The Greek government plans to look into simplifying the Covid-19 rules and health protocols that travelers need to follow to enter and stay in Greece.
In statements to the press this week, Greek Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias said the government will aim to offer guests a seamless travel experience in Greece this season.
According to the minister, the government will soon discuss with the country’s Covid-19 health committee of experts on the possibility of further easing health protocols and bureaucratic procedures at land borders, airports and airlines so as to facilitate travelers when they come to Greece.
More specifically, discussions will focus on simplifying the procedures with regard to the PLF (a mandatory document needed to travel to Greece) and the special health protocols currently valid for hotels, rooms to let and cruise ships.
“Measures will be announced in the coming days that will take effect from March 15,” Kikilias said, adding that the ministry is taking careful steps and keeping the balance between health safety and facilitating visitors to Greece.
The minister reminded that vaccinated holders of the European Union Digital Covid Certificate (EUDCC) as well as holders of certificates that are compatible with the EU system no longer need to take a test for Covid-19 before their trip to Greece. The same is in force for vaccinated travelers from the US, Canada and Australia.
“Only the unvaccinated will have to have a test in order to be able to travel to the country,” Kikilias said.
Greece opening to tourists early this year
According to the minister, the interest in travel to Greece this year is very strong.
“In terms of bookings made through major tour operators, airlines, ferries and hotels, which are also from major markets such as the US, Canada, Australia, the messages are very encouraging,” Kikilias said.
It is reminded that the first seasonal direct flights from the US will begin on March 7 (Delta Air Lines with flights connecting Athens to New York-JFK, Atlanta and Boston). More direct flights from the US will gradually follow as well as flights from Canada (as of April 2) and Australia.
“Australia is opening to travel after 2 years and travelers there have a huge interest for Greece the Australian ambassador has informed me,” he said.
Moreover, Kikilias said the ministry is increasing the possibilities for Greece to host visitors for a longer period by extending the tourism season.
“We have all the indications that we can start the season in March, accelerate in April and have tourism until November and December 2022,” the tourism minister said.