ATHENS — As a part of a plan to revive its essential tourism sector, Greece is lifting quarantine restrictions starting Monday for arrivals from European Union member states and a number of other different international locations together with the US and Britain.
The transfer successfully opens the nation’s borders to vacationers from the US for the primary time in additional than a yr.
Having suffered heavy financial losses final yr due to the pandemic, Greece is decided to avoid wasting its summer season vacationer season despite the fact that a 3rd wave of coronavirus infections is in full drive. Stress on hospitals is excessive, with round 200,000 lively coronavirus infections and a loss of life toll of 9,462 as of Sunday.
Greece had beforehand required arrivals to quarantine for seven days, however will waive that rule for passengers from the listed international locations so long as they’ve a vaccination certificates or a detrimental PCR check carried out inside 72 hours of their arrival.
The rule rest can even apply to vacationers from Serbia and the United Arab Emirates, and echoes a system put in place final month for passengers from Israel, which has a world-leading inoculation marketing campaign.
Greek authorities officers have mentioned the goal is for a “gradual” welcoming of vacationers earlier than a deliberate official reopening of the nation’s tourism sector on Might 14.
A check run was organized by travel-industry specialists final week on the island of Rhodes within the southern Aegean, with a gaggle of 188 Dutch vacationers.
The Dutch guests got unique use of a resort on the island, to which they had been confined throughout an eight-day trip. They had been examined for coronavirus earlier than their arrival, throughout their keep and earlier than their departure on Monday, and must self-quarantine for 10 days on their return. The trial is to this point seen as profitable over all, although eight of the group had been obliged to self-isolate throughout the resort after inconclusive mid-vacation check outcomes. Comply with-up assessments had been detrimental.
The authorities have ramped up testing in current weeks as they step by step carry lockdown restrictions — retail shops had been permitted to open this month, on an appointment-only foundation, and excessive colleges reopened after a five-month closure. Free weekly self-administered fast assessments can be found at Greek pharmacies and their use is obligatory in colleges in addition to a lot of the retail sector.