Greece visa requirements for South Africans

UPDATED: 05 September 2014

All Schengen States (those states part of the common visa area) now require everyone to appear in person for biometric data to be collected. Greece is no exception, though travellers who have submitted their biometric data to Greece within the last 5 years may be allowed to submit their application through an authorised representative. We recommend checking with VFS which visa agencies they accept.

Requirements for the Greek Schengen visa:

A South African applicant must present:

  • fully completed application form
  • South African passport, valid for at least 3 months after your return from the trip
  • Two recent colour passport photos (instruct the photographer to take visa quality photos)
  • A return air ticket, booking is sufficient for application, but paid for ticket must then be presented on collection of passport from consulate/embassy
  • Letter of employment from your boss stating position and leave period, on company letterhead OR 3 months bank statements and a proof of income if self-employed (a letter from company accountant stating the applicant’s position and salary from the company OR for pensioners, a proof of income and 3 months bank statements OR for students, letter of registration to a university/college, ID and employment of parents all certified by a commissioner of oaths
  • Travel insurance covering at least R400,000 for hospitalisation and repatriation
  • Confirmed hotel booking OR a sworn affidavit of invitation by a resident of Greece with a copy if ID, originals, faxed to the consulate directly
  • Proof of foreign exchange OR credit card statement showing a suitable limit available for overseas use, ask your bank for this, it should include your name too. R600 per person per day is required with a minimum of R3600
  • For minors: ID’s of both parents, unabridged birth certificate.

Greek visa application form:

Click to download the application form for South Africans

Cost of Schengen Visa for South Africans:

  • Persons over 12 years: R840 visa fee + R280 service fee
  • Persons under 12 years of age: R280 service fee only

The fee can be paid in cash to the following Nedbank account:

Bank Name: Nedbank
Branch Name: Corporate Client Services
Account Name: VFS Visa Processing (SA) (Pty) Ltd
Account No: 1049-566157
Reference: Passport Number

OR

Pay by credit or debit card at the application centre

Where in South Africa you can apply for the Greek visa:

You will need to apply through the official handling agency VFS, for details, click: http://www.vfsglobal.com/greece/southafrica/ All applicants must schedule an appointment with VFS before appearing and the visas take 15 days to process.

Application centres can be found at:

  • Johannesburg: 21st Floor Rivonia Village, Corner Rivonia Boulevard and Mutual Road, Sandton
  • Cape Town: Office 504, 5th Floor, 47 On Strand, Strand Street
  • Durban: Silver Oaks Office Park, Suite 3 Silver Oaks, 36 Silverton Road, Musgrave

The above information was correct at time of publishing, and was updated on 05 September 2014. Please double check all information with VFS before making an appointment.

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Our Readers Comments

  1. Thank you – it helped a lot!

    • Pleasure Sue! Hope you have a fantastic time in Greece!

    • How long before my intended holiday must I apply for a Greek Visa?

  2. We intend to go on a boat cruise, departing from Venice. Sail to Croatia, Greece, Turkey and then back to Rome. I have already applied for a visa via the Italian embassy. I am not sure if we need to apply for a Greece Schengen visa in additional? Can you maybe advice. Turkey is fine. It is visa on arrival.
    Many thanks

    • Hi Reno! Sounds like you’ve done the right thing. Greece is part of the Schengen Area so the visa applies there too. For Turkey you can get the visa on arrival, however, with cruise ships, 9 times out of 10 if you enter via the port and show your cruise card you won’t even need to get a visa for Turkey as the cruise company counts as surety for you. Hope this helps!

  3. Thanks NP, I also spoke to the Greece embassy today. The multi entry Schengen visa applies. The lady that did our bookings had the same answer as you, however the cruise operator requested that I also inquire from the various Embassies. The only one left now is Croatia. I live in Qatar, Middle East, the embassy that is servicing this area resides in Cairo. Maybe you can also advice just as a back-up in case the ship’s cruise card is not valid. Many thanks for the assistance. Best Reno

    • Hey Reno! Croatia might be the only one who says you need a visa, but to be honest, if the cruise company says you won’t need the visa for Croatia then you will be fine. Try to get it in writing if possible, just in case there is any confusion, but I don’t think there will be. 🙂

  4. I was just wondering do I need to make an appointment (via telephone) before visiting the embassy or is it possible to just show up and hand in all my necessary visa documents?

    • Hi Claire, from my information one doesn’t need to make an appointment before visiting the embassy. To be honest they’re not the most organised consulate in the world – not sure the idea of appointments has even crossed their minds yet! Everyone who I know of who has applied for visas has always just arrived. As far as I know the only requirement they have for visits is that you come between 9am and 12 midday. 🙂

    • Hi Claire
      I recently had a business trip to Pau, France. In order to apply for a visa, I had to make an appointment via the internet. A day and appointment number was forwarded to me. Nick is correct that most of the embassies have some limited morning times to submit the application and collection is usually in the afternoon. They will inform you. I do not know where you are going to but follow the application requirements on the letter and have cash ready. For some reason the Embassies also do not take any credit cards and are not very helpful when it comes to making copies.

  5. Hi, if we are applying for visa for kids, is it necessary for them to be there for the application or can one just take the necessary documentation along?

    • Hi Ann! This is up to the consulate in question. Most of the time they don’t mind too much if the child is not there – sometimes they ask that the child be present when the passport is collected, some will insist the child be there at the application. I would call the consulate before (or when) making an appointment to ask them what they require. Make sure you take the persons name and when you spoke to them in case they dispute anything.

  6. Hi Nick,

    If you are intending to visit multiple countries that fall under the Schengen states, which Country do you actually apply for the schengen visa through ? Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Justin! You’ll need to apply through the country you’re spending the longest time in. If your stay is going to be exactly equal in all, then it’s the first country you are going to. Hope this helps!

  7. Hi Nick
    The click to download the application form for South Africans brings up a Greek message…any idea what this is? I’ve just realized I need travel insurance, where do I get this (I bought my ticket from Travelstart)
    Thanks
    Alex

    • Hi Alex, sorry, I only noticed your message now! I hope you came right with your insurance etc etc. I’ve fixed the link in the blog post above to reflect the correct form.

  8. How do you apply for a visa for Greece if you want to travel from place to place but do not know where you will stay over except for the first 2 nights and then the last night

    • Hi Johann, essentially the consulate/embassy will want you to say where you are going to be staying for the duration of your stay, they don’t like applicants to arrive in the country without a plan. I have heard of embassies granting visas for people without a clear plan if they have enough money to cover their stay and can prove they’re definitely coming back – as to how much money that is, they don’t really say as it seems to be determined on a case to case basis.

      You can always book hotel accommodation in one or two places for the duration of your stay and once you’ve got your visa, cancel that accommodation, most places will have a small cancellation fee (or possibly none at all if you cancel long enough in advance), then you can do as you please once you arrive. This is essentially still a way to buck the system, so while it generally works, it’s technically not allowed, so we can’t officially say we advise it, if you know what I mean.

      Hope this helps!

  9. Hi,

    Just a quick note to let you know the office in Durban has closed. I am trying to get a visa to join my ship. I have a multi entry schengen visa issued from the French Embassy and am being told that I need to reapply to transist thru Athens? A little concerned because I have 4 weeks left before I am due to fly.

  10. Hi Wayne,

    Thanks for letting us know about the Greek Consulate closure in Durban. If your multiple entry Schengen Visa is still valid I don’t see why you’d need a second Visa to transit Athens. I’d contact http://www.visaexpress.co.za for more info on this.

    Cheers,

    Russell

  11. hii i have indian passport and living here in south africa limpopo province…..tell me what is requirement to get whole europe multiple visa……and what document they looking for….

    • Hi Ashish, you’ll need to apply through the Schengen country you’re spending the longest time in. You can also only apply here in South Africa if you have residency here I believe. The requirements are listed in the article above. I would suggest getting advice from a visa handling service like http://www.visaexpress.co.za and see if they can’t help you with your application as they would have a lot more experience in handling foreign passport visas.

  12. Hi Nick

    Ill be traveling to Berlin for world debating competition from 26 December 2012 till 4 January 2013. Will definately buying my ticket from travel start. Please advice me on purchasing travel insurance. Im a student and its the first time traveling to europe. What type of insurance do i need and cost range if possible.

    Thank you for your help.

    Tumelo

    • Hi Tumelo! Thanks for getting in touch. Travel insurance can be bought when purchasing your ticket online, or through our consultants, I checked on our website and for that stay it should be in the region of R435. We have our own insurance product which is underwritten by Regent Insurance and it is sufficient cover for a Schengen Visa (R10,000,000.00 cover).

      Hope this helps! 🙂

  13. Hi Nick

    We are planning a trip to Macedonia but need to fly to Greece and take a shuttle from there to Skopje. I already have a multiple entry visa for Austria. Would I need a separate visa for Greece?

    • Hi Peter, if you have a multiple-entry Schengen visa, it’s valid for whatever dates are stipulated on it for entry all Schengen states (this includes Greece). Hope this helps!

    • Peter did you manage to find any info on whether you can travel to Macedonia on a Schengen?

      (I know it is not part of the EU)

      South Africans can travel to Bulgaria on with a Schengen since 1 February 2012.

      Thanks

  14. Hi there! We have a connecting flight in Dubai, do we need to get a visa for Dubai as well or necessary? (I know this might sound dumb, but iv’e heard of countries where you need a Visa for the airport)
    Hope you can help!!

    • Hi Yolandi, not a silly question at all. On a permanent South African passport if you’re in Dubai airport, en route to somewhere else and are not leaving the airport and are not staying longer than 24 hours you don’t need a visa 🙂

  15. Hi
    I was just wondering that if we had a multiple entry schengen visa and we wished to do Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro from Greece and then go to Italy, are separate visas required for the non schengen countries or will we not require individual visas to the three countries since we already have the schengen multi entry visa?
    This page mentions no visas required for macedonia if the foreign national has a multi entry schengen visa (in red).http://iaeste.org.mk/AC2012/Visa.aspx

    • Hi Ishan, you’ll need a multiple entry Schengen visa and it’s good that you’re going to Italy at the end as in order to enter Macedonia your Schengen visa needs to be valid for at least 5 days beyond you leaving Macedonia.

      Albania has similar requirements, so your Schengen visa will suffice.

      For Montenegro, you’re also allowed entry if you hold a valid Schengen visa, however you’re only allowed in for a maximum on 7 days.

      Keeping your route as mentioned (South Africa – Greece – Macedonia – Albania – Montenegro – Italy) seems to be a good idea as you’re keeping a Schengen visit on each end of your trip. Bear in mind that you may not enter Serbia or Bosnia & Herzegovina on your Schengen visa.

  16. Hi Nick and THANKS for this blog. Could you please advise if a family with 3 children – 17yrs, 14yrs and 11yrs – if all members have to appear at embassy to apply for visa or is it ok for just the mother to have all the necessary documents, to show up on behalf of the family.

    • Hi Sharon, currently you don’t need to apply for your visas in person for Greece. You should be able to use a courier or send one person to apply on everyone’s behalf.

  17. aVisa for a south african family of 4.
    hasband
    wife
    1 child 17
    1 child 18
    both children are mentaly handy caped.
    How much money will the visa cost for a 7day holiday in greece

    • Hi Henri, thanks for getting in touch. The visa will cost approximately R650 per person over the age of 12 years. I hope this helps 🙂

  18. Hi Nick. With the visa requirements for Greece, mentioned above, it says proof of foreign exchange or 3 months credit card statements. My wife doesn’t have a credit card, only a debit card ( Visa). Can we both qualify with the amount on my credit card or will her debit card statements be sufficient? We prefer to use our cards instead of exchanging currency in South Africa.

    Thank you!

    • Hi Eghardt, thanks for getting in touch. The bank statements should be sufficient for you wife as well as the credit card statements for yourself. They must show sufficient funds available for the duration of your trip though. Just bear in mind that when using your debit and credit cards overseas you can often pay hefty exchange fees, so make sure you’ve budgeted for that too – check with your bank on these fees.

  19. Hi.I live in Durban – where do I send my visa applications to and how do I may the payment of 60 Euro’s?
    Thanks
    Bianca

    • Hi Bianca, I suggest using a visa courier agency like ROSE visas as they will make the payment on your behalf and will take your application up to Joburg to be processed.

      Reach them on the following:

      Tel: 031 822 VISA (8472)
      Email: thinus@visaservice.co.za
      Regional Manager: Thinus van Tonder

  20. Hi,

    Do you know if the Greek Consulate office in Durban is still open? I tried calling the telephone number and it says the number does not exist. If it is closed, then how would I go about applying for a visa?

    Thanks!

  21. Hi, do I need to go through this whole process if I am only going to be in Greece for 3 days?

    Seems like such a mission! More than whats its worth really.

    I was gonna go spend some good money there but the application process is such a turn off!

    • Hi Eatsile,

      unfortunately for any visit to Greece (or Europe) you need to go through the visa application, it doesn’t matter how long you want to stay.

  22. You are a great resource… Thank you very much. I will subscribe to this.
    I’m going to apply for a Greek visa as well.

    • Thanks Paul!

  23. hi Nick,we are booked for a 3nt cruise to greek Islands,ending in Athens and spending 2nts at a hotel in Athens,how long in advance do they issue a visa to south africans.we are going to saudia arabia for a month then onto Kusadasi in Turkey for 5nts and will be going from there on the cruise,which means we will first have to wait on the saudia visa which we normally receive a day or two prior to our departure from cape town.please advice regarding the insurance.does booking on credit card not automatically cover that.many thanks

  24. Good day!

    Just something I found out the hard way. You can’t apply for the visa more than one month before your departure date.

    Enjoy the day!

  25. Just back from the Greek consular in Cape Town. Good idea to update your requirements above for a SA visa to Greece. If you are self employed they need a letter from your accountant stating such. I had my back statements and letter from company paying for my assignment in Greece, however, they still require this letter from the accountant. They are happy I email it to them so all good. Was a pleasant, efficient and quick experience at the consular this morning.

    Thanks

    Stephen

  26. Hi Nick

    I really hope you can help me. I am South African (and only hold a South african passport) I currentl stay in Vancouver Canada, and have a one year work permit for Canada (which means I have temporary residence here). I want to go to greece in the begining of July after going to the uk, on the 8th of june (I already have a uk tourist visa). I applied for my schengen visa at the greek consulate in vancouver,but their systems are down, so they are unable to process my visa. They are unable to tell me for how long, but they are guessing about a month.

    Which means I will miss my flight to the uk. Is it possible for me to fly to the uk (on 8th June), then post my passport back to my family in sa, and they can they apply for my schengan visa for me, in sa, through visa express, even though I will be in the uk? An then they can post my passport back to me.

    I have already missed a flight to the uk, due to my uk visa taking so long to be processed and I really don’t want to miss another one!! Please help

  27. Hi, my aunt who has a Chinese passport is planning to go on a cruise from Athens-Mykonos-Kushadus(Turkey)-Rhodes-Crete-Satorini-Athens. I just realised the website says she needs a multiple entry Schengen visa. However, the one she has is a single entry. I wonder if it is still ok as long as she remains on the ship when it comes to Turkey. Or is it that even if she does not physically go into Turkey, she will still be required to have multiple entry visa?

  28. Hi Paul.

    Thanks for the great info. Is there a limit on the amount of Euro’s that one is aloud to take into Greece in cash? If so, what is the limit per person.

    Regards.

  29. Hi Nick,

    I am a South African citizen, currently living in Canada (on a 1year working holiday visa which expires at the end of October)

    I wish to travel to Europe and the UK around mid October and need to start applying for shengen and uk visas. I have conflicting information regarding the process and was hoping you would be able to help clear things up.

    Can I apply for my shengen visa in Canada at the consulate of one of the European countries I plan to visit? ( I have been here 8 months now) Or do I need to return home to SA to apply?

    Your help in this regard is greatly appreciated.

    Regards,

    Andy

  30. do i need to apply in person for my visa to greece?

  31. Hi Nick. I have recently applied for a Greece visa at Rose Visas in Durban, I found this contact from your blog.
    Firstly their website is not at all informative. When I got to the Durban office, they asked me for the consent form allowing them to handle my application, nowhere on the website did they provide this form, I then had to run around to get a commissioner of oath to sign the form. There were two people in the office who were confiring with each other about the validity of certain documents.
    I felt very uneasy about leaving my visa application with them as they did not come across as been proffession and competent of filfulling their duties. When I was leaving they both ummed and arred as to weather my passport would be back in time.
    I thought I should let you know as you were referring people to their services.

    • Hi Karen,

      I do regret to hear that you found that the R.O.S.E website was not informative. The website is linked to our website and are aimed at South African passport holders. Clients enter their destination country and it will advise whether a visa is required or not.

      Once clients accept the terms and conditions, they are directed to the R.O.S.E quotation page. This quotation page provides 3 documents to be downloaded. The first document is the application form and includes the Authorisation form that needs to be completed at a Police station or by a Commissioner of Oaths. This form basically gives consent to R.O.S.E to submit the forms to the embassy on your behalf.

      Your comments regarding the staff at the R.O.S.E offices are however concerning. Please be assured that we will address this issue directly with the owners to prevent this kind of experience to our valued clients.

      Regards,

      Aaron

  32. Does one need a visa to travel from London to Crete with a South African passport?

  33. am a from Ghana living in south Africa,i have a valid south Africa visa for one year.i want to know if i can apply for a visa to Greece for a visa.

  34. I am going to Santorini in July 2013. I can’t seem to find the application for a visa for Greece – the link you suggested is only in Greek and it won’t translate into English.

    How soon before I leave must I applY/

  35. Can you tell me what the latest situation is for transit through Albania? Do they still accept Schengen visas? The Albanian Embassy in SA has closed, and I can only find an Embassy in London.

  36. Thx Aaron, the email address you gave is not valid, but I visited the Albanian website and it states:
    All the foreigners who have a valid multi – entry Schengen visa, type “C” or “D”, or a valid residence permit in one of the Schengen member states, can enter, stay and transit Albania without visa, within the validity term of the visa or the residence permit;
    So I guess that means my Schengen visa is adequate…

  37. Hi

    We are travelling to Paris, France for a few days and then we would like to go to Greece

    Wil we need a seperate visa for both countries or will we just require one visa with Multiple entries?

    Please help!

    thanks
    jen

    • Hi Jennifer,

      If you are travelling directly from France to Greece (or through other Schengen countries) then you will only require one visa as both France and Greece are part of the Schengen area. You need to apply for the visa from the country in which you plan on spend the longest period of time. Sounds like a great holiday – enjoy!

  38. Can anyone help please… my parents are on south african passports living in Taiwan. They are coming to me in London in July and we are travelling together to Greece. I have a BR passport but they need a Schengen Visa. There is no Greek embassy in Taiwan and so they are struggling to find a way to get a visa. Any ideas what they can do as the SA embassy there are not helpful. Thank you

  39. Hi Aaron,

    I’m South African and currently working in Istanbul. I’m planning on a trip between the coast of Turkey to the Greek Islands, ending in Athens using the ferries (or the other way around)And then form Athens by plane to Istanbul.

    I see one of the requirements for Greece is a paid return ticket. How would one go about if we don’t want to make use of return airtransfer?

    Hope you can help me out…
    Thanks!

  40. Hi. In order to get a visa through the Greek Embassy in Johannesburg, do you have to make an appointment or can you just go there? If the latter, do you know their hours of business?
    Also if I have a valid Schengen Visa Type C issued by the Dutch Embassy, is this valid for Greece as well?

  41. Hi,I wonder if u can help me please,I am 33 years old and would like to go to Greece to work as a nanny,can I apply for the visa and what are the requirements?
    Regards.
    Rachelle

  42. Hi
    we are currently travelling around SA for a year and need to arrange a ~visa for Greece. We will be on the KwaZulu Natal coast for the next two months, a month in Port Shepstone then a month in Richards Bay. What is the best way to apply for a Schengen Visa for Greece?
    Thanks
    John

  43. HI
    We are currently travelling around SA for a year and need to book a Schengen Visa for Greece for September/October 2013. We will be on the KZN coast for the next two months, a month in Port Shepstone and a month in Richards Bay. What is the best way to apply for the visa.
    Thanks
    John

  44. Good Afternoon,
    I am going to Albania for a couple of weeks in July. I thought I would be able to apply for a visa at the Embassy in London but you need to apply in person. I am not sure what to do as Albania is not covered for a schengen visa. someone please help.

    Background:
    I am South African married to an Albanian national and we reside in Cape Town.

  45. I am planning to go to Greece and Turkey for 4 weeks in September/October 2013. I am working in Botswana, but stay in Rustenburg. I have never been overseas and need a lot of help. I am going to SA on Thursday for a week and need to go to the Embassy for Visa Application. It will be my wife and I, that will be going. After tickets bought, how much money do we need as sufficient funds and we do not have a day to day plan of where we will be, as we are staying with friends in Greece and plan to use the Euro train to travel to Turkey and back.
    Can you please help and let me know what I will need.

    Thanks

    Ian Bester

  46. Hi, we have a multiple entry Schengen visa already. From France (our issuing country), we plan to visit London as we have a UK visa too.

    Can we travel directly from London to Santorini? They said we can’t enter Greece because our issuing country is France. We need to go back to France first then fly to Santorini. Is this true?

    Pease help.. Thanks!

  47. am a cameroonian and have applied to study for masters degree in greece.The greek embassy in abuja which serves my country is temporarily not operational.school begins in 1-month.please what do i do?

  48. Hi there,
    I want to travel to Greece and France by using Help X (helpx.net)for a couple of months. I live in South Africa and I also have a South African passport.
    HelpX is provided primarily as a cultural exchange for working holiday makers who would like the opportunity during their travels abroad, to stay with local people and gain practical experience. In the typical arrangement, the helper works/volunteers an average of 4 hours per day and receives free accommodation and meals for their efforts.

    Do I need to apply for a working holiday visa or a tourist visa?
    Any information will be appreciated! Thank you.

  49. Hi

    I am a pensioner that would like to visit my daughter that stays in Greece, I do have a valid passport, but have no home of my own, or so much funds to show on a bank statement. I will be staying with my daughter in Greece for my whole visit. My return ticket will be paid in full, plus the insurance of that. Will a visa still be issued if I do not have the required funds in the bank?

  50. Have booked air tickets through Travelstart from OR Tambo to Athens with Qatar Airways – there is a stop over in DOA for about 7 hours – do we need a transit visa?

  51. Thanks for this. The application form link that you give presents a blank document. Is there any other way to get hold of the application form? Not sure why there is no clear link to any application forms on the VFS website either – am I missing something?

  52. I am going to Pietermaritzburg. I have an appointment at the Greek Embassy in Durban on the 5th May….my appointment was made via email and I got the response from them with date, ref etc. I read that the Embassy in Durban is no longer open, is that correct?

    • The embassy in Durban is operating. Delivered wonderfull service. Was there on the Friday and before a week, the next Thursday, I was notified that my Visa was received. Thank you all at the Dbn-office…..much appreciated!!

  53. Hi

    My husband and I are travelling to Greece for our Honeymoon. I am a housewife so will not have bank statements in my name, will my husbands statements be sufficient for both of us?

    Thanks

  54. Hi

    Regarding the following requirement “Letter of employment from your boss OR 3 months bank statements and a proof of income if self-employed OR just bank details for pensioners with proof of being on pension” I am taking my mum who is unemployed and not on pension, on holiday with me. What would be required in terms of financials for her? Can my financial details suffice for both of us? thanks.

  55. Hi, my wife and 8 I will be applying for a Schengen visa. Can we apply as a couple with one set of baking details or do we both need to submit banking details .
    Thanks

  56. Why would a vise be denied? What reasons?

    • Hello Nataly, There are many reasons why a visa application may be denied. In some instances, the application is denied because necessary information or supporting documents were not submitted by the applicant. In other instances, the application is denied for more serious reasons. An applicant’s current and/or past actions, such as drug or criminal activities, as examples, may make the applicant ineligible for a visa.

      You will need to contact the Embassy to find out why it was denied, Almene

  57. I have a ten year British Visa, and a ten year American Visa, why can I not get a ten year Schengen Visa???

  58. just want to kno I am a zimbabwean passport holder, how do I apply for the visa to greece and what are the requirements

    • Hi Diana,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      If one is a Zimbabwean passport holder, you will need to contact the Greek Embassy direct and they will be able to advise you on the visa process.

      I have found contact details as see they have an office in Harare.

      You can also see the link below:

      http://www.embassypages.com/missions/embassy9857/

      You are also welcome to contact Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) They specialize in visa requirements and will also be able to point you in the right directions and provide you with all the latest and up to date information on visa requirements and the procedures.

      Their contact details are:

      Johannesburg Regional Office

      Tel: 086 123 VISA (8472)
      Email: jean@visaservice.co.za
      MainWeb: http://www.visaservice.co.za
      DirectWeb: http://www.rosejnb.co.za

      I hope this helps and best of luck!

  59. hi nick,
    my cousin inviting me for her wedding in Greece,how can i apply for 1 week visa only,i have Philippine passport but im staying in dubai.any idea how much the tourist visa?

    • Hi Rhona! That’s a good question and my first instinct would be for you to contact the embassy in Abu Dhabi for advice on how to go about applying for a visa for Greece: http://www.mfa.gr/missionsabroad/en/uae.html

      The visa is usually around 65 Euros (+/- 285 AED) + handling fees which differ depending on the handling agent you use, if you use one.

  60. For a Greek that lives in South Africa and also has an SA passport he still needs to take a visa? And if he needs the procedure is the same?

    • Hi Tasos, he’ll only need to apply for a visa if he no longer holds a valid Greek passport.

  61. please if you can assist me i want to travel to greece from 30 jan and return 15 feb 2015

    • Hi My Lord,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      Have you searched our website for possible flights? On http://www.travelstart.co.za you are able to view all the different airlines that operate a specific route to ensure that you choose the cheapest possible option.

      Or you can contact our team of expert sales consultants in Travelbar on 021 468 4380 for live assistance or
      via e-mail: travelbar@travelstart.com and one of our Travel Experts will get back to you with a quote within 2 working days.

      When e-mailing please give all details like where you need to depart from.

      They are available between 09h00 to 17h00 on Monday to Friday and 09:00 – 13:00 on Saturday.

      Look forward to hearing from you!

  62. Hi,

    I’m a South African citizen currently in the UK on a tier 2 general visa. I’ve been in the UK for two months. Can I apply for a schengen visa for a short trip to France only and how do I go about making an application?

    Tx for your help!

    • Hi there,

      Great to hear from you! This could be possible to apply from that side, however I recommend you contact the French Embassy in the UK, as they will be able to advise if this would be possible or not.

      Best of Luck!

  63. Hie there

    so we group of students who will be travelling to Greece for a debating tournament Do we qualify for the fee waiver?

    We also want to tour other EU Shengen countries possibly 2 or 3 before we arrive in Greece and this trip is sponsored by university.
    what are the requirements for us to get this double or multi entry visa

    thanks!

    • Hi Arthur,

      Thanks for reaching out. The tour sounds amazing and what a great opportunity 🙂

      Unfortunately we are not able to assist with a group quote. For this you need to contact the airline direct.

      When applying for a Schengen visa you should request a multiple entry, and provide documentation of all the counties you will be traveling to (eg: Reservations for hotel, letter of invitation, Itinerary etc) One applies at the country you will be staying the longest.

      We do recommend you contact Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) who specialize in visa requirements, as they will be able to give you the most up to date information and correct procedures to follow.

      Rose – Republic Of Service Excellence

      Johannesburg Regional Office

      Tel: 0100015060
      Email: jean@visaservice.co.za
      MainWeb: http://www.visaservice.co.za
      DirectWeb: http://www.rosejnb.co.za

      Cape Town Regional Office
      Tel: 0210014440
      Email: carl@visaservice.co.za
      DirectWeb: http://www.rosecpt.co.za

      Best of Luck!

  64. Hi Nick,
    I’m a south African passport holder with a 3 year multiple entry SHENGEN visa and have a motorcycle in Europe .
    I left it last year in Athens and wish to travel up to Croatia through Albania,Montenegro.

    As I understand it I have no problem travelling through Croatia with the SHENGEN visa.
    However I’m not 100% sure whether the same applies to Albania and Montenegro?

    Please advise?

    • Hi Tony,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I have looked on the list and cant see Albania nor Montenegro under the list of Schengen States. To my knowledge your Schengen visa will not cover you for either.

      My suggestion would be to contact Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) who specializes in visa’s and they will be able to give you the most up to date information.

      Johannesburg Regional Office

      Tel: 0100015060
      Email: jean@visaservice.co.za
      MainWeb: http://www.visaservice.co.za
      DirectWeb: http://www.rosejnb.co.za

  65. How long before departure, may one apply.? Can one apply 6 months before we leave on our holiday. We apply for a Greek Shcengen Visa.
    Thank you -we find your questions and answers very useful!

    • Hi Anna,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      Applications may not be submitted more than 3 months before departure. The visa processing time can take up to 15 – 21 working days.

      Enjoy your holiday in Greece, sure its going to be amazing.

  66. Hi, I’m not sure if you still reply to these but I am in desperate need for help. I am travelling to New York in 7 days, and I am thinking of going to Greece for a short holiday at the end of July and then returning to New york. I will not be able to apply for a visa before I leave. Is it possible to apply for a visa at the Greek embassy in New York or Washington? I only have a South African passport.

    Thanks

    • Hi Sekh-Fei

      Thanks for reaching out.

      Usually this is not suggested to travelers, applying for a visa outside of their country of residence. However best to contact the Greek Embassy and should be able to give you the most up to date information on if this would be possible or not.

      Their contact details are:

      Reserve Bank Building
      60, St George’s Mall
      Cape Town 8001
      South Africa
      PHONE LOCAL: (021) 424.8160
      INTERNATIONAL: +27.21.424.8160

      Best of Luck and have a fabulous time in New York City

  67. Hi, I am British married to a South African. We are retired and now sail the med. How can my husband apply for a five year Greek visa .? At the moment he has a French visa but that expires in 2016

    Thanks in advance

    Mary du Plessis

    • Hi Mary,

      Sounds amazing, sailing the Med.

      For this query I would suggest to contact VFS Global as they specialize in this area and would be able to assist accordingly.

      http://www.vfsglobal.com/greece/southafrica/

      +27 (0) 124253001 between 0800 to 1230 hours and 1330 to 16:00 hours (Monday-Friday)

      Alternatively, you can also email them on, info.grza@vfshelpline.com

      Best of Luck!

  68. Hi

    Am travelling to Greece in June. I am recently married but have not updated any documentation to my new surname. I have booked my trip in my maiden surname as per my documentation. When I apply for my VISA, I will apply in my maiden surname. Would there be a problem considering home affairs has my new surname? I hope this makes sense?

    • Hi Natalie,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If I understand correctly, when applying for a visa, they look at the name in the passport you will have applied with. If your passport is still in your maiden name as with your air ticket there should be no problem.

      You can also present your marriage certificate which should have both surnames.

      In saying this I do suggest you contact the Embassy where you are applying for your visa, just to make sure you have all correct information when applying.

  69. Hi,
    I am a Ghanaian with a quota work permit.I work with the Dept of Education -South Africa . I would like to visit Greece during June 2015 school holidays. What are the prerequisite requirements for a tourist visa to Greece?
    Thanks
    Kronzu P

    • Hi Paul!

      Thanks for reaching out. You should be able to apply from here in SA as you have a work permit. Documents can vary, but in general the Embassy requires:

      Valid passport
      Passport photos
      Return, paid for air ticket
      Booked and confirmed hotel accommodation
      3 months bank statements showing you have sufficient funds for your stay (Around R500 per person per day)
      Travel Insurance covering at least R400,000 for medical, accident and repatriation

      You will need to contact and apply through VFS for the Greek visa: http://www.vfsglobal.com/greece/southafrica/

  70. Please assist, I have book a cruise to the med. for myself and my care giver. Our passports have been done and are ready for collection. We fly to Dubia, Istanbul, board cruise and sail to mykons, santorine, italy, croacia and venice. Fly back to south africa. Which visas do we need. The cruise is book for the 22 May 2015. I did not expect all the delay in obtaining visas. Please help.
    Is there anyway that i can obtain it asap. Many thanks.

    • Hi Marie, thanks for reaching out.

      You’ll need to apply for a Schengen visa. It’s a visa which applies to 27 European countries + Croatia (Greece and Italy are included). You will need to apply via either the Greek or the Italian Embassy, it all depends on which country you’re staying in the longest. If you’re staying in Italy the longest, then apply through the Italians, if you’re staying in Greece the longest, then apply through the Greeks.

      You should still have enough time to apply if you apply in the next week or so. Basically what happens is you will need to contact their official visa handling agency and they’ll tell you everything you need to do in order to appear. You’ll need to bring certain documents with you like flight tickets, proof of accommodation (such as your cruise vouchers), proof of sufficient funds for the stay (around R500 per person per day), proof of acceptable travel insurance etc.

      If you’re applying through the Greeks you need to contact VFS, click here: http://www.vfsglobal.com/greece/southafrica/

      If you’re applying through the Italians you need to contact Copago, click here: http://www.capago.eu/IT-ZA/index.php/en/

      Best of luck with your applications and enjoy the cruise!

  71. Hi,

    Please help !!

    A friend and I are leaving for Greece on Thursday 7 May . We handed in our visa applications in Cape Town on 15 April . We have not received them back yet are very worried. The website says that they were handed in at the Greek Consulate on 15 April. Can we visit the consulate in person to find out when they will be ready ?

    • Hi Sally,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      Yes I would contact the consulate direct to see how far along they are with the visa process. Only they will be able to give this information as they would be able to give a rough indication on the visa processing time.

  72. If I am travelling with my children (age 14 and age 16) to Greece, can they travel on my visa or does each child need their own separate visa?

    • Hi Megan,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Your children will need their own Schengen visas when traveling to Europe.

      Have a great trip!

  73. Dear Experts 😉
    I have Schengen visa issued by the Dutch mission that is still valid. Would I need to apply for a new one/ “Greek one” to travel to Greece?
    With my thanks in advance

    • Hi Mareli,

      Thanks for contacting us. If your Dutch visa is multiple entry and still valid you should be able to use it to travel to other Schengen States.

      In saying this I suggest you still contact the Greek Embassy just to make double sure.

  74. Hi

    As a South African with both SA and British passports, do I require a visa for Greece and Turkey?

    Paul

    • Hi Paul,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      If you hold a valid British passport you will not require a visa for Greece or Turkey.

  75. Hi there

    You have such wonderful advice. I was wondering if you could help me.
    I will be going to Greece with my husband. He has an EU Portuguese passport. I am South African.

    1. Should he be there when I apply as I have stated in the application form that I will be traveling with him? I will bring a long a copy of his passport.
    2. When I applied for a UK Visa I didn’t need to pay because of his EU passport. Will this be the same for the Greek Visa?

    Thank you in advance
    Melissa

    • Hi Melissa,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      A holiday in Greece sounds fabulous! I don’t think your husband will need to be present when you apply for your visa as long as you have all the necessary documentation.

      I am not sure with regards to your 2nd query if you will need to pay or not. Every Consulate is different so I would suggest you contact them direct and they would be able to answer any queries you might have.

      a) Greek Consulate-General,
      Fortune Kunene House, 261 Oxford Road,
      Illovo, 2196
      PO Box 2405, HOUGHTON, 2041.
      Tel: (011) 214-2300

  76. Hi,

    I work on a cruise ship and require a greek schengen to enter Europe as i will be in greece the most. I am currently onboard a ship and i will only have 10 days at home in which to acquire a visa. i had a previous schengen in 2013. can i apply through an agency to get the ball rolling while I’m away? if not i have made an appointment at the durban application centre. this centre is still open right?

    • Hi Clinton,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      Visa applications take up to 15 calendar days to process. Some applications may require further processing, which could take from 30-60 days.

      I have found some further information should you be interested, and pasted it below.

      This information should be used as a guide only. Please confirm requirements with the consulate or embassy.

      Visa Application Centres for Greece: An Appointment is to be scheduled. Please see http://www.vfsglobal.com/greece/southafrica/

      JOHANNESBURG : 1st Floor, Rivonia Village, Corner Rivonia Boulevard and Mutual Road, Sandton (011) 234 5103
      CAPE TOWN: Office 504, 5th Floor, 47 On Strand, Strand Street, Cape Town Tel: (021) 423 0233
      DURBAN: Silver Oaks Office Park, Suite 3 Silver Oaks, 36 Silverton Road, Musgrave (031) 201 0225

      ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
      Please note that in addition to the standard Schengen visa requirements:
      • a) Letter of employment: stating duration of employment, position held and leave granted. In cases of self-employment, a letter from the company`s accountant. OR b) Letter of registration at university/school : for students / scholars AND Support letter, ID and employment of parents – all certified by Commissioner of Oaths. OR c) Bank Statements (3 months) : For pensioners (proof of income)
      • a) Hotel reservation : Confirmed or pre-paid OR b) Invitation by host : Sworn affidavit invitation – together with certified copy of the ID of the host – Original, or faxed directly to the Consulate.
      • Proof of foreign exchange: R600 per person per day, with a minimum of R3600. a) Receipt, NOT letter of intent to purchase, NOT cash OR b) Credit Card Statement, stating name, card number and credit limit for overseas use.
      • Applicants must apply personally for visa. (if unable to apply in person, an arrangement can be made through the Embassy/Consulate concerned)
      The Greek Issuing Authority will refuse to grant a visa if the application form is incorrect or incomplete. Should an applicant be refused a visa, the administrative fees for processing the visa will not be refunded.
      Further documents may be requested from the passenger.

      You can apply for a visa from 3 months up to 2 weeks ahead of travel date.

      DEFINITELY NO EMERGENCY VISAS WILL BE ISSUED

      Transit visa application can only be accepted if visas to other countries to be visited or transited have already been obtained.

      COST: (CASH ONLY)
      Due to the fluctuating exchange rate please contact the Embassy/Consulate for the cost on the day of submitting the visa.

      A visa fee of 60 EUROS must be submitted with the application for the following:
      Transit visa: one/two entries, up to 4 nights or 5 days at each entry
      Tourist visa: one/two or multiple entries, 5 days up to 1 month
      Tourist visa: one/two entries, 5 days up to 3 months
      Multiple visa: multiple entries, up to 3 months

      NB: it is advisable to apply for a multiple entry visa (30-90 days) unless entering one Schengen country once.

      VFS : There is a service charge of approx R280 applicable per application over and above the visa fees. Acceptable modes of payment of visa fees are : Cash deposit at a NEDBANK or credit/debit card (only at the visa application centre)
      Banking details:
      Bank name : Nedbank
      Branch name : Corporate Client Services
      Account name : VFS Visa processing (SA) (pty) Ltd
      Account number : 1049 566 157
      Reference : Passport Number

      PROCESSING TIME: Visas can take from 2 days to 2 weeks to be approved and/or processed.

      In order to collect visas, messengers must produce receipt/collection slip issued by Consular offices. The Greek issuing authorities may refuse to grant a visa if the application form is incorrect or incomplete for a second time.

      • Check visa details on delivery. In case of disagreement please make immediate contact.

      The consulate retains the right to issue visas of a different type or duration than those required in the application form. If the applicant does not inform the consulate, he/she has to conform to the specifications of the visa as it is issued.

      Greek passports issued before 1 January 2006 are no longer valid.

      Contact the issuing authority for further details.

      SA REPRESENTATIVE:
      South African Embassy,
      60 Kiffisias Ave.,15125, Athens, Greece
      Tel: 0030 210 617 8020
      E-mail: athens.consular@dirco.gov.za

  77. Hi Marcelle,

    I have been trying to schedule an appointment with VFS in Johannesburg but the website says the next appointment date is 22 June 2015! Can this be correct? We are travelling on 2 July 2015, so I don’t want to leave it this late. Can we just walk in? Any advice is appreciated.

    Thanks!

    • Hi Amelia,

      Customers will no longer be able to submit their UK visa application and biometrics through VFS. A company called TELEPERFORMANCE LTD has been awarded the contract. The website address is : http://www.tpcontact.co.uk.

      Tel: (021) 300 3758 or 00 44 1243 218 173. These numbers are a paid service so there is a charge of £1.37 per minute over and above your network charges.

      It is therefore necessary to have a valid credit/debit card ready to process payment.
      Office hours for the Application centres are: 0900-1700 Mon-Fri

      There could be quite a bit of a waiting period as June July are school holidays and people have booked visa appoints appointments up to 2 months in advance

  78. Im travelling with my 3 daughters and my wife to italy for 7 days,daughters age 3,13 15,n my wife.how much is needed fo daily allowance per person.

    • Hi Tumelo,

      I would double check with the consulate but to my knowledge it is R450 – R550 per person per day.

      This amount could have increased, so best to confirm with the consulate who you will be applying for your visa through.

  79. Please can you advise me I will be traveling to Turkey on the 20th July
    Time permitting I would like to take a flight to Athens or Mykonos and spend about 2 or 3 days only what are the the visa requirements I have a South African passport . Thank you

    • Hi Roosana,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      Important – Visa applications take up to 15 calendar days to process. / Some applications may require further processing, which could take from 30-60 days.

      Visa Application Centers for Greece: AN APPOINTMENT IS TO BE SCHEDULED see http://www.vfsglobal.com/greece/southafrica/

      JOHANNESBURG : 1st Floor, Rivonia Village, Corner Rivonia Boulevard and Mutual Road, Sandton (012) 425 3001
      E-mail: info.grza@vfshelpline.com
      Web: http://www.vfsglobal.com/greece/southafrica/index.html
      CAPE TOWN: Office 504, 5th Floor, 47 On Strand, Strand Street, Cape Town Tel: (021) 423 3586 / 4220233
      DURBAN: Silver Oaks Office Park, Suite 3 Silver Oaks, 36 Silverton Road, Musgrave (031) 4253001

      Please find link below for General Schengen Visa Requirements

      http://www.thegsa.co.za/storage/files/General_Schengen_Visa_Requirements_Final_2.pdf

      ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

      Please note that in addition to the standard Schengen visa requirements:
      • a) Letter of employment: stating duration of employment, position held and leave granted. In cases of self-employment, a letter from the company`s accountant. OR b) Letter of registration at university/school : for students / scholars AND Support letter, ID and employment of parents – all certified by Commissioner of Oaths. OR c) Bank Statements (3 months) : For pensioners (proof of income)
      • a) Hotel reservation : Confirmed or pre-paid OR b) Invitation by host : Sworn affidavit invitation – together with certified copy of the ID of the host – Original, or faxed directly to the Consulate.
      • Proof of foreign exchange: R600 per person per day, with a minimum of R3600. a) Receipt, NOT letter of intent to purchase, NOT cash OR b) Credit Card Statement, stating name, card number and credit limit for overseas use.
      • Applicants must apply personally for visa. (if unable to apply in person, an arrangement can be made through the Embassy/Consulate concerned)
      The Greek Issuing Authority will refuse to grant a visa if the application form is incorrect or incomplete. Should an applicant be refused a visa, the administrative fees for processing the visa will not be refunded.
      Further documents may be requested from the passenger.

      You can apply for a visa from 3 months up to 2 weeks ahead of travel date.

      DEFINITELY NO EMERGENCY VISAS WILL BE ISSUED

      Transit visa application can only be accepted if visas to other countries to be visited or transited have already been obtained.

      COST: (CASH ONLY)
      Due to the fluctuating exchange rate please contact the Embassy/Consulate for the cost on the day of submitting the visa.

      A visa fee of 60 EUROS must be submitted with the application for the following:
      Transit visa: one/two entries, up to 4 nights or 5 days at each entry
      Tourist visa: one/two or multiple entries, 5 days up to 1 month
      Tourist visa: one/two entries, 5 days up to 3 months
      Multiple visa: multiple entries, up to 3 months

      NB: it is advisable to apply for a multiple entry visa (30-90 days) unless entering one Schengen country once.

      VFS : There is a service charge of approx R280 applicable per application over and above the visa fees. Acceptable modes of payment of visa fees are : Cash deposit at a NEDBANK or credit/debit card (only at the visa application centre)
      Banking details:
      Bank name : Nedbank
      Branch name : Corporate Client Services
      Account name : VFS Visa processing (SA) (pty) Ltd
      Account number : 1049 566 157
      Reference : Passport Number

      PROCESSING TIME: Visas can take from 2 days to 2 weeks to be approved and/or processed.

      In order to collect visas, messengers must produce receipt/collection slip issued by Consular offices. The Greek issuing authorities may refuse to grant a visa if the application form is incorrect or incomplete for a second time.

      • Check visa details on delivery. In case of disagreement please make immediate contact.

      The consulate retains the right to issue visas of a different type or duration than those required in the application form. If the applicant does not inform the consulate, he/she has to conform to the specifications of the visa as it is issued.

      Greek passports issued before 1 January 2006 are no longer valid.

      Contact the issuing authority for further details.

      SA REPRESENTATIVE:
      South African Embassy,
      60 Kiffisias Ave.,15125, Athens, Greece
      Tel: 0030 210 617 8020
      E-mail: athens.consular@dirco.gov.za

  80. Am a nigeria with bussiness premit i have been running my self company for 3year i want to visit Greece can i apply from here.?

    Henry

    • Hi Henry,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You should be able to apply for your Schengen visa here in South Africa.

      I would suggest contacting the Greek embassy direct just to confirm this:

      ISSUING AUTHORITIES:
      a) Greek Consulate-General,
      Fortune Kunene House, 261 Oxford Road,
      Illovo, 2196
      PO Box 2405, HOUGHTON, 2041.
      Tel: (011) 214-2300
      Fax: (011) 214-2304
      O/hrs: Mon – Fri: 09h00 – 12h30
      Wed. closed for visa applications & collections.

  81. Thanks for getting back to me. what Requirements do i need to apply from here

    Thanks

    Henry

    • Hi Henry,

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for a Nigerian passport holder as we specialise in South African travelers.

      You will need to contact the official visa handling agency or the Embassy direct, they should be able to assist with any queries you might have.

  82. Hi there,
    Your page looks great!
    I am planning on visiting Turkey (no visa required for South Africans) but I would like to visit Rhodes Island. Apparently, recently the visa requirement was dropped for South Africans? Can you clarify?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Tahni,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Visas are required by SA passport holders for Turkey.The Foreign Ministry of Turkey has launched through its website an e-visa application process. This is a new and user friendly visa application for foreign nationals including the citizens of South Africa travelling to Turkey.

      The new “e-Visa” system would enable the citizens of South Africa to obtain a Turkish visa online in 2 and a half minutes and thereby avoid having to wait in line-ups at the Turkish Airports.

      Applicants can obtain their e-visa electronically after entering required information and making payment by credit card online. The e-visa is FREE for SA passport holders. The main advantage of the e-visa is that it can be obtained easily anywhere there is internet connection and enables the holder to submit the application easily. The fee of the e-visa is the same fee travellers pay at Turkish airports.

      https://www.evisa.gov.tr. Please note that the e-visa can only be applied for if travelling to Turkey for tourism or commerce purposes.

      With regards to Rhodes Island are you referring to Rhodes Island in the united States or Rhodes Island in Greece.

      If you are wanting the most up to date information on if a visa is required, its best you check direct with the official visa handling agency or Embassy direct.

  83. Hi Nick P,
    I understand your agency has travel insurance underwritten by REGENT, how much it will cost if one intends to stay in Greece precisely for 15 days? And will it cover all the Schegen states one wants to visit?
    Thanks.
    Paul

    • Hi Paul, thanks for reaching out. The easiest way to check the rates and actually organise yourself some insurance is to go directly to http://insurance.hepstar.com/Travelsafe/Home/Query/1

      Just remember that the insurance will need to cover from the day you depart SA until the day you return to SA rather than simply the dates you’re in Greece, this is to ensure that it covers your flights too. So you will likely need 17 days cover. This will likely cost R575 provided you meet all the requirements.

  84. Good day Mr Nick Paul, my name is Bernice, I dont know if im able to ask you the following here but maybe you can assist or point me in the correct direction. We are wanting to move and stay in Greece in the next year or so and would like to know in english terms how to go about it (meaning been on so many sites my head is spinning). We are a (lsb) married couple, we also have 3 pitbulls (would like to know about quarantine etc). We have British passport as well as SA. Thank you so much for time taken to read this. Have a lovely day.

    • Hi Bernice, thanks for reaching out. I’m afraid I’m not an expert in emigration. But, that being said, both of you having UK passports will make things much easier as Greece is in the European Union, just like the UK. So you shouldn’t need to make any applications to do this. Your dogs however may need to be placed in quarantine and I would suggest that you contact a pet transport company for more info as they’ll be the experts in what vaccinations and the procedures for transporting your dogs to Europe.

      I hope this helps put your mind at ease and good luck with your new adventure!

  85. Hi..

    Please kindly advise more on travel.. I am a Nigerian with valid passport, residence in Ghana.. what are the requirements to obtain a Schengen visa to Greece and where can I apply for it

    Thank you

    • Hi Kelly,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Nigerian passport holders as we specialise in South African travellers.

      I can give you the requirements for a South African passport holder which could give you an indication of what is required but I suggest you contact the Greek Embassy direct in Ghana and they should be able to assist with any queries you might have.

      NB: NEW SYSTEM EFFECTIVE 6 JUNE 2013 – PRESS RELEASE

      South African citizens require a visa to enter the Schengen territory, ie. Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark,
      Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands,
      Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Sweden.
      • If you intend to visit only one Schengen country, you must apply at the Embassy or Consulate of that country.
      • If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, you must apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate that is
      your main destination / longest stay.
      • If you intend to visit several countries but do not have a main destination, you should apply for a visa at the
      Embassy or Consulate of the country of your first point of entry.
      TYPES OF VISAS:
      • Short stay visa: A “Schengen” visa, one or multiple entries, allowing the holder to stay in the Schengen Territory up to
      90 days per 6 months.
      • Long stay visa: Visas for visits exceeding 90 days are National visas, and are issued by member states in accordance
      with national legislation.
      • Airport transit visas: Required by the nationalsof certain countries. (Not for R.S.A citizens).
      • Group visas: Please check with the consular authorities of the countries you wish to visit if they issue group visas as
      well as for the modalities.
      CRUISE PASSENGERS
      When a vessel docks in a Port of a Schengen State, it is counted as ONE day by the Authorities. Please check carefully
      as this will inform you of which Schengen Consulate to apply at for a visa.
      All tourist cruise passengers require a C-type Multiple Entry Short Stay visa. Without a multiple entry, they will not be
      allowed to board the vessel.
      REQUIREMENTS:
      Before applying please make sure, you fulfil all the following requirements.
      PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL APPLICANTS ARE TO APPLY IN PERSON AS ONLY BIOMETRIC VISAS ARE ISSUED AND
      FINGERPRINTS WILL BE SCANNED INTO THE SYSTEM. SEE THE PRESS RELEASE ATTACHED FOR EXCEPTIONS.
      1) Clearly & completely filled in and signed Common Schengen Application Form, (available from consular websites or
      consular offices).
      2) Permanent R.S.A passport (plus photocopy of relevant pages), which must be valid for a period of at least 3 months
      beyond the applicant’s last day of stay in the Schengen states and not longer than 10 years.
      Please ensure that the passport has 2 blank pages to affix visa.
      3) Two recent passport sized photographs (colour). The traveller must be clearly identifiable from picture in passport
      photo.
      4) If not a South African citizen, a residence permit valid for a period of at least 3 months after the applicants last day of
      stay in the Schengen states.
      5) Proof of payment of visa fee.
      6) Round trip air-ticket and itinerary with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from Schengen state. Some
      Schengen authorities (The Netherlands) only require the itinerary when applying for the visa but request the original air
      ticket when visa is collected (please check). Please provide a copy as well. Documents 7-12 to be submitted in original
      PLUS extra copy.
      7) The visa of the final country of destination (if needed) must be obtained before applying for a Schengen visa.
      8) Proof of sufficient funds for duration of stay. (Bank statement of the last 3 months).
      9) Travel/health/accident insurance A one-page document stating that the applicant is covered by a Schengen Travel
      Medical Insurance i.e. medical coverage at the Rand equivalent of Euro 30 000 for all medical expenses, including
      repatriation dead or alive, occurring in any Schengen country.
      10) Accommodation: Confirmed hotel reservation is requested (hotel vouchers are not necessarily proof of confirmed
      hotel booking). If applicant is staying with a relative or friend, the relevant authorities may request invitation letter from
      the host with copy of his passport or I.D. Authentication of this document by the relevant authorities may be requested.
      In the case of a pre-paid tour, please provide details of the tour with proof of payment to the tour operator.
      11) For business: An official business letter from a company in a Schengen state as well as from employer stating
      purpose of visit must be presented. For conferences: Proof of registration and payment.
      12) Children under 18: Unabridged birth certificate. If the child is travelling alone: certified parental consent by both
      parents. If the child travels with only one parent, the other parent must produce the notarized/certified consent. If only
      one parent has guardianship of minor, the relevant court documents must be presented. Certain consular authorities
      require that both parents sign before a consular official.
      13) PASSPORTS FOR MINORS: Please be advised that Denmark does not recognize the new South African passport which
      is issued to minors below the age of 16 and bears the phrase, `too young to sign`, instead of a signature. If the passport
      bears the phrase, `too young to sign`, instead of the holders signature, the validity of the visa will be limited to ALL
      SCHENGEN COUNTRIES EXCEPT DENMARK.
      The following categories are exempt from visa fees:
      A. Spouses of EU/EEA (EEA = Norway, Iceland & Lichtenstein) citizens and their children under 21 do not pay the
      administrative fees for the processing of visas. Copies of spouses EU/EEA passport, full marriage/ full birth certificates
      etc. must be submitted with the application as proof of relationship with EU/EEA spouse/parent.
      Spouses of EU citizens & their children under 21 must be travelling together with/or joining the EU citizen.
      B. Children under 6 years
      C. School pupils, students, post graduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake trips for the purpose of
      study or educational training.
      D. Researchers from certain countries travelling within the community for the purpose of carrying out specific research.
      E. Diplomatic passport holders.
      F. Students under 18 years who participate in sport competitions or cultural events.
      G. An applicant who is invited by the UN or EU.
      ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS FOR
      PROCESSING OF VISAS:
      • All types of visas (excluding national long stay Visa Type D) – 60 euros.
      • National Long stay visas type D, contact the issuing authority.
      • Group visas – contact the issuing authority Please contact the relevant Embassy or Consular authority to confirm cost
      in Rands.
      Additional documents may be requested by the consular official. These might include, but are not limited to, the
      following:
      1) Proof of employment: (e.g. letter from company stating wages, continuing employment after period of leave and
      duration of vacation etc.)
      2) If applicant is a student: letter from school/college/university confirming attendance.
      3) Bank and credit card statements for last 3 months.
      4) A personal interview with the applicant may be requested at any time.
      PLEASE NOTE:
      1. Visa applications will be rejected if the visa fee is not paid or
      if the application forms are not fully completed and signed and are not accompanied by the required
      documents.
      2. The possession of a visa is only one of the prerequisites for entry into the territory of the Schengen state. Should
      the Schengen State’s border authority refuse entry, no claim to reimbursement of the visa can be submitted.
      3. The Schengen State’s Consular offices reserve the right to request
      further documentation should it be deemed necessary.
      4. For organized groups, arrangements should be made well in advance
      with relevant issuing authority.
      5. There is no guarantee that a visa will be issued and no rights can
      be derived from the information obtained in the general Schengen visa requirements.
      6. Visa processing fees are not reimbursable by most Schengen countries if a visa is rejected.
      7. Failing to comply with the relevant provisions of Schengen Borders Code could result in refusal of entry. The
      border/immigration authorities at your arrival in the Schengen area may also request the presentation of
      sufficient funds, a letter of invitation, hotel reservation and proof of medical insurance, failure to present the
      above may result in refusal of entry. Should the Schengen border authorities refuse entry, no claim for
      reimbursement of the visa cost can be submitted.

  86. Me and my partner want to go on a holiday to Greece, he is in the process of receiving his British passport he has his indefinite leave card and he lives in England. What do we have to do? Thank-you holly and Wayne

    • Hi Holly,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid we do not specialize with these related queries. For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct.

      They will be able to advise on the correct procedures to follow.

  87. Hi,my husband and I and our 2 children are planning to go to Greece in August please can you give us the current costing on our visas?Children are 10 and 6.We are South Africans.

    Thanks Tasha

    • Hi Tasha,

      Thanks for getting in touch. For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct.
      They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  88. Hi, can someone tell me if my husband can pick up my visa from the office.

    • Hi Corne,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      It’s best you contact the Embassy who has your visa.

      They will be able to advise if they will permit this or not.

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