This is just a post so that those who are interested know that it is possible to get a 12 Month Visa to visit Greece
We are a Kiwi and a Brit/Ozzie currently cruising our boat in the Med and have wintered in Turkey
(where we obtained Residency).
Last year we cruised in Greece
but ran into the Schengen 90 day issue, but did meet some cruisers who had tried to use NZ's Bilateral agreements with the Med countries to get 90 days in Greece, 90 in Italy
, 90 in France
Prior to starting our cruise
, we had attempted to get this via the Greece embassy in Abu Dhabi (we were working in the UAE) but had got nowhere. So we began the process again by contacting the Greece Embassy in Australia
(as there is no longer a Consulate in NZ apparently) and were told that yes, it was possible to get a Long Stay Visa, and here is what is required;
"Further to your emails, please note that in order to apply for a long stay visa (national visa type D) as finantially independent persons (the type of visa I assume you will be applying for unless otherwise specified)
you have to provide the following:
-Visa Application Form duly filled in (www.mfa.gr/australia
, visa, application form)
-1 photograph, recent
-current passport (valid for at least 1 year)
- proof of montly income
(primary visa holder) of 3.000,00 AUD. The amount to be increase by 20% per accompanying family member
Such documents are: Tax Declaration Forms of the past 2 years, bank/credit card statements of the past 6 months, etc.
If accompanied by spouse, Marriage Certificate, if by children
, birth certificates. Please note that, in cases of de facto relationships, each applicant applies for a primary visa holder.
-National Police Clearance
to cover you overseas for at least the duration of the visa (1 year). Minimum coverage for repatriation & medical
-Airline ticket (or reservation)
-Fee of the equivalent amount of 180 euro to be paid in cash in AUD
-Medical certificate (Form for your doctor to fill in also available on line)
We may only process applications 3 months in advance of your trip, at the earliest"
Armed with this knowledge we contacted the Greece Embassy here in Turkey
who instructed us to deal with the Consulate in Izmir, and when we contacted them, they faxed us slightly similar requirements;
- Application Form (see here. National Visas - Visas
- 2 Photo's
Clearance Certificate (see here for the template. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...8LvlsA&cad=rja
- Police Report
- Health Insurance
- Bank Statements (proving that you have a minimum of EUR 22,000)
We duly booked an appointment (Wednesday's only) and drove up to Izmir with all the docs.
So, we now have Visa's to allow us to cruise
Greece for the next 12 months, that allow us to come and go, and can be renewed in Greece at the end of the 12 months and more importantly, that do not impact on any Schengen travel we may opt to do (ie. If we decide to visit Italy).
So.... If it's easy enough for a Kiwi and an Aussie to do, I'm thinking you might just find it is easy enough for most of the rest of you.