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Greece Plans Reopening For Tourism To All Countries In May

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The war against Covid-19 has seen many casualties but, at long last, it seems that the tide may finally be turning. Growing rates of inoculation and fewer cases being recorded around the world have sprung cause for hope that travel as we once knew it will return sooner rather than later.

One such country hoping to re-open its borders to the masses is Greece, with the Mediterranean idyll hoping to welcome travelers from all countries to its shores as early as May. Here’s a look at how they plan to do that, along with a reminder of the current travel restriction for the country.  

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Greece To Re-Open – Information For Travelers

Tourism is a huge income generator for the country of Greece, with the total contributions from the tourism sector responsible for as much as 62 billion euros – or around almost a third of the country’s total GDP. Figures taken from the past few years have also revealed that tourism is responsible for as much as 10% of all jobs in the country. It is hardly surprising, then, that the country has been championing a continent-wide easing of restrictions and looking for ways to kick-start tourism in their own country – and it looks as though they may just have found one.

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Speaking at the ITB Berlin tourism fair – the largest tourism fair in the world – Greece’s tourism minister Haris Theoharis announced that the country was aiming to open the country open to tourism from May 14th. According to Theoharis, from this date the country would welcome three types of travelers – those who have been vaccinated, those with antibodies against Covid-19 and those who have tested negative for the virus.

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Talking up the policy, Theoharis said: “Please allow me to emphasise that no image could better portray the return to the normality of tourism than the Greek smile, the Greek landscape, the Greek hospitality,” whilst also saying the country was “ready to share the experience of liberation from the unpleasant memories of the pandemic with each and every one of our guests.” The tourist slogan for this seasons is “All you want is Greece.” – a statement that rings true for the million of travel-starved tourists around the world.

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Greece is an enormously popular destination for travelers, with more than 30 million making the trip there prior to the pandemic. Germans represent the biggest proportion of travelers to the country, with British travelers the second largest demographic. Greece has been looking at ways it could establish a travel corridor with Britain, with the country already having a similar arrangement with Israel in place.

Beautiful sunrise at Little Venice on Mykonos island, Cyclades, Greece
Beautiful sunrise at Little Venice on Mykonos island, Cyclades, Greece

In order to facilitate a smooth transition back to widespread tourism, Theoharis also revealed that the country was looking to vaccinate employees in the tourism sector once it had finished with the elderly.

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Greece’s Current Restrictions and Requirements

As is the case for many countries around the world, entry to Greece is highly restricted at present. Residents of EU+ countries are permitted to enter, as are those from Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, UAE and the United Kingdom – but those from other countries may only visit for essential travel.

All passengers must fill out the Passenger Locator Form and must have a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before their flight. All arrivals must quarantine for 7 days at a hotel or their home. Masks are mandatory in public, whilst many cafes, bars and restaurants remain closed.

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Wednesday 14th of April 2021

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Supposedly open for Americans next week with 5 other countries. Any confirmation?

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 14th of April 2021

They are planning for 1 month from now, May 14. However, anything can happen between now and then. We have seen the news that they may start to reopen to those 5 nations ahead of the May 14 schedule, but unsure if its in the right context for these initial reportings

Jack

Tuesday 13th of April 2021

According to the above Greece reopens on 14 May. However, I can see a direct flight to the place of my interest on 13 May.

Currently, all travellers entering Greece should self-isolate for 7 days at home or at their temporary residence.

Will I have to self-isolate for 7 days if I enter on 13 May or I will I have to self-isolate only until 14 May?

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 13th of April 2021

Great question, only border police will be able to answer that for you until they officially update the rules. In other situations I've seen with other countries, they ended the isolation early for those who came in the day before, etc. but I can't be sure Greece will as well. Also, May is a plan. That could be subject to change depending on the situation at that time

Elisabeth

Saturday 13th of March 2021

It was announced that Greece is going in lockdown (again) so forget about enjoying a holiday over there.

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 13th of March 2021

They extended the current lockdown for a short period of time, but they still have direct plans to open further in May

Majlinda

Thursday 11th of March 2021

Please can tell anybody if can go from Bulgaria to Albania transit across Greece and if yes , must do tell in border PCR test? Thank you in advance!