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Απεστάλη: Τρίτη, 27 Σεπτέμβριος 2016 15:46:01
Θέμα: Bilateral visa waiver agreement between Australia and Greece

Hello

Can you please confirm if there is a bilateral visa waiver agreement between Australia and Greece that is current, for Australian citizens and passport holders.
If so, please provide a copy of it, and please explain the rules and regulations for Australian citizens.
Please confirm if this can be used as additional time to the Schengen 90 out of 180 days visa.
Thank you
Kind regards
rom: EMBASSY OF GREECE IN CANBERRA <gremb.can@mfa.gr>
Sent: Tuesday, 27 September 2016 4:41 PM
Subject: Re: Bilateral visa waiver agreement between Australia and Greece

Dear Mrs Maric,
thank you for your email. For your information please open following link:
as you can see is from the official website of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. There is no such Bilateral Agreement in Force.
For your further information please be advised that:

SHORT STAY  ( 90 DAYS in any 180 days period) in the Schengen Area:

Greece is a European Union Member State and a member of the Schengen Area. 

 

If you are a holder of an Australian passport, you do not need a visa– in any case, your stay may not exceed 90 days within any 180-day-period

However, at border you will show your passport / and perhaps other documentation,  for example information on that you have sufficient means to cover the stay

and the return trip/ or/and other documents stating the purpose of your stay (invitation letters etc)

It is a requirement that the expiration date of your passport is 3 months after your return from the Schengen area.

And the passport must have been issued within a decade before to be considered valid.

Mere possession of a uniform Schengen visa/or being exempted from the obligation to have a visa shall not confer an automatic right of entry.

 

90 days in any 180-day period […]”. “The date of entry shall be considered
as the first day of stay on the territory of the Member States and the date
of exit shall be considered as the last day of stay on the territory of the
Member States. Periods of stay authorised under a residence permit or a
long-stay visa shall not be taken into account in the calculation of the
duration of stay on the territory of the Member States.”
Contrary to the definition which was in force until 18 October 2013, the new
concept is more precise by setting the duration in days, instead of months.
The notion of “any”, implies the application of a “moving” 180-day reference
period, looking backwards at each day of the stay (be it at the entry or at
the day of an actual check), into the last 180-day period, in order to
verify if the 90 days / 180-day requirement continues to be fulfilled.

Among others, it means that an absence for an uninterrupted period of 90
days allows for a new stay for up to 90 days.
Stays in Bulgaria, Croatia, Ireland, Romania, Cyprus and the United Kingdom
shall not be taken into account as they are not (yet) part of the Schengen
area without internal borders.

At the same time, the non-EU Member States Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway
and Switzerland belong to the Schengen area; short stays in these countries
count in when assessing the compliance with the 90 days / 180-day rule.
If you are a non-EU/EFTA national (even if you are visa-exempt,), make
sure that your passport is clearly stamped both when you enter and leave the
Schengen Area with all the pertinent dates visible. Without an entry stamp, you may be treated as an overstayer when you try to leave the Schengen Area; without an exit stamp, you may be refused entry the next time you seek to
enter the Schengen Area as you may be deemed to have overstayed on your previous visit too

http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-visas/border-crossing/docs/short_stay_schengen_calculator_user_manual_en.pdf

ec.europa.eu
1 USER MANUAL FOR THE SHORT-STAY “SCHENGEN” CALCULATOR 1. Introduction Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of 26 June 2013, amended the Convention Implementing the

I hope you will find it helpful, it explains the calculation of 90 days in
any 180 day – period. I suggest that you consult it before traveling in
the Schengen area.
You can also find more information if you wish by googling  the EU
Regulation 562/2006  Articles 10 & 11 Border Guard’s Code. 

Please note that short-term residence permits(extensions) are issued by the Aliens police office in the area of residency of the individual concerned

and ONLY if the individual can show evidence that he/she has a compelling reason to prolong his/her stay in Greece. 

The application must be submitted at least 15 days before the expiration of the original 90-day period.

If an extension is approved, a sticker will be placed in the applicant’s passport.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Short-term extension permits, provided by the Aliens police, are valid only within Greece.

If the Greek Authorities deny request for a permit, the person must depart the country before the expiration of the 90 days.

EXTENSIONS FOR TOURIST PURPOSES ARE NOT GRANTED.

 

I do hope that information provided in this email answers your questions.  If need be, do not hesitate to ask for more clarifications.

Regards,

from the Embassy,

EMBASSY OF GREECE
9 Turrana Street
Yarralumla ACT 2600
Tel. +61 (2) 6271 0100
Fax. +61 (2) 6273 2620
E-mail : gremb.can@mfa.gr
Web Site: www.mfa.gr/australia
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