A simplified visa regime for tourists arriving from Turkey to the islands of Greece has extended

“The European Commission agreed to extend for 2018 a simplified visa regime for tourists arriving from Turkey and planning to visit Greek islands of the Aegean Sea”, - the press service of the Greek Foreign Ministry reported.

This system was launched in 2012. It allows tourists who rest on the Aegean coast of Turkey and who want to visit the islands of Dodecanese archipelago - Kos, Rhodes, Lesbos and others - to arrive there by ferry from the Turkish ports of Bodrum and Marmaris and get a visa upon arrival. The cost of a single visa is 35 Euros. This is not a Schengen visa and does not allow entering the rest of Greece and the European Union.

Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) reported that from April to mid-November a large number of tourists - Turkish and third-country nationals, primarily Russia and Iran - arrive to Greece by ferries from Turkey.

"Renewal of the program is a critical issue for the island's economy and this issue is constantly raised by business and local authorities", - said the Greek Foreign Ministry.