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Visas for Norwegian citizens and Third Country Nationals

Norwegian citizens

According to Directive 38/2004, Article 6, Paragraph 1 an EU citizen can stay for a period of up to 3 months in any EU member state, as long as one holds a valid travel document (Passport, ID Card). Despite not being an EU member state, the Directive applies in Norway by virtue of Decision 158/2007 of the EEA Joint Committee.
Thereby, holders of valid Norwegian passports do not require a Visa to travel to Greece and can remain for a maximum of 3 months without interruption, as long as the passport/ID Card is valid up to the day they depart from Greece. In order to remain for a period of more than 3 months, a Norwegian citizen must apply for a registration certificate. Emergency passports (nødpass) issued by the Norwegian authorities are recognized by the Greek State under condition that it permits return to Norway. Kindly note that bank ID or driving license is not a legitimate proof of identify for a traveler to enter Greece.


Third country nationals traveling with Norwegian Residence Permit

Third country nationals with Norwegian residence permit (Oppholdstillatesle) are allowed to travel in the Schengen Area for 90 days within a period of 180 days without a visa, under the following conditions:
1.    They hold a valid travel document the validity of which shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States and it shall have been issued within the previous 10 years;
2.    They justify the purpose and conditions of the intended stay, and they have sufficient means of subsistence;
3.    They are not considered to be a threat to public policy, internal security, public health or the international relations of any of the Member States.

Third country nationals requiring (Schengen) Visa (See Annex I of Regulation 539/2001/EC)

The travel document presented must be valid for at least three months after the intended date of departure from the Member States, in case a single-entry visa is applied for. If a multiple-entry visa is applied for, the travel document must be valid three months after the last intended date of departure.

Minors requiring Visa, must be accompanied by both parents/ legal guardians. If only one parent/legal guardian is present, the written consent of the other is necessary. The authenticity of the signature of this parent should be validated. Other documents required are: the original full birth certificate (Fødselsdag Attest) of the child, and parents’/guardians’ passports (originals and photocopies as well). Please, note that if the birth certificate has been issued from another country (other than Norway), the parents need to present an official translation (legalized by the relevant Embassy).

Once a visa is issued, you are required to pick up your travel documents. However, for specific nationalities a consultation with the central authorities of the member states is required. Therefore, the waiting period will be longer. When additional documentation is believed necessary, the waiting period may as well be extended. You should also take into consideration that the issuance of visas for applications received by post require more time.

Medical Travel Insurance shall be valid throughout the territory of the Member States and cover the entire period of the applicant's intended stay or transit within the validity of the visa, i.e. the insurance shall only cover the period of effective stay, and not the validity of the visa. The minimum coverage shall be EUR 30,000.

Please note:
• Visa applications shall be lodged no more than three (3) months prior to the intended date of visit.
• Visa applications shall be lodged no less than fifteen (15) days prior to the intended date of visit.

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VISA FEES
Schengen Visa type A, C (Airport Transit visa, Short- Stay visa): € 60   
Schengen Visa for citizens of Albania, Bosnia - Herzegovina, F.Y.R.O.M.and Montenegro (only for holders of non Biometric Passports):  € 35/Gratis (for certain categories of applicants).
Schengen Visa for citizens of the Republic of Moldova (only for holders of non-biometric passports/passports not issued according to ICAO standards):  € 35/Gratis (for certain categories of applicants).
Schengen Visa for citizens of Serbia (only for holders of non-biometric passports/passports issued by Koordinaciona uprava):  € 35/Gratis (for certain categories of applicants).
Schengen Visa for citizens of the Republic of Armenia: € 35/Gratis (for certain categories of applicants).
Schengen Visa for citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan: € 35/Gratis (for certain categories of applicants).
Schengen Visa for citizens of Cape Verde: Gratis (for certain categories of applicants).
Schengen Visa for citizens of the Republic of Georgia: € 35/Gratis (for certain categories of applicants).
Schengen Visa for citizens of Russian Federation: € 35/€ 70 (if the application is launched 3 days before the departure)/Gratis (for certain categories of applicants)
Schengen Visa for citizens of Ukraine: € 35/€ 70 (if the consular office issued the visa within 3 days on applicant’s demand/Gratis (for certain categories of applicants)
National long- stay visa (type D): € 180 (Gratis in case of bilateral treaties providing so).
National long- stay visa (type D) for students:  € 90 (Gratis in case of bilateral treaties providing so).
DIPLOMATIC / SERVICE PASSPORTS: Gratis on condition of reciprocity   
Visa for children between 6 and 12 years old: € 35
Visa for children under 6 years old: Gratis   
Visa for family members of EU nationals: Gratis   

• Make sure that you need a Schengen visa (please check the list of countries that are subject to a visa requirement).

Required Documents

Non exhaustive list of supporting documents for a Schengen visa:
(Please make sure that you have prepared photocopies of all the documents to be submitted with your application)

• Valid travel document (it should be valid for, at least, three months after the intended date of departure from the Schengen area. Please, also note that the passport needs to have at least two blank pages and to have been issued within the last 10 years).


• Filled in and signed application form. Members of family included in the applicant’s travel document shall submit a separate application. Please note that all relevant fields must be filled in at the time of application.

• Two (2) photos are required (See photograph required standards . Photos that do not comply with these standards will not be accepted.

• Travel medical insurance: Applicants shall prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel medical insurance to cover any expenses which might arise during their stay (s) in the territory of the Member States. THE MINIMUM COVERAGE SHALL BE EUR 30.000. In order to prove that, the applicants have to submit the TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE INSURANCE.

• For students, a recent original letter from their University is required.

• Supporting documents that clearly provide evidence of the following:
1. Purpose of the intended journey (i.e. confirmation of flight/ferry bookings etc)
2. Proof of accommodation (hotel bookings, original invitation letter dully signed by the host, whose signature needs to be verified. When the data regarding the host has not been verified by the authorities of the Member State dealing with the application, the applicant needs to present: A copy of ID card or bio data page of the host's passport; residence permit; proof of residence (property title deeds, rental agreements etc, proof of income).
3. Proof of sufficient means of subsistence both for the duration of the intended stay and for the return (i.e. bank statements, minimum amount for the last three months (please note that the minimum amount of money you need to have for each day that you stay to Greece is 50 euros, credit card(s) account statement, travelers’ cheques, salary slips, registered proof of sponsorship and/or private accommodation).
4. Proof of employment (this may be proved by a recent original certificate of employment/ pay slips/proof of social security contribution or for self employed applicants, an original letter from their accountant or the last tax return form (attest for Ligningsadresse)).

A Schengen visa allows its holder to travel freely within the Schengen area. If you have already been granted a multiple entry Schengen visa (which remains valid and you haven’t exhausted the number of days that were granted to you), you may travel to other Schengen countries. However, please note that you should always apply at the consulate of your main destination, so make sure you travel to Greece with the Schengen visa that the Greek Consulate has issued you.

Note:
• Original documents (marriage certificates, birth certificates e.t.c) issued by other countries (other than Norway) need to have the apostille stamp or being legalized by the relevant Embassy, in case the country is not a member of the Hague Convention.

• An official translation is required (original or true copy legalized by the relevant Embassy) in case the documents (marriage certificates, birth certificates, etc) are issued by other countries (and are not in English or in French language)


General Information


Make sure that you need a Schengen visa (please check the list of countries that are subject to a visa requirement). 

Citizens of Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, FYROM and Montenegro holding biometric passports are exempt from visa requirements.
Citizens of the Republic of Moldova holding biometric passports issued according to ICAO standards are exempt from visa requirements.
Citizens of Serbia holding biometric passports not issued by Koordinaciona uprava are exempt from visa requirements.

Before applying for a Schengen visa, please make sure that you need one and that the Greek Consular Office is the competent Authority to process your application.

Holders of Diplomatic / Service Passports and their family members do not need an appointment in order to apply for a visa. They may visit the Consular Office, working days Monday to Thursday 10.00-13.00, except for public holidays.

Advisory information to all foreign citizens intending to enter Greece, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website - “SERVICES – VISAS”

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