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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-09-05

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  • [01] Valynakis on visas

  • [01] Valynakis on visas

    Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valynakis announced that a Greek Visa Centre will be operating in Moscow as of September 15. He was speaking during an event held by the Panhellenic Hoteliers Federation and the Federation of Tourist Businesses in Thessaloniki and with the participation of tourist and hotel business representatives from various prefectures.

    The Centre will be operating in cooperation with a company that is also cooperating with other cocuntries (VFS) and which will be issuing visas in parallel to the Consulate in Moscow.

    This process will enable the issuing of a visa in 48 hours (the shortest period among all the European countries). The price of a visa will remain 35 euros and those choosing the Greek Centre for its issuing will be charged with the amount of 17.5 euros, which Valynakis said is the lowest compared to other countries and which was set after negotiations took place.

    The deputy minister said that the operation of a corresponding Centre in Kiev, in Ukraine, and in other cities in Russia, apart from Moscow, as well as of other countries is already being considered.

    The foreign ministry is heeding the signs of the times and the new international trends, Valynakis said and noted that the government is also responding to the claims of the tourist sector, that expects a great deal from the market of Russia and of other countries of the former Soviet Union.

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