Greece will officially start the tourist season June 15, reported may 20 in address to the nation Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The text of the appeal published on the website of the policy.
“The season will begin on 15 June, when the newly opened resort hotels”, – said the Prime Minister.
Since July 1, the country plans to resume direct international flights.
Travel edition GTP.gr noted that June 15 will earn the Athens airport, and on 1 July, will open all other Greek airports. The first tourists will be from countries with “encouraging epidemiological data” – from Northern Europe and from the Balkans, told the newspaper Kathimerini.
According to Mitsotakis, tourists, if necessary, will be tested for the coronavirus and will have to comply with the General sanitary rules (they will be announced soon).
Greek authorities decided that the tourists will not have to do a test for the coronavirus before travelling to Greece (previously such a possibility was discussed) and they will not have to undergo quarantine upon arrival.
As of 20 may, according to data from the Ministry of health in Greece recorded a 2,850 cases of coronavirus infection, died, 166 people. Overall, the country spent 139 445 tests for coronavirus. Greece has one of the lowest levels of infection in the EU.
The European Commission prognozirovat that the pandemic is among the EU countries hardest in 2020 will be reduced Greece’s economy (-9,7%). This is primarily due to the lack of tourists.
Flash coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in December 2019 in China. March 11, 2020, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. According to information of the American Johns Hopkins University, in the world of coronavirus has infected more than 5 million people, including more than 328,4 thousand died and 1.9 million were cured.
Due to the spread of coronavirus infection, many countries have closed their borders, for example, the ban on entry of foreigners in the Schengen area (which includes Greece) was introduced in mid-March and will run until at least June 15. In the middle of next month, the European Commission will decide whether to renew or to cancel the blocking of borders.