The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) on Thursday praised the Greek government for its efforts and steps taken to restart international travel.
“This clear roadmap to recovery could reopen the door to a bumper summer of travel for sun-starved holidaymakers looking to get away to Greece and provide a significant boost to the country’s economy,” WTTC President & CEO Gloria Guevara said.
Greece aims to open to tourists from 14 May, Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis announced earlier this week – although they will need to provide proof of full vaccination, Covid-19 antibodies, or a negative test to enter.
This clear roadmap to recovery "lays out the pathway which other countries could follow, in a bid to kickstart safe travel and help revive their own stricken economies," she added.
“The Greek government’s strategy and measures revealed are broadly in line with WTTC advice and we are pleased it will soon be welcoming travellers with proof of vaccination, a negative test or a positive antibody test, with only positive cases required to quarantine."
The WTTC sees Greece’s entry requirements along with random rapid tests on arrival, enhanced health and hygiene measures and mandatory mask wearing throughout the travel journey and in public spaces, "will provide the reassurance consumers need to book their trips."
Greece is one of Europe’s most popular destinations for travellers and as such, relies heavily upon international travel.
“We strongly believe the Greek roadmap shows the practical way forward for other countries to encourage the return of safe travels, as vaccine rollouts gain momentum to return the world’s mobility to get the globe moving again,” Guevara concluded.