New Delhi: Travel to picturesque Santorini will no longer be delayed by visas. Greece Embassy says it has resolved the issue which is delaying the visa process. Greece is one of 26 countries that are part of the Schengen area that issue Schengen visas.
In a statement issued on Monday, the Greece Embassy in Delhi said, “Want to inform all Indian friends who wish to travel to Greece for their holidays or business, which had a temporary problem with respect to processing. Schengen visa The applications have been fully resolved at its consular office. As a result, it must be known that all applications are processed and replied to on time and expeditiously, i.e. in a period of less than 15 working days. Therefore the Embassy of Greece in New Delhi invites all those who wish to visit Greece for holidays or business to apply for their Schengen visas.”
Over the past few months, visa processing times have increased due to stalled demand schengen stateMajorly shooting is taking place in US, UK, Canada and few other countries. The rapid improvement in demand for international travel after Omicron has resulted in huge delays in visa processing – from asking for appointment slots to deliver biometrics, submitting paperwork, and then receiving passports back.
The problem is particularly acute with foreign consulates that have yet to scale up the workforce to pre-2020 levels.
The Schengen Area covers 26 countries (Schengen states) without border controls between them: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
The government had last month intervened to expedite visa processing for Indian students going abroad for studies as various categories of applicants are facing huge delays.
“Senior officials of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) working with Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, New Zealand, Poland, UK and USA have discussed with the respective Heads of Missions of these countries on streamlining student visas for Indian nationals. / Had constructive discussions with senior diplomats. , Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted last month, they agreed to further ease and fast-track the process, as the flow of students has been mutually beneficial.