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.
A short stay type C Schengen Visa is for any person who plans to visit Greece and remain in the Schengen area for up to 90 days over a period of 180 days (6 months) (You will find information on how to calculate your visa travel days on this page in the category Travel Days Calculator). The purpose of travel could be Tourism, Business, Visiting Family or Friends, Cultural and Educational, Sports, Medical reasons, Studies, Airport Transit, visa for Seaman and Other. A visa application may now be lodged six (6) months before and not later than fifteen (15) calendar days before the date of the intended visit.
Please note that for non-South African passport holders, it is necessary to have a permanent or temporary residency permit valid for more than 3 months after the intended date of return to South Africa in order to apply. In any other case the Greek Consular Authorities will not be able to process your application.
The visa applications may be submitted either at the Visa Application Centers for Greece in Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban click here or directly at the Consulates' Offices, as part of Art. 17 (5) Visa Code.
All applications will be assessed by the Consulate General of Greece in Johannesburg or the Consulate of Greece in Cape Town. The Visa Application Centers for Greece offer the option of courier service for return of your passport, directly at your doorstep. You may be required to appear before a Visa Officer for a personal interview at the Consulate General of Greece in Johannesburg or at the Consulate of Greece in Cape Town, prior to a decision being taken on your application.
Important - Visa applications may take up to 15 calendar days to process. Some application may require further processing due to consultation from the other Schengen countries and therefore the processing time may be extended up to 45 days. Applications may be submitted at the earliest six (6) months before departure.
When lodging the application to the Visa Application Centers for Greece, applicants shall pay the Visa Fee and Service Fee, which may only be paid in ZAR, and present the following Basic Documents:
Visa application form
- Fully completed and signed by the applicant
Two recent passport-sized pictures
- In colour, 3.5 x 4 cm (approx. 1.2 x 1.6 inch)
- Facing forward, white background
- Valid for at least three months after date of return to South Africa
- Containing at least two blank visa pages
- Issued within the previous ten (10) years
- 1 copy of the identification page and 1 copy of all visa pages
(holders of diplomatic passports are exempted)
- Minimum coverage 30,000 EURO, for medical costs and medical repatriation, valid in all Schengen countries during the whole validity of the issued visa.
Additionally, and according to the purpose of the journey, applicant shall present the necessary required documents.
The GVCW Visa Application Centers for Greece are authorized by the Diplomatic and Consular Authorities of Greece in the Republic of South Africa to collect visa applications on their behalf. The VACs for Greece are only responsible for collecting/ retrieving visa applications, and play no part in the decision making process of visa applications.
Holders of ordinary passports who wish to apply for a Visa are requested to kindly read the information on this site carefully. The guidelines listed on this site are to help you prepare your documents as accurately as possible. This will reduce the risk of your application being incomplete or of unnecessary delays.
Holders of Diplomatic, Service and Public affairs passports are welcomed to submit their applications through the Consulate General of Greece in Johannesburg and the Consulate of Greece in Cape Town.
For general information on National - Long term Visas (Type D): kindly note that Visa Application Centers for Greece in South Africa do not accept applications for National "D" visas, please be advised to submit applications through the Consulate General of Greece in Johannesburg and the Consulate of Greece in Cape Town (Visa Section) directly.
The Consular Authorities of Greece reserve the right to ask for additional documents and may call the applicant for an interview.
To download the visa application form please click here.
For visa applicants' rights in case of rejection due to registration in the Schengen Information System or the National Record of Undesirable Foreigners please click here.
For information request form about personal data processed in the National SCHENGEN Information System(N-SIS) please click here.
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.
Important note: Kindly be informed that as a rule applicants must apply for a Schengen visa to Greece at the Visa Application Center based on their residence address. Applicants that reside in Western Cape, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape must apply at the Greece Visa Application Center in Cape Town.
You will need to prepare a separate application pack of supporting documents and Visa Application Form for each applicant (e.g. in case parents travel along with their children, confirmation of accommodation has to be given separately for every application pack).
You will need to complete the application form and submit it at the Visa Applicaiton Center for Greece in South Africa. For locations click here.
Under the new visa system implemented by all Schengen missions in South Africa as of June 6, 2013, all VIS visa applicants must submit their application in person in order for their biometric data (10 fingerprints and digital photo) to be taken. Please note that appearance in person for all applicants regardless of age is mandatory for biometrics.
Visa applications may take up to 15 calendar days to process. Some application may require further processing due to consultation from the other Schengen countries and therefore the processing time may be extended up to 45 days. Applications may be submitted at the earliest six (6) months before departure.
Kindly submit the below required documents:
- The passport should be valid for a period of at least 3 months beyond the applicant’s last intended day of stay in the Schengen area.
- Ensure that the passport has at least two blank pages to affix visa.
- Please note that Temporary R.S.A. passports will no longer be accepted for traveling to or transit Austria, Germany, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Denmark or Luxemburg).
- For non-S.A. citizens, residence permit in South Africa should be valid for at least 3 months after the return of the applicant from a Schengen State.
2. Copy of the passport.
3. Copies of previous Schengen visas
4. ID photo: recent passport-sized high-quality photo (not glossy), with white back ground, in color, with facing forward, not older than 3 months and must not have been used anywhere in the current or previous passports. The forehead and ears must be visible, no teeth showing and without heavy jewelry.
5. Application form completed (online) and printed out by the applicant and signed by the applicant at the Visa Application Center for Greece in front of the officer (the stay in Greece should be the longest or equal to other Schengen Member States or in case of equal duration stay, Greece should be the first State of entry).
If the applicant is a minor:
- If the applicant is a minor both parents/legal guardians must sign in person in front of the person receiving the application at the Visa Application Center for Greece.
- All applications for minors (children below 18years of age) must be accompanied by a form of parental consent duly signed and certified by the South African police or a notarized certificate (in case of sole custody of one parent) even if the minor is traveling and/ or applying with both parents. Click here to download parental consent form.
- Additionally, for minor applicants the original full unabridged birth certificate and a certified copy of it should be submitted or the official documents/court decisions establishing the minor’s parents/legal guardians and certified copies of them.
- If only one parent has guardianship of the minor, the original relevant court documents must be submitted and certified copies of them.
- In case of impossibility to timely receive an unabridged birth certificate by the competent authorities, the proof of having lodged the relevant request to the competent authorities may be submitted along with an official letter from the minor’s school or from the hospital where he/she was born confirming the identity of the parents.
- If the applicant is a minor, certified copies of ID/ passport of both parents should be also submitted.
6. Copy of a round trip confirmed booking/flight reservation:
- with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from Schengen State. A copy of this with confirmed travel dates should be submitted for each application.
- If the applicant is travelling to additional Schengen States, the confirmed bookings for the entire itinerary.
- Flight tickets can only be issued up to 90days, no longer.
- The flight reservation should state the passengers' name.
- The visa of the final country of destination (if needed) should be obtained before applying for a Schengen visa.
7. Full itinerary for the entire stay (explaining the whole trip with destinations and dates).
8. Travel/Health/Accident Insurance Policy:
- covering the entire duration of possible stay in the Schengen area in accordance with the relevant Schengen Regulation.
- valid for all Schengen States.
- address to the Greek Consulate General.
- covering any expenses for repatriation, urgent medical attention, emergency hospital treatment or death during stay.
- with a minimum coverage of Euro 30.000,00 (clause should be stated on the medical insurance).
9. Purpose of the trip:
- A document substantiating the purpose of the stay.
10. Proof of accommodation:
- For Tourists:
- Hotel/ rental of holiday home/ campus residence/ tour vouchers confirmed reservation.
- Should clearly state names of applicants, arrival and departure dates, address of the hotel and contact details.
- All confirmation of vouchers should be from the hotel and not via travel agent/ company.
- If the name of the applicant is not stated on the booking confirmation, the person who booked the accommodation and whose name is stated on the booking confirmation must provide a certified letter confirming that the applicant will be staying with him/ her and a copy of his/ her ID/ passport.
- If applicant is also travelling to other Schengen States, proof of accomodation in each of the Member State should be submitted.
- For Cruise:
- Full itinerary with passenger details from the company along with proof of payment (a visa is required for cruise passengers when itinerary includes call at Greek port).
- For Yacht/ Sailing:
- Letter from sailing company/ skipper with itinerrary for each day and details of applicants travelling for vacation.
- Yacht registration and a copy of passport of the skipper.
- For applicants visiting friends or family:
- If applicant stays with family member or friend, proof of private accommodation invitation from the host (provide a sworn affidavit stamped by an official in Greece). Click here to download Sworn Affidavit. If host is in South Africa, then Sworn Affidavit from the S.A. police station (dates, names and address must be stated).
- The invitation letter must clearly identify the host and the invitee (name, address, birthdate, official identification number, occupation and permanent residence); the purpose of the visit; length of stay and accomodation status (where will the invitee stay and who pays for it).
- Some Member States may require that proof of sponsorship and/or private accomodation is provided by means of a specific form.
- Accompanied by a certified copy of the host's passport.
11. Proof of sufficient funds for duration of stay:
- Please submit recent, original bank statements with original ink stamp on each page for Johannesburg and e-stamp for Cape Town of the past 3 months, not older than 14 days from the date of application.
- The bank statements should be of current account (the account on which the applicant's salary goes into; needed even if company or other sponsor pays for the trip). Savings account or investment statements or credit card statements can be submitted in addition. Internet statements, bank letters and credit card will not be accepted.
- If the bank statements of the last 3 months do not show sufficient funds, any proof of other regular incomes should be submitted.
- If the applicant is sponsored, the applicant should submit the sponsor's bank statements of the last 3 months with an original ink stamp on each page for Johannesburg and e-stamp for Cape Town showing sufficient funds, a certified sponsorship letter signed by the sponsor and the ID/ passport copy of the sponsor.
- If the account is a business account and not in the applicant's name, a CK or CIPRO document or bank letter (original) confirming that the applicant has signing powers must be submitted.
12. For employees in addition:
- An employement letter (original not copied) with an original stamp and signature from the HR department of the company, specifying the date of recruitment, position in the company, salary and confirmation of leave approval (or confirming employment contract and the last 3 months' pay slips).
- If the applicant is a company owner or self-employed, proof of company registration CC/ CK or CIPRO DOCUMENTS.
- If the applicant is sole proprietor, letter from the accountant or the bookkeeper with original stamp and signature on the letter head (not a copy).
13. For pensioners in addition:
- If the applicant is a pensioner/ retired, the last 3 months pension statements.
14. For pupils or students in addition:
- A letter from the school/ university/ college with original signature confirming attendance and a copy of the student card.
- Pupils or students should be always sponsored by someone (even if they have enough funds in their bank account).
15. For business travellers in addition:
- Official invitation letter from the inviting company in Greece (on official company letter head, stamped and signed) containing the folllowing information:
- The full address and contact details of the company
- Nature of the business
- Name and position of the countersigning company representative
- Purpose and duration of the intended stay/ trip
- Person or entity/company who will bear the travel and living costs
- Whether the sponsor gives financial guarantee for the visa applicant's return to South Africa
- Identity of the invited applicant
- Hotel reservation unless the invitation letter clearly states that accomodation is provided mentioning the details of the accomodation.
- Information to be provided by the South African invited company:
- Copy of the invited company registry or tax card.
- Official company paper stamped and signed, mentioning clearly:
* full address and contact details of the company
* name and position of the countersigning officer
* name, position, salary and years of employment (if applicable)
* purpose and duration of the visit
* nature of the work contract
* person or entity/company which will bear the applicant's travel and living costs
- An invitation letter from the inviting company which has been validated by the competent local authorities
16. For EU/ EEA/ Swiss Dependents:
- Spouse or children of EU/ EEA/ Swiiss passport holders are required to submit certified copy of marriage certificate (spouse) and unabridged birth certificate (children).
- Travel insurance
- Certified copy of EU/ EEA/ Swiss citizen's passport
- Flight reservation and accomodation with details of applicant and EU/ EEA/ Swiss national
- No proof of adequate funds and proof of accomodation needed (optional)
17. For applicants travelling for cultural/ sports/ religious events in addition:
- Original letter of invitation by event organizer (containing contact details, name and position of undersigning representative)
- Enrollment/ Entry tickets/ Event Program
- Original letter of institution sending the applicant
18. For film crews in addition:
- Original letter of the film company specifying name, synopsis of the film and shooting locations
- Complete list of names of travelling crew members along with their designations
- Letter from the agency in Greece confirming arrangements for film permits
- Certificate of registration with the Local Pictures Producerss Association/ Film Chamber of Commerce
19. For applicants traveling for study/ research purposes in addition:
- Certificate of admission or registration at an educational institute for the purpose of attending academic or vocational courses, or cover letter from the host company
- Student cards or certificates of the current enrollment institute
20. For applicants traveling for medical treatment in addition:
- Certificate from a medical doctor and/or a medical institution, designated by the Consulate General/ Consulate, stating the medical history of the patient and confirming the need of specific medical treatment to be received.
- Proof that the specific medical treatment cannot be provided in South Africa.
- Official document from the receiving medical doctor or medical institution confirming that the specific medical treatment can be performed and patient be accepted accordingly.
- Any other correspondence between the sending medical doctor and the receiving medical institution, if available.
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 Gambia
Schengen Short stay (Type C) for nationals of 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.
Therefore, as of 6 June 2013 all visa applicants will have to appear in person at the Visa Application Center for Greece, when lodging the application, in order to provide their fingerprints.
Under the VIS, mandatory fingerprinting is introduced for all passport categories. Consular sections must collect biometric data – digital photo and fingerprinting often fingers - from all visa applicants. Consequently, all visa applicants, irrespective of nationality, shall be required to present themselves at the Visa Application Center for Greece at the time of their visa application for the biometric data collection.
(*)Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
The following categories of applicants are exempt from the requirement to provide fingerprints (Article 13(7) of the Visa Code):
- Children under the age of 12;
- Persons for whom fingerprinting is physically impossible. If the fingerprinting of fewer than 10 fingers is possible, the maximum number of fingerprints shall be taken. However, should the impossibility be temporary, the applicant shall be required to give the fingerprints at the following application. The authorities competent in accordance with Article 4(1), (2) and (3) shall be entitled to ask for further clarification of the grounds for the temporary impossibility. Member States shall ensure that appropriate procedures guaranteeing the dignity of the applicant are in place in the event of there being difficulties in enrolling;
- Heads of State or government and members of a national government with accompanying spouses, and the members of their official delegation when they are invited by Member States’ governments or by international organizations for an official purpose;
- Sovereigns and other senior members of a royal family, when they are invited by Member States’ governments or by international organizations for an official purpose.
Biometrics will be collected using a quick, discreet and non-intrusive process that captures a facial image with a digital camera and a 10-digit fingerprint scan with a digital finger scanner.
Your face must be clearly visible for a photograph to be taken. This means that you cannot:
- have hair that covers the eyes
- wear a hat or scarf or any other item that obscures the face, hair or neck (with the exception of religious head coverings detailed below)
- If you wear a head or neck covering for religious reasons you must ensure your face is clearly visible, from the bottom of your chin to above your eyebrows including both cheeks. If possible both ears should also be displayed. You may also need to remove your glasses when the photograph is taken.
If you have cut or damaged your fingertips, you should make an appointment with the Visa Application Center for Greece when the injury has healed.
If you have a temporary decoration, such as mehndi, you should advise the Visa Application Center for Greece when booking your appointment to determine whether a scan will be possible.
If you refuse to submit your biometric data, your visa application cannot be processed and you will be referred to the Embassy of Greece.
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.
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.
As from 18 October 2013 for the vast majority of the third-country nationals – irrespective of being visa required or exempt – who intend to travel to the Schengen area for a short stay (contrary to reside in one of the Member States for longer than 3 months) the maximum duration of authorised stay is defined as "90 days in any 180-day period […]". "The date of entry shall be considered as the first day of stay on the territory of the Member States and the date of exit shall be considered as the last day of stay on the territory of the Member States. Periods of stay authorised under a residence permit or a long-stay visa shall not be taken into account in the calculation of the duration of stay on the territory of the Member States."
Contrary to the definition which was in force until 18 October 2013, the new concept is more precise by setting the duration in days, instead of months. Moreover, the term "from the date of first entry" which gave rise to many uncertainties and questions (especially after a judgment of the Court of Justice of the EU from 2006 (Case 241/05 "Bot)) has been dropped from the provision.
The notion of "any", implies the application of a "moving" 180-day reference period, looking backwards at each day of the stay (be it at the entry or at the day of an actual check), into the last 180-day period, in order to verify if the 90 days / 180-day requirement continues to be fulfilled.
Among others, it means that an absence for an uninterrupted period of 90 days allows for a new stay for up to 90 days.
Stays in Bulgaria, Croatia, Ireland, Romania, Cyprus and the United Kingdom shall not be taken into account as they are not (yet) part of the Schengen area without internal borders. At the same time, the non-EU Member States Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland belong to the Schengen area; short stays in these countries count in when assessing the compliance with the 90 days / 180-day rule.
Please note that the change does not apply to the visa waiver agreements concluded between the EU and Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Mauritius, and Seychelles where the old definition ("3 months during a 6 months period following the date of first entry") continues to apply. For citizens of these 7 third countries the calculator is not recommended to be used.
The length of stay of non-EU citizens traveling with a visa issued in accordance with the visa facilitation agreements concluded by the EU and certain third countries is to be calculated according to the new calculation method as there is reference in these agreements to "90 days per period of 180 days".
USER MANUAL FOR SHORT-STAY SCHENGEN CALCULATOR
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.
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.
Upon collection of passports, applicants are advised to immediately check that the visa granted meets their intended travel schedule and that all the information it contains is correct.
INFORMATION SHEET TO VISA HOLDERS
You have been issued a visa for the territories of the Schengen States.
As soon as you receive your short-stay visa, make sure that all the information it contains is correct.
Check the following:
- Your passport has a passport number. This number is also indicated on the visa sticker. Make sure that these numbers are the same.
- You applied for your visa for a specific period or periods. Check that your air ticket corresponds with the entry and exit dates indicated on the visa sticker.
- Check that the number of days corresponds with the number of travel dates indicated on your visa sticker.
- Check that your name is spelled correctly.
- Do this yourself in order to avoid any problems or extra costs arising when using your visa. If you think that the information on the visa is incorrect, tell the consular authority immediately, so that any errors can be corrected.
How to read the visa sticker:
DURATION OF STAY.........DAYS indicates the number of days, you may stay in the Schengen area. The days should be counted from the date you enter the Schengen area (the entry stamp) to the date you exit the Schengen area (the exit stamp), i.e. both days included.
The period of time between “FROM ...UNTIL” is usually longer than the number of days printed in the “DURATION OF STAY” field. The difference in period is meant to give you flexibility to plan your entry into and exit from the Schengen area, but your stay in the Schengen area must never exceed the exact number of days in the “DURATION OF STAY ...DAYS” field. No matter how many days you have stayed in the Schengen area, you must leave no later than the date printed in the “UNTIL” field."
Controls at the border
Your short-stay visa allows you to travel to Greece and usually to other Schengen States. But it does not automatically entitle you to enter the Schengen area. So you may have to provide certain information at border or other controls. You may, for instance, have to provide information on your means of support, how long you intend to stay in Greece and in the Schengen area, and why you are visiting. In some cases, such checks may result in a refusal for the visa holder to enter Greece or the Schengen area.
It is therefore recommended that you carry with you copies of the documents which you presented when you applied for the visa (e.g. letters of invitation, travel confirmations, other documents stating the purpose of your stay). This will help to make the border control procedure easier and avoid delays at the border.
You must keep to the period of stay allowed by your visa. Misuse and overstay may result in you being expelled and banned from obtaining a new visa for a certain period of time.