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A long - term visa (National Visa - D Type Visa) is an authorization issued by the competent Greek Authorities for the entry and stay of third - country nationals in the territory of Greece for a period exceeding 90 and up to 365 days, in accordance with the respective national legislation or European Union Law on the residence status of third - country nationals. In general, the competent Authority for issuing a national visa is the Greek Diplomatic / Consular Authorities in whose jurisdiction the applicant is legally located.

Applicants can submit an application for a long stay visa in Greece at the Minsk Visa Application Center.

Subsequently, applicants may be required to present themselves in person (or through teleconference) before the Embassy of Greece in Moscow - Consular Section, in the jurisdiction of which they legally reside and regardless of the national visa category to be issued, in order to be interviewed, to establish the purpose of their entry and stay in Greece.

Broadly, most commonly national visas are issued for such purposes, though not exclusively, as temporary work as tour leaders, for specific programmes for students and for family reunification. The general supporting documents and detailed information and specific requirements for each of these purposes of the intended stay can be viewed in the relevant sections below.

Applicants may submit their national D visa application at the GVCW VAC only for the above-mentioned purposes for the time being.

For all other purposes of long-stay National "D" Visa, please click here to download the file which refers to the supporting documents for each category of National Visas.

General supporting documents

A long-stay visa (National Visa – D Type Visa) may be granted under the following general conditions, provided that the applicant third country-national submit to the relevant Diplomatic or Consular Authority:

  • A fully completed and signed application form for a long-stay national visa, accompanied by a recent, coloured photograph of the applicant, which shall comply with the relevant ICAO-defined specifications. The application shall be in the form of a solemn statement provided for in the provisions of paragraph 6 of Article 22 of L. 1599/1986 declaring that the included data are true, and the supporting documents are not false or falsified.
  • Passport or other travel document recognized by the competent Greek Authorities which meets the following criteria:
    (a) it shall be valid for at least three months from the date of intended departure from the territory of the Member States of the Schengen enhanced cooperation, or, in the case of more visits, after the last scheduled date of departure from the territory of the Member States, however, in justified cases of urgency, this obligation may be waived;
    (b) it shall contain at least two blank pages,
    (c) it has been issued within the previous decade.
  • An original certificate of criminal record with Apostille from the foreign Authorities certifying the applicant’s criminal record in his country of residence. The criminal record must have an Apostille from the same region in which it was issued. In cases where it is established that the applicant has resided in a country other than his or her country of origin, for more than one year before the application for a visa, the Consular Authority may, in addition, request a criminal record from the country of nationality of the alien, if the country of residence does not require a criminal record from the country of nationality to issue a residence permit.
    In cases where a final judgment exists, whatever the sentence, in order to establish the relevance of the offence to grounds which pose a threat to public policy and security, specific reasons shall be sought and parameters weighted, such as the seriousness of the offence, the recidivism and the general misconduct of the third-country national.
  • An original medical certificate from a recognized state or private body, showing that the applicant does not suffer from a disease capable of posing a risk to public health in accordance with the international data of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the EU acquis, as well as other infectious, contagious or parasitic diseases, which require measures to protect public health (more information on infectious diseases can be found on the website of the Hellenic National Public Health Organization - EODY);

    Please download, print out and submit the medical certificate filled in, signed and stamped by the doctor (original) along with the required documents at the Visa Application Center.


    The Consular Authority will verify the authenticity of the medical certificate by the contact details mentioned on it. Therefore, it is of outmost importance that the contact details of the Hospital / Medical Center and the Doctor who signs the certificate are correct. Failure to confirm the authenticity of the medical certificate by the Consular Authority will result in a delay in the decision or even a NEGATIVE decision.

  • travel insurance, with a period of validity equal to the visa issued, as a minimum, which covers the costs that may arise in the event of repatriation for medical reasons, for emergency medical care and/or emergency hospital care.

And in addition, the applicant should:

  • not to be considered as a threat to public order, internal security, public health or international relations and not be registered as persona non grata (undesirable alien) in national databases,

In order to establish that there are no conditions for refusing entry in Article 4 par. (2) of L. 4251/2014, the competent Diplomatic Mission and Consular office may require additional supporting documents.

Tour leaders

Only accredited Travel Agents may submit visa applications for National D visa under reference “B.6 Tour leaders”.

As referred to in Article 18(f) of L. 4251/2014 , the Decision of the Minister  of Foreign Affairs with  A.F. 3497.3/AP 24245/OJ B' 1820/03.07.2014, and JMD  30825/OJ B' 1528/06.06.2014, third-country nationals,  tour leaders entering the country for this purpose may be granted, following a personal appearance (or through teleconference) and interview, a national visa , with reference to the national data area «OBSERVATIONS» of the visa sticker, the reference 'B.6 Tour Leaders`, upon submitting the following to the relevant Diplomatic or Consular Authority:

Specific programmes for students

As referred to in Article 45 of L. 4251/2014, the Decision of the Minister of Foreign Affairs with  A.F. 3497.3/AP 24245/OJ B' 1820/03.07.2014, and the JMD  30825/OJ B' 1528/06.06.2014, third-country nationals participating in exchange programmes under Interstate agreements, EU-funded cooperation programmes, or in the “ERASMUS +” programme, following a personal appearance (or through teleconference) and interview, may be granted a national visa, indicating in the national data area «OBSERVATIONS» of the visa sticker, the reference D.4.3 Participation in specific programmes’, upon submitting the following to the relevant Diplomatic or Consular Authority:

Family reunification

The role of the Consular Authority in the complex administrative process of family reunification is:

a. to establish the existence of a family relationship, by means of personal interviews (or through teleconference) with family members and to examine whether there is a risk to public health; and
b. to grant family members a visa for entry with the reference, indicating in the national data area, to the «OBSERVATIONS» of the visa sticker, the reference ‘F. 1.  Family members of a third-country national’. In detail,

Additional info for national entry visas

According to Article 5, paragraph 7 of Act 4251/2014, national visas are issued based on the respective residence permit regulations and their duration is related, as the case may be, to that of intended stay. Additionally, Foreign Affairs Minister Decree F3497.3/AP24245/2014 (Government Gazette No. 1820, issue B’) determines the general supporting documents and the issuing procedure for national long - term entry visas. Finally, Joint Ministerial Decree No. 30825/14 (Government Gazette No. 1528, issue B’,) specifies the documents required for issuing national entry visas and the issuing and renewing of residence permits pursuant to Act 4251/20143.

Photo Requirements
Photo Specifications

Before submitting your application make sure that your photo is in a high-resolution format. Applicants should present two recent (not more than 6 months old) passport-sized photos that should be: