In an interview with the “Ukrinform” agency, Minister of Tourism of Greece Haris Theocharis spoke about the nuances of Ukrainians visiting hospitable Hellas since May 14.
First of all, Ukrainian travelers must have an official vaccination certificate approved by the authorities, or a negative PCR test for coronavirus. Haris Theocharis says:
“The reality is that we will be able to receive Ukrainian citizens arriving in our country, and we also hope that Greeks who want to come to Ukraine (after all, we have mixed marriages, people with family ties) will be able to do this. We are awaiting samples of such certificates from the Ukrainian authorities so that we can check them at our borders, and we strive to accept other vaccines (not approved by the EMA) as well ”.
The Minister of Tourism clarified that young children under the age of 5 do not need to have a test result. Greece is currently considering another important decision – the ability to take into account, along with the result of the PCR test, the data of the rapid antigen test.
Greece is also waiting for Russian tourists, especially against the background of the ongoing events with flights to Turkey. From April 15 to June 15, Russia introduces flight restrictions to Turkey and Tanzania. Experts believe that the decision actually means a large-scale blow to the tourism industry, which will be accompanied by a huge number of postponed tours of a rather popular destination for Russians. ATOR analysts report: from April 15 to May 31, tours for a total cost of 354.6 million euros have already been booked, 533,200 tourists gathered on the trip, almost half of them with children. Approximately 7 thousand travelers were going to go to Tanzania, the connection with which is also suspended.
Next week in Moscow will arrive Minister of Tourism Haris Theocharis to negotiate with the Russian authorities. The main topic of the visit will be a gradual increase in the weekly limit up to the complete lifting of restrictions on the number of Russian tourists entering Greece, as well as probing the possibility of an early full opening of Greece for Russians, which, as you know, is scheduled for mid-May.
According to sources in the Ministry of Tourism, “Greece expresses confidence in tourism from Russia.” As expected, the program of the visit of the Greek minister to the Russian capital will include meetings with travel agents and government officials in charge of tourism.