Basic Visa Information

Applicants who wish to apply for a Visa are kindly requested to carefully read the provided information. The guidelines listed on this website 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 in the U.K. for short stay Schengen visas. This will reduce the chances of your application being incomplete or a delay in being processed. For non EU citizens who are not sure whether a Schengen visa is required to travel to the Schengen Area, please click Do I need a visa? to find out.

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).  The purpose of travel could be Tourism, Business, Visiting Family or Friends, Cultural and Educational, Sports, Medical reasons, Studies, Airport transit and Other. A visa application may now be lodged six (6) months before and not later than fifteen (15) calendar days before the date of the intended visit.

Every applicant, including children/infants, has to submit their Schengen visa application in person and by appointment only on their appointment date, which needs to be booked online. Please click here.

Please note that to be eligible to submit an application, it is necessary to have a permanent or temporary residency permit valid for more than 3 months after the intended date of return to the U.K. 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 London, Edinburgh and Manchester or directly at the Embassy of Greece - Consular Office, as part of Art. 17 (5) Visa Code.

All applications will be assessed by the Embassy of Greece- Consular Office-Visa Section. The Visa Application Centres for Greece offer the option of courier service for the return of yoursubmitted documents, directly at your doorstep. You may be required to appear before a Visa Officer for a personal or Skype interview at the Consular Office of the Greek Embassy in London, prior to a decision being made regarding your application and this may cause delays in the visa process, which applicants accept responsibility for.

Important - Visa applications may take up to 15 calendar days to process. For certain nationalities (see list here) the visa application needs consultation from the other Schengen countries and therefore the minimum processing time takes 3 weeks. Some applications may require further processing, which could take up to 45 days. Applicants submitting their visa application at the Visa Application Centre for Greece in Manchester or Edinburgh, need to calculate 2 extra days to their minimum processing time as their visa application will first be dispatched to the GVCW London VAC for Greece, from where it will be forwarded to the Embassy of Greece - Consular Office in London the following day. Please, click here to find more information regarding the processing time.