On the 2nd of May, Greece will lift all remaining Covid-related travel restrictions, just in time for the prime summer tourist season. As infection rates stabilise, the country joins a group of 15 other European nations that have relaxed entrance restrictions, including Sweden, Madeira, and Cyprus.

The Mediterranean country is expecting a record number of visitors this year, with officials predicting revenue of 80% of what it was in 2019, before the pandemic halted tourism.

Vaccine certificates, recovery certificates, and the obligation to wear masks in indoor public areas will all be phased out starting next month.

Thanos Plevris, Greece’s Minister of Health, stated that Covid has stabilised in Greece, allowing the country to move through with the suspension of the protection measures. However, he stressed that the restrictions were being paused, not eliminated, and that the regulations would be reviewed in September.

To enter the country, visitors will no longer be required to take a pre-travel test, quarantine, or provide proof of vaccination. On the ground, visitors will no longer be required to wear a mask in enclosed locations such as hotel lobbies, nor will they be required to provide vaccination certificates to get access to certain venues.

On March 15, the company scrapped its passenger locator form, and on April 1, it extended the validity of visitors’ vaccine certificates to nine months.

In recent weeks, the number of Covid infections in the country has decreased, with authorities reporting 15,000 cases and 64 deaths on April 12th. Out of an 11-million-strong population, 72 percent are fully vaccinated.

The summer tourism season in Greece usually begins after Orthodox Easter, which falls on April 24 this year.

At World Travel 2021, the Greek Ministry of Tourism was named “World’s Leading Tourist Board.”

– India’s new age travel digital media


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