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Information Notice for Individual Applicants

INFORMATION NOTICE FOR INDIVIDUAL APPLICANTS!

Dear Applicants,

According to the official announcement of the Consulate of Greece in the U.K., holding a Schengen visa does not automatically entitle you to enter the Schengen area. The process to grant a Schengen visa is unrelated to the border restrictions on travel from third countries to protect against the COVID-19 pandemic. Consequently, third-country nationals (U.S.A., U.A.E, Russian Federation, Serbia, Israel, the U.K.), for whom other EU Member States and countries that belong to the Schengen area apply restrictions at the borders, may enter the Greek territory ONLY with direct flights or with flights through third countries (provided that their entry in the third countries has been secured).

1. Although according to the EU guidelines third-country nationals, regardless of their nationality, travelling through the EU+ (transit) must be able to travel through and have a reasonable / realistic transit time (an overnight may be required), in practice, problems arise for the third-country nationals at intermediate stops (cancellations, revocations).

2. As per the European Commission’s latest announcements, there are no new regulations due to the pandemic and the “Visa Code” is still in force. In addition to that, Member States have been advised to proceed with the issuance of Schengen visas so as to avoid the creation of a large volume of pending applications upon returning to normalcy.

Please note that as of July 1, 2020 the Greek Government has determined how the country will welcome travelers, carry out the necessary diagnostic screening and keep everyone safe throughout the season. The Passenger Locator Form (PLF) is a key element in the planning. All travelers must complete their PLF until the day before entering the country, providing detailed information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of their stay while in Greece.For more information please click here.

As of November 11, 2020 and following the Greek Government's recent announcements, all individuals entering Greece through airports must present a negative molecular COVID-19 test (PCR) in English language, which has been performed up to 72 hours prior arrival and contains the name and the passport number of the individual. The measure applies to everyone without exception.

Kindly be informed that due to the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Greece VAC in London is operational accepting visa applications on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 09:00 until 13:30 upon appointment. In our VACs in Manchester and Edinburgh visa applications can be submitted on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:00 until 12:00 upon appointment. Appointments cannot be booked online at this time. In order to book your appointment, kindly send an email to london.gr@gvc24assist.eu with your flight tickets attached as per the requirements on our website, so that we can allocate your appointment accordingly.

Information notice to EU Family members: Kindly be advised that applicants who submit their visa application at all Greece Visa Application Centres in the U.K. under the EU Family members scheme by providing the required documentation as per our website, are temporarily exempt from paying the respective service fee.

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: you will need to self-disclose COVID-19 symptoms, to undergo temperature screening at the entrance of the VAC using non-contact equipment and to wear appropriate mask and gloves. You will be checked without physical contact by the security service of the VAC. In case you have any symptoms of COVID-19, please, DO NOT visit our VAC. Applicants without mask and gloves and applicants with a temperature rise above 37 degrees will not be allowed to enter the premises. As the VAC cannot be crowded, you may be asked to wait outside the building. While waiting inside, please 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 be advised that the Business Centre in London VAC will remain closed. We suggest that you prepare your Visa application and all necessary documents in advance (click here for more information) to avoid waiting time at the VAC, and that you make your payment at the VAC by credit card.

Protecting the health of applicants and our employees during these times 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. For these reasons, applicants are requested not to come twice to our premises; your passports will be returned via courier service at a minimal cost. For urgent cases only, passports may be collected at the VAC in London from 16:00 until 17:00 only after prior appointment booked by sending an email to: london.gr@gvc24assist.eu.

Kindly be also informed that due to the current situation related to the COVID-19 developments you need to calculate 3 extra days to your minimum processing time.

 
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.
 
For any further information, please contact us via email: info.ukgr@gvc24assist.eu or call us at 0871 376 0023 (08:30-17:30, only on Tuesdays - Please, note that calls are charged 6 pence per minute in addition to your normal network charges).