Minister Gives Greek, Russian Professionals Update on Visa Situation

The Greek consular companies in Russia are transferring swiftly to fulfill the excessive demand in visas, Alternate Overseas Affairs Minister Nikos Xydakis stated on Wednesday talking on the Greek-Russian Tourism Discussion board on the Grand Resort Lagonissi in Japanese Attica.

With regard to not too long ago reported delays in issuing visas for Russians, Mr Xydakis admitted that there have been issues however that no journey cancellations to Greece had been made because of this.

“Issues primarily came about throughout Easter, however had been corrected instantly… There have been no cancellations of journeys from Russia to Greece as a result of delays that occurred”, he careworn, including that any cancellations that did happen had been circumstances of residents who had issues with their journey paperwork.

Mr Xydakis knowledgeable that the Greek visa utility facilities (VAC) in St Petersburg and Novorossiysk had been now issuing visas inside 48 hours. As demand is excessive within the VAC in Moscow, the place the delays had been reported, workers have been instructed to think about the circumstances of residents departing within the subsequent 5 to seven days as “precedence circumstances”.

Russia now counts a complete of 28 visa facilities, together with an additional workplace working in Moscow. By the top of Could, the visa facilities in Moscow will likely be manned by a complete of 100 workers.

He added that Russia would quickly see 4 mini visa facilities regularly working in Surgut, Tomsk, Chelyabinsk and Kyoumen. The mini visa facilities will likely be out there to gather the journey paperwork of Russian residents inquisitive about acquiring a visa for journey to Greece.

“The visas we challenge are for a number of entries and legitimate for as much as three years”, Mr Xydakis stated, including that the ministry receives every day updates from all three consulates in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Novorossiysk.

Talking earlier on a Greek radio station, Mr Xydakis stated that Russian vacationers have their sights set on Greece this summer season, as they’re turning away from former favorites Egypt and Turkey. The alternate overseas affairs minister forecasts Russian arrivals to Greece to extend by 70 p.c.