March 10, 2021 – 18:08
Foreign tourists who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, recovered or even tested negative before departure can enter Greece from May 14, Tourism Minister Harris Theocracis announced.
The Greek government hopes that the epidemiological situation will allow the restrictive measures throughout the country to be progressively eased before this time, writes Euronews, Klan Kosova reports.
“All tourists can undergo random tests, in the same way as last year. “However, an important change compared to last year is the rapid test, thanks to which the quarantine for positive cases will start immediately, and not 24 hours later as in 2020,” he added.
He also said that the medical costs of COVID-19 tourists would be borne by the Greek state but stressed that “what applies to Greek citizens will apply to tourists” including the mandatory use of face masks in public places.
“I emphasize, however, that all opening and indication dates may vary, depending on developments,” Theocracis stressed.
A overnight curfew is currently in place throughout Greece, other measures depend on the epidemiological situation of the area, but include closing non-essential shops, banning travel between different parts of the country and restrictions on public gatherings.
The announcement from Athens came a day after Cyprus announced it would allow vaccinated Britons to visit the island from 1 May.