Published on : Monday, May 24, 2021
Slowly people are daring to bust out of fading lockdowns and vaccines slowly working to rein in the COVID-19 pandemic, Greece is optimistic that half the numbers of a record-busting 2019 will come and encourage country’s affected economy.
Aristotelia Peloni, Government spokeswoman, told the site Newsbomb that, “We can expect traffic at 50 percent,” of what it was two years earlier, with last year completely exhausted by continuous lockdowns and a close stop on international air traffic.
That’s in spite of the European Union working at its snail’s pace, finally accepting the idea recommended by the Greek Prime Minister months earlier for a COVID-19 vaccination digital pass. This would actually speed up travel within the bloc.
In 2020, there were only about 7 million tourists and 4 billion euros ($4.87 billion) compared to 33 million people who spent 18 billion euros ($21.93 billion) in 2019. It was a huge chunk of the annual Gross Domestic Product of Greece of 164.43 billion euros ($200.3 billion,) the biggest revenue provider of the country.
Visitors should have proof of being vaccinated or a negative test or show that they have recovered from the Coronavirus to be admitted and avoid a quarantine that would be implemented otherwise for them.