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Information Notice for Individual Applicants

Dear Applicants,

Please visit for the step-by-step guide for travelling to Greece in the framework of preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Kindly be informed that the Greece VACs in London, Edinburgh and Manchester are operational accepting visa applications from 09:00 until 13:30 upon online appointment. You may book your appointment here.

As operations at the Visa Application Centres for Greece in the U.K. resume, you are kindly asked to adhere to the highest standards of health and safety based on the recommendations of the World Health Organization and local health authorities. In case you have any symptoms of COVID-19, please, DO NOT visit our VAC. As the VAC cannot be crowded, you may be asked to wait outside the building until the time of your appointment. While waiting inside, please try to keep social distance of 2 meters. Please note that your appointment slot will be rescheduled to a later date in case you have any COVID-19 symptoms. Kindly ensure that you have prepared your Visa application and all necessary documents in advance, as the Business Centre at the London VAC is not currently in operation (click here for more information regarding the requirements).

Protecting the health of the applicants and our employees during these testing times of the pandemic is of utmost importance. We are following the recommendations of the Health and Governmental authorities and have put in place best practices to minimize the possible exposure of applicants and employees to the coronavirus. Applicants, if they wish, can avoid a return to the VAC in London and have their passports returned via the optional courier service at an additional cost that will be kept to the minimum. For urgent cases, passports may be collected at the VAC in London from 16:00 until 17:00 (without an appointment).

We are taking care of your health and hope for your understanding and support. We look forward to your cooperation and strict adherence to above provisions to ensure a healthy and safe environment for you and our staff.

Important Note to Applicants: Please be informed that the standard processing time of a visa application, in accordance with the Schengen Code, amounts to fifteen (15) calendar days after the application has been lodged. In case the application has been submitted at a VAC outside London, additional time has to be taken into consideration.
However, we are currently experiencing a very high demand for travel to Greece, and as a result, there is a possibility that your application may take longer than 15 calendar days to be processed at the Consulate. Therefore, you are strongly advised to apply well in advance of your trip to Greece allowing a longer period than the standard 15 calendar days.

If, however, you decide to apply for a visa within the said 15 calendar days from your departure date of your trip, you are at risk of your application not being processed in time for the issue of a visa for the requested time period. For any enquiries, you are advised to contact GVCW or the Consular Office.
For any further information, please contact us via email: or call us at 0871 376 0023 (08:30-17:30 - Please, note that calls are charged 6 pence per minute in addition to your normal network charges).