Greece resumes issuing visas to Russian citizens

The Consulate General of Greece in Moscow has resumed the work of the visa and civil departments, said TASS Secretary of the Greek Embassy in Russia Despina Nikolaidou.

“We are working as always. We had a problem because [что] our employees leave. But now everything is fine,” she said.

According to TASS, the consulate did not accept documents for visas for three working days. As we reported earlier, the issuance of visas was suspended back June 27th.

On June 24, the Consulate General of Greece announced on its website that it was suspending the issuance of visas from June 27, explaining this decision for “technical reasons.” However, already on June 25 this decision was canceled, about which the Greek Embassy notified the tour operators by letter.

The reason is called technical difficulties due to the fact that on June 27 Russia announced eight employees of the Greek Embassy persona non grata and demanded that they leave the country. This is how the Russian Foreign Ministry responded to the expulsion of 12 Russian diplomats from Greece in early April.

Greece is one of the most popular among Russian tourists countries included in the Schengen Agreement. The issuance of tourist visas, suspended due to the pandemic, Greece resumed in the spring of 2021.

At the end of February 2022, after the start of the war in Ukraine, Greece, joining the anti-Russian sanctions, suspended the issuance and renewal investment residence permits for businessmen from the Russian Federationas well as blocked bank accounts for all citizens of Russia.

It is worth noting that due to difficulties with flights and high prices for air tickets, the number of tourists arriving in Greece from Russia after the start of the war in Ukraine became extremely insignificant.

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