The Greek Tourism Minister, Harry Theocharis, announced that Greece will be open to tourists this summer who have either been vaccinated, or who have tested negative for the coronavirus. The plan is for Greece to reopen on May 15, which is only a couple of weeks away. As Theocharis stated:
“Greece is ready with a complete protocol for summer 2021. Tourists will be welcome if before travel they are either vaccinated, or test negative. All tourists will be subject to random testing.” – Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theocharis.
Greece is part of the EU which has been closed to a large majority of travellers for almost a year, with no plans to reopen. It’s expected that most American adults will have access to a vaccine by May 2021, meaning that vaccinated travel this summer very much looks like a possibility.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has been trying to balance saving lives against restoring a battered and already struggling economy that shrank 8.2 percent in 2020 and keeps pushing back a third lockdown, set to lift March 16.
Greece’s cases have been on the rise with 1,399 new reported daily cases for April 25, 2021. Greece is battling a decade long debt crisis and a Covid surge that is threatening there summer tourism.
Will you be going to Greece this summer?