Athens: Visa Program Allows Turkish Tourists to Visit Greek Islands For Extended Period in 2018

Published April 12th, 2018 - 11:00 GMT
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Nikos Cotzias. (AFP/ File Photo)
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Nikos Cotzias. (AFP/ File Photo)

A visa program allowing tourists in Turkey to travel to Greek islands in the Aegean Sea for short visits has been extended for 2018, the Greek Foreign Ministry said in a statement late Wednesday.

Under the program -- applied since 2012 -- tourists making short visits to certain Aegean Greek islands can be issued a visa at the port, without having to apply at an embassy or a consulate.

The statement said the European Commission had accepted to continue the program in 2018, which allows Turkish citizens and those legally in Turkey to travel to the Greek islands for a week.

The program is critical for the economy of the islands, the statement added.

 This article has been adapted from its original source.

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