News By/Courtesy: Athul Joseph | 02 Jun 2020 17:39pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Greece is a country which is whose economy highly dependant in tourism.
  • Tourists from 29 different countries are allowed to travel at the beginning.
  • Compulsory and random testing will be carried out.

With a little under 3000 cases and relatively fewer deaths compared to its other European counterparts, Greece is considered as one of the safest destinations for summer. Since the tourism circuit of Greece is responsible for over 20 percent of the debt-ridden countries' GDP, understandably, the country is eager to open up to tourists. Greek minister of tourism Harris announced on 29th of May announced that tourists from 29 countries will be allowed the visit the country from mid-June. Also, the tourism ministry states that the list of countries would expand after the first phase of reopening.
Nationals from the following countries are allowed to travel to Greece from 15: Albania, Australia, Austria, Northern Macedonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Estonia, Japan, Israel, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Romania, New Zealand, Norway, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Finland. The Greek government has invoked a two-tier policy for the reopening. During the enforcement of tier-one, a limited number of international flights will be allowed to land in the capital of Athens, should be tested as per the regulations, and will to asked to stay overnight in a designated hotel by the authorities. The visitors will only be allowed to leave the designated hotel only after receiving the test results and if found positive the tourist will be transferred to government-enforced quarantine and even if the tourist is found negative he/she should undergo a compulsory self-quarantine of 7 days. After this phase, the government is also planning to reopen the  Thessaloniki airport after the 15th of June. Passengers from the 29 countries mentioned above will be subject to random tests after 15th June whereas passengers in any other country apart from the 29 would be subjected to phase one procedure.
The list of these 29 countries was drawn out by the Tourism Ministry of Greece after analyzing the pathogen spread in the countries with the help of a report from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency. After the first two-phase the Greek government is optimistic in opening up all the international airports in the country to handle international tourists. Random screenings will continue even weeks implementing phase one and two. Additionally, tourists from countries like Albania, Bulgaria, and North Macedonia would be allowed to enter Greece through its land boundaries, and arrivals by sea are scheduled to start from the first of July.
Greece tackled the COVID 19 crisis rather efficiently when compared to other European countries and this is solely why this top tourist destination is expected to regain its former pride by 2021. As mentioned before the economy of Greece is highly dependent on tourism and the sector contributes to around 350,00 jobs directly and much more indirectly. These baby steps taken by the government and the ministry of tourism is expected to bring back all the lost jobs in the tourism sector and contribute to the economy. 
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Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 03 Jun 2020 13:50pm IST


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