Family Reunification flights: Who can book in May 2018?

More people will be eligible to book and buy their own Family Reunification flight tickets this month, the Asylum Service has confirmed.

Who is eligible

🇩🇪 People in Greece who were approved for Family Reunification to Germany in May 2017 can book and buy their own flights now. 🇩🇪

🇩🇪 People in Greece who were approved for Family Reunification to Germany in June 2017 will get permission to book and buy their own flights later this month, after May 20, 2018, the Asylum Service told us. 🇩🇪

🇪🇺 People in Greece who were approved for Family Reunification to any other European country (not Germany) in December 2017 or January 2018 can book and buy their own flights now. 🇪🇺

I was approved for Germany in July 2017. Can I book?

Not yet, the Asylum Service told us. But your turn will be next.

What to know at the travel agency

If you are approved to fly, you can go to any travel agency in Greece and book at your own cost.

Bring your family’s Full Registration cards and your approval document with you.

Important: The Asylum Service says you should make sure the travel agency calls the transfers office of the Asylum Service’s Dublin Unit to verify that you can fly. The travel agency should call before booking, the Asylum Service said.

We have heard reports that some people have lost their money because their travel agency booked before checking with the Asylum Service.

They can reach the Dublin Unit at 2106988748 and 2106988749.

Be aware that the lines are very busy. The number of people trying to book their tickets is very high, and the Asylum Service is very understaffed right now.

Once your tickets are booked, ask the travel agency to call the Dublin Unit again and remind them about your flights — that way, they can make sure your new country is expecting your arrival.

You can ask them to send you a copy of your itinerary, too.

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Can I still wait for the Greek Asylum Service to arrange and pay for my flight tickets?

The Greek Asylum Service told us that it is very risky for you to wait.

If you are waiting for Family Reunification to any European country except Germany, you must arrive there no later than 6 months after getting approval.

After 6 months, the country you are going to can refuse to let you in, and you will have to stay in Greece.

It might take a long time before the Asylum Service is able to book tickets again for Family Reunification cases.

That means you could miss the 6-month deadline.

Although this is not a perfect solution, the Greek Asylum Service said it highly recommends that eligible people with an approval from December 2017 and January 2018 book their own tickets as soon as possible.

Safe flights, everyone!