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Golden Visa Reform in Greece Postponed Until After Elections

Ratification of a revised investor visa scheme in Greece has been pushed back due to snap elections in the country scheduled for July 7.

ITB Berlin’s Medical Tourism Pavilion to Welcome More Exhibitors

The ITB Berlin travel trade show, which will be held during March 6-10, this year has recorded an increase in international exhibitors at the Medical Tourism Pavilion.

Number of Greece Investor Visas Triples in 2018

Greece issued three times more investor visas in 2018 than a year earlier, according to data released by the migration policy ministry.

Commission to Tighten Golden Visa Rules, Monitor EU State Activity

The European Commission plans to develop a common set of security checks for investor-friendly golden visa schemes by the end of the year.

Henley Index Ranks Greek Passport Among World’s Strongest 

The Greek passport is among the strongest in the world, ranked 7th with Japan’s passport in the lead, according to the 2019 Henley Passport Index.

Greek Passport Among World’s Most Powerful

The Greek passport is among the world’s most powerful, allowing access to 164 countries, according to the Global Passport Power Rank 2018 by Arton Capital.

Report: EU Golden Visa Schemes Facilitating Shady Practices

The so-called golden visas have been found to be paving the way for criminal activity, according to a report released by Transparency International and Global Witness.

EU Calls on Members to Limit Investor Visa Schemes

Citing security risks, the European Commission is urging member states to restrict issuing investor visas to non-nationals, with plans to publish new regulations in September.

Greek Golden Visa Scheme Winning Over More Investors

Greece has issued 2,300 golden visas (up to 5,700 if family members are included) between 2013 and 2017, according to Enterprise Greece data.

Henley Index: Japan Passport World’s Most Powerful

Japan’s passport is the most powerful with holders enjoying access to the highest number of countries in the world, according to the 2018 Henley Passport Index.

VISA Study: More Travel, Shorter Trips, Cash Still Rules

People are traveling more but trips are getting shorter while travelers still prefer to pay in cash, according to VISA's Global Travel Intentions Study.

China, Russia, Turkey Investors Top Golden Visa Greece List

The largest number of buyers seeking to invest in Greece, through the "golden visa" program, are from China, Russia and Turkey.

Greece to Present Advantages of Golden Visa Program to Chinese Investors

Executives of the Hellenic Capital Market Commission and the Athens Stock Exchange will visit Beijing to present the advantages of the golden visa program to Chinese investors.

Greece’s Investor Visa Pays Off, Boosts State Coffers by €1bn

Greece’s investor visa program is paying off, boosting state coffers by approximately 1 billion euros, Deputy Economy Minister Stergios Pitsiorlas said.

Greek Golden Visa Program to Include Bond Buyers

The Greek economy ministry will expand the investment visa program to include extending "gold visas" to foreign nationals investing at least €250,000 in bonds/shares.

Greece’s Golden Visa May Soon Include Investors Buying Bonds

One step further in efforts to bring in much-needed cash, Greek authorities said they are looking into expanding the current investor visa program.

Greek Golden Visa Attracting Chinese, Russian Investors

Investors from China benefited most from Greece’s golden visa program which offers 5-year residency rights in return for investments over 250,000 euros.

Greek Gov’t Planning Changes to Investor Visa Program

The Greek government is planning changes to the so-called golden visa program extended to foreign nationals investing in property in efforts to make it more attractive.

Greece Ups Investor Visas, Aims to Bring in Cash

Greece is increasing the number of “golden visas” to individuals investing more than 250,000 euros in property, aiming to boost state coffers while offering five-year residency rights in return for real estate acquisitions or for strategic investments.

Greece ‘Enticing’ Saudi Investors with 5-year Visa

Greece is extending the so-called golden visa to Arab nationals investing more than 250,000 euros in property. The investor visas offer five-year residency rights in return for real estate acquisitions or for strategic investments.
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