Are you a businessman looking for a casual layover before your next flight, or an avid history buff looking for a taste of history? Greece is the destination you’re looking for. But try as you much, you just can’t get Schengen visa appointment dates for Greece.
Consulates are more often than not swamped with visa applications. The Greek consulates handle close to a million applications per year, so you not getting dates for your appointment is not your fault.
Don’t cancel those plans just yet! In this article, we’ll guide you through the steps involved in getting a Schengen visa appointment. We’ll also tell you what to do in the scenario that you can’t get an appointment. Or you could fill our Schengen visa appointment form if you want us to handle it for you.
How to get a Schengen visa appointment for Greece?
You have two choices when it comes to getting an appointment for Schengen visa. Those being:
Directly from the consulate
Through a third party website like VFSGlobal.
VFSGlobal is capable of easily handling over 100 applications per day. They charge a “handling fee” of $25 or more for their service. Though you should remember that appointment dates are subject to availability.
If you plan on visiting multiple Schengen countries, make sure you are applying to the right consulate.
Now that you have the right consulate, you need to select the right jurisdiction. We have several articles on our website to help you pick the right jurisdiction. Just click here.
What if there’s no appointment date available?
If you don’t get an appointment in your jurisdiction you could try the following alternatives:
Change your jurisdiction
If you’re unable to get an appointment in your city, try changing the jurisdiction. People have tried this to varying levels of success, so it’s not an alternative you should completely cross out.
Change your primary Schengen visa consulate
Countries like Luxemburg, Slovenia, and Malta handle less traffic than other nations. So you could select one of them as your primary consulate and apply for a Schengen visa.
As in all cases, you will have to show tentative travel plans when applying for a visa there. We can take care of this little obstacle for you. Click here to get a tentative travel plan for your visa application.
You’re free to travel to any Schengen state once you get your visa. So you could say, land in Slovenia go sightseeing for a day and take the next available flight to Greece or wherever you want.
Or land in Greece, say you intend to spend a couple of days in Greece before leaving to Slovenia. And as proof, you may show the travel arrangements you’ve made through our website.
Wait until someone cancels their appointment
More of a hit or miss situation than an actual solution, as you may end up waiting for a really long time. Keep multiple tabs open for all consulates and all cities and hope that someone cancels their appointment and you’re able to pounce at the right time.
Or what you can do is, you can fill our Schengen visa appointment assistance form and have our dedicated team do it for you.
Do you want us to you a Schengen visa appointment?
If you live in the following countries, we can help you get a date for your Schengen visa appointment:
We are expanding our service area every month and will cover a lot more countries in the days to come.
Our service is provided especially for people who need to travel to Schengen states in a week or two’s time.
Do remember that this option is subject to availability of open dates in a given consulate. What we will do is to try at all the possible consulates to get you your appointment date.
The charges accrued in getting an appointment are decided by the consulates themselves. For our services, we charge $35 on top of the price mentioned by the consulate. We advocate spending money wisely and so, we ask you to pay us a nominal $10 fee while we work on getting you the appointment. You need to pay the balance only after we get you the appointment.
Click on the link for help with regards to getting your Schengen visa appointment.
You’ll be taken to another page where you’ll see the following form.
Once you make the payment by your preferred method, we’ll send you a mail explaining our method of operation.
We’ll send you a mail with the details of the appointment with eight hours of the initial payment.
Pending confirmation, we’ll send you the appointment and reference number via email.
Click here for more information on booking a Greece Schengen visa appointment in 7 days.
And thus you can attend the appointment and get your Schengen visa for Greece.
FAQs on Schengen visa appointments.
We understand you may still have questions regarding the application process and we have tried answering them here.
Is it possible to verify my appointment on the government website?
Yes, you may verify your appointment on the government website or on the VFSGlobal website.
How long should I expect to wait for you to get me my Schengen visa appointment?
It should take us around 8-10 hours to check for appointments with all available consulates.
In what time frame am I expected to make a payment once I receive a quote?
We handle around 250 applications a day and so time is of the essence. If you take more than an hour to send in your confirmation we may allocate the slot to someone else.
Does paying more increase my chances of getting an appointment?
No, we believe in the principle of first come first serve.
What are your accepted modes of payment?
We accept PayPal, Western Union, and Direct transfer, for payments.
For which all countries are your service available?
Our services are available to the residents of the following nations
Could you book Schengen visa appointments for my whole family?
For a larger group of people, getting all appointments on the same day and in the same city might not be possible. But if you don’t mind waiting we can get you appointment dates on multiple days.
Can I cancel the appointment and get a refund if I change my mind?
Since we will have already paid the consulate on your behalf, it will not be possible for us to refund the initial amount. But if we fail in getting you an appointment, we will automatically refund you.
What documents would be required for you to book the appointment on my behalf?
Only in rare cases do consulates ask for documents apart from the usual. The usual being name, passport number, expiry, and date of issue. You can send us a scanned copy or a mail with the details.
How long is the processing time for a visa application?
The average processing time for visa applications is 5 working days.
Can I reapply for a visa if my initial application is refused?
Yes, you can not only reapply but also appeal against your rejection. The details on how to appeal against rejection will be enclosed along with your rejection letter.
Is travel insurance compulsory?
Yes, the EU charter states that any person willing to travel through the Schengen states must have travel insurance. Read more about it here.
When should I apply for my Schengen visa?
You can only apply for your Schengen visa 90 days before your trip. So, we recommend applying for a Schengen visa at least a month in advance.
Is travel insurance necessary for a Schengen visa?
Yes, you need to prove you have travel insurance to receive your Schengen visa.
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