Greece is planning to start opening to all tourists in June 2021. As of now, only essential travel is permitted with strict restrictions. Vaccinated tourists will be able to enter of May 14, according to the deputy minister of Tourism.
All international travelers aged two or over must submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test done 3 days before departure.
In addition, passengers will undergo a quick check on arrival. If the test is positive, they will have to be quarantined for 14 days.
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Greece Tourism Opening – LATEST UPDATES
April 3 – the retail market will not reopen in Greece for the time being.
The National Committee for the Protection of Public Health against Covid-19 decided last week not to reopen the retail markets in Thessaloniki, Kozani and Achaia, some of the country’s most important cities. The reopening was scheduled for April 5.
Progressive Alliance spokesman Alexis Charitsis said the new ban is just “another big blow” to the government’s credibility, “even before it opened, just a day after announcements for a horizontal retail opening across the country. parents”.
The government has been accused of failing to follow a serious plan to reopen a country. So far, the country has not confirmed that it will reopen to tourists on May 14.
As of May 14, the government will reopen for some tourists to visit archaeological sites outdoors, such as the internationally famous ruins located in Athens and other tourist sites.
Tourism Minister Harry Theocharis also announced that travelers who received two doses of a vaccine against COVID-19, have antibodies or a negative test, will be able to travel to Greece next summer with almost no restrictions.
According to the latest government news, Greece plans to start reopening tourism in June 2021 and pressures the European Union to issue vaccine passports to travel within Europe.
As of 2 March, Greece vaccinated 9% of the population, that is, 957,139 people vaccinated in total.
According to Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis, the country is reportedly working on a plan to safely reopen tourism.
Theoharis also said that the country is preparing for the next tourist season. One of its main strategies is to vaccinate tourism workers first.
“We have drawn up a plan to open up tourism, which includes prioritizing the vaccination of people in the sector. The plan will be examined by specialists and the opening will depend on the progress of vaccination in our country ”. Said Theoharis.
Which countries can travel to Greece now?
If you have a passport from the following countries, you can enter Greece. (Current as of April 3)
- EU member countries plus
As well as these non-European nations
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
Visitors from these countries must be subjected to a 7-day quarantine.
Are Greek land borders open to tourism?
Greece is open to some countries. To enter, travelers must show the QR code and a negative COVID-19 test result (no more than 72 hours) to the port authorities.
What are the new restrictions related to COVID-19 in the country?
Greek authorities have restarted their country’s color-coded risk assessment map, giving the areas a coronavirus (Covid-19) risk rating in yellow or red.
The decision was made due to the recent increase in cases of Covid-19 in certain areas of the country.
Is it safe to travel to Greece now in relation to COVID-19?
From April 3, Greece reported 273,459 COVID-19 cases and 8,302 deaths caused by the virus. Daily contagion rates are between 500-700 new cases.
Emmanouil Dermitzakis, a geneticist at the University of Geneva, said the situation in Greece was “stable, but critical”. According to the scientist, the biggest challenge is to break the chain of contagion between young and old, since the young population believes that it is a disease of the elderly that leads to 90% of transmission in the community.
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