Greece Lifts Mandatory Quarantine for Tourists from Over 30 Countries
OREANDA-NEWS. Greece is removing quarantine restrictions for travelers from 32 states, but meanwhile coming tourists must be vaccinated or have a negative test for COVID-19. It is reported by The Guardian.
Beginning from the next week, residents of the European Union, as well as the United States, Great Britain, Serbia, Israel and the UAE will not be demanded to self-isolate. The new regime is anticipated to take effect on April 19.
One of the senior tourism ministry officials said: “These are the first steps before the Greece opens to tourists on May 14th. Along with the abolition of the restriction for foreign guests, nine airports of the country will start wotking. "
According to the plan, the hubs will receive travelers on the islands of Kos, Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, Corfu, Crete - in Chania and Heraklion, in Athens and Thessaloniki. An official from the department explained: “We do not think that a lot of tourists will begin to arrive at once, but the system needs to be tested. It cannot be launched in one go, overnight. "
The representative of the department who went to Moscow with Greek Tourism Minister Haris Theocharis said that Greek authorities were also arranging on agreements with other countries' tour operators. “We're going to speak to them,” she said. "A trip on this question is planned in the United States at the end of the month."
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis thinks that it is too early to remove existing restrictions. “The purpose is to come at a safe Easter and an even freer summer,” he said. The official marked that the threat remains, the authorities and experts estimate the epidemiological data once a week.