(Belga) Greece will allow flights from more EU countries from June 15, a government official said on Saturday.
Passengers on these aircraft will not be subject to strict quarantine measures, with the exception of those arriving from regions most affected by Covid-19 in these European states, such as Ile-de-France (Paris and its surroundings), four Italian regions (Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, Piedmont, Veneto) and four others in Spain (Madrid, Catalonia, Castile and Leon, Castile-La Mancha), he added. “It will now depend on the airport of origin, not the country (of origin),” he told AFP. For Belgium, this remains all of the airports. Greece had announced the day before the opening of the airports of Athens and Thessaloniki (north) to tourists from 29 countries, including fifteen from the European Union, from June 15. From June 15 to 30, planes can only land in these two cities. The other regional airports and on the Greek islands will not be operational until July 1st. According to a document from the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs released on Saturday, Greece relied on the recommendations of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to determine which EU airports are still at high risk in this area pandemic. “If your trip originates from an airport that is not on the EASA list of affected areas (by the new coronavirus) (…) then you are only subjected to random tests on arrival “in Greece, said the ministry. “If you come from an airport that is on the EASA list of affected areas (by the new coronavirus), you will be tested on arrival,” he continued. “One night must be spent in a designated hotel. If the test is negative, the passenger quarantines himself for seven days. If the test is positive, the passenger is quarantined for 14 days,” said the same source. In addition to the EU, tourists from Switzerland, Norway, Balkan countries neighboring Greece such as Albania, Serbia and North Macedonia are also allowed to arrive at the airports of Athens and Thessaloniki. This list also includes Australia, Japan, Israel, Lebanon, China, New Zealand and South Korea. After a gradual deconfinement started on May 4, Greece announced the opening of its year-round hotels on June 1, before seasonal hotels on June 15. Less affected than its European partners, Greece, which has 10.7 million inhabitants, has so far deplored less than 200 dead and around 3,000 cases of contamination by the new coronavirus. The tourism industry accounts for about 20% of the gross domestic product (GDP) of the economy of this country. (Belga)