Published on : Thursday, May 13, 2021
Greece has pledged to fully vaccinate all residents in almost 100 of its islands by the end of June in order to entice tourists this summer.
This is a change from its national jab programme which prioritizes people based on their age and medical vulnerability to corona virus.
Among the Greek islands which will be vaccinated by the end of June are Rhodes, Corfu, Zante, Kefalonia, Santorini and Mykonos.
To quote Greek Prime Minister Kyriako Mitsotakis, “This initiative aims to support local communities, as well as their economies. My message is clear. We are open again. I am delighted that later this week Greece will begin to reopen its tourism industry. We are taking every precaution to ensure the safety and security of our visitors and our residents.”
Greece will reopen for tourism on Saturday by lifting a ban on people traveling between different regions.
Greece is on the UK Government’s amber list for travel, which means that holidaymakers coming from England must quarantine for 10 days upon return.
Greece might be moved to the green tier when the list is reviewed on June 7, which would mean that travelers would not be required to self-isolate upon return.
This week, Greek tourism minister Haris Theoharis is visiting London to meet with Government officials and travel firms.