Greece's Minister of Tourism took advantage of the ITB 2021 International Tourism Fair in Berlin to announce, live from the Acropolis Museum, that the destination intends to reopen to tourism from May 14.
Thus, Greece intends to receive only vaccinated travellers or those who have tested negative for COVID-19 before their departure. In addition, visitors will be subjected to random testing upon arrival in the country.
Greece had already resorted to this practice in 2020. The difference this time is that it will be rapid screening tests - which will significantly sweeten the experience and neutralize the painful waiting for the results.
In the event of a positive result, travellers should not have to worry too much about their budget since it is the Greek government that will cover the costs of hospitalization or stay in a hotel provided for this purpose.
WTTC applauds clear roadmap for recovery
The WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council) praised the Greek government for its strategic measures to boost international travel.
"This clear roadmap for recovery could open the door to an exceptional summer travel for sun-hungry vacationers who want to get away from it all in Greece and significantly boost the country's economy," said Gloria Guevara, President and CEO from the WTTC leadership.
The way forward for other countries?
As immunization rolls around the world, Guevara said, Greece is showing the way other countries could take to boost safe travel and, in turn, their economies.
"The strategy and measures announced by the Greek government are largely in line with WTTC guidelines," said Guevara, applauding that the country will soon welcome travellers with proof of vaccination or a negative test result and that only positive cases will be quarantined.
“These entry requirements, along with rapid random testing on arrival, improved health and hygiene measures, and mandatory mask wear throughout travel and in public areas will provide consumers with confidence. they need to book their trips," she said.
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