Foreign ministry to increase consular staff in countries where visa demand is high

The foreign ministry is to send additional staff to Greek consular authorities in countries where demand for visas is rising, among them Russia, China, India and Iran.

The decision was made at a meeting on visa issues and cruise tourism held at the foreign ministry on Monday, chaired by Alternate Foreign Minister George Katrougalos.

The meeting was attended by Shipping Minister Panagiotis Kouroumblis, Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura and Alternate Citizen Protection Minister Nikos Toskas, as well as officials from the ministries involved.

The meeting, arranged by Kouroumblis and Katrougalos, focused on how to facilitate the arrival of tourists to Greece via cruises, since their numbers are expected to be significantly increased in the coming summer.