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A Collection of Greek Legislation and Regulations Concerning Covid-19 and Tourism

Responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Greek government proceeded with the adoption of a number of measures, aiming to limit the spread of the virus in the country.

The government has also launched rounds of aid measures to address the negative effects the coronavirus has caused on businesses and employees.

Aiming to help our audience stay informed, we are providing a collection of some of the most important measures that have been formally adopted by legislative acts in the Hellenic Parliament. All legislative acts are provided in their original form (Greek language).
It is noted that not all laws are included in this collection as some are amended almost daily.

Measures taken to limit the spread of Covid-19

Temporary closures

 

Temporary movement restrictions

Relief measures for businesses and employees

Employee support mechanism

Additional aid for employers and employees

Vouchers

Regulation allowing tourism companies (airlines, ferries, hotels, travel agencies) to reimburse customers with 18-month vouchers for bookings that were canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, instead of cash refunds. The value of each voucher must be equal to the amount paid by the customer in advance when making the booking. If the vouchers are not used within 18 months by customers, businesses will be required to refund the initial amount of the bookings in cash. – Αρ. 70-71 ΦΕΚ Α’ 84/13-04-2020

Targeted tax relief measures for affected businesses

State aid

Other useful information

Proposal of the European Commission to respond to COVID-19 pandemic
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/el/ip_20_499

OECD proposals for tackling COVID-19
https://oecd.dam-broadcast.com/pm_7379_119_119695-dj2g5d5oun.pdf
https://oecd.dam-broadcast.com/pm_7379_119_119698-4f8bfnegoj.pdf

Important resources
• National Public Health Organization tel: 1135
• National Public Health Organization of Greece: https://eody.gov.gr/tag/en
• European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC): https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/geographical-distribution-2019-ncov-cases

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  1. Ignacio farrando Reply

    Hi!
    I’m looking for Company law measures (virtual meetings, Booard of directors duties, etc) and I only find art. 33(2) Law March 20th 2020. Maybe I miss other laws? Could you give some info?
    And, where I cand find the 30/03/2020 Legislative Act regarding the measures against the Covid-19 pandemic and other urgent provisions?
    Mani this
    Ignacio

  2. Rylan Reply

    Hi, GTP! I’m writing from the U.S.

    Here’s what I don’t understand, our hotel reservation in Santorini is next week, but the hotel won’t even be open. I’ve asked for a cash refund, but they’re only issuing vouchers. How is this legal? Wouldn’t that be a breach of contract? I tried referencing the actual policies set forth by the Ministry of Tourism, but it’s all in Greek and I can’t read it. I’m just trying to understand our rights. Thank you!

  3. Chrysanthos Chrysanthou Reply

    Can we get an update on this, following PM announcement to gradually ease coronavirus restrictions ? What is the timetable for tourism & When will the travel restrictions lift, based on the available information ?
    vbr

    • GTP editing team Reply

      Hi Chrysanthos.
      Greece’s deputy minister to the PM, Akis Skertsos, announced that the government is spearheading a comprehensive plan on tourism to be announced later in May, pending coordination and discussions with other countries. We should know more details soon.

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