Greece tourism minister assures more road entry points to be built shortly

Published on : Thursday, July 1, 2021

Authorities in Greece are working hard to make sure that more road entry points will be opened in the coming days to fit in with the wishes of the incoming tourists who are coming by crossing the northern borders, Tourism Minister Haris Theocharis has informed the parliament.

To quote Theocharis, “In cooperation with the chief of police, efforts are being made so that from 1 July there will be three lanes – two entrances and one exit – in Promachonas.” He said this while referring to the major border crossing in Greece with neighboring Bulgaria.

Furthermore, his ministry is working with the Ministry of Civil Protection and the Civil Protection Authority to other entry points. This would help in distributing incoming traffic and develop the transit conditions of the tourists.
Theocharis expressed his thanks to the steps adopted by the government and his ministry, as with time, tourist arrivals on the roads were rising in numbers compared to the air traffic.

“Just last Saturday, when we recorded the largest flows, we saw an increase of 23 percent. More than 20,000 people entered our country by road from our northern borders. This shows that, on the one hand, the control systems are working and, on the other, that necessary improvements are being implemented swiftly.”

He has also mentioned that Greece authorities are keeping an eye on the rise in the Delta variant and are growing surveillance related to health wherever necessary.

“And by intensifying the health surveillance, we are doing the right thing for the health of Greek citizens and the right thing ultimately for tourism itself,” he told MPs.

“Because opening up tourism is not an easy process. It is a complex, dynamic process, where we have to be constantly on top and change decisions depending on the new data that emerges.”

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