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Greek Minister Says Covid-19 Testing at Entry Points ‘Effective’

Targeted Covid-19 testing conducted at entry points across Greece has been effective and contributed to containing the spread of the virus, which is key to ensuring the safety of visitors and locals, said Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis during an online Association of Greek Regions event this week.

Speaking during the “Health and Safety, Tourism and Economy – Covid-19: Impacts and Next Day” conference, Theoharis outlined the government’s action plan which includes heightened safety measures and testing at all of the country’s entry points.

“After Greece reopened to tourism there has been an increase in cases. This, however, demonstrates that the operational plan and the controls carried out at the borders are effective,” Theoharis said.

Passengers arriving at Athens International Airport. Photo © GTP

The minister went on to note that it was of vital importance to incorporate health and safety protocols into the travel experience without spoiling it. At the same time he said extending the tourism season would help mitigate losses.

Lastly, the Theoharis referred to the ministry’s additional actions to promote Greece and cover lost ground due to the impact of Covid-19.

Among others, he referred to Greece’s collaboration with tour operator TUI to bring travelers to Greece this year, as well as to three promotional campaigns – “Greece From Home”, “Endless Greek Summer”, and “Destination Greece Health First”, aimed at marketing Greece abroad.

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  1. Mark brealey Reply

    Good question. I have a flight to Athens only but considering onwards flight to Santorini as ferry connections are currently limited

  2. Maria Reply

    Hello GTP – please can you provide some clarity on information on the testing at entry points. If we have a flight from london to Santorini for instance but a stop in Athens for 2hrs to change planes, is the testing to happen in Athens or Santorini which is our final destination? many thanks

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