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VISA to Greece
Guangzhou/Shenzhen/Fuzhou/Changsha/Kunming (China)
Frequently Asked Questions

There is no legal right to a visa. The reasons for refusal are mentioned on the refusal letter. The visa fees are not reimbursed.

No. You can come to Greece Visa Centre in Beijing/Shanghai/Guangzhou any time from 8:00till 14:40, Monday to Friday.

It depends on the day. You can come any time during the working hours. Please click here for public holiday / closures.

We don’t know whether you have been granted a visa or not. Passports are returned to the Visa Centre in sealed envelopes and we are not allowed to open them.

Returning a passport during the procedure of visa issue automatically involves, for its holder, a suspension of visa request examination and an increasing delay of the visa issue. As a consequence, be provident by ending any plan for which their passport is needed before submitting their visa application.

You should apply for the category of visa that suits the purpose of your travel. There are no categories that are easier to obtain than others.

It means “Your passport has been returned to Visa Application Centre. You can bring your receipt to collect your passport. Passport collection time is 8:00~15:00 from Monday to Friday.”.

As of 12 October 2015 all visa applicants will have to appear in person at the Greece Visa Application Center, when lodging the application, in order to provide their fingerprints. For subsequent applications within 59 months, visa applications which are applicable to the biometrics exempted situation could be submitted either in person or by an authorized third person who holds an authorization letter issued by the applicant. Passport collection can be made by agent/representative. A valid receipt issued by VAC, an authorization letter and a copy of ID card of agent/representative needs to be presented for collection.

For multiple entry visas the same documents as for single entry visas are required. Please also submit a reasonable proof of need for multiple travel required. The visa fee is the same as for a single entry visa.

You can buy an insurance policy in advance at any insurance company. We don’t have a representative of an insurance company yet at the Visa Application Centres.

No, there is no urgent process; we will treat all the applications equally. Processing time for visa applications is 5~10 working days, counting from when all requested documents have been submitted.

Visa and service fees are to be paid right after submission of your documents at Visa Application Centre. There is no need to pay the fees in advance. We do not accept bank cards.

The following documents should be presented and submitted in original ONLY: application form, invitation letters, work/study reference, document showing financial means (bank statement reference), travel insurance, etc.

A parent should sign the application form for his/her child. An applicant under the age of 18 years cannot sign the application form.

Minors travelling alone or with one parent:

Notary Certificate of permission to travel from both parents or legal guardians (when minor is travelling alone) or the parent or legal guardian not travelling (if minor is travelling with one parent), legalized by MFA, and when not in China, attested by the relevant authorities in the country of residence.
Notary Certificate of family relation or proof of guardianship, legalized by MFA.

If the inviting party takes complete responsibility for all costs, they must apply for an invitation letter at the Greek police authorities. Upon submission at the visa application centre, applicants need to provide the invitation letter (1599 form) regarding the financial situation of the inviting party.

Depending on the invitation details, visa can be granted for up to a maximum of 90 days in 6 months (Short Term Visa).

Log on to the website to track your application status using the reference number & date of birth. Please click here.

No, Greece VAC staff cannot help you to complete your application form, and they cannot provide any immigration advice to you