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Greece in Top 5 Schengen Countries Issuing Short-stay Visas

Greece is ranked fifth among 10 Schengen countries that received the most short-stay visa applications in 2017 after France, Germany, Italy and Spain, according to, a private publishing website that offers the Schengen Visa information guide online.

Out of 1,029,564 received applications, Greece issued 981,091 visas. Greece also ranks fourth in terms of multiple-entry visas (MEVs) issuing 776,529, below Germany, Italy and France.

France received more applications for short-term visas than any other Schengen country approving a total of 3,161,274 visas, 965,661 of which were multiple-entry short-term visas.

Based on Schengen Visa statistics for consulates in 2017 published by the European Commission’s department for Migration and Home Affairs, reports that an additional 418,485 people applied for a Schengen short-term visa to France in 2017 against 2016, when France consulates received 3,265,919 visa applications.

Second on the list is Germany, issuing 1,857,770 visas out of the 2,049,055 visa applications its consulates worldwide received, followed by Italy, which approved 1,703,693 visas out of 1,850,260 applications. Both countries held the same ranking in 2016. Fourth is Spain, receiving an additional 40,428 visa applications compared to 2016 and issuing 615,897 visas in 2017.

The remaining five Schengen countries out of the top ten receiving the most visa applications were Finland issuing 814,047 visas out of 827,520 applications; Poland with 789,343 visas issued out of 823,101 applications; Czech Republic approving 594,225 visas out of 623,255 applications; the Netherlands with 550,910 visas issued out of 621,431 applications, and Switzerland issuing 451,528 visas out of 517,010 applications.

In terms of MEVs, a total of 8,677,376 were issued within 2017. Germany issued the most MEVs at 1,525,361, followed by Italy at 1,229,938 and France with 965,661. Finland comes after Greece, issuing 729,559 MEVs, followed by Germany and Switzerland.

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