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Greece and UAE Agree to Mutual Quarantine-free Travel

Vaccinated travelers to Greece from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and vice versa will not be required to quarantine on return after the two countries signed a “safe travel corridor” agreement on Thursday to facilitate movement.

The decision goes into effect immediately in Greece and on May 18 in the UAE. The two sides also agreed to the mutual recognition of vaccination certificates issued in either country.

“The quarantine-free travel corridor will ease the travel of vaccinated individuals holding vaccination certificates without the need to apply quarantine requirements upon arrival,” a joint statement reads.

The two countries said the agreement is meant to “facilitate the movement of individuals, promote tourism between the two countries, and achieve the desired goals of vaccination campaigns”.

Greece Releases Updated Rules for Port Activity

In view of the opening of tourism and the arrival of the first cruise ship to Greece today, the health ministry released updated health and Covid-19management protocols to be enforced at all Greek ports.

The new rules apply to all forms of transport making use of ports includingcoastal ferries, cruise ships, and international ferry operators

Besides the guidelines for embarkation and disembarkation, the regulations which apply to port authorities, cruise companies and ferry operators, also require contingency planning and standard operating procedures (SOP) in case a Covid-19 incident is found on board. 

Among others, port authorities will be required to have designated areas for Covid-19 case management, including special medical and isolation facilities. 

With regard to cruise ships, the ministry sets out terms including number of expected cruise ship arrivals at each port daily and for the entire tourism season as well as the number of passengers allowed to disembark. 

Furthermore, Greek ports have been designated as home ports, contingency ports, or transit ports.

Greece Officially Opens for the 2021 Tourism Season

Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis on Thursday presented the government’s plan for the safe opening of the 2021 tourism season set for Friday, May 14.

“It is a fact: We are reopening the Greek tourism industry and bringing Greece back to the European and world forefront as a destination equivalent to hospitality and safety,” Theoharis said, speaking during a press event at a luxury resort in Sounio, having the world-renowned archaeological site as a backdrop.

Focusing on the way Greece will welcome its visitors and keep them and the country’s residents safe from the coronavirus (Covid-19), Theoharis presented the main points of the government’s tourism restart plan that includes strict health protocols and procedures.

‘All you want is Greece’ Campaign Launches as Tourism Restarts

The Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) on Thursday announced the official launch of Greece’s 2021 tourism campaign as the country gets ready to reopen to international tourists on May 14.

“The campaign is based on a new narrative of the enriched and diversified Greek tourist product that focuses on people and the experiences that our visitor can experience everywhere in Greece all year round,” GNTO Secretary General Dimitris Fragakis said, adding that the long-term campaign goes beyond promoting Greece’s renowned “sun and sea” model.

Dubbed “All you want is Greece”, the campaign will be showcased in Greece’s target markets and includes five videos. The first video (included above) gives a general idea of what a visitor can expect upon his visit to Greece. The following for videos promote four of Greece’s tourism offerings: sea tourism, gastronomy, wellness and culture.

Santorini in the heart of the country's tourism Season

At last the country is gradually returning to its normal rhythms. Tourism, which is an integral part of it, starts with difficult steps but not from scratch.
Surely a lot needs to be done so that the tourism professionals in the country get a better effort on the part of the state. To help so that in the heart of summer with measures and precautions can those who deal with tourism and catering do better than last year.

We in Santorini all of us with endless fun, hospitality, tradition, but also with passion and new modern thoughts will once again put our best selves.
Tourism opens with protection to visitors and tourists who will come to our island this year. With controls at airports and ports.

Greece officially launches its tourist season after COVID decimated visitor numbers in 2020

Greece has officially launched its tourist season amid a competitive scramble across the Mediterranean to lure vacationers emerging from lockdowns.

Visitors from the EU as well as Britain, the United States, Serbia and Israel, are allowed to visit as long as they have been vaccinated or can show negative COVID-19 test results.

The country will also introduce vaccination certificates and accept jabs not yet used in the rest of the European Union, Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis announced on Thursday.

Greece has been under coronavirus-related restrictions since early November but has gradually begun easing the measures as it gears up for the vital summer tourist season.

Tourism is a major revenue source for Greece, and the government is hoping international visitors will help bolster its ailing economy.

SMS system ends, curfew made shorter as restrictions ease further

Greeks no longer have to send an SMS to the 13033 hotline or fill in a special form to leave their homes as of Friday, after the government lifted measures aimed at curbing unnecessary movement that may contribute to transmission of the novel coronavirus, while also shortening the daily curfew.The easing of restrictions on movement also applies to shopping, as retailers no longer have to book appointments with their consumers via the 13032 number or work with curbside pickups. However, limits are still in place on the number of people allowed inside stores and supermarkets at any one time, depending on the size of the premises.

As of Friday, meanwhile, the curfew has been made shorter, starting at half-past midnight instead of 11 p.m., as it was previously, and ending at 5 a.m.

Museums are also opening their doors to the public after six months on lockdown with limits on the number of visitors, who are also required to wear a mask at all times.

Interregional travel is another activity that has been opened up, though travel to the islands is subject to conditions: displaying proof of full vaccination or a negative PCR test taken withing 72 hours before the journey or a certificate of having recovered from Covid-19 in the last two to nine months.

These rules do not apply for travel to the islands of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina, which are linked to the mainland by road.

Record connections between the US and Athens

The American market is proving to be the biggest gambit of the year for Greece’s holiday season. Despite advice released from the State Department this week that Americans should avoid traveling to Greece, along with 130 other countries, due to the difficult epidemiological situation this summer the major US carriers have scheduled the highest number of direct flights to Athens in many years.

Notably, this August there will be at least seven direct services between the US and Athens International Airport; if one also counts connection flights to Athens and the country’s regional airports via major European cities, an estimated 40,000 seats will be available per week for trips from the US to Greece.

United Airlines is launching a daily service between New York (Newark) and Athens on June 3, and another between Washington and Athens from July 1. Delta is starting even earlier, flying from New York (JFK) to Athens every day as of May 28. Delta will have two daily flights from New York and one from Atlanta.

American will have a daily service from JFK to Athens from June 3 and a daily flight from Chicago to Athens from June 4. American will also operate a direct flight from Philadelphia to Athens from August 17. Emirates will also have daily scheduled flights from Newark to Athens from June 1. All these flights are already on the online booking systems of these airlines. According to sources from Athens International Airport who spoke to Kathimerini, we will find out in late May whether this planned availability will translate into bookings.

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