The government of Greece has succeeded in reopening its borders to travelers. These travelers came from several countries around the world by the middle of May 2021. This was a promise well-kept. It aimed at helping the recovery of Greece tourism sector from the financial loss that it suffered owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of now, citizens coming from the EU and Schengen Area are allowed to step into the Hellenic Republic without restrictions. So have citizens from the UK, Israel, Russia, UAE, and Serbia been permitted to come to Greece. This is sanctioned if the travelers are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19. Otherwise, they have to present a negative result of the PCR test taken for COVID-19. The test result mustn’t be more than 72 hours before their making the journey.
Additionally, the government of Greece has started to welcome travelers arriving from nations that have recently reported low COVID-19 infection rates. Examples are New Zealand, Australia, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, and Singapore. But they will have to give proof that they have tested negative for the COVID-19 virus. Otherwise, they must present a certificate of vaccination when they arrive in Greece.
The borders of Greece have also been opened for visitors from the USA. This development happened after the borders were closed for over a year. The travelers from the US will have to satisfy the same requirements that citizens from the above-mentioned countries when making plans to travel to Greece.
Also, every tourist will have to complete a PLF (Passenger Locator Form) 24 hours before traveling to Greece.
Earlier this month, Harry Theocharis, Greece’s Tourism Minister, had made a promise that the country’s tourism sector will open safely on May 14, 2021, in the middle of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Passengers will also be required to undergo rapid tests randomly. If the test result is positive, then they will be temporarily placed in a hotel so that quarantine rules could be followed.
Greek authorities also made an announcement that Greece’s international airports would be allowed to accept foreign flights from the middle of May 2021. Additionally, United Airlines will resume its summer flights to Athens from Newark International Airport of New Jersey. This will commence on June 3, 2021. Flights between Washington Dulles International Airport and Athens will also be resumed by United Airlines on July 1, 2021.
Direct or connecting flights are for the time being offered by other airline carriers to Athens, from the US. These airlines include Delta, Swiss, Air France, and Lufthansa.
In April 2021, the Tourism Minister of Greece presented the country’s four-point action plan. It aims at helping the travel and tourism sector make a recovery from the COVID-19 induced crisis.
Greece’s Tourism Minister has repeatedly insisted on opening the country’s borders to third-country citizens. This is intended to be done by considering the risk posed by the COVID-19 and its new strains.
In April 2021, Adonis Georgiadis, Greece’s Development and Investment Minister, put stress on the statement that the Hellenic Republic won’t delay or falter when it comes to the tourist season. Before making his comments, he confirmed that Greece has accelerated vaccinations for workers at work in Greece in specific sectors. These include tourism.
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