Greece announced the reopening of tourism activities and welcomes international tourists to enter and play.
Acknowledge any vaccine
Greece officially reopened its tourism gate yesterday (May 14). The country’s Tourism Minister Theoharis said at a press conference to launch the tourism season on Thursday, “We have left the dark clouds of fear and anxiety behind and opened up the tourism industry to the world. .”
International travelers entering Greece must have an official certificate that they have been vaccinated, or a report of a negative coronavirus test. The Greek government stated that it will recognize any coronavirus vaccine and plans to launch random tests.
Tourism is a key industry in Greece, accounting for more than one-fifth of its economic output. According to data from the Tourism Federation of Greece, the country’s tourism revenue and the number of arrivals plummeted last year, and tourism revenue fell from 18 billion euros (approximately S$29.1 billion) in 2019 to 4.28 billion euros (approximately S$6.9 billion). ); Inbound tourists plummeted by 76.5% to 7.4 million.
Many local catering companies in tourist resorts have expressed their eagerness to reopen the tourism industry, but hoteliers expect that the tourism industry will not gradually recover until the end of June or early July. Tassios, president of the Federation of Hellenic Hotel Owners, said: “Only 15% to 20% of the hotels will open for business this Friday, and the remaining hotels will gradually resume operations by the end of June.”
The UK’s TUI travel company has arranged for 120 flights to Greece in a short period of time. The first six flights arrived in Greece yesterday and today there are another 15 flights.
Greece will lift most of its blockade measures this week, including domestic travel bans across regions. This means that the Greeks were able to move freely within the territory for the first time since November last year.
Greece has a population of 10.8 million people and has received nearly 4 million doses of vaccines, of which 1.4 million have completed two doses.