Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis said on Tuesday that Greece aims to open the tourism season by May 14, 2021. He stressed that tourists will be welcome if they have been vaccinated, have antibodies or a negative test. He stressed that vaccination of people in the tourism sector will be prioritized, once the vaccination of vulnerable groups is completed.
“We aim to open tourism by May 14, with specific rules and updated protocols. Until then, we will gradually lift the restrictions if conditions allow,” Theoharis said in a press conference from the Acropolis Museum in the context of the International Tourism Fair ITB Berlin, which this year due to coronavirus is held online.
Outlining the tourism policies for 2021, Minister Theoharis stated among others that:
-Tourists will be welcome if they are vaccinated before the travel or have antibodies or have a negative test.
-All tourists are likely to undergo a sampling test as was done last year. The important difference this year is the use of rapid tests.
– All needs that may arise in relation to Covid 19 (eg hospitalization, etc.) will be provided by the Greek State at no cost to tourists.
– All the rules that apply to our citizens will apply to tourists – without any distinction or exception. For example, the use of the mask is currently mandatory in public places and applies to everyone.
Theocharis pointed out that the country will strengthen the structures of the health system in all destinations, “as we did last year to ensure proper care for citizens and visitors.”
In addition and in view of the opening of the season, he said that “the vaccination of the people in the tourism section is prioritized, once the vaccination of the vulnerable groups is completed.”
He added that Greece will proceed with the updating of the health protocols, utilizing the experience of last year.
I can almost hear you hum our new slogan already: “All you want is Greece.” Yes, this year and forever, “all you want is Greece.” To put a smile on your face once again, in hope that you will get your life back, “all you want is Greece.” #visitgreece #healthfirst #ITBBerlin
— Harry Theoharis (@htheoharis) March 9, 2021