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Greek PM Visits Lesbos Facility for Issuing Fast-Track Visas for Visitors from Turkey

MYTILENE, Lesbos – Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who was on the island of Lesbos on Friday, visited facilities at the port of Mytilene where a pilot programme for the issue of express visas to visitors from Turkiye has been underway since the end of March.

Mitsotakis had the opportunity to talk with Turkish tourists who had arrived earlier on Friday at the port of Mytilene and was afterwards shown around the facilities by Migration and Asylum Minister Dimitris Kairidis, who briefed the premier on the progress of the pilot programme.

Initially, the seven-day express visa is available for trips to the islands of Kos, Lesbos, Samos and Chios. Another five islands (Limnos, Leros, Kalymnos, Kastellorizo and Symi) will be included in the programme by the end of April.

Arrivals of Turkish tourists to Lesbos since the implementation of the fast-track visa, between the end of March until Wednesday, April 17, increased by 868 percent in comparison with 2023, boosting the local economy before the tourism period takes off and helping to strengthen relations between the two peoples.

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