Greece plans to lift all remaining Covid-related travel restrictions on May 2, just in time for the country’s peak summer tourist season. The country joins a group of 15 other European countries, including Sweden, Madeira, and Cyprus, that have relaxed entry requirements as infection rates have stabilized.
The Mediterranean country expects a high number of visitors this year, with officials predicting revenue will be 80 percent higher than in 2019, a record year before the pandemic halted travel.
Vaccination certificates, recovery certificates, and the requirement to wear masks in indoor public places will be phased out beginning next month.
Thanos Plevris, Greece’s Minister of Health, stated that Covid had stabilized in Greece, allowing the country to proceed with the suspension of the protection measures, but he stressed that the measures were suspended, not abolished, and that the rules would be reviewed in September.
To enter the country, visitors will no longer be required to take a pre-travel test, quarantine, or provide proof of vaccination. On the ground, visitors will no longer be required to wear masks in indoor spaces such as hotel lobbies or show vaccination certificates in order to enter certain venues.
On March 15, it discontinued its passenger locator form, and on April 1, it extended the validity of visitors’ vaccine passes to nine months.
Covid infections have decreased in the country in recent weeks, with authorities reporting 15,000 infections and 64 deaths on April 12. In a population of 11 million people, approximately 72 percent are fully vaccinated.
The summer tourism season in Greece typically begins after Orthodox Easter, which falls on April 24 this year.
At World Travel 2021, the Greek Ministry of Tourism was named the “World’s Leading Tourist Board.”