Greece: partial lifting of 7-day quarantine for tourists

Starting today, April 19, tourists from a number of countries will not have to be in a mandatory seven-day quarantine upon arrival in Greece, TASS reports, citing a government decision.

An inter-ministerial decision on the entry of tourists from some countries into Greece without the mandatory weekly quarantine until that day was published in the Government Gazette yesterday and came into legal force today. A prerequisite, however, is that the traveler has a vaccination certificate or a negative coronavirus test result.

The mandatory seven-day quarantine has been canceled for tourists from:

member states of the European Union; states of the Schengen Agreement; United Kingdom; United Arab Emirates; USA; Israel; Serbia.

However, travel in Greece for tourists from these countries is limited, they will not be able to move between regions. In addition, they are subject to all restrictive measures in force in the country: curfew at night, wearing protective masks indoors and outdoors. Catering establishments do not serve citizens inside the premises, it is only possible to buy food to go or order home delivery.

Greek Tourism Minister Haris Theocharis said that the tourist season will officially start in Greece on May 14 and most restrictions are planned to be lifted. Including – a restriction on the entry of Russian tourists into the country.

As of April 18, 2021, over 315,000 cases of coronavirus infection have been registered in Greece, the number of victims has almost reached 9,500,000. In early April, the authorities began a process of gradual easing of restrictive measures – manufactured goods stores, lyceums and bookmakers opened.

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