Greece is a country with a rich history, ancient sights, interesting architecture and wonderful nature.
However, in order to enjoy all this, Russian citizens need not only buy a ticket for the plane, but also get a Schengen visa.
Documents for the visa
Travel to Greece can be plannedIndependently or take advantage of the help of a travel agency, which also takes care of issuing a visa. However, both these options involve the collection of standard documents. So, to obtain a Schengen visa, you must have a passport that will be valid for 3 months from the date of the end of the trip, and also in which there are 2 blank pages for pasting a visa. A photocopy of all the completed pages of a valid Russian passport is required.
For independent travelers it is necessaryAlso provide proof of hotel reservation in the form of an original, photocopy or printout. At the same time, confirmation from international sites may not be accepted if the hotel has not been paid in advance. It is also good to have a ticket reservation confirmation to the destination.
The consular department of the Greek Embassy alsoIt is necessary to provide a questionnaire filled out in English and signed by the applicant personally. It takes 2 color photos in size 35 to 45 mm, the original certificate from the place of work or study. On the last document, the address and telephone number of the organization must be printed. For an adult unemployed person, you need a sponsorship letter from the next of kin with a certificate from their place of work and an indication of the average salary. In addition, you need to provide an extract from a bank or personal account, confirming the financial capabilities of the traveler, as well as medical insurance, which operates throughout the Schengen area.
Underage children also needProvide a passport and a copy of the birth certificate. If the child leaves only with one of the parents, a certified exit permit from the second is necessary if accompanied by third parties from both parents. The exact list of necessary documents, based on specific circumstances, should be specified on the website of the Greek Embassy in Moscow.
Procedure for applying for a visa
Having gathered all the necessary documents, it follows thatTransfer them personally, through a representative of a travel agency or official representative to the consular department of the Greek Embassy or the official visa center of the country. To do this, you need to clarify the opening hours and the order of reception of the organization in your city. In some visa centers, for example, a preliminary record is required.
Arriving at the appointed time in the visa center, you needWhen submitting documents, pay the cost of a visa, which consists of the amount of visa and service fees. Its size depends on the validity of the visa, and payment is made in cash in rubles. After that, it remains only to wait for a decision from the center employee, which can take from 1 to 5 days.