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Applicants who wish to apply for a Visa are kindly requested to carefully read the provided information. The guidelines listed on this website 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 Sri Lanka. This will reduce the chances of your application being incomplete or a delay in being processed.

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Required Documents

You are kindly advised to check the list of required documents before submitting your application. This will minimise the chances of your application being delayed or declined due to inadequate or incorrect submission of documents. 

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 Application Center for Greece in Sri Lanka - Colombo. For the location click here.

You are kindly advised to carefully read the presentation list below. Please ensure that you provide all of the required documents, and that the application form is fully filled in and signed.

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 a 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 GVCW Visa Application Center.

Under the new visa system implemented by all Schengen missions in Sri Lanka as of November 2, 2015, 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.

Important Note: PROCESSING TIME OF APPLICATIONS FOR SCHENGEN VISA
Dear Applicant, on instructions of the Greek Consulate in New Delhi, there are important time constraints as to the granting of Schengen visas. For more information please click here.

IMPORTANT: Due to extremely heavy load in the number of applications, you are strongly advised to apply well in advance of your trip to Greece allowing a longer period than the standard 15 working days.
If, however, you decide to apply for a visa within the said 15 working days from your departure date of your trip, you are at risk of your passport being returned from the Consulate without a visa.

The list of documents is not an exhaustive list of documents and the applicant can always be asked to provide additional information/ documents, if desired by the Mission.

Dear Applicant,
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.
If interested, please click here for a quote, to compare plans and to buy online.

Fees

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)   80
Schengen Short Stay (Type C) for nationals of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Kosovo 35
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* 35
Minors under twelve (12) years old Gratis
Holders of diplomatic and service passports Gratis
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) Gratis
Organized groups of school pupils, students, postgraduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake stays for the purpose of study or educational training Gratis
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 Gratis
Representatives and participants of non-profit organizations up to 25 years old participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organised by non-profit organizations Gratis

* 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.

SERVICE FEE:

The GVCW VAC for Greece will levy a Service fee of EUR 30 (inclusive of Value Added Tax and other taxes levied) per application over and above the Visa Fees. This includes two-way courier charges pertaining to the transfer of visa applications to New Delhi and returning the passports at the GVCW Visa Application Center for Greece in Colombo.

PLEASE NOTE:

Important Notice for prospective applicants
Ref: Change in Payment collection process at the Sri Lankan Visa Application Centre (VAC)

This is to bring to your notice that with Immediate effect, there will be NO Local currency of CASH collected for all applicants of Greece Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Sri Lanka.
All payments for the visa fees and applicable service charges have to be made via credit cards that support International transactions.
For all applicants a unique payment link will be generated by our local partner DuDigitalGlobal.com in the Visa Application Centre.
Payments need to be made via the link (Payment gateway Network Solutions) post successful transaction documents to be submitted at the VAC.
Note: Multiple cards are permitted per applicant.

This applies to all types of Visas.

Approval from the Department of Immigration and Emigration (DIE)

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Biometrics

As of 2 November 2015 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.

Photo Specifications
Photo Specifications

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.

Note:
Please follow these instructions carefully. If photographs presented do not meet these requirements, your application will be considered incomplete.

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Travel Insurance

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.

Dear Applicant,
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.
If interested, please click here for a quote, to compare plans and to buy online.

Travel Days Calculator

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.

Track your application

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.

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Collect your Passport

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 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.
Please click here for passport collection times at the Visa Application Center for Greece of your choice.

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