Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mikotakis announced on Wednesday that Greece wants to open its borders to tourists starting May 15th. He added that the coronavirus pandemic is starting to show signs of stabilization in Greece thanks to the vaccination campaign.
Greece is one of the most popular holiday destinations among Poles. Although travel is still very limited due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many people are already considering vacationing in this amazing country. Greek authorities announced the opening of the tourism sector in less than a month.
2021 holidays in Greece. Tourist season from May 15th
“Vaccines, tests and better weather give us confidence that this unprecedented epidemic is nearing its end,” Kyriakos Mikotakis said in a televised address.
However, he noted that infection rates are still high and people should not travel during the weekend beginning April 30.
The Greek government had announced earlier that it hopes to restore tourism from mid-May. However, a spike in infections in recent days has brought these confirmations into question.
As Reuters reports, Greece emerged from the first wave of the pandemic in better shape than many of the wealthiest European countries. However, it has been hit hard in recent months by a recurring epidemic, and the rapid increase in infections has crippled medical services across the country. Mikotakis explained that the roadmap for the pandemic is currently based on no further increase in the number of infections, but added that restaurants should open from May 3 and schools from May 10.
This month, the Greek government began distributing free home test kits widely to help beat the pandemic.
Greece has canceled the mandatory quarantine
From Monday Greece has canceled the mandatory 7-day quarantine of travelers From the European Union, the United States, Great Britain, Serbia, Israel and the United Arab Emirates. However, there are conditions. People who have been vaccinated with two doses or a negative Covid-19 PCR test result will be released from quarantine.
– People who have completed the vaccination (that is, 14 days have passed since the last dose of vaccination was given, depending on the number of doses required) and can confirm this by presenting the appropriate certificate of vaccination, then a certificate of negative PCR test The result is not required – we read on the websites of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Tourists from directions other than the aforementioned will be sent to weekly quarantine, and they must also present a negative Coronavirus test result, which is taken within 72 hours.
Air travelers will be able to enter Greece using 9 airports – Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Corfu, Rhodes, Kos, Chania, Mykonos and Santorini.
Source: PAP, gov.pl