Embassy of Greece
7/F SEDCCO Bldg., Rada St. cor. Legazpi St., Legazpi Village, Makati, Metro Manila
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If you want to go to Portugal, you'll have to pass through Greece... or at least the Greek Embassy in Manila. While planning our trip, we discovered that Portugal closed down its embassy in Manila years ago and only recently made arrangements with the Greek Embassy to process visa applications to enter Portugal. Of course both are part of the Schengen area, so if you're going to other countries that are part of the Schengen area you can apply for a visa in those countries' embassy in Manila.
Lobby guard was courteous but firm. I arrived at 9 am and my visa appointment was at 9:15 am. Guard asked me to stay at the lobby first. A few minutes before my appointment, he called me and said I can go up. A policeman was stationed at the hall outside the embassy. When I entered the reception area, it was nearly full with other applicants who had an earlier schedule. I submitted my documents to the lady at the counter who promptly reviewed them for completeness. I was then asked to pay the visa fee at the BDO branch opposite the embassy and thereafter they took my biometrics (photo and fingerprinting). Then the loooooong wait began. Fortunately I brought a book and was offered a seat by one of the male applicants. I must say that the staff at the counter were the most patient and courteous embassy staff I have ever encountered. I've done a number of visa applications and found most of the staff at the visa section of other embassies short-tempered, rude, and sometimes arrogant. Sadly, some of the worst offenders are the Filipino staff. So I was quite surprised at how calm and even-tempered the Filipino staff were at the Greek embassy, even in the face of applicants who seemed determined not to follow the clear instructions in the checklist provided to them. I found myself getting irritated by the other applicants who tried to have certain requirements waived.
I was finally interviewed at around 11 am by a female Greek national. It was a brief interview, after which I received some final instructions from the staff at the reception area. I left my most recent passport with them and they said I'll know the results after 14 calendar days. I was asked to come and pick up my passport then. I finally got out at 11:30 am. I suppose 2 1/2 hours is not so bad.
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