Greece’s Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis opened a window for the possibility to open the doors for tourists even before May 14 should the pandemic situation allow it. At the same time, he revealed plant to gradually open for some non-EU countries as well as for yachting and blue cruises.
In an interview with state-run news agency amna, Theoharis said “if everything goes well on the Covid-19 front, with the first crack, Greece will be able to receive tourists even earlier,” than May 14, the date Greece has announced as the official start of the tourism season in 2021.
“We are talking about the gradual liberalization of travel from Europe, the USA, the United Kingdom, Israel, Serbia and the United Arab Emirates,” the minister said.
He added, that yachting (departures / arrivals) will be allowed, as well as cruises without stops in ports , the so-called “blue cruises.”
International interest in the opening of Greek tourism is very high and is often expressed with great anticipation, the minister said.
t the –pilot- opening of tourism is underway in April, one month before the official date.
Stressing that Greece is a pioneer in the implementation of health protocols, Theoharis estimated that these in combination with the Digital Green Vaccination Certificate will contribute significantly to the growth of tourism in the country.
Sending the message “in Greece We Care”, he explained that in order for tourists to come to the country, one must either be vaccinated or have recovered from the disease or have a negative test.
He added that when one arrives in Greece, one will be subjected to a sampled, targeted check at the airport with the innovative “EVA” system, that rapid tests will be carried out and that there will be isolation hotels for coronavirus cases.
the Tourism Minister said that the updated health protocols for the safety of tourism employees and visitors will be announced in the coming days.
Theoharis reiterated the vaccination of workers in the tourism sector is a priority after the vaccination of people with underly8ing health problems.
Interview in Greek here.