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GENERAL INFORMATION

The Greek Embassy in New Delhi examines visa applications of citizens of India, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Nationals of other third countries can submit an application in the following cases:
they reside legally in one of the above mentioned countries.
they are legally present in one of the above mentioned countries and provide justification for lodging the application at the Embassy.

A visa application may be lodged for a Schengen visa (short-stay visa -type C or airport transit visa -type A) or a long-stay visa (type D) depending on the duration and the purpose of the envisaged stay.
A short-stay visa entitles its holder to stay in the Schengen area for a maximum of 90 days in any 180 day period. A long-stay visa allows its holder to enter Greece and request a residence permit for a longer stay.

Please refer to the Common Information Sheet for Schengen Visa Applicants

Please click here for more information

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS

When lodging an application, it is important to take into consideration the following:
An application can be lodged no more than three months before the start of the intended visit.
Your passport should satisfy the following criteria:
its validity should extend at least three months longer than the intended stay or , for several visits, the last intended stay
it contains at least two blank pages
it has been issued within the previous ten years
You should submit a photograph in accordance with the requirements described on this website. Please click here for photo specifications
Your visa application should be duly completed and signed
The visa fee is paid.

If all the above mentioned conditions are not met, then your application will be considered as inadmissible and will not be examined by the Embassy. Where the application is admissible, the Embassy stamps your travel document. This stamp has no legal implications

Moreover , you must make sure that, along with the application, you have submitted the supporting documents. Additionally, for Schengen visas and many categories of national visas, a valid travel medical insurance is requested.

For further information on all requirements, please refer to the relevant section corresponding to the type and category of visa you wish to apply for.

An application may be submitted in person or by a representative or travel agent, presenting an authorization letter and a valid identification document. As there are no commercial intermediaries accredited by the Embassy, all applications, regardless of the way of their submission, receive equal treatment.

Applications can be submitted at the Greek Application Centers of VFS-Global Services. Please refer to contact us for more details

EXAMINATION OF APPLICATIONS

An appointment for a personal interview at the Embassy may be arranged at the time of the submission of the application. In case such an interview has not been arranged and depending on the documents submitted, the Embassy may call the applicant for a personal interview after the submission of the application. Bona fide travelers are exempted from the interview.
At the stage of examination of an application, the Embassy may also request further documentation.

The time required to process Schengen visa applications may take a longer period depending on the distance. In exceptional cases, this period may be extended up to 30 calendar days, notably when further scrutiny of the application is needed and when additional documentation is needed in specific cases, the period may be extended up to a maximum of 60 calendar days

INFORMATION TO VISA HOLDERS

After the issuance of you visa, please check if all data are mentioned correctly on the visa sticker. If you are holding a Schengen visa, it is important for you to read the attached instructions. Click here

REFUSAL

Negative decisions on applications are notified to the applicant in the form of a refusal letter stating the reasons on which they are based. In particular, when the examination of the application has been completed, the applicant receives the original refusal letter along with his passport and verifies that he has been duly notified by signing a copy of this refusal letter, which is returned to the Embassy.

The applicant has a right to appeal before the competent Greek administrative Court, pursuant to article 15 of Law 3068/2002 within ninety days of the date on which he/she has been served herewith or notified hereof. The appeal must be written in Greek and signed by a Greek lawyer or the applicant. In case the appeal is signed by the applicant, a Greek lawyer must attend the hearing thereof. The applicant may also lodge an appeal before a Greek Authority. Appeals sent by post shall not be admitted.



Visa Application Process

Step 1
Before applying, please ensure you are very clear on your ‘purpose of visit’ – do remember we are here to assist and help you through the entire visa application process but are not permitted to advise or guide you on choosing a visa category. Since our work is primarily administrative in nature, we have no say on whether you will be granted a visa and how long it will take to process, as this is entirely the prerogative of the Embassy. You may refer to the link ‘All about Visas’ to understand details of various visas.

Step 2
Complete you visa application form and affix your photograph. You may download the form from this websites. Also, please mention name along with surname of father and spouse, if applicable. Please ensure that you furnish all the required documents, you may download document checklist from this website. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Step 3
Track your application online

Step 4
Please note that in order to collect your passport at the Visa Application Centre you will need to present the original receipt given to you during the submission which will be collected from you as a proof of delivery of your passport. If any third person is coming to collect your passport on your behalf; an authorization letter from your side with your passport details, along with that person’s ID proof is require. Please make sure you have a copy of it if you require it for your records.
It is Applicant’s responsibility to check the validity of the visa issued to ensure that it covers the period of stay requested, the number or entries required, and that it is valid for the purpose of trip immediately after collection of your passport

Step 5
Please ensure you read the security regulation notices before you visit the Visa Service Centre.