Good news from Greece for international travelers! Harry Theoharis, The Tourism Minister of Greece, has announced that the country will open its borders from May 14, 2021. All travelers who have been vaccinated or have tested negative for COVID-19 could enter the borders of Greece.
He also stated that all travelers will be subjected to random testing. His announcement has led to a surge in booking rates in hotels in Greece. Some hotels have already been booked to 70% of their capacity for May and June of 2021.
As for vaccination, he announced that vaccination will be done for people in the order of vulnerable people first, followed by those working in the hospitality sector.
The new announcement has surely kindled the hopes for a great summer on a tourist visa in Greece. As tourism is among the primary sources of income for Greece, the country has been at the forefront calling on the EU executive bodies to implement vaccination certificates across Europe. This would enable people to travel into the country on a visitor visa without restrictions.
The worst year in the history of global tourism, as per UN World Tourism Organization, left Greece with just 7.4 million visitors. This number is far too low when compared to what it was during its economic crisis that extended to 2019. In 2019, the number of people traveling to Greece was 31.3 million.
Theoharis however looks on 2021 with hope and is well aware of the need for some positive development in the tourism industry which is struggling to come out of the gloom of the year 2020. Greece was one of the pioneers to announce the launch of digital vaccination certificates.
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