The Hellenic Parliament and authorities have agreed on the extension of the validity of Greek passports from 5 to 10 years, ranging from subsequent month, September 1.
The transfer, beforehand warned by the nation’s Minister of Citizen Safety, Takis Theodorikakos, has been introduced by the Greek embassies worldwide, which have warned Greek residents dwelling overseas that now they’ll get hold of passports which might be legitimate for twice the time they had been till now, SchengenVisaInfo.com stories.
“The Embassy of Greece in Ljubljana informs the general public that in accordance with Regulation 4962/Authorities Gazette 148 cl. A’/28.07.2022, the validity of bizarre Greek passports issued as of September 1 2022, is elevated from 5 years (as is presently the case for adults) to 10 years for all Greek residents who’ve reached the age of 14,” the Greek embassy has introduced for the nation’s residents dwelling in Slovenia.
The identical additionally factors out that kids till the age of 14 will get hold of passports which might be legitimate for under a interval of three years and now not.
Within the meantime, up till August 31, passports will proceed to be issued with the identical validity as now, that of 5 years.
SchengenVisaInfo.com had reported on the finish of July this 12 months that in an interview on the SKAI present “Mismatches”, Minister Theodorikakos had revealed that Greece would begin issuing ten-year legitimate passports, which in keeping with him, would end in substantial monetary and administrative financial savings.
The Minister had additionally identified that Greece was one of many final European Union Member States, in addition to world nations, that also issued passports with validity shorter than ten years.
“It’ll imply much less forms for Greek residents, particularly Greeks overseas. It’ll release police time. Each the state and residents will profit,” the Minister stated on the time, highlighting the advantages of such a transfer.
The charges for acquiring a Greek passport legitimate for ten years will stay the identical, at €85 per software per a brand new passport for its renewal. Because of this acquiring a Greek passport will change into cheaper, as passport holders pays solely €85 for ten years and never €170 (€85 twice each 5 years).
Nearly all of the remainder of EU nations have their passports legitimate for ten years, like Italy, the place renewing or acquiring a passport for the primary time prices €116. In Denmark, however, passports are issued with a validity of seven years and price solely €65.
The Greek passport is the world’s eighth strongest, as its holders can go to the vast majority of world nations visa-free or with a visa-on-arrival. Based on the Henley Passport Index, which ranks world passports primarily based on the variety of nations that they permit their holder to enter visa-free or with a visa on arrival, in mid-2022, Greeks want a visa to journey to 38 nations however can go to one other 185 visa-free or with a visa on arrival.
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