All About Visas

Before applying for a visa, please be sure about your purpose of visit
Foreign nationals who wish to travel to Greece must be in possession of a valid residence/work visa of the country they are applying from, unless they are nationals from countries which are not included in the list of countries with the obligation to carry a visa in order to cross external borders for stays in the Schengen Area of no more than three months (90 days), in a period of six months (180 days), from the date of entry into the Schengen Area.
Schengen visa has to be obtained from the Embassy/Consulate of the country where the main purpose of travel lies. Therefore, please check your travel plans before making your application to the Embassy of Greece. In case you are travelling to multiple Schengen countries, please submit your application to the Embassy/Consulate where you will be staying for maximum number of days. If the duration of stay is the same for all Schengen countries you are visiting, please submit your application to the Embassy/Consulate of point of your first entry.
A Schengen visa allows you to travel to the following countries:
Austria Belgium Czech Republic Denmark
Estonia Finland France Germany
Greece Hungary Iceland Italy
Latvia Lithuania Liechtenstein Malta
The Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal
Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden
Switzerland Luxembourg

Visa Type:

Transit Visa
Tourist Visa – Visiting Family/Friends
Business Visa
Medical Treatment
Cultural/Sports/Religious Events and Film Crews
Study – Research – Internship(Short Course)
Members of Official Delegation
Sea Farers
Long Stay National – “D” Visa

Please note: VFS Global staff can provide you with information and application forms for your application, but they are not permitted to advise you regarding the visa category you should choose. Our work is primarily administrative and non-judgmental in nature. The final assessment on your visa, and the duration of visa processing, is entirely at the prerogative of The Embassy of Hellenic Republic (Greece) in Abu Dhabi.

Processing time :
The processing time for an application at The Embassy of Greece is approximately 15 to 21 working days from the date of submission.

Please be advised that due to the above mentioned minimum processing time, it is recommended to apply for a visa at least 30 days beforeyour intended date of travel to avoid any inconvenience.

Visa Application Process

Step 1
Please ensure you read the security regulation notices before you visit the Visa Application Centre.

Step 2
Before applying, please ensure you are clear on your ‘purpose of visit’. Do remember our staff will be available to assist and help you through the entire visa application process. However, the staff are not permitted to advise or guide you on choosing a visa category. Please go to the link “All about your visas” for information on the various visa categories.

Step 3
Complete your Visa Application Form or download it here and affix your photograph.

Step 4
Attach all supporting documents, as per checklist. Make sure your application is complete. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Step 5
Schedule an appointment (mandatory)

Step 6
Organise payment of the visa fees in cash (AED)

Step 7
Submit your application at the VFS Global centre in Abu Dhabi or Dubai.