As Greece prepares to open to tourists next month, the ministers of tourism and civil protection met to set out the safety standards to be implemented at entry points.
Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias met on Monday with Public Order and & Civil Protection Minister Takis Theodorikakos to discuss boosting safety and security measures at airports, ports, and border points.
Kikilias requested that security is heightened at points of main tourism activity, including airports and ports in Attica and on popular islands.
“Investments, development and tourism go hand-in-hand with security so that we can have a successful tourist season, which will generate income and support the average Greek family, large, medium and small tourism enterprises, and, of course, hundreds of thousands of people involved in tourism,” said Kikilias.
In response, Theodorikakos said the ministry would be reinforcing security at major tourism points, increasing by 50 percent Greek policing efforts at main airports, border stations, and main tourist destinations.
In this way, Theodorikakos said, we ensure residents and tourists are welcome and can spend their holidays in complete safety.
He went on to add that at the same time, the ministry would be working closer with local governments and the tourism ministry so that officers are stationed in time for the opening of the season in March.
Theodorikakos added that stationing and police manning operations would be adjusted based on the tourism flows and that tourist police would also be involved in the effort.
Among others, the minister said 34 police officers would be stationed in March at the border of Promachonas to facilitate incoming border checks.