Greek tourist season begins, COVID vaccine or test required

First 6 European flights to land Friday

14 May, 13:47

    ROME - Greece has given the official go-ahead for its tourist season with the government and tour operators hoping for an increase in revenue after the very negative figures seen last summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reported the Kathimerini daily online.

    Tourism minister Harry Theoharis said during a press conference on Thursday at the Poseidon temple in Cape Sunio near Athens that "we are lifting the anchor".

    "We are leaving the dark clouds of fear and insecurity behind us," he added, underscoring that there are millions of foreign tourists eager to return to Greece to enjoy the "sun and turquoise sea".

    The latest anti-COVID measures announced by the government in recent days require anyone travelling to the Greek islands via land or sea to show a vaccination certificate or a negative test result.

    The largest European tour operator, TUI, has planned 120 flights to Greece between today and the end of the month, with six that are scheduled to arrive on Friday and 15 others on Saturday.

    For the rest of the world, there are 40 International flights slated to arrive in 14 airports across the country and 110 others on Saturday.

    Greece has vaccinated four million people in the country, of whom about 1.4 million have already received their second dose.

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