Greek consular providers in Moscow are assembly the elevated demand for visas by Russian nationals wishing to journey to Greece, Alternate International Minister Nikos Xydakis stated on Tuesday, including that the objective is to additional enhance vacationer flows from Russia.
“I’m right here as we speak to be sure that we now have resolved the issues confronted by our Moscow Consulate in issuing visas. It wasn’t easy… Unprecedented motion wanted to be taken,” Mr Xydakis stated, and added that in 120 days, organizational and technical enhancements had been carried out which led to the specified outcomes.
The minister underlined that the Consulate was now ready to concern and ship every day extra visas to Russian vacationers, including that efforts to additional bolster consular providers will proceed by to the top of the summer season.
“In Could, our three consular missions in Russia issued over 85,000 visas, marking a 50 % enhance in comparison with the identical month final yr,” Mr Xydakis stated, and added that on the event of the “Cross-year Greece and Russia” occasions, “we’re capitalizing on the potential of granting long-term (three- or five-year) visas in instances the place that is supplied for by the Schengen regime”.
In the meantime, Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) President Andreas Andreadis expressed his satisfaction with the ministry’s swift and efficient response. “It’s a constructive growth, now that Nikos Xydakis confirmed the difficulty of 6,000 visas per day in Moscow, quickly to change into 10,000,” he remarked on his twitter account.
There are presently 28 Greek visa facilities (VAC) working in Russia manned by a complete of 120 staff with the St Petersburg and Novorossiysk workplaces issuing visas inside 48 hours.