The Greek Ministry of Transport said it is working to expand the list of countries from which inbound tourists will be exempt from quarantine if they present evidence of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test result.
The list includes Australia, Israel, South Korea, New Zealand, Serbia, Thailand, Russia, Rwanda, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.
Earlier, people who had arrived from the duty to submit to weekly quarantine, under the aforementioned conditions, were released, among others, from the European Union, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Greece emerged from the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic last year in much better condition than many other countries in Europe. In recent months, however, there has been a significant increase in the number of injuries, to the level of 333,129, and the number of deaths exceeding 10,000.
Hospitals are overcrowded in many parts of the country and the situation continues to deteriorate.
However, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mikotakis said last week that the epidemic is showing signs of stabilization and confirmed that the main tourism sector of the country’s economy will be inaugurated from May 15th. Tourism income represents 1/5 of the Greek GDP.
The Greek government says the country is better equipped to fight the epidemic than last year, thanks to widespread testing and vaccination campaigns, especially on the islands that are popular with foreign tourists, and a chain of hotels that have been adapted to quarantine.