Greece started to issue Schengen visas to Russians for five years


As told journalists the head of the Consulate General of Greece in Moscow Ioannis Pediotis, Greece from June began issuing Russians multiple-entry visas for up to five years. He added that there are no special conditions to get a long multiple entry visa, in addition to the required documents, reports “Interfax”.

“Up to the present time in our practice was the issuance of multiple visas for a year, but with the Jun practice the issuance of visas for three years, but if the visa regime is not violated, then in five years”, — said Pediotic at a joint press conference with Deputy Minister of culture of Russia Alla Manilova and the Minister of tourism of Greece Elena Corduroy.

That the Greek authorities intend to expand the practice of issuing the Russians a long-term multiple entry visas, in early June, Deputy foreign Minister of Greece Nikos Xidakis. He noted that in the case that have applied for a visa the Russians already had one trip to the Schengen area, he will be eligible for at least a three-year visa.

“We must give them without any obstacles,” — said Xidakis. He also argued that the consular authorities of Greece are ready to increase the flow of tourists from Russia.

Now the Minister of culture of Greece said that the Consulate in Moscow is ready to withstand the increase in the number of applications for visa in the next two months. She noted that the problems with delays in issuing visas that occurred in late April at the Consulate of Greece in Moscow, were of a technical nature. Then the press Secretary of the Russian Union of travel industry Irina Tyurina has said that in the queue for visas was about 10 thousand passports, some tourists could not fly on holiday.

“I want to assure you that now all tourists applying for a visa at the Consulate, receive them within 48 hours of submission of documents”, — promised Kundura.

According to Rostourism, in may 2016 the Greek consular service gave the Russians 90 thousand visas, which is 32% higher than in may last year.