Visas to Greece: what has changed

Tour operators warn Russian tourists that the reduction of employees of Greek consular offices in the Russian Federation may lead to changes in terms.

The Association of Tour Operators of Russia says that on July 4 the Consulate of Greece resumed its work. Recall that the reason for the suspension of the issuance of visas was 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.

However, the reduction of the staff of the Greek consulate can lead to an increase in the period of consideration of documents for a visa, ATOR warns. Tour operators recommend submitting documents in advance, processing information from applicants may take longer.

Experts, meanwhile, predict that the number of single-entry visas for certain travel dates may increase. ATOR analysts advise to be extremely careful when filling out documents so as not to be denied a visa, but after receiving it, go specifically to Greece, writes GreekReporter:

More than 50% of visa applicants do not actually plan to visit this country, but intend to go to other states of the European Union. These tourists may be refused, as the consulates have special mechanisms to identify the real purpose of the trip.

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