Greece Reopening on May 14, Safely Welcoming Summer Visitors
Greece has confirmed its plan to reopen to tourists from 14 May.
The Greek tourism minister, Haris Theocharis, announced the country’s commitment to opening its borders in parliament from 14 May.
He outlined five “lines of defense” that would ensure the risk was low for residents and visitors.
- All arriving passengers must be either fully vaccinated or can present a negative PCR Covid test result.
- Upon arrival, passengers may be selected at random to undergo a rapid Covid screening test.
- Any visitor who tests positive for coronavirus is isolated in a quarantine hotel.
- The Greek Government is actively working to vaccinate all tourism industry workers. Those in tourism are being given priority as soon as all those in the most vulnerable categories have received a vaccination.
- Continued strict adherence to health protocols, such as social distancing and wearing a mask, will be instrumental to reopening Greece safely.
All visitors will be subject to the same rules as Greek citizens.
During the press conference, the minister revealed the country’s new slogan to promote Greek tourism to markets abroad: “All you want is Greece”.
Increased demand for travel to Greece this summer.
The minister strengthened Greece’s position as a safe tourism destination and received confirmation that demand for travel from Americans to the country this summer is rising. The minister’s meetings included contacts with representatives of airlines, hotel groups and tour operators.
Perhaps the most important moments of the minister’s visit to the US were the meetings he held in Atlanta, Dallas and Chicago, where he met with executives from the three leading US airlines – Delta, American Airlines and United.
The representatives of the three US-based airlines informed the minister that – based on bookings recorded so far – they expect direct flights to Greece to be “in great demand” in the coming months.
As a reminder, Delta Airlines will connect the US to Athens with three daily flights from New York and Atlanta. American Airlines will launch flights to the Greek capital from New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia. United Airlines will introduce a new Washington DC-Athens route in addition to its Newark-Athens connection.
Greece is the Global Covid-19 Crisis Management Champion.
During his visit to the US, the Greek tourism minister traveled to Cancun, Mexico, to take part in the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) 2021 Global Summit, which was attended by business leaders, government ministers and key decision-makers from across the global travel and tourism sector.
During the summit, Greece was honored by the WTTC with the “Global Champion Award for COVID-19 Crisis Management”. The award, received by Theoharis on behalf of Greece, highlights the country as an example for the implementation of health protocols and the safe opening of the tourism industry in a time of pandemic.
The Greek Minister of Tourism stated: "The Global Champion Award for Covid-19 Crisis Management certifies that Greece is a top tourist destination with exemplary implementation of health protocols, with original and innovative solutions, with an unparalleled level of care for every traveler, for every family or group of tourists."
Do I need to be vaccinated to travel to Greece?
No, you do not need to be vaccinated to come to Greece.
As of today, COVID vaccination passports or certificates are not mandatory to enter Greece. However, if you have been vaccinated and have the Covid vaccine certification, you will not need to present a negative PCR test.
As information may change, we advise you to follow the latest Greece travel updates and/or contact your local embassy.
Country-Specific Information as of May 14, 2021:
- Restrictions on Travel Between Regions Lifted:
Travel between regions in Greece will be permitted as of May 14, 2021. In continental Greece, self-tests are recommended but not required. Travelers going to the Greek islands will have to present either a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of travel, a vaccination certificate showing completion of vaccination at least 14 days prior to travel, or a certificate documenting recovery from COVID-19 in the past 2-9 months. Travel may be restricted with little or no advance notice to/from areas with active COVID-19 outbreaks.
- Movement Restrictions and Use of SMS System Abolished:
Movement restrictions and the use of the SMS system to report movements is no longer required.
The nighttime curfew will be decreased to: 12:30am to 5:00am.
- Museums and Retail Reopening:
Museums will be allowed to reopen and retail stores may operate without requiring appointments. Limitations on capacity will apply to allow for social distancing.
- Restaurants Reopened:
As of May 3, 2021, restaurants are open for outdoor dining.
FYLY's COVID-19 Safety Measures
The precautions we take are meant to keep our guests, crew members, partners, and the local community safe and provide opportunities for a well-deserved holiday in the Greek islands. With our COVID-19 safety protocols, you will feel comfortable and safe in your discovery of Greece and the gorgeous Greek islands.
FYLY Yachting is committed to providing safe chartering experiences and we look forward to welcoming you to Greece for your holiday this summer!