As of May 2, Greece will be lifting all entry restrictions related to COVID-19, which could prove a game changer for thousands of tourists during the summer months.
This means there will be no requirement for proof of vaccination to enter the country by land, sea, or air, and tests will also no longer be required regardless of vaccination status.
Following the collective easing of travel restrictions throughout Europe and farther afield, Greek officials expect a bumper number of international visitors between June and August, with revenues predicted to reach up to 80% of 2019 levels (which was itself a record year).
The Greek government wants its historic attractions, bustling markets, and sun-kissed beaches to be as accessible as possible to visitors. Starting in late May, masks will no longer be required in public places indoors.
Even though this might not seem like a big deal at first glance, Greece still has some of the strictest COVID-19 laws in Europe. A maximum of three people can travel in a taxi, and breaking these rules can result in a fine up to 5,000 euros ($5,353). Public masks are still mandatory throughout the country, and only members of the same family are allowed in a taxi.
Currently, Greece is virtually off-limits to unvaccinated travelers. Those without vaccines are allowed into the country upon passing a predeparture test, but cannot enter nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, stadiums, or eat in indoor restaurants. And forget about wandering through the world’s top museums and exhibitions – those are also off limits.
Indeed, this announcement could result in a world of difference for thousands of travelers during the warmer months. Thanos Plevris, Greece’s minister for health, said the current measures will not be dropped indefinitely, but suspended until September when they are to be reintroduced.