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12:00  14 may  2021
12:00  14 may  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

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In Greek Parliament last week, Tourist Minister Harry Theocharis stated that Greece will open to visitors from around the world as of May 14, 2021. According to him, the country has five lines of defense with its plan: Passengers will have to either provide proof of full vaccination or a negative Greece is going through a second wave of coronavirus. I’ve been skeptical of Greece ’s timeline for reopening to tourists . The country made similar claims last summer, and never ended up happening. Personally I’d only take this as fact once borders actually open . That being said, this is encouraging

Greece opens again its gates to foreign tourists without tests and quarantine on June 15, 2020. However, citizens from some 20 countries will be initially allowed. Restrictions for exempted countris will be lifted on July 15 and thus based on epidemiological data. Foreign tourists will not undergo tests He added that health protocols have to be observed by hotels and other tourist accommodations, and mentioned that assignment of a doctor and a “quarantine” are in touristic destinations in case of an infection. Especially for the island, the minister said that the a total of 20 new analysts for tests on the

Normally, the tourism industry in Greece contributes nearly 20 percent to economic performance. Then Corona came: With the pandemic, the numbers broke 2020 by more than 75 percent, many hotels and taverns broke only thanks to the financial support of the government.

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Tomorrow, Greece is now officially launching in the tourism season 2021 - restaurateurs, hoteliers and shopkeepers await you with hope and bend alike.

"We have really done everything for the safety of both the inhabitants and the guests," says Dimitris Moraitis from the Hotel Association of the Island Milos. An important building block of the strategy is the special vaccine program adopted by the government for the Greek islands: Athens had made a vacuum offering to all islanders to lure tourists. Only large Eilande like Crete with its approximately 600,000 inhabitants are excluded - there is prioritized as on the mainland after age and pre-existing conditions.

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“We aim to open tourism by 14 May with specific rules and updated protocols,” he said. “Until then, we will gradually lift restrictions if conditions allow.” Theoharis said once elderly and vulnerable people had been vaccinated, it would begin inoculating employees in the tourism sector. Everyone was in need of a holiday, he said, unveiling this season’s tourist slogan as: “All you want is Greece .” The country has fared better than its EU counterparts in handling the pandemic although it has also failed to suppress a surge in coronavirus cases despite being in prolonged lockdown.

Tourists From May 14 01:22 - Greece to Welcome all Tourists Greek tourism minister Harry Theocharis has announced that Greece is opening its borders on May 14. Previously it was reported that the authorities in Greece decided to extend the restrictions on domestic flights until March 16 and international flights until March 22 due to the Coronavirus situation in other countries. Are you excited to travel again ? Check out the deals we have found below and tell us your travel plan for the summer.

"The demand of citizens is enormous," said Konstantinos Makris, head of the Health Center on Milos, the German Press Agency. "I assume that by mid-June, more than 90 percent of the islanders will be vaccinated over 18." Around 5,000 people live on the island, vaccinated according to Makris around 300 per day. Other islands give similar to good forecasts and are even finished earlier with their vaccination programs, report Greek media.

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With the start of the Greek tourism season, travel providers like TUI drive their business in the country again high: Already on Thursday the first customers of the world's largest tour operator had landed on Crete, With the "My Ship 5" to break into a cruise - the first of eight by Greek waters. With the start to the weekend, follow further flights to Crete and islands like Kos, Corfu and Rhodes.

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Foreign tourists who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, have contracted and recovered from the disease or who test negative prior to their arrival will be allowed into Greece from May 14. "This is a very important development for tourism and follows of the arrangement with Israel, as (the two countries) they are two of Cyprus’ main tourist markets," Perdios said. Tourists will still have to comply with local measures including wearing a mask and social distancing and authorities said they reserve the right to carry out tests on passengers, including vaccinated people.

Greece announced early afternoon Friday, May 29, the list of 29 countries from which it will accept tourists as of June 15, 2020, when it opens its borders again . According to a statement by the Greek Tourism Ministry, borders will be “ open ” from June 15, with flights permitted to land in Athens and Sample testing will be carried out on some visitors from these 29 countries in Greece . The list of 29 countries was drawn up after a study of the epidemiological profile of the countries of origin of tourists and after taking into account Thursday’s announcements of the European Air Safety Agency (EASA)

TUI had to pause in the important destination country more than half a year coronabeding. Most recently, the situation improved even in Greece but noticeable. Financial Chief Sebastian Ebel spoke of a "other milestone" after Hanoverians have already gradually offered flights for the Balearic Islands and the Algarve. "It's now the starting point for the resumption of our business with customers from Germany," said Ebel.

On Milos, however, the bookings are still far below the value against Corona, said hotelier Moraitis. They react with a "very elastic rebooking and cancellation policy". Hope makes him the fact that Germany has abolished the quarantine for Greece returnees this week. "That's insane for us."

Nevertheless, Greeks and guests will continue to consider several corona requirements in the future. For example, in Greece, the start of the season continues to be a nightly starting ban from 0.30 am to 5:00 pm. Also, in taverns, cafes and cultivated beaches, the tables and are far apart. The entry is only possible with the current PCR test or a vaccine completed for at least two weeks.

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