Greece has been shut for international travelers for more than a year. Keeping this in mind, the government of Greece announced reopening of the country in phases. Now, the country is open to several overseas tourists, including travelers from the United States.
The country took a step to go ahead of most of its European counterparts and decided to restart tourism. Also, those travelling to Greece or planning a trip must know that the hospitals are full with COVID-19 patients. Moreover, more than three-quarters of the country’s population still remains unvaccinated.
The officials have a belief that with social distancing, COVID protocols and the warm weather, tourism in the country will be safe. Greece’s Tourism Minister, Harry Theoharis, said in an interview, “We welcome a common position. All we’re saying is that this has to be forthcoming now. We cannot wait until June.”
Requirements to travel
On April 19, Greece started welcoming tourists from various countries. These include European Union, Thailand, Australia, Israel, South Korea, the UK, the USA, Rwanda, Singapore, New Zealand, Serbia, and the UAE. Tourists from these countries do not have to quarantine under following criterias:
1) Fully vaccinated tourists can come without a negative COVID-19 PCR test (at least 14 days prior to arrival do not need to quarantine).
2) Unvaccinated travellers will have to show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Kids, aged five and under, are exempt.
Tourists can enter through nine airports – Athens, Corfu, Heraklion, Rhodes, Thessaloniki, Santorini, Kos, Chania and Mykonos.
Also, if someone tests positive for COVID-19, they will immediately be transported to a quarantine hotel, paid for by the Greek government.
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