Greece to restart tourism mid-June, international flights July 1

Greece will resume its tourism season on June 15 to stimulate the economy after the virus lockdown, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Wednesday, adding that international flights would resume on July 1.

“The tourism season begins on June 15th, when seasonal hotels can reopen and direct international flights to our tourist destinations gradually begin on July 1st,” Mitsotakis said in a televised address.

Mitsotakis said the country’s immediate response to the virus is a “passport to safety, credibility and health” to attract visitors.

“We will win the economic war as well as the health struggle,” said Mitsotakis.

Tourism Minister Harry Theocharis said a list of nations resuming flights to Greece would be announced by the end of May. Athens will concentrate on reviving a travel front “from the Balkans to the Baltic Sea”.

“Our strength is the certificate for safety, reliability and health that our country has earned. It’s a great fame. Health protection, hospitality everywhere and of course the passion of the Greeks, ”said Mitsotakis.

Bulgarians and Northern Europeans, including Germans, will be among the first visitors alongside Israelis and Cypriots, the minister said.

Incoming travelers are not required to undergo virus or quarantine tests, but sample tests are done in tourist areas, the minister said.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, Greece recorded 34 million visitors in 2019, of which 24.2 million traveled to the country between April and September. They brought with them an income of 19 billion euros.

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