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Greek Visas to Russian Travelers on the Rise

There may have initially been some glitches to the visa process for Russian travelers to Greece, but the procedure is now as prompt as ever with the number issued between January and July 2016 up by 11 percent compared to last year.

Greece Strengthens Tourism Collaboration with Russia

Boosting tourism flows between Russia and Greece as well working together on actions that will strengthen the ongoing collaboration in tourism between the two countries, including the issue of three- and five-year visas, was on the agenda of talks recently between Alternate...

Boosted Greek Consular Services Meet Russian Visa Demand

Greek consular services in Moscow are meeting the increased demand for visas by Russian nationals wishing to travel to Greece, Alternate Foreign Minister Nikos Xydakis said on Tuesday, adding that the goal is to further increase tourist flows from Russia.

Russian Tour Operators Urge Early Bookings for Fear of Visa Delays

The tedious visa regime and seemingly short-staffed consulate offices in Russia are negatively affecting Russian bookings to Greece with local tour operators requesting travelers book two weeks in advance.

Russian Tourists Set Sights on Greece, Bulgaria this Summer

The recent barrage of terror strikes and the ongoing animosity between Russia and Turkey have diverted travelers to Greece and Bulgaria, with both countries stepping up their campaigns to attract more Russian tourists.

Visa Process Red Tape Turns Russian Tourists Away

Russian tourists might not be traveling to Turkey this year due to the escalating military conflict between the two countries, but they are not opting to visit Greece either, Greek tourism sector insiders are saying, citing the tedious and time-consuming visa procedure as the reason.

Greek Hoteliers Weary of New Schengen Visa Scheme

Greek hoteliers are expressing their concerns about the new visa regime that requires travelers to EU countries to show up personally at a Schengen consular station to give finger prints and photos in order to obtain visas.

New Visa Regime May Push Russian Tourists Away

A new visa regime comes on top of an “unfriendly” exchange rate to push all the more Russian tourists away from Greece.