Tourists planning to visit Greece
The Greek Minister of Tourism Theocharis, said on Friday that all tourists planning to visit Greece this summer, after the season begins on July 1, must have tested negative for the coronavirus before they board the airplane to come to the country.
“The idea is to carry out inspections in the country of departure, so that people already on the plane feel safe that other passengers have tested negative for the coronavirus,”
Although he underscored that epidemiologists have not yet made a final decision, the Minister stressed that “people need to be able to rest and not constantly wonder on the beach how high the rate of infection in the country where the tourist sitting under the umbrella nearby comes from.”
Theoharis acknowledged this additional cost may be prohibitive for most, but he expressed his hope that by July there could be tests costing as little as 10 euros per person. “Huge resources are being invested to make the tests cheaper and easier to access,” he stressed.
The Minister also said that tests “are not necessary” for those returning home after their holidays in Greece.
“Greece is clearly in a better position to fight the pandemic than most other countries. Our numbers are significantly lower. That is why I do not really share the logic of further tests,” he explained.
The Greek minister called for all governments to work together for a European solution to tourism-related issues during this difficult coronavirus era.
The coronavirus pandemic will affect airports, hotels and other aspects of your future trips.
Greece’s Minister of Tourism, Haris Theocharis on Friday presented health and safety protocols in response to COVID-19.
The protocols were drawn up by the government in collaboration with The Hellenic National Public Health Organization (EODY).
• Prerequisite for a passenger to board a flight to Greece: he or she must present a current health certificate (within the last 72 hours) stating that they are not a carrier. Without the certificate he or she will be unable to board the flight
• There will be no vacancies on flights to, from and within Greece , ie their capacity will be full in order, as he said, to make sure air transport is economically viable
• For flights of up to four hours no food will be served to passengers, only packaged snacks
• Tourists will leave the country without being subjected to checks, to not risk being trapped and quarantined in Greece
• The Ministry of Tourism will lease accommodation in every tourist area of the country, which will function as a “quarantine hotel”. Tourists who are found to be carriers, will be quarantined there
• Each hotel will be obliged to provide health services via an onsite doctor or access to telemedicine
• Special training will be provided to staff at each hotel regarding special hygiene rules
• There will be no buffets in hotels
• The sunbeds will be thinned and will have a disposable cover for each swimmer