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 for short stay Schengen visas in the U.K. 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.
You are kindly advised to check the list of required documents before submitting your application. This will minimise the chances of your application being delayed or declined due to inadequate or incorrect submission of documents.
You will need to prepare a separate application pack of supporting documents and Visa Application Form for each applicant (e.g. in case parents travel along with their children, confirmation of accommodation has to be given separately for every application pack).
You will need to complete the application form and submit it at the Visa Application Centre for Greece in the United Kingdom. For locations click here.
CONSULAR SCHENGEN VISA (C) FEE:
The below rates are applicable and they may vary at any time:
|Visa Type|| |
|Schengen Short stay (Type C)||67.20|
|Schengen Short stay (Type C) for nationals of Russian Federation, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Kosovo||29.40|
|Schengen Short stay (Type C) for nationals of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine holders of non biometric passports*||29.40|
|Minors under twelve (12) years old||Gratis|
|Holders of diplomatic and service passports||Gratis|
|Spouses and children of EU citizen traveling with the latter as long as relevant sufficient proof is provided along with the application (i.e. ticket bookings, copy of EU citizen's valid passport and marriage certificate or unabridged birth certificate as applicable)||Gratis|
|Organised groups of school pupils, students, postgraduate students accompanied by teachers on study/ educational trip: only applicable if applicants have a formal invitation from an educational institution in Greece||Gratis|
|Researchers from third countries traveling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research (as defined in Recommendation No 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005 to facilitate the issue by the Member States of uniform short-stay visas for researchers from third countries traveling within the Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research)||Gratis|
|Representatives and participants of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organised by non-profit organizations||Gratis|
* Note: Citizens of: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine holders of biometric passports do not require Schengen visa.
The Service Fee amounts to GBP 25.20 per application over and above the Visa Fees.
All the above mentioned fees, in GBP (Pound Sterling - £), are as per the current exchange rate at the time of submission of application at the Visa Application Centre for Greece and are subject to change without notice.
All the above mentioned fees can be paid in cash (except in Manchester and in Edinburgh) or credit/ debit card.
As of 20 November 2015 all applicants applying for a Schengen visa will be required to present their biometric data - ten fingerprints and a digital photo. Biometric data will be stored in the Visa Information System (VIS), which is a central database for the exchange of data on short-stay visas (for stays up to 90 days in any 180-day period) between Schengen States. The main objectives of the VIS are to facilitate visa application procedures and checks at external border as well as to enhance security.
Before submitting your application make sure that your photo is in a high resolution format. Applicants should present two recent (not more than 6 months old) passport-sized photos that should be
- 3,5 x 4 cm (approx. 1.2 x 1.6 inch)
- with a light background (white or off-white) so that features are distinguishable and contrast against the background
- in color and with facing forward
- with the forehead and ears visible, without heavy jewelry
- full face, non-smiling (without sunglasses, a hat/ cap or other head covering, unless the applicant wears such items because of their religions belief or ethnic background)
- of high quality and printed on normal photographic paper (camera print), preferably not glossy
Please click here for the specifications.
Knowing and meeting properly these requirements is essential, as only if in the needed format, the biometric recognition of the applicant and perfect reproduction can be authorised correctly.
Please follow these instructions carefully. If photographs presented do not meet these requirements, your application will be considered incomplete.
Pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 (Article 15) of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009”, which entered into force on April 5 of 2010, applicants must purchase a travel medical insurance product before they apply for a visa. Purchasing adequate travel insurance is one of the requirements of the Schengen visa.
The requirements for Schengen travel medical insurance:
- The travel insurance should include emergency medical care, hospitalization and repatriation (in case of death included).
- The minimum coverage shall be EUR 30,000 (denominated in Euros).
- The insurance company must have a representative office in the European Union countries.
- The insurance must be valid for the entire Schengen area and throughout the duration of the stay in the Schengen area.
Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of 26 June 2013, amended the Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement, the Schengen Borders Code and the Visa Code and – among others – re-defined the concept of "short stay" for third-country nationals in the Schengen area which is a fundamental element of the Schengen acquis.
After you submit your application we strongly encourage you to use our online service provided in order to track your application online and to check whether your passport is ready for collection. It is a secure procedure that is designed to help you to better plan and save your time.
In order to track your application you need to know the application ID, which is on the Payment Receipt given to you during the submission, and the date of birth of the applicant.
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.
After having tracked online whether your passport is ready for collection, you can collect your passport in person at the end of the visa application process.
When the visa application has been processed on the submission day, applicant’s receipt is stapled to the extra photocopy of the passport bio data page, which applicants need to bring when collecting their passport.