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Monday, 02 April, 2018, 14 : 30 PM [IST]
GVCW takes over Greece visa facilitation in India
By TBM Staff | New Delhi

Greece Visa Centre World (GVCW), an independent visa service provider appointed by the Greek government to help Hellenic Consular Authorities with visa services in four geographical zones in the world, has started operations in India with 15 centres across the country. The opening of the new visa facilitation centre was announced by the Ambassador of Greece to India, Panos Kalogeropoulos, at an event held at the Greek Embassy in Delhi, which was attended by the President of GVCW, Eleftherios Oikonomou, and Yannis Alexis Zepos, the Board Member of GVCW.

Speaking on the occasion, the Ambassador said that GVCW is taking over the Greece visa facilitation at a time interest is growing steadily for Indians to visit Greece. The Greece Embassy has been one of the front runners in issuing Schengen Visa for Indians last year, with approximately 28,000 applications processed so far. He expressed the hope that the new system will further improve up on the quality of service which would enable more Indians to travel to Greece in the coming years. “We want to see the number going up.  Greece is much more than Athens, Mykonos and Santorini. There are so many other destinations in Greece which are appealing in terms of history, heritage and architecture,” he said. He mentioned about cities in the North like Thessaloniki which is now connected by two international carriers from their respective hubs.

Oikonomou said that the endeavour would be to “contribute to more travel” between India and Greece by delivering “high-quality visa facilitation”.  He said that the company aspires to be a “bridge between the East and the West” to bring the two rich cultures and civilisations closer.

Zepos said that since the company has got the mandate from the government, services has been started simultaneously in India and South Africa from January, followed by China. They will be launching the centre in Russia soon, he added. He reiterated the commitment of the company to offer best services to “get more Indians travel to Greece” in the coming time.

As per the Greece Embassy, 27,897 Schengen visas were issued by the embassy in 2017, while more than 52,000 Indians visited Greece last year. Tourism is very important for the Greek economy.  The country received 27 million visitors last year, against a population of 11 million.