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Commission Approves Visa Validation at E. Aegean Island Ports

A visa facilitation pilot program that allows non-European Union citizens from Turkish ports to visit select Greek islands has been extended by one year.

Georgians Get Visa-free Travel Rights to EU

Georgia nationals can travel throughout the EU for 90 days without a visa, after the European Commission ratified the country's visa liberalization.

S. Aegean Governor Calls for Pilot Visa Plan to ‘Save’ Refugee-hit Isles

South Aegean Region Governor George Hadjimarkos has called for a pilot visa scheme that will allow residents from Iran, Russia and Turkey to travel to the Eastern Aegean islands.
Posted On 24 Jan 2017

Greek Mayors Call for Decongestion of Islands from Refugees

In view of the tourism season, the mayors of Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Kos and Leros have requested the immediate decongestion of the islands from refugees.
Posted On 20 Jan 2017

Greece’s Refugee-flooded Island Mayors Call for Help

Mayors of Greek islands bearing the brunt of the ongoing refugee crisis, accompanied the EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, on his recent visit to Lesvos.
Posted On 19 Jan 2017

Commission Action Plan to Tackle Travel Document Fraud

In efforts to stem terrorism and organized crime and improve border protection and migration management, the European Commission has announced a new action plan aimed at enhancing the security of travel documents.
Posted On 09 Dec 2016

Non-EU Travellers May Have to Pay €5 Fee to Enter Schengen Zone

People from visa-waiver countries may have to pay a five-euro fee to obtain authorisation to enter the Schengen Area, according to the European Commission’s proposal, unveiled recently.
Posted On 18 Nov 2016

EU Migration Commissioner Avramopoulos: Turkey Making Progress

The European Union and Turkey are determined to work together to maintain the April agreement said EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos from Ankara on Thursday.

Commission Supports Visa-free Travel for Turkey by June

Turkish nationals may finally see their dream come true and be able to travel throughout Europe visa-free by June this year after the European Commission proposed lifting the visa requirements for Turkey's citizens.
Posted On 05 May 2016

Greece Insists Hotspots Ready on Feb. 15, Kos Mayor Calls for Vote

Five screening centers on the Greek islands of Lesvos, Samos, Chios, Kos and Leros, will be ready on February 15, to manage the registration procedure for the ever-growing number of refugees entering Europe through Greece, Defence Minister Panos Kammenos told European...
Posted On 10 Feb 2016

Refugee Crisis: Commission Aims for Schengen’s Normal Functioning in 2016

"In 2016 we need to return to Schengen's normal functioning", European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said following the weekly meeting of the College of Commissioners which focused on the refugee crisis. The commissioners decided that the Schengen's normal...
Posted On 14 Jan 2016

Tripoli Military Airfield To Operate As Civil Airport In 2015

As of next year the Civil Aviation Authority will have partial use of the military airfield in Tripoli (Peloponnese), Greece, to service passenger traffic, according to a joint ministerial decision signed by the ministers of Defense, Dimitris Avramopoulos, and Infrastructure,...
Posted On 16 Sep 2014
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Greece Reshuffles Government, Tourism Ministry Unaffected

Olga Kefalogianni was among the few untouched ministers and remained at her post as Tourism Minister on Monday, 24 June, following the cabinet reshuffle of Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.
Posted On 25 Jun 2013
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Greece To Launch Visa-Free Program For Turks Again This Year

Last summer’s visa facilitation pilot program that allowed non-European Union citizens from Turkish ports to visit five Greek Eastern Aegean islands without a visa from a Greek consulate will run again this year, according to Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos.
Posted On 29 Mar 2013
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Greek Travel Agents Strengthen Ties With Turkey And Germany

A Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies (HATTA) and Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TÜRSAB) during the open session of HATTA's annual general assembly today, 27 March, in Athens.
Posted On 27 Mar 2013

Schengen Visas In The Spotlight

All consular authorities of Greece are instructed to extensively use all Schengen visa system facilities to issue visas without delay and with the minimum of formalities, Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said on Monday 10 September.
Posted On 11 Sep 2012

G20 Commits To Visa Issue, Greece Makes Proposals

“While recognizing the sovereign right of States to control the entry of foreign nationals, we will work towards developing travel facilitation initiatives in support of job creation, quality work, poverty reduction and global growth,” according to the Leaders’ Declaration from...
Posted On 01 Aug 2012

Hotel Chamber Seeks Solutions from Health Minister

The board of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels recently discussed key issues with Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos that concern both the hotel industry and the health ministry.

New Routes Planned by Aegean from Thessaloniki

Aegean Airlines President Theodoros Vassilakis recently announced new routes by the carrier from Thessaloniki during a ceremony held to christen two new Airbus A321 and A320 jets—with the names "Philoxenia" and "Exelixis" respectively—received by the airline. The ceremony was...
Posted On 01 Jun 2008

2nd Tourism & Property Show a Double Success

More than 7,000 visitors, hundreds of investors in the tourism sector and some 250 foreign visitors attended the 2nd International Tourism & Property Show held from 22 to 24 February at the Olympic Fencing Center at Hellinikon.
Posted On 01 Apr 2008