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Greek Seasonal Hotels and Resorts Closed Until End of April

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Seasonal accommodation tourist units in Greece will remain temporarily closed from March 15 until April 30 the government decided late Saturday in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

According to a ministerial decision, the seasonal hotels and resorts that have already opened in Greece must temporarily close their doors by March 23 (until April 30).

Commenting on today’s government decision, the president of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE), Yiannis Retsos, referred to a “necessary and proper action”.

In a statement, SETE’s president said: “Since the beginning of this unprecedented crisis, we have stressed that we need to remain calm and serious, determined and ready for brave decisions. Above all, when protecting public health, we need to be prepared to deal with the difficulties that arise daily, to have quick reflexes, to see the bigger picture, and to methodically prepare for the day after. What seems cruel today, may be salvation for tomorrow. We continue on the same path of responsibility.”

The government’s decision comes at a time when the confirmed coronavirus cases in Greece have reached 228 with the country counting three deaths.

The decision was signed by the ministers of development and investment, Adonis Georgiadis; citizen’s protection, Mihalis Crysohoidis; labor, Ioannis Vroutsis; health, Vassilis Kikilias; and interior, Panagiotis Theodorikakos.

To see the ministerial decision (in Greek), press here.

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  1. Jane Reply

    What constitutes Government accommodation? The Greek government have said that anyone arriving in Greece have to be tested and isolate for 24 hours in Government Accommodation. Can anyone help with this ?

  2. sue Reply

    My son and his friends are hoping to travel to Zante on 24th June to stay in self catering apartments.They are under 18 but travel with parental consent (at time of booking ). Will they still be allowed ? will they have to quarantine etc

  3. Ian Pressey Reply

    We expect to travel from England to Corfu in September but are staying at a seasonal hotel, as long as the flights are operating normally what are the chances of the seasonal hotel actually operating please

  4. Денис Reply

    I’m a tourist from Russia, I’m going to come at the end of June. I hope the situation will change for the better.

  5. Olga Reply

    Is the border closed to greek citizens too?

  6. Peter Reply

    Does this closure include campsites too?

  7. Deborah. Reply

    If hotels reopen at the end of April, will I be ok to arrive 6th May and not have to self-isolate? Thank you

  8. john roberts Reply

    Does these restrictions apply to Crete as well ?

    • Maria Theofanopoulou Reply

      Hi John.
      The restriction applies to the whole country.

  9. Dimitris Kopidakis Reply

    Dear friends,
    Given the general concerns about the COVID19
    we realize that some of our clients are likely to change their travel schedule hurriedly while others hesitate to book their car.
    That is why we have decided to simplify the process of these changes. So we are adjusting our cancellation policy.
    If clients wish to change the dates of their reservation, or cancel it they can do so without losing the deposit they have already paid provided that they will notify us of the change up to one day (24 hours) prior to arrival for obvious practical reasons.

  10. andrew Reply

    Why are US troops coming to Europe to play silly games
    see with no masks etc when Europe is on lock down?

    Just sit and think about that. Your whole tourist industry is going to be destroyed because of a common cold

  11. Lynne Reply

    I applaud the Government trying to control the spread of this virus. I have a small Hotel on the Island of Aegina and while I will comply with the Government I ask what they will do to stop people here still accepting bookings through AirBnB.

    • Ian Pressey Reply

      Hi There Lynne , s you are a hotelier you will be closer to info that the greek tourist board and government are giving, have they given a clear idea of when they are hoping to allow you all to get up and running again ??

  12. Tom Reply

    what about tourists who are here for few days and cannot back home (no flights, no ferries)?

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