More tourists likely allowed into Greece before May 14 official opening

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Minister of Tourism, Harry Theocharis, spoke about allowing tourists into Greece even before the official May 14 opening of the tourism season.

As he said, "if everything develops well on the coronavirus front, Greece will be able to receive tourists even earlier."

In any case, as he stressed, it sends a message about the safe opening of the Greek tourism industry.

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In this context, the minister underlined that "we host safely, we take care of every tourist as if they were a member of our family."

"In Greece we care, but we have also proven that we are a pioneer in the implementation of health protocols," he added.

Theocharis added that the ministry is discussing the gradual liberalisation of travel for the EU, the US, the United Kingdom, Israel, Serbia and the United Arab Emirates to Greece.

The minister also expressed his optimism, emphasising that 2021 will be better than the previous year.

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According to him, this development is expected to put Greece on a path of growth and recovery.

For the restart of the tourism industry, Theocharis stressed that in order for someone to come to our country, four conditions are required:

  • First, they must either be vaccinated or recovered from the disease or have a negative test.
  • Second, when tourists arrive they will be subjected to a sampled, targeted control with the innovative "EVA" system at the airport .
  • Third, rapid tests will be used.
  • Fourth, there will be isolation hotels for positive cases, and this year health protocols will apply.

10,000 Israeli tourists can enter Greece every week until the official opening of the tourist season on May 14, as reported by Greek City Times.

Israel leads the world in vaccinations per capita and its COVID-19 infection rates have plummeted in recent weeks.

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