Putin: Greece Could Welcome 3 Million Russian Tourists this Year if Visas are Issued Faster

Russian President Vladimir Putin stated on Friday that Greece may welcome three million Russian vacationers this yr if the issue of delays in visa issuance is solved.

“Many Russians are sure for Greece and the nation is available in first place in vacationer bookings”, the Russian president stated to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday, the primary day of a two-day official go to to Greece aimed toward securing bilateral agreements in commerce, funding and joint vitality and transport tasks.

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“A million Russian vacationers are anticipated to return to your nation (this yr) and this quantity will triple if the issue with the visas is solved”, he stated.

PM Tsipras stated he hoped that the quantity does multiply and confused that efforts could be made to enhance the pace and effectivity of the visa course of.

“We’re doing every part in our energy to beat obstacles which have been created as a consequence of the truth that the visa issuance system has modified and I personally have handled the matter”, the Greek PM stated.

In response to stories, the Russian chief and the Greek PM mentioned methods to speed up the visa issuance course of.

Final month, the Russian Tourism Business Union stated that the Greek Consulate in Moscow was overwhelmed with visa functions submitted by Russians desirous to journey to Greece.

The Alternate International Minister for European Affairs, Nikos Xydakis, is scheduled to journey to Moscow on Sunday, Might 29, for a sequence of conferences on the matter.

In a current assertion, the Greek International Ministry stated that following actions aimed in direction of the complete and speedy servicing of candidates for visas in Moscow for journey to Greece, the time required for issuing has been lowered to below ten days from the day the appliance is submitted to the Greek Consulate. “The target is for visa utility processing time to be even additional lowered all through the height season”, the ministry’s assertion learn.

In response to the Russian Tour Operators Affiliation (ATOR), the variety of Russian vacationers visiting Greece this yr has jumped by greater than 500 %.

The affiliation stated in a press release on Friday {that a} whole of 10,000 Russian vacationers moved to go to Greece in March, up 523.6 % on the earlier yr. In the meantime, between January and April, 20,000 Russians visited Greece, a 135 % rise on 2015.