Applicants who wish to apply for a Visa are requested to kindly read the provided information carefully. The guidelines listed on this site are to help you prepare your documents as accurately as possible, on the basis of the common list of supporting documents to be presented by applicants for short stay Schengen visas in South Africa. This will reduce the chances of your application being incomplete or a delay in being processed.
You are kindly advised to check the list of required documents before submitting your application. This will minimize the chances of your application being delayed or declined due to inadequate or incorrect submission of documents.
Following this we advise you to download, print out and fill in the checklist which contains and explains what documents you need to hand in along with your passport when visiting the Visa Application Centers (VAC) for Greece to submit your application.
This is done in order to help you prepare your application more effectively and save you time and efforts while you visit the VAC for Greece in Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban.
CONSULAR SCHENGEN VISA (C) FEE:
The below rates are applicable and they may vary at any time:
|Visa Type||Euro|| |
Schengen Short Stay (Type C)
Schengen Short stay (Type C) for nationals of Russian Federation, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Kosovo
Schengen Short stay (Type C) for nationals of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine holders of non biometric passports*
|Minors under twelve (12) years old|| |
Holders of diplomatic and service passports
Spouses and children of EU citizen traveling with the latter as long as relevant sufficient proof is provided along with the application (i.e. ticket bookings, copy of EU citizen's valid passport and marriage certificate or unabridged birth certificate as applicable)
Organised groups of school pupils, students, postgraduate students accompanied by teachers on study/ educational trip: only applicable if applicants have a formal invitation from an educational institution in Greece
Researchers from third countries traveling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research (as defined in Recommendation No 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005 to facilitate the issue by the Member States of uniform short-stay visas for researchers from third countries traveling within the Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research
Representatives and participants of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organised by non-profit organizations
* Note: Citizens of: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine holders of biometric passports do not require Schengen visa. Please consult here for nationals of countries with which the EU has concluded Visa Facilitation Agreements.
There is a Service Fee of ZAR 600 (inclusive of VAT) applicable per application over and above the Consular Visa Fees for all applications.
All the above mentioned Fees are payable in the equivalent amount in South African Rand (ZAR), as per the current exchange rate, at the time of submission of application at the Visa Application Center for Greece and are subject to change without notice. EURO currency mentioned above is for reference only.
All the above mentioned fees can be paid with credit/ debit card at the Visa Application Center for Greece or with bank deposit (before visiting the Visa Application Center for Greece):
Bank Name: Nedbank
Account Name: Euro World
Account Number: 1050318277
Branch Code: 146905 or 198765 (Universal Code)
Branch Name: Business Banking North Rand
Swift Code: NEDSZAJJ
Reference: Passport Number
As of 6 June 2013 all applicants applying for a Schengen visa will be required to present their biometric data - ten fingerprints and a digital photo. Biometric data will be stored in the Visa Information System (VIS), which is a central database for the exchange of data on short-stay visas (for stays up to 90 days in any 180-day period) between Schengen States. The main objectives of the VIS are to facilitate visa application procedures and checks at external border as well as to enhance security.
Before submitting Schengen Visa photos make sure that they are absolutely in a high quality form in order to make their reproduction easy – something needed when facial biometrics applies in the ID Document of the visa holder. The applicants should present two recent (not more than 6 months old) passport-sized photos that should be:
- 3,5 x 4 cm (approx. 1.2 x 1.6 inch)
- with a light background (white or off-white) so that features are distinguishable and contrast against the background
- in color and with facing forward
- with the forehead and ears visible, without heavy jewelry
- full face, non-smiling (without sunglasses, a hat/ cap or other head covering, unless the applicant wears such items because of their religions belief or ethnic background)
- of high quality and printed on normal photographic paper (camera print), preferably not glossy
Please click here for the specifications.
Knowing and meeting properly these requirements is essential, as only if in the needed format, the biometric recognition of the applicant and perfect reproduction can be authorized correctly.
Please follow these instructions carefully. If photographs presented do not meet these requirements, your application will be considered incomplete.
Pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 (Article 15) of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009”, which entered into force on April 5 of 2010, applicants must purchase a travel insurance product before they apply for a travel visa. Purchasing adequate travel insurance is one of the requirements of the Schengen visa.
The requirements for Schengen travel insurance:
- The travel insurance should include medical evacuation/ repatriation. The minimum coverage shall be EUR 30,000 (denominated in Euros).
- The insurance company must have a representative office in European Union countries.
- The insurance must be valid for duration of stay in the Schengen countries.
Please be advised that Schengen rules oblige all travelers seeking a Schengen visa to have purchased a travel insurance of minimum coverage of €30,000 before entering the Schengen territory. All Schengen consular authorities require therefore applicants to include, together with their Schengen visa applications, such a travel insurance certificate. You can purchase such an insurance coverage from any insurer of your selection.
However, in order to expedite and facilitate your application, we wish to bring to your knowledge that GVCW is partnering with a first-class European Insurance Company, INTERAMERICAN, which can fully cover your trip to Europe and elsewhere.
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Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of 26 June 2013, amended the Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement, the Schengen Borders Code and the Visa Code and – among others – re-defined the concept of "short stay" for third-country nationals in the Schengen area which is a fundamental element of the Schengen acquis.
After you submit your application we strongly encourage you to use our online service provided in order to track your application online and to check whether your passport is ready for collection. It is a secure procedure that is designed to help you to better plan and save your time.
In order to track your application you need to know the application ID, which is on the Payment Receipt given to you during the submission, and the applicant's passport number.
After having tracked online whether your passport is ready for collection, you can collect your passport in person at the end of the visa application process.
Please note that in order to collect your passport in person you need to bring a copy of your ID and the Payment Receipt given to you during the submission which will be collected from you as a proof of delivery of your passport.
Protecting the health of the applicants and our employees during these testing times of the pandemic is of utmost importance. We are following the recommendations of the Health and Governmental authorities and have put in place best practices to minimize the possible exposure of applicants and employees to the coronavirus. In order to avoid a return to the VAC, the passport return for applicants is only via the courier service at an additional cost that will be kept to the minimum.