Greece has lifted quarantine requirements for vaccinated travelers and those testing negative for Covid-19 from key tourism markets, including Europe, the UK and the United States, as a first step since March 2020 on the road back to normality. This step will lead to a full opening of tourism in Greece on May 14.
But while qualifying visitors will be able to check into hotels to enjoy Greek sunshine and beaches, they’ll be subject to the same restrictions as locals, meaning restaurants and bars will remain off limits, except for takeaways.
This thing makes Greece one of the first major European destinations to reopen to tourists ahead of the summer season — a development that could see it steal a significant chunk of holiday traffic away from rival hotspots.
In addition to Athens and the east coast city of Thessaloniki, direct international flights are now allowed in some of Greece’s most popular vacation destinations in Crete, Rhodes, Kos, Mykonos, Santorini and Corfu.
Today, dozens of Greece’s smaller islands, with fewer than 1,000 inhabitants, are now Covid-free with the entire population having received both jabs. The vaccination program is now expanding to bigger islands.
The best months for snapping up a deal in Greece are March, April, May, October, and November. Keep in mind that the beaches in Greece are best for swimming and sunbathing from late-May to early October.
Greece is a very safe country to travel to. Tourists are unlikely to experience any crime or violence. The only concern is petty crime on the streets, but if you apply basic precautionary measures, your trip should go smoothly.
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