Currently only EU nationals are allowed to travel from abroad into Greece subject to 14-days quarantine upon arrival (valid at least until 31st of May) and international flights are to Athens only.
JUNE 15th – Greece’s 2020 season will begin on June 15, coinciding with the date the country’s seasonal hotels will open their doors.
Who will be allowed in and when?
We are expecting further details on May 30th, but at the moment, the latest information regarding the “White List” of countries who may visit from June 15th is as below:
“Foreign tourism will start on June 15, with the arrival of visitors from approximately 20 countries with good epidemiological characteristics.”
Israel, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Germany, and other Balkan and Baltic states are expected to be on the list of countries allowed in on June 15th.
The main omissions from the “White list” of allowed visitors are expected to be: Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the UK and the USA.
JULY 1st A second group of countries will be added on July 1, with the exception of some countries with negative epidemiological characteristics.
JULY 15th The gradual lifting of the remaining exceptions is set for July 15.
Key dates of the roadmap the minister presented are:
25. May : Opening of yachting (domestic)
June 1: Opening of all-year hotels, camping facilities
June 15: Opening of seasonal hotels and accommodations
June 15: Opening of Athens International Airport to flights from all countries with good epidemiological data.
July 1: Opening of all Greek regional airports also in tourist destinations.
Greece’s incoming tourists will not need to have a coronavirus test prior to travel nor will they be quarantined after arrival. Visitors may be asked to have a sample test, and must abide by the country’s general health protocols. all these will be as unobtrusive as possible while still protecting people’s safety.
ON THE GROUND
One “quarantine hotel” will operate on every tourism destination in Greece, to where tourists who are found to be Covid-19 carriers will be transferred. The hotels will be leased to the ministry.
All Greek accommodation units will be obliged to have a contract with a doctor, who will determine, either in person or remotely (telemedicine), whether a tourist should be tested for the coronavirus. All Covid-19 tests will be performed within 6 hours at the latest so that anyone who is tested to be positive can be transferred to a “quarantine hotel”.
It goes against all notions of hospitality, but this summer, the emphasis is on protecting the safety of guests, staff, workers and local communities. This means that guests should be prepared for reductions in service where necessary:
- Less frequent room cleaning to reduce contact between staff and guests.
- Less frequent changes of bed-linen and towels where possible.
- Cleaning staff are advised to use a mask and gloves.
- Reduced contact in general between hospitality workers and guests.
ON THE SEA
According to the recent 21-page protocol, passenger ferries with cabins will be allowed to carry 55 percent of their maximum capacity set by current legislation. Ferries that do not have cabins and High Speed vessels will be allowed to transport 50 percent of their original passenger capacity.
Currently, pre-boarding entry screening measures will be applied in order for crews to assess passengers for symptoms or previous exposure to Covid-19 patients. This will be reviewed on June 15th and again before the tourist season begins.
When boarding a ferry or high-speed vessel, all passengers must wear face masks and maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between one another.
Yachts and chartered vessels
(Restrictions to be revised on the 15th of June depending on the course of the pandemic)
For motor boats (open deck) up to 10 meters length, maximum number of passengers allowed will be equal to 50 percent of what current legislation already allows
For motor boats (closed deck) up to 10 meters length, maximum number of passengers allowed will be equal to 30 percent of what current legislation already allows
For motor boats longer than 10 meters, number of passengers allowed will be equal to 70 percent of what current legislation already allows
No passengers other than the registered ones will be allowed to visit or come on board
Any suspicious cases for COVID 19 will have to be reported to the relevant port authorities by the captain and a relevant crisis management plan will be activated.
Global Health Protocols
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is currently working on new health protocols which plan the following:
There will be new protocols for check-in involving digital technology; hand sanitiser stations at frequent points including where luggage is stored; contactless payment instead of cash; using stairs more often than lifts where the 2 meter rule can be harder to maintain; and fitness equipment being moved for greater separation among other examples.
Travelers at airports will find themselves tested before they fly and upon arrival at their destination airport. They can expect to see social distancing measures at the airport and during boarding, as well as wearing masks while onboard.
Aircraft will also be subject to intensive cleansing regimes. These measures will be combined with contact-tracing, via mobile app, that will allow flights to leave airports coronavirus-free.
We are carefully monitoring developments so for up to date information on COVID 19 related news, keep checking this page!