How to apply for a Greece Visa from the UK – Do you need a visa to travel to Greece from the UK? UK citizens who hold a full UK passport can travel to Greece visa-free. On the other hand, many non-EU nationals who reside in the UK are still required to get a Schengen visa to travel to Greece.
How to apply for a Greece Visa from the UK
In recent years, following visa liberalization policies for non-EU countries, the number of countries whose nationals require visas to travel to Europe has slightly dropped.
Below you can find more information on applying for a Greece visa from the UK.
Who can apply for a Greece Visa from within the UK?
Citizens of these countries residing in the UK and planning to visit Greece are required to get a Greek visa to be able to enter Greece. The main requirement is that you must have a UK residence permit valid for at least another three months beyond the date you plan to leave Greece / the Schengen Area.
Use the Greece Schengen visa eligibility checker tool to find out if you qualify to apply for a visa to Greece from the UK.
If you have a 3-month UK visa you can extend it for three more months to be eligible to apply for a Greece Schengen visa from within the UK. You must apply for an extension before your visa expires and while you’re still in the UK. Find out more on how to extend your UK visa.
You should apply for a visa via the appropriate Greek Embassy/Consulate or Greek visa application center in the UK if:
- Greece is the only Schengen country you plan on visiting.
- Greece is your main destination (the country you will be staying the longest in).
- Greece is the first Schengen country you are visiting since you will be spending an equal amount of days in each Schengen country you plan to visit.
In case you plan on staying in Greece for more than 90 days you must apply for a residency permit, not a Greece Schengen visa.
- In exceptional cases and emergencies, the Greece Consular Office may accept a visa application from non-UK residents who are legally present in the UK.
- Holders of Diplomatic / Service Passports and their family members do not need an appointment to apply for a visa. They may visit the Consular Office, working days 9.30-13.30, except for public holidays.
- Family members of EU/EEA/CH Nationals do not need an appointment to apply for a Schengen visa. They may visit the Consular Office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12.00-14.00, except for public holidays.
Please note that if you are not a resident in the United Kingdom you should apply at the Greek Embassy/Consulate/VAC in your country of residence.
Greece Visa application documents and requirements for UK residents
The following documents are required to obtain a Greece visa in the UK:
- A valid passport or Travel document. Please make sure that:
- Your passport has been issued within the previous 10 years,
- Your passport has 2 full blank pages, one for the visa stamp and an additional spare page,
- Your passport will be valid for at least three (3) months after the date you exit the Schengen Area.
- A valid UK residence permit or another form of Identity Card. The UK residency permit must be endorsed in the actual passport (or on a new biometric ID card)
- One application form is filled out completely and signed by the applicant (please read the explanations carefully).
- One passport format photo that has a light background, is brightly colored, and shows full face features. The photo must be less than three months old and be attached with a paper clip on the application form.
- Biometric data (Applies only if you haven’t provided biometric data within the last 59 months):
- A copy of the passport bio page where the photo is included.
Note: Children under the age of 12 are exempted from providing fingerprints.
This requirement only applies if you haven’t provided biometric data within the last 59 months
- A cover letter that explains the purpose of the visit to Greece
- Proof of travel arrangements: Round trip flight/travel reservations or other proof of intended transport and complete itinerary of your visit to Greece (if the several Schengen States will be visited or if the trip covers the several Schengen States and non-Schengen countries).
- Travel Insurance states that you are covered in case of a medical emergency and repatriation not just in Greece but in the whole Schengen zone (minimum coverage of € 30.000). The travel insurance policy for Greece can easily be purchased online from AXA Schengen or Europ Assistance.
- Holders of diplomatic passports and family members of EU/EEA citizens are exempted from providing proof of travel medical insurance
- Proof of accommodation in Greece:
- Evidence of a hotel booking or rental agreement, or
- Invitation from your Greek host (family member, friend) with a copy of their passport
- Proof of financial subsistence :
- A recent statement of UK bank account for the last three months shows funds of at least 50 € (40 £) per day spent in Greece, or
- Traveler’s cheques, or
- Proof of sponsorship
Note: Photocopies of the original documents should also be submitted and documents should not be more than one month old.
The documents listed above are documents required in all cases, regardless of the purpose of your visit to Greece. Depending on your employment status, here is a list of additional documents that are required for your visa application:
- Employment contract
- Current bank statement of the latest 6 months
- Leave permission from the employer
- Income Tax Return (ITR) form or Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary
For the self-employed:
- A copy of your business license
- Company bank statement of the latest 6 months
- Income Tax Return (ITR)
For foreign students:
- Proof of enrollment
- No-objection certificate from school or university
- Pension statement of the latest 6 months
Family members of EU/EEA/CH citizens:
- For the family members of an EU/EEA/CH citizen, the visa application procedure is simplified. The following individuals are defined as family members of an EU citizen:
• The spouse;
• The partner with whom the EU citizen has contracted a registered partnership, based on UK legislation.
• The direct descendants who are under the age of 21 or are dependent, either of the spouse or partner; or the dependent’s direct relatives in the ascending line and those of the spouse or partner as defined above.
- A recent (less than 3 months old) Confirmation of Employment letter from their spouse’s employer stating the position held within the company as well as the starting date,
- Spouse’s valid passport
- An officially translated marriage certificate. The translation must be in English, French, or Greek and must be certified as a true copy by the Embassy of the country where the marriage took place or by the Legalization Bureau of the Foreign Office in the UK
- If married to a Greek national marriage should be registered with the relevant Municipality in Greece
Requirements for children under the age of 18
Parents or adult guardians are required to accompany their underage children to the application center at the Greece Embassy in London. Also, minors who are granted a Greece visa are not allowed to travel to Greece by themselves. They should be accompanied by an adult during their stay in Greece.
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Required documents for visa application for underage children
- Proof of parent’s regular income (work contract with specified monthly income or a bank statement or business license)
- Notarized travel permission from parent (parental travel consent)
- If one parent lives in another country – their notarized parental travel consent
- A school attendance letter was issued by the Head of School.
All documents provided should be legalized and be in of the following languages:
Applying for a Greece Visa from the UK?
To book an appointment for a Greece visa from the UK you can do either of the following:
- Book an appointment directly at the Greek Consulate Office in London. The following persons do not need to book an appointment:
- Diplomatic passport holders and their family members
- Family members of EU/EEA nationals
All applicants that do not fall into these categories are required to book an appointment with the Consulate Office
- Through VFS Centres
The visa section is open Monday to Friday from 9:30 AM to 11:30 PM except on public holidays:
- 2 January
- 6 January
- Orthodox Ash Monday
- 27 March
- Good Friday
- Easter Monday
- May Bank Holiday
- Spring Bank Holiday
- Orthodox Whit Monday
- 15 August
- Summer Bank Holiday
- 25 December
- 26 December
Greece Visa application and processing time
You can apply for a Greek Schengen visa 180 days before your planned trip. Usually, the visa application process takes a minimum of 5 working days, therefore you are advised to apply 3 weeks in advance of your planned trip.
For the nationals of the following countries, the application time takes at least 14 working days
Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Belarus, D.R. Congo, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, North Korea, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Palestinian travel documents holders, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen.
Greece Visa fees for UK residents
Since Greece is a Schengen state, visa fees are the same as any other Schengen visa. These are the costs of a Greece Schengen Visa when applying from the UK:
|Schengen Visa Category (by age)||Fee in UK Pound||Fee in Euro|
|Adult||73 £||80 €|
|Children between 6-12 years of age||36.5 £||40 €|
|Children younger than 6 years of age||Free||Free|
Note: Keep in mind that these fees may change depending on currency fluctuations and can be paid only in UK Pounds. Payments can be made in cash and by credit or debit card
Visa fee exemptions
The following persons are exempted from visa fees:
- Children younger than 6 years of age
- Family members of an EU/EEA national
- Documents required for exemption:
- Original Marriage Certificate, or
- Civil Partnership Certificate
- Original full Birth Certificate
- EU/EAA national’s passport.
- Documents required for exemption:
- Persons traveling for the purpose of study or educational training
- School pupils.
- Undergraduates and postgraduates
- These persons must be accompanied by their teachers/professors
- Invited researchers
- Documents required for exemption:
- Invitation letter from the Greek institution
- Letter from the University/organization in the UK
- Documents required for exemption:
Greece Visa fee discounts
For nationals of countries that have a visa facilitation agreement with the EU, visa applications cost only 35 € (29.70 £). Nationals of countries that are granted visa discounts for Greece are:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina*
- North Macedonia*
- Russian Federation
*Note: This only applies to those nationals who do not hold a biometric passport.