (fingerprints and digital photography). The photograph can be digitally taken at the time of the application or scanned from an existing one. For subsequent applications within the 5 years the fingerprints can be copied from the previous application file in the VIS. In case of reasonable doubt regarding the identity of the applicant, the consulate will again collect fingerprints within the 5 year period specified above. Furthermore, the applicant may request that they be collected if, at the time when the application is lodged, it cannot be immediately confirmed that the fingerprints were collected within this 5 years period.

  • add Do I need to provide travel insurance for my Visa application?

    Yes. Applicants should prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel insurance to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment or death, during their stay(s) on the territory of the Schengen Member States. The insurance should be valid throughout the territory of the Member States and cover the entire period of the person’s intended stay or transit. The minimum coverage must be EUR 30000.

  • add What are the Schengen Visa travel insurance requirements?

    Your travel Insurance plan for a Schengen Visa must meet the following requirements:

    • Minimum coverage of 30,000 Euros (approx. USD $34,000)
    • Coverage for repatriation for medical reasons
    • Coverage for emergency medical treatment
    • Coverage for expenses resulting from your death
    • Coverage for the entire period of your intended stay
    • Valid in all Schengen Area countries
  • add Can you process the Travel Insurance for me?

    Even though Travel Insurance is a mandatory requirement for processing Schengen Visa, you are strongly advised to purchase a health / travel insurance to secure yourself as medical treatment can be very expensive in the Schengen country. Your travel insurance offers protection against unexpected emergencies on international travel such as coverage of medical expenses, flight delay and cancellations, passport and baggage loss or personal accident.  For financial safety and security on your international trip we highly recommend you to purchase travel insurance and avail our special offer.

  • add What is the easiest way to apply for a Greece Visa?

    The easiest way to apply for a Greece Visa is to contact us. We are experts in the travel and tourism sector with over 40 years of experience. Through our expertise, in-depth knowledge and integrity, we commit to delivering an exceptional experience to our customers each and every time you use our service. In order to help us understand your unique visa needs, please drop in your query and our Expert will get in touch with you.

  • add Are you still having doubts about the Visa process?

    We have you covered across India with presence in all the major cities like Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Lucknow and many more.

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Simple steps to get a Greece Visa:

Akbar Travels has been a part of more than one million travel dreams. We offer a superior, quick and hassle-free Visa Facilitation service. With a highly professional and dedicated team of Visa Experts, we are here to cater to all your Greece visa application requirements. Read more

Throughout your visa process, you will have a dedicated Visa Expert handling your application.

Here are the steps to apply for a Greece Visa through Akbar Travels:

Step 1: Provide your travel details to our Visa Expert and get all your queries answered.

Step 2: Pay the visa fee and upload your documents online through our secured online document locker to ensure its confidentiality.

Step 3: Our Visa Expert will verify the documents, complete your visa application and schedule your appointment.

Step 4: On the appointment day visit the Visa Application Center (VAC) to submit your Biometrics (fingerprinting & photograph) and documents.

Step 5: Receive your Visa.

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Basic Requirements to visit Greece

  • Have a valid Passport and valid Greece Visa;
  • Be in good health; Read more
  • Good moral character;
  • Be able to convince the immigration officer that you have your family, property, assets, etc. that would serve as an incentive to come back to your home country;
  • Be able to convince the immigration officer that you will leave the country before your Greece visa expires;
  • Have sufficient funds to support yourself in Greece and the amount depends on how long you will stay in Greece and whether you will be staying with family, friends or any paid accommodation.
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Travel Checklist

  • Passport;
  • Valid Germany Visa; Read more
  • Confirmed return Ticket;
  • Contact details of your relative, friends or business contact in Greece;
  • Confirmed hotel bookings (If Any);
  • Greece Currency and other forms of forex;
  • An unlocked smartphone, preferable with a Sim card from India;
  • Any additional documents required to prove your purpose of visit (especially if you are travelling on a business Visa).
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What to do when you arrive in Greece

  • Keep your Declaration form in hand (provided to you on the flight); Read more
  • Keep all travel documents (passport, valid Greece Visa, return ticket, hotel bookings etc.) ready in case the immigration officer asks to produce any document;
  • If you are an unaccompanied minor, make sure you stay with the flight attendant who is in charge of your safety. Additionally, you must recognise the adult picking you up at the airport. If you have any doubts, you must inform the airline staff immediately.
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Greece travel guide

A flavourful melting pot of sparkling nightspots, fresh seafood, sizzling Mediterranean passion and mythical legend, Greece is a fascinating and enchanting destination. The country has long held appeal for travellers, who decamp to its shores to lounge on beaches, explore ancient relics and take advantage of the legendary Grecian hospitality. Read more

Greece offers sunshine, seafood, whitewashed houses with bright-blue shutters, and a relaxed, Zorba-the-Greek lifestyle. As the cradle of Western civilization, it has some of the world's greatest ancient monuments. While it's a late bloomer in the modern age and retains echoes of a simpler, time-passed world, contemporary Greece has one of Europe's fastest-changing cultural landscapes. With its classical past, hang-loose present, and edgy future, Greece offers something for every traveller.

A visit to a country with a history which is almost four thousand years old is guaranteed to provide a memorable trip and this is exactly what Greece will do. Walking through the streets in even the smallest towns and villages you will come across ruins and reminders of the country’s first inhabitants. What is particularly significant about Greece is that because it is so old, the ruins that are there date from so many periods throughout history.

And, of course coupled with the wonderful historical sights are the thousands of Mediterranean beaches. Scuba divers in particular are attracted to the seas around Greece because up until very recently diving in so many areas was prohibited for archaeological reasons. Now it provides an amazing experience as there is every possibility that you may even uncover a wreck for the very first time. As well as allowing you to do your own explorations, however, it also means that even for those of you who just want to swim in unspoilt waters; there are endless opportunities to do so. A land of myths, legends, beautiful coasts, and ancient remnants of its golden age and earlier civilizations, Greece is far more than holiday islands, ouzo, and sculptures. As one of the world’s top 20 travel destinations, its mainland and islands shimmer in the summer sun and echo to the sound of traditional Greek music. Crammed with attractions and things to do, Greece still sees 90 percent of its high season visitors from Europe, but is fast becoming a major destination for travel aficionados across the world.

Its premier attractions are world famous for their association with the Minoan, Mycenaean, and Ancient Greek periods, immortalized in the works of great poets, playwrights, and philosophers almost 2,000 years ago. Exploring Knossos on Crete, Mycenae in the Peloponnese, and the treasures of Athens are all-time favourites with visitors. The country’s not all ancient ruins, however, and modern draws such as great beaches, fun water sports, adventure and outdoor activities, and waterside tavernas all have their place in the perfect Greek getaway.

The Greek people are among the world’s most welcoming, friendly and helpful, dispensing their renowned hospitality to all with open arms and hearts. Whether you’re staying in a five-star resort or a locally-owned beachside b & b with a few rooms to rent, you’ll be immersed in the community in no time. Eating out and accommodation are both a good value for the money.

There’s a huge choice of destinations spread across the mainland and the Greek islands, catering for every style of vacation, from beach-hopping to history buffs. Travel between the islands is easy by ferry boat from the mainland ports, and most historic sites are centered in the immediate area of a prominent center of town.

The 3,000-year old Mycenae and Tiryns are set within an easy drive of Epidaurus’s magnificent theater and the Sanctuary of Asclepios, and Delphi and Olympia are within a day trip from Athens. Ancient Mount Athos and its crow’s-nest monasteries, perched on soaring cliff-tops, lie in the north of the country on the Chalkidiki peninsula.

Touring the many attractions Greece has to offer is best done by road or ferry, as rail services are sparse. Renting a car gives visitors the freedom to drive to remote sites since the local bus only stops at the nearest village, a long, hot walk from the landmarks. Aside from the twisting mountain roads, driving doesn’t present many problems, although in rural areas, domestic animals such as donkeys and goats may consider the roads their exclusive property! Bus travel is relatively inexpensive and, except in remote rural areas, is comfortable and air-conditioned. Ferries connect all the main islands with Piraeus, making for easy, scenic trips.

Places to visit in Greece

1. Santorini

Probably one of the most well-known places to visit in Greece, Santorini is the diamond of the Aegean. Thousands are drawn to the beauty of this island every year and leave knowing that there is nowhere else like it.
This spectacularly beautiful place is one of the most scenic in all the Greek Islands. Picturesque and world renowned, Santorini must be seen to be believed. Take a dip in the turquoise waters, walk around the beautiful villages and dine in the fine restaurants, Santorini will steal your heart. From its volcanic beaches and whitewashed houses to its incredible sunsets and scenery, Santorini is most definitely one of the best places to visit in Greece.

2. Nafplio

Shaped over the centuries by many different cultures, today Nafplio is the playground of the Athens elite. The Ottomans, Byzantines, Venetians and many more have all left their mark on this little seaside metropolis. Citadels and fortresses dot the hillsides giving Nafplio an enticing charm. This friendly and patriotic town was once the capital of Greece, as many of the locals will happily tell you. As well as history, Nafplio also offers some great restaurants and beaches where you can kick back and relax.
Explore the narrow and winding streets of the town and marvel at the architecture. Stroll along the esplanade and dine on some of the finest seafood, while million dollar yachts bob in the harbour next to you. Nafplio is one of the most romantic towns you will ever visit.

3. Corfu

Corfu is an island located off of the northwest coast of the country. Along with its rich cultural heritage, the island also boasts rugged mountains and some of the best beaches in Greece. Corfu definitely is one of the most popular places to visit in Greece.
However, if the throngs of tourists are not your thing, isolated beaches stretch along the winding coast of Corfu. With so many beautiful beaches on offer, it is very easy to find your own perfect piece of paradise. Along with white sandy beaches there are also picturesque towns and villages such as Perithia and Corfu old town. Here you can find the remains of the Venetian builders and also anti-pirate castles from an age gone by. All in all Corfu is an incredibly beautiful place to visit and there are endless things to do in Corfu.

4. Knossos

A short car or bus ride from the Cretan capital Heraklion, lies the Minoan ruins of Knossos. This relic of the Bronze Age was once home to the mighty Minoan civilization which dominated the region over 5000 years ago.
The ruins of Knossos are the best preserved bronze age relics in the whole of Greece and are an incredible sight to see. Along with beautiful mosaics and fine pottery there is also the hall of kings. The hall of kings is where the legend of the Minotaur and Labyrinth was played out. The ruins of Knossos are a must when visiting the Island of Crete. The history of Greece stretches far back into the mists of time and Knossos is a great place to roll back the mist to catch a glimpse of the past. Knossos stands proud as one of the best places to visit in Greece.

5. Zakynthos

Home to some of the Greek Islands’ best nightlife, Zakynthos is one of the most beautiful spots in the whole of Mediterranean. Turquoise water, white sandy beaches and huge chalk-white cliffs, all give Zakynthos its signature beauty.
The island is also home to one of the most photographed spots in Greece, the incredibly beautiful Shipwreck Cove. Otherwise known as Navagio beach, this alone makes Zakynthos a must visit destination. The centre of the Island is less explored than the coastline, with fir trees and olive groves adding to the island’s charm. Zakynthos is also one of the Greek Islands’ biggest party spots. So if you are looking for some great nightlife along with idyllic beauty, Zakynthos is a place that ticks all of the boxes. There are so many things to do in Zakynthos, you’ll never be bored.

6. Athens

There are few cities on earth which can boast history of the kind that Athens can. The birthplace of democracy and accredited as the founder of Western civilisation, this is a city which stretches across the ages. This throbbing and vibrant place is a must when visiting Greece.
Athens overflows with Greek culture and is filled with spectacular sites like the Parthenon and the Temple of Zeus. Also do not forget to visit the Plaka district. This little suburb of Athens is located just below the Acropolis and is a splendidly beautiful spot. Stroll among the cobbled streets and take in all of the handicraft shops and restaurants. Athens is a city which defies the ravages of time and is just another of the incredible places to visit in Greece. When you’re visiting Athens, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to authentic food. Make sure to check out these best restaurants in Athens, and get ready to watch your waistline grow.

7. Rhodes

The Island of Rhodes, located off of the south-western coast of Turkey is one of the Greek Islands’ most visited spots. Rhodes caters to all tastes, from backpackers to the rich and famous, all a drawn to this teardrop in the Aegean.
Boasting some of the best swimming spots in Greece, Rhodes has the perfect mix of quaint towns, pristine beaches and archaic history. Whether you want to party the night away in Faliraki or relax in luxury at one of the many 5 star hotels, Rhodes covers every angle. As you have noticed by now, Greece is the perfect blend of paradise and history with Rhodes being no different. The island’s capital, Rhodes Old Town was once home to a wonder of the world, the mighty Colossus of Rhodes. This kind of history, along with the incredible scenery, nightlife and swimming spots make Rhodes one of the best places to visit in Greece.

8. Meteora

Next up is something a little different. Meteora is one of the most unique places to visit in Greece, and Europe as a whole. Located in the heart of northern Greece, Meteora is home to some of the world’s most spectacular Orthodox churches.
Meteora is one of the few UNESCO world heritage sites that has been given a double status. UNESCO gives two different world heritages status, one for art and one for nature. The stunning bluffs and hoodoos of Meteora has received both. This is a land where fingers of stone reach for the heavens, with Orthodox monasteries perched precariously on the tips. A land where people live in the sky and still worship God with a passion of a bygone age. Built in the 14th and 16th centuries, Meteora is a place which will make you gasp in wonder.

9. Delphi

Here is another destination for the history lovers. Delphi, the religious centre of the ancient world still clings on even today. Perched on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, these ancient ruins were once a place which drew even kings, to hear the words of the Oracle.
The Oracle of Delphi has been etched into Greek history and the priestess of Apollo’s words has echoed through the ages. The Temple of Apollo still stands and is one of the highlights of Delphi. Along with the Temple of Apollo there is also the Athena Priene, a theatre and an ancient stadium. Take a stroll among the ruins and transport yourself back to a time when Delphi echoed with the cries of the Oracle and kings bowed before the Temple of Apollo. Delphi is certainly one of the best places to visit in Greece.

10. Skyros

Located in the centre of the Aegean, Skyros is known for its beautiful beaches, jagged coastline and seaside villages. Steeped in tradition and still relatively untouched, Skyros is a great choice for an idyllic getaway.
Where the north is all rolling farmlands and pine forest, the south is characterized by arid hills and rocky shorelines. Skyros has managed to fly under the radar for a long time and does not attract the masses of tourists like many of the other Greek Islands. If you do make it to Skyros, keep an eye out for the legendary wild horses of the island. For millennia Skyrian horses have roamed the island, unfortunately however they are becoming fewer and fewer. Who knows how much longer you will be able to see these majestic beasts in the wild.

11. Olympia

Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games is another of the places to visit in Greece which is carved into history. Located in the hallowed Valley of the Gods, it is still possible to see the ancient stadium and training grounds of the Olympians.
Along with the stadium and training grounds, the UNESCO accredited Olympia also boasts some of the best preserved monuments and temples in all of Greece. These hallowed monuments are dedicated to the great gods of old such as Zeus and Hera. Located in the rugged hills of the Peloponnese, the Valley of the Gods is an awe inspiring place. Along with Olympia itself, the valley also has some incredible hiking and mountain bike trails and is situated close to the spectacularly beautiful Alfos River Valley. All of this combined, makes Olympia and the Valley Of The Gods one of the best places to visit in Greece.

12. Skiathos

Skiathos is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Greece. Best known for its beach and nightlife, Skiathos has blasted onto the itinerary of many travelers in recent years. With crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches, along with some incredible night spots it is easy to see why. Despite the influx of tourism, the island has lost none of its beauty. With over 60 gorgeous beaches and hiking trails through rolling pine forests, Skiathos is a nature lover’s dream. Along with the natural beauty of the island, there is also Skiathos Town which caters perfectly for tourists. Nice restaurants spill out onto the streets where you can sit and dine the evening away as the sun slowly dips into the Mediterranean.

13. Halkidiki

Just south of the city of Thessaloniki lies the peninsula of Halkidiki. This very well could be Greece’s best kept secret. Home to some of the best stretches of sand in northern Greece, the Halkidiki peninsula has a perfect blend of modern luxury and archaic tradition.
The Halkidiki peninsula is split into three fingers which splay out into the Aegean. There are the Golden sandy beaches of the Sithonia headland, the resorts and restaurants of Kassandra and finally the mysterious Athos. Athos is home to some of the most stoic monastic communities in Greece and is traditional in the extreme. When combined, all three headlands of the peninsula come together to create the perfect retreat. Halkidiki for the time being is still relatively crowd free. How long this will last however is unknown, visit soon before the word is out.

14. Mycenae

Finally, we have a city which dominates the myths and legends of old. The walls of Mycenae were so high that the ancient Greeks credited their creation to the Cyclops. The city of Mycenae comes from a time before Greece and features in tales such as the fall of Troy. It’s most famous ruler was the mighty King Agamemnon himself. Separating history from myth is very difficult at Mycenae as the city was at its most powerful over 3500 years ago. Mycenae lies way off the beaten tourist path and will take you to a part of the country which few tourists get to see. Without doubt Mycenae is one of the great archeological sites of Greece and will leave visitors awestruck at the engineering prowess of the ancients. A visit to Mycenae will not disappoint, located to the south of Corinth, the ruins lie in the heartlands of the ancient legends of old. The culture, scenery and history all come together to make Mycenae one of the country’s must see destinations.

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Greece Facts and Figures

Name
The Hellenic Republic of Greece
Location:
Southeast Europe
Time:
IST (-) 3 ½ hours Read more
Capital:
Athens
Major cities :
Athens, Thessaloniki, Piraeus, Larissa.
Language:
Greek (official) 99%, other (includes English and French) 1% 
Area:
131,957 sq kms
Population:
10,768,477
National day:
25 Mar
Currency:
Euro (EUR)
Main Airline:
Sky Express G3
Olympic Airways OA
International Airports:
Athens Airport (ATH)
Rhodes (RHO)
Corfu (CFU)
Heraklion (HER)
Thessaloniki Macedonia International Airport (SKG)
Best time to visit Greece:
April to June, and September to October
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New Delhi 110 021
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Other Greece Visa types

We currently only process Tourist and Business Visas. Kindly contact the Embassy for the following visa applications.

Depending on the purpose of your travel to Greece, there are different types of visas that will apply to the occasion. Whether you are planning to go on a visit, study or work and reside there permanently, you will have to apply for a different Greece Schengen Visa, accordingly.

Short Stay Visa

If you are planning a short visit to Greece for up to 90 days or less and you do not have the nationality of one of the countries of the European Economic Area (EEA), you may need to apply for a Schengen visa. Greece is one of the 26 European countries forming the Schengen Area which have no border controls between them. These countries also issue a common visa, the Schengen visa for a stay of up to 90 days during a period of 6 months from the date of the first entry into the territory of the Schengen States. The different types of short stay visas are Tourist Visa, Business Visa, Medical Treatment Visa, Visa for Cultural/Sports/Religious Events & Film Crew, Study/Research/Internship Visa (Short Course), Visa for Members of Official Delegation, Seafarers Visa and Transit Visa

Long stay National Visa

National Visa (“D”)

A long-stay “D” visa allows its holder to enter and stay in Greece for more than 3 months. It can be issued for various reasons such as employment, study, academic research, participation in cultural, scientific, religious events, family reunification. Holders of a national visa have the obligation to apply for a residence permit to Greece immediately after their entry to the country. The applicant must submit an application for a visa for a long stay in Greece as well as the supporting documents that are requested according to the purpose of the intended stay. In order to locate which documents correspond to your application, please refer to the following lists on this website: family reunification and employment visa.

a. Family Reunification Visa: he family members of a third country national, who may enter into Greece in the framework of family reunification are, according to Greek legislation (Article 4, Presidential Decree 131/2006) the following:
the spouse, provided he/she is over 18 years of age,
their natural and/or adopted single children of under 18 years of age,
any other natural and/or adopted children of under 18 years of age of the sponsor or his/her spouse, provided he/she has been awarded their custody.
In the case of polygamy, if the sponsor has a spouse living with him/her in Greece, then family reunion with any other spouse shall not be authorized
All applicants from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Maldives should submit an application for Long Stay “D” Visa at the GVCW Visa Application Centre in New Delhi only.

b. Employment Visa: This category of visa is issued for the provision of dependent employment or for the provision of services or work in Greece. Before applying you should confirm that the Approval concerning your case has been issued by the competent Prefecture in Greece and that it has been received officially by the Embassy.
All applicants from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Maldives should submit an application at the GVCW Visa Application Centre in New Delhi.
Processing time for Long Stay Visa application is solely up to the Embassy discretion.
Please note: There is an extra fee of € 30 in the equivalent of INR 2460 in cash for the attestation of your signature on the employment contract.
The Medical Fitness Certificate is sent directly to the Greek Embassy in about a week's time.
After submission of the visa application, an interview at the Greek Embassy is scheduled.

c. Study Visa: If you are studying in Greece for less than 90 days, you can apply for a Greece Short stay visa.. However, if you are studying in Greece for more than 90 days, you will need to apply for a Long Stay visa or a National visa. Documents required would be as follows:

  • Application form for a Long Stay “D” Visa from the GVCW Visa Application Centre (info on the website)
  • Photos (with white background)
  • Valid passport, not destroyed, with validity at least 1 year and 3 months after intended travel date
  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover the living expenses during the stay in Greece (equivalent to at least € 400 per month during the period of studies)
  • Recent original police clearance certificate  with Apostille
  • Travel insurance valid for the 1st year
  • Visa fees of  € 90, equivalent in  INR 7200 /-, payable in cash in INR during the interview
  • Documents for being accepted from the College or University
  • Direct mail from Greek University to Consular Section to determine the exact type of visa required
  • Relevant approval of operation form from the Ministry for Education in Greece of the Greek College or University that you have been accepted
  • Proof of studies background
  • Details regarding the studies (whether courses will be conducted in Greek or English etc)
  • Proof of payment of at least one third of the tuition fees