Greece has now made a decision like many other EU countries who are reopening its borders. From June 15, 2020, travelers from 29 countries can travel to Greece for non-essential purposes.
The Hellenic authorities decided to reopen the borders to various EU and Non-EU countries where the rate of infection has lowered.
The decision to reopen borders was announced by the Greek Ministry of Tourism on May 29, 2020. Flights from Thessaloniki and Athens will resume with most of these 29 nations. So, people of these nations can now plan to get their Greece tourist visa.
The list of the 29 nations was made after studying the epidemiological profile of the countries of origin from where the tourists are coming. The relevant recommendation of the Infectious Diseases Committee and the announcements of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) were also followed.
The nationals of the following countries will be eligible to enter Greece from June 15, 2020:
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- Northern Macedonia
The list will be expanded by July 1, 2020. As of July 1, international flights will resume including Zurich to Santorini, London to Corfu, and Frankfurt to Mykonos.
In a joint statement by Haris Theocharis, the Greek Minister of Tourism, and Manos Konsolas, the Deputy Minister revealed the 4 pillars based on which Greek tourism will reboot:
- The health shielding of every destination to ensure that neither visitors nor the permanent residents get exposed to danger
- The health protocols that make sure that there’s a reduction in the spread of the disease
- The sampling tests that help the experts to assess the situation continuously
- The careful selection of countries of origin of tourists with health criteria
Though Greece has been able to contain the number of infected people under 3,000 after COVID-19 started, the pandemic has affected its tourism industry greatly.
Tourism is a major industry in Greece, and the new steps towards revival will be successful with the resumption of travel and tourism.
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