Coronavirus: Greece reveals plan to open tourist season in June

Clay Curtis
May 21, 2020

Tourism Minister Harry Theocharis said a list of nations resuming flights to Greece would be announced by the end of May, noting that Athens would focus on reviving a travel front "from the Balkans to the Baltic".

Second Stage of Tourism Openings - July 1 -Opening up of flights from overseas to all (Greek) airports -Entrance permitted from all countries -Exceptions will be made for nations with negative epidemiological characteristics -The nations that will be excluded will be announced soon -The nations that have been excluded from this second stage will be monitored based on their epidemiological characteristics.

Tourists arriving in Greece will not have to quarantine themselves, but they may be subjected to random coronavirus tests and will have to follow a strict hygiene protocol during their trip.

The EU last week said holidaymakers could be asked to wear masks on planes, respect social distancing on the beach and even book slots to use hotel pools.

On Wednesday, health authorities announced one new death and 10 new confirmed coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of dead to 166 and the total number of confirmed cases to 2,850 in the country of almost 11 million.

In 2019, Greece received 34 million visitors - of which 24.2 million travelled to the country between April and September. Greece entered the third phase of easing lockdown restrictions on Monday, including the reopening of ancient sites.

Greece has managed to win the battle against coronavirus, as the country has less than 170 deaths over two months into the pandemic.

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"We aim for the economy to gradually return to the dynamic it had before the health crisis, in February", Staikouras said.

The Greek finance ministry earlier on Wednesday noted that without support measures for businesses, the country could face an economic contraction of up to 13 percent this year.

Elsewhere, Italian airline Alitalia said yesterday it would increase its flights by 36 per cent next month.

On June 15, some worldwide flights will resume, but only to and from Athens global Airport.

On all of its flights it is filling only half of the seats to provide physical distance between passengers.

The UK now has recorded 248,293 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

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