Many countries are going to start welcoming tourists from round the world. Greece will allow travellers from around 24 countries. These include Germany, Cyprus and Israel to visit from mid-June. Also, they do not have to be quarantined, government officials said.
Tourism accounts for about 20 per cent of the Greek economy. The government sees this as major support for its recovery from a lockdown.
A government source said, “There will be some 20-25 countries whose nationals will be allowed to come,”.
The list would include Cyprus, Israel and countries in central Europe and the Balkans. The full list is not out till now.
The Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Germans will be allowed to visit Greece from June 15. Also, he said that international flights to the northern city of Thessaloniki would resume on June 15.
Currently Greece allows citizens from all EU countries. Except Italy, Spain and the Netherlands to fly into Athens. But, they are then subject to a 14-day confinement.
Greece fought the virus well. It just had 2,892 confirmed cases and 173 deaths.
Another government source said health experts were discussing on safety measures. Travellers might be tested for Covid-19 before visiting Greece. And whether insurance coverage for such infections should be recommended.
Also, the government said it plans to restore international flights to Greece’s islands from July 1. But there will be no entry from countries with high infection rates until July 15.
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