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Greece to open to tourists from 29 countries from June 15

 

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FILE PHOTO: A Culture ministry employee wearing a face mask stands in front of the Parthenon temple as the Acropolis archaeological site opens to visitors, following the easing of measures against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Athens, Greece, May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

 

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece said on Friday it will open to visitors from 29 countries from June 15, days before its peak tourism season begins.

 

The countries are: Germany, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Cyprus, Israel, Switzerland, Japan, Malta, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Australia, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Albania, Estonia, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Hungary, South Korea, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Finland.

 

Visitors will be randomly tested, the tourism ministry said, and the government would monitor and evaluate developments related to the coronavirus. The list will be updated before July 1, the tourism ministry said.

 

The Mediterranean nation, which emerged from a decade-long debt crisis in late 2018, relies heavily on tourism - about 20% of its output - for an economic recovery.

 

A nationwide lockdown imposed in March helped Greece contain the spread of COVID-19 infections to just below 3,000 cases, a relatively low number compared with elsewhere in the European Union. But it brought its business and tourism sector to a virtual standstill.

 

About 33 million tourists visited Greece last year, generating revenues of 19 billion euros.

 

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No USA or UK!

China is in. Looks like Thailand is not alone come July 1st

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22 minutes ago, madmen said:

No USA or UK!

China is in. Looks like Thailand is not alone come July 1st

That was exactly what I went looking for in that list of "good" countries.

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3 minutes ago, J Town said:

That was exactly what I went looking for in that list of "good" countries.

No France, Spain, Sweden, or Belgium either.

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10 minutes ago, Andrew65 said:

No France, Spain, Sweden, or Belgium either.

Nor Italy.

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Prayut's going to be ranting about this 😀

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1 minute ago, KhaoYai said:

Could it be that they don't believe Thailand's figures for some strange reason?

 

I'm sure they did think about Thailand for a few seconds, then fell off their deck chairs laughing

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4 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

About 33 million tourists visited Greece last year, generating revenues of 19 billion euros.

If Greece's lucky then they might return to the heady days of 2019's figures in five or six years time.  The global economy is royally screwed for some considerable time to come and tourism's always first in the firing line.  

 

By the end of 2020 the full devastating aftermath will emerge and it's going to be more than a little brutal.

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As soon as you see China in there, you know it's all about the money. Good luck, Greece. You were good.

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The early bird gets the worm. Whoever opens first will get most of the tourists for the rest of the year - people plan ahead of time and they won't plan to go somewhere they're not sure is even possible. Thailand says July but nothing concrete is known yet, so people cannot plan ahead. They'll just go to greece (and others) instead. Vietnam also says July but conditions of entrance unknown.

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 We usually spend a few weeks layover in Greece on our way to Thailand every year(we have friends and family there) , unfortunately it does not look like we will be doing it this year as the US is not in the list of allowed countries. We are hoping that by September the situation will change .

  As stated in the article Greece is heavily dependant  on tourism and as many as one third of the population directly or indirectly works in turism associated industries. So they have to do something to rescue as much of this year's season as possible. 

 Initially it was reported that those who would travel there would need a negative Covid 19 test before boarding a plane to Greece , this requirement has now be dropped for "randomly tested " something that will increase tourism but  which is IMO a mistake that could backfire and end the season early. 

 What would they do with those that test positive? you can't put them back on the plane and send them back. And what do you do with the passengers on the plane that were exposed to the one who posted positive?  What if you have 100 testing positive? and each was on a plane with 300 others , do you quarantine 30,000 in Greece. What kind of media and P.R. would that create 

IMO it is a desperation move that could have serious repercussions . Let's hope I am wrong. 

 

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