Greece will be reopening to tourists from May 14th as the destination looks to boost its tourism economy. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has applauded the destination’s decision to reopen its tourism sector and hopes the rest of the world will follow.The WTTC has been vocal about the importance of restarting tourism to help the tourism sector that is struggling to cope during the COVID-19.
Greece Will Conduct Random COVID-19 Testing
All tourists will have to undergo random COVID-19 testing once they enter the country. Greek tourism minister, Harry Theocharis has said Greece will be open to international tourists who are vaccinated, have proof of a negative test or have antibodies. Details are still in the process of being finalised.
Gloria Guevara, chief executive of WTTC, said: “The World Travel & Tourism Council and its members praise the Greek government for its tremendous efforts and strategic steps taken to restart international travel from May 14th. This clear roadmap to recovery could reopen the door to a bumper summer of travel for sun-starved holidaymakers looking to get away to Greece and provide a significant boost to the country’s economy. It also lays out the pathway which other countries could follow, in a bid to kickstart safe travel and help revive their own stricken economies.”
She added: “The Greek government’s strategy and measures revealed are broadly in line with WTTC advice and we are pleased it will soon be welcoming travellers with proof of vaccination, a negative test or a positive antibody test, with only positive cases required to quarantine.
“These entry requirements along with random rapid tests on arrival, enhanced health and hygiene measures and mandatory mask wearing throughout the travel journey and in public spaces will provide the reassurance consumers need to book their trips.
“Greece is one of Europe’s most popular destinations for travellers and as such, relies heavily upon international travel, with Germany and the UK as its most important source markets.”