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Health Minister: Full Vaccination by June on These Greeks Islands 

Greece is moving ahead fast with its newly announced Blue Freedom plan prioritizing Covid-19 vaccination of its islands, said Health Minister Vasilis Kikilias, aiming to ensure the safety of both residents and tourists.

The news was announced on Tuesday, by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who said the goal of the action plan was to complete vaccination of all islanders by the end of June “at the latest”.

Vaccinations are ongoing on most of the Greek islands but the Blue Freedom rollout is aimed at completing inoculations at popular tourist destinations.

The plan foresees the vaccination of some 700,000 islanders over 18 with the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine and includes the establishment of mobile medical units and new public health facilities with the support of volunteer groups to meet that needs by the end of June.

-More specifically, according to Kikilias first in line for vaccination are the islands of:

Rhodes, Santorini,  Mykonos, Paros, Zakynthos, Corfu, Kefalonia, Kos, Lesvos, Chios, Salamina, Samos, Lefkada, Syros, Naxos, Lemnos, Kalymnos, Thassos, and Aegina.

-Vaccination against Covid-19 is already completed on 32 islands – these are:

Nisyros, Kimolos, Tilos, Kastelorizo, Oinousses, Anafi, Sikinos, Gavdos, Lipsi, Halki, Ammouliani, Othonoi, Fourni, Meganisi, Kalamos, Ereikoussa, Psara, Mathraki, Thirasia,  Agios Efstratios, Agathonisi, Pserimos, Paleo Trikeri, Antikythera, Arkioi, Gyali, Antipaxi, Thymaina, Telendos, Trizonia, Kastos, and Marathi.

-Vaccination will be completed by the end of this month on these 36 Greek isles: 

Folegandros, Donousa, Elafonisos, Ano Koufonisi, Schinoussa, Heraklia, Patmos, Ithaki, Symi, Skyros, Samothrace, Alonissos, Peristera, Sifnos, Kea, Paxoi, Ios, Hydra, Amorgos, Amorgos, Kythnos, Serifos, Astypalaia, Antiparos, Agistri, Kasos, Poros, Spetses, Kythira, Andros, Tinos, Ikaria, Leros, Karpathos, Skiathos, Skopelos, Milos. 

Vaccination on the island of Crete started on January 4 and is ongoing due to size.

“I am convinced that we will have a much better summer than last year,” said Kikilias, adding that he expects tourism to increase as Greece demonstrates that it is a country that respects its visitors and residents, is organized, structured, implementing stringent public health rules, and offering at the same time, the finest hospitality.

Kikilias spoke hours before Greece opens its doors to international travelers on Friday, underlining the importance of the Blue Freedom public health program for the Greek tourism sector and for local island communities.

On Wednesday, Greece also announced that it would be lifting restrictions starting Friday, May 14, doing away with the mandatory SMS message for movement, extending the curfew to 00:30, re-opening museums, and allowing domestic travel.

Later today, Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis is expected to announce the details of the country’s official opening to tourism.

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Chicago-born and raised, Maria Paravantes has over two decades of journalistic experience covering tourism and travel, gastronomy, arts, music and culture, economy and finance, politics, health and social issues for international press and media. She has worked for Reuters, The Telegraph, Huffington Post, Billboard Magazine, Time Out Athens, the Athens News, Odyssey Magazine and, among others. She has also served as Special Advisor to Greece’s minister of Foreign Affairs, and to the mayor of Athens on international press and media issues. Maria is currently a reporter, content and features writer for GTP Headlines.
  1. Lynne Wild Reply

    What about Halkidiki please?

  2. Edward York Reply

    Can you please give me more information on the progress of vaccinating the people of Corfu. My wife and I have booked a villa on the island, arriving June 6th. Both my wife and I have gotten two jabs, but what will the British tourist expect at the airport when entering and leaving Corfu?
    Many thanks for all your help.

  3. robert davies Reply

    I have a flight booked from uk to samos 2nd june,retn 12th june.will samos be on uk green list then or willquaratine be applied

  4. Ada Reply

    Are south africans allowed to enter greece if they have a PCR TEST 72h before arrival.

  5. Bernard Kayley Reply

    Where is Crete on this list?

    • GTP editing team Reply

      Vaccination on the island of Crete started on January 4 and is ongoing due to size.

      • Bernard Kayley Reply


  6. Marlene Kayley Reply

    No mention of Crete?

    • GTP editing team Reply

      Vaccination on the island of Crete started on January 4 and is ongoing due to size.

  7. Jens Reply

    Go Greece! Brilliant news. I cannot wait to spend the whole summer island hopping again. No better way to spend the summer!

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