Greece to Open Its Borders for Tourists from 29 Countries as of June 15

Greece to Open Its Borders for Tourists from 29 Countries as of June 15

Travellers from 29 countries will be eligible to travel to Greece for non-essential purposes from June 15, after Hellenic authorities decided to open the borders for several EU and non-EU countries in which the rate of infections has decreased.

The Greek Ministry of Tourism announced the decision on May 29, noting that in mid-June flights to and from Athens and Thessaloniki will resume with most of these 29 countries.

The list of 29 countries was formed after a study of the epidemiological profile of the countries of origin of the tourists and after taking into account yesterday’s announcements of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), as well as the relevant recommendation of the Infectious Diseases Committee,” explains a notice of the Ministry announcing the decision.

Nationals of the following countries will be eligible to travel to Greece as of June 15: Albania, Australia, Austria, Northern Macedonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Estonia, Japan, Israel, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Romania, New Zealand, Norway, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Finland.

At the same time, the Ministry points out that the list will be expanded by July 1, and the new benefiting countries will be announced in time.

Whereas, as of July 1, airlines will be allowed to resume international flights directly to Greek islands, including flights like Frankfurt to Mykonos, Zurich to Santorini, London to Corfu, etc.

In a joint statement, the Greek Minister of Tourism Haris Theocharis and the Deputy Minister Manos Konsolas, clarify that the reopening of the borders will happen gradually while monitoring the epidemiological situation in Greece, and in the countries benefiting by the abolishing of border restrictions.

In this statement, they note that the rebooting of Greek tourism is based on four pillars, which are:

  • the careful selection of countries of origin of tourists with health criteria,
  • the sampling tests that will allow the experts to continuously assess the situation,
  • the announced health protocols that ensure the reduction of the spread of the disease and
  • the health shielding of each destination so that neither the permanent residents nor the visitors are exposed to danger

The Ministry believes that with unity, plan and a lot of work from all of us, Greece will overcome “this unprecedented, exogenous adventure.

Last March, amid the Coronavirus outbreak in Europe, Greece imposed a nationwide lockdown, thus keeping the number of infected persons under 3,000.

Yet, as the economy of the Hellenic Republic relies heavily on tourism, the measures brought the business and tourism sector to a virtual standstill. Last year alone, Greece generated revenues of 19 billion euros from tourism.



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