Greece to lift its regional travel ban and reopen services for tourists on May 15

 Thursday, April 29, 2021 

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Greece will dismiss its regional travel ban and reopen services catering to tourists on May 15.


News about Greece’s phased reopening came straight from a televised address made by Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Wednesday. The chosen date for the lifted travel ban and restart of the tourism sector will take place 13 days after Orthodox Easter (May 2).


“Our goal is to have a safe Easter and a free summer. But one cannot undermine the other,” said Mitsotakis during his address.


However, the PM also said that restaurants and cafes will be allowed to reopen for outdoor dining starting on Monday, May 3. Travel requirements for international visitors are to be updated.


As per guidelines last updated on April 19, negative corona virus PCR tests are required at least 72 hours before arrival. Alternatively, a valid vaccine certificate can be presented, but it must prove that a person has been fully vaccinated for virus at least 14 days prior to their arrival. In cases where vaccination does not meet the two week requirement, the PCR test must be done.


People who recovered from the corona virus 90 days before their arrival will be allowed to enter Greece, according to the U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Greece.


Up until now, quarantining is not required for tourists visiting from the U.S, U.K, European Union’s Schengen Area, Israel, Serbia, United Arab Emirates, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore and Russia.


Travel authorities in Greece are also advising non-EU residents to choose direct flights when arranging their visit. Entry will only be allowed through nine airports in Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Corfu, Rhodes, Kos, Chania, Mykonos and Santorini.

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