Greece has announced 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.
At the same time to revive the tourism industry, which accounts for almost 20% of the country’s GDP, hotels will be able to start opening again. However, the authorities will make a distinction on the origin of visitors.
If tourists from 29 countries including fifteen from the European Union will be allowed to come, a distinction will be made for quarantine measures depending on the airports. Besides the EU, tourists are also allowed from Switzerland, Norway, Balkan countries neighboring Greece such as Albania, Serbia and North Macedonia, Australia, Japan, Israel, Lebanon, China, New Zealand and South Korea.
Tests and fortnight if needed
“If your trip originates from an airport that is not on the EASA list of areas affected by the new coronavirus, then you are only subjected to random tests on arrival in Greece,” explained the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On the other hand, “If you come from an airport that is on the EASA list of areas affected by the new coronavirus, you will be subjected to a test when you arrive,” he continued. Tourists will then have to spend one night in a hotel.
“If the test is negative, the passenger quarantines himself for seven days. If the test is positive, the passenger is quarantined under surveillance for 14 days, “said the ministry.
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Greece has been less affected than its European partners by the coronavirus crisis with less than 200 deaths and around 3,000 cases of contamination.