Published on : Tuesday, March 16, 2021
As Greece is all set to reopen for holidaymakers from May 14 in a bid to boost the tourism economy of the country, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has welcomed the move as it is keen to see the sector reopened around the globe as quickly as possible. Greek Tourism Minister, Harry Theocharis, explained that the country will be opened up to international tourists who are vaccinated, have antibodies or can show proof of a negative test.
All tourists will be subject to random COVID-19 testing upon entry. Theocharis said the details are still being finalised, with more information expected in the coming days. Gloria Guevara, Chief Executive, WTTC, added in her statement that the World Travel & Tourism Council and its members praise the Greek government for its tremendous efforts and strategic steps taken to restart international travel from May 14.
She mentioned that Greek’s move is a clear roadmap that recovery could reopen the door to a bumper summer of travel for sun-starved holidaymakers looking to get away to Greece and provide a significant boost to the country’s economy. She said that it also lays out the pathway which other countries could follow, in a bid to kickstart safe travel and help revive their own stricken economies. She stated that the Greek government’s strategy and measures revealed are broadly in line with WTTC advice and the organisation is pleased it will soon be welcoming travellers with proof of vaccination, a negative test or a positive antibody test, with only positive cases required to quarantine.
She shared that the entry requirements along with random rapid tests on arrival, enhanced health and hygiene measures and mandatory mask wearing throughout the travel journey and in public spaces will provide the reassurance consumers need to book their trips. She concluded that Greece is one of Europe’s most popular destinations for travellers and as such, relies heavily upon international travel, with Germany and the UK as its most important source markets.