Greece Opening for Tourism Earlier than Expected


Wondering when you will be able to get your travel fix again? Well we have exciting news to share... Greece's 2020 tourism season will begin again on June 15! On this day, the country will open seasonal hotels and also welcome back flights from abroad. Initially, flights will only be accepted into Athens, with other airports, such as Santorini and Thessaloniki, opening on July 1. Restrictions banning travel to and from islands has also been lifted.

Although they are re-opening, there is a limited list of 20 approved countries that have been granted access. The list will be amended as necessary, but for now, the countries being accepted in are:
  • Cyprus
  • Israel
  • Germany
  • China
  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Denmark
  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • Serbia
  • Romania
  • Albania
  • North Macedonia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Czech Republic
  • Croatia
  • Hungary
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Norway
Tourists will not be tested or required to quarantine upon arrival to the country, yet it has been advised that randomised test will be carried out to ensure the safety of tourists, workers and locals.

Re-opening the country doesn't however mean everything will be the same as previous years. Strict guidelines have been implemented to ensure COVID-19 continues to be contained. Ferries, hotels, beaches, restaurants, taxis, busses, tours, everything has had to adjust to the new rules put in place. Temperature testing has been encouraged at all hotels, and is mandatory before embarking on any ferries. Passengers with a temperature over 37.8 degrees celsius will not be allowed to board. Clear plexiglass has to installed at all service desks, hand sanitiser will be provided in all public spaces, it is recommended that face masks are worn at all times even when not mandatory, social distancing must be followed at all times, and surfaces that are used often must be sanitised regularly. On top of this it has been recommended that elevators are not used unless completely necessary.

It's easy to see that things won't be completely back to normal for a while, but this is what must be done to contain the spread of COVID-19 while still allowing us to travel. 

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