Greece will reopen for tourism on May 15. The country dropped quarantine requirements for a huge group of tourists today as part of the preparation for its international reopening.
As of today, other travelers aged two years and older are still required to provide a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 3 days before departure.
Additionally, passengers will be subjected to take a rapid test upon arrival. If the test returns positive, they will have to quarantine for 14 days.
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May 3 – Greece will reopen for all vaccinated travelers on May 15
Greece’s Prime Minister has confirmed the country will reopen for vaccinated travelers on May 15.
As part of the preparation, the country reopened cafes and restaurants for outdoor seated service only today, after 6 months of closure. Tables are set apart to maintain social distancing, while standing customers and music are not allowed just yet.
The Minister of Development and Investment, Adonis Georgiadis, stated that the government’s goal is to eventually allow longer hours of operation, as of now, these places should close at 10:45, in order to allow people to observe the 11:00 PM curfew.
This means that even with the vaccine, tourists will need to follow some COVID-19 restrictions when in the country.
April 17 – Greece to remove quarantine to EU members and other countries from this week
As part of their preparation for the big reopening for tourism on May 14, the Greek authorities decided to remove its quarantine requirements from travelers arriving from the European Union, United States, United Kingdom, Serbia, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates.
Of course, conditions apply. These visitors need to bring either a vaccine certificate or a negative COVID-19 test result.
Travelers from the UK or UAE must need to take a second mandatory test upon arrival even if they bring their vaccination and negative test certificates.
“We will gradually lift the restrictions at the beginning of next week ahead of the opening on May 14,” said a senior tourism ministry official at a press conference.
April 3 – Retail Market will not reopen in Greece for now.
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 most important cities of the country. They were scheduled to reopen on April 5.
The progressive Alliance’s spokesperson Alexis Charitsis said that the new ban is just “another huge blow” to the government’s credibility, “before they even open, just one day after the announcements for a horizontal opening of retail all over the country.”
The government has been accused of not following a serious country’s reopening plan. So far, the country has not reconfirmed it will actually reopen to tourists on May 14.
Starting May 14, the government will reopen for some tourists to visit open-air archeological sites like the internationally celebrated ruins located in Athens and other tourist venues.
Tourism Minister Harry Theocharis has also announced that travelers who have received two doses of a vaccine against COVID-19, have antibodies or test negative will be able to travel to Greece this coming summer with almost no restrictions.
According to the latest news from the government, Greece plans to start reopening tourism again by June 2021 and pushes European Union to issue vaccine passports for traveling within Europe.
As of March 2, Greece has vaccinated 9% of the population which is 957,139 vaccinated people in total.
According to Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis, the country is reportedly working on a plan to safely re-open to tourism.
Theoharis also said the country is preparing for the upcoming tourism season. One of their core strategies is to vaccine tourism workers first.
“We’ve drawn up a plan for how tourism will open, which includes making the vaccination of people in the industry a matter of priority. The plan will be examined by the experts and opening will depend on the course 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 without quarantine requirements starting April 19 (see other requirements above)
- EU member countries, plus
- United States
- United Kingdom
- United Arab Emirates
These non-European nations can still enter but they must observe a 7-day quarantine
- New Zealand
- South Korea
Are Greek land borders open for tourism?
Greece is open to some countries. To enter, travelers must show the QR code and a negative COVID-19 test result (no older than 72 hours) to port authorities.
What are the new COVID-19 related restrictions in the country?
Greek authorities have restarted their country’s color-coded risk-assessment map, giving areas a coronavirus (Covid-19) risk rating of yellow or red.
The decision was taken due to the recent surge in Covid-19 cases in certain areas of the country.
Is it safe to travel to Greece right now regarding COVID-19?
As of May 3, Greece has reported 348,568 COVID-19 cases and 10,587 deaths caused by the virus. Daily contagion rates are between 1,800-2,200 new cases.
Emmanouil Dermitzakis, a Geneticist from the University of Geneva has reportedly stated that the situation in Greece is “stable but critical.” According to the scientist, the biggest challenge is to break the chain of infection between young and old people since the young population believes this is an old-people disease leading to 90% of community transmission.
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