Demetris Nellas, The Associated Press
Published 10:10 p.m. ET 30 May 2020
Because COVID-19 brings more potential tourists closer to home, Dexter Henry from AccuWeather looks at new travel options that are increasingly popular.
AccuweatherATHENS, Greece (AP) – Greek officials said Saturday that the country would not limit airline arrivals next month to people coming from 29 countries but travelers who leave places not on the initial list will be subject to mandatory testing for coronavirus upon arrival and quarantine period of one or two weeks. The two-level policy, which revises information released by the Greek government on Friday, will be implemented during June 15-30, although officials allow the possibility of maintaining entry restrictions after the end of June. A high-ranking tourism ministry official said the government needed to clarify the purpose of listing 29 countries during the coronavirus pandemic, pointing to a statement posted on the Foreign Ministry’s website. Officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because this issue was politically sensitive. According to officials and foreign ministry documents, a number of international flights will continue to be allowed only to land at Athens International Airport until 15 June. In accordance with European Union policy, every passenger who arrives must be tested for the virus and stay at the designated hotel. Stay Departure, Together: A bulletin on how to deal with a coronavirus pandemic. Visitors who do negative tests are required to conduct their own quarantine for 7 days, while those who test positive must spend 14 days under quarantine being supervised. Greece is taking steps to welcome more visitors on time for the summer holiday season. Starting June 15, international flights can also land in Thessaloniki, the second largest city in the country. People from 29 designated countries, the majority of them in Europe, will be subject to random tests. Passengers from all other countries must continue to be tested, stay in certain hotels, and quarantine for seven or 14 days. More: United Airlines announced executive cuts, part of a 30% reduction in management, support staff. The 29 countries announced Friday are: Albania, Australia, Austria, Northern Macedonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Estonia, Japan, Israel, China, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lebanon, New Zealand, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Norway, South Korea, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, and Finland. This list was compiled based on documents from the European Union Aviation Security Agency airports around the world “located in the affected area with a high risk of transmission of COVID-19 infection.” Starting July 1, all Greek airports that can handle international traffic will reopen for flights from abroad. At that time, random screening for the virus will apply to all passengers who arrive unless public health considerations dictate stricter testing, a tourism ministry official said. In addition, international arrivals by sea will also be permitted on July 1, will also be tested randomly. Foreigners traveling by land will also be permitted to enter Greece from neighboring Albania, Bulgaria and Northern Macedonia – but not Turkey – and will be randomly tested. Furthermore: Canada has banned cruise ships until October to quell the spread of the coronavirus “” Greece at any stage retains the right to modify the above by taking into account changing circumstances, “a Foreign Ministry document states. Greece imposed an initial lockout in its coronavirus outbreak, a move that is credited with limiting infection. The country has a total of 175 deaths and 2,915 cases were confirmed on Saturday. No cases were detected in most of the Greek islands, which are popular vacation spots. Tourism and related industries make up around 20% of the Greek economy, and the government has been anxious to ensure the tourist season does not disappear this year. . According to the Ministry of Tourism, 350,000 jobs depend directly on tourism, doubling that number indirectly. At this point “we are at zero” about re-launching tourism traffic that was lost during the pandemic, a tourism ministry official told AP, adding that it would take at least two or three weeks to see if reservations began to take. Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last Slide Slide Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/2020/05/30/greece- traveling-nation-clarifying-rules-visiting-tourists / 5296229002 /
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