Greece to ease covid travel restrictions

Greece will scrap more Covid restrictions this week ahead of the summer holidays

Greece begins ‘de-escalation’ of coronavirus measures (Image: Getty / Shutterstock)

Travel restrictions in Greece will be scrapped from next week, just in time for summer.

From May 2, the Mediterranean nation will return to pre-pandemic style events for those wishing to enter the country.

People no longer need to show proof of vaccination to board aircraft, and test requirements will not be required.

Last month, Greece also dropped the need for a passenger search form.

The restrictions will be eased in time for the summer, when it is hoped that holidaymakers will return in their masses.

Tourism accounts for 25% of Greece’s economic output and is crucial to the country’s economy.

Health Minister Thanos Plevris said in a statement: ‘According to the epidemiological data and the proposals of the experts, we are announcing the roadmap for the de-escalation of measures against the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘All measures will be reviewed on September 1, depending on the picture of the pandemic.’

Greece will scrap more Covid restrictions this week ahead of the summer holidays

Tourism accounts for 25% of Greece’s economic output (Image: Getty Images / iStockphoto)

Tourists walk in the old town of Chania on the island of Crete on April 20, 2022, as the tourist season has started on the island.  - In Crete, the season begins with a shortage of seasonal workers who have changed jobs or traveled abroad due to the two years of Covid-19 pandemic.  (Photo by Louisa GOULIAMAKI / AFP) (Photo by LOUISA GOULIAMAKI / AFP via Getty Images)

Relaxed restrictions will make it easier for tourists to enter the country (Photo: AFP)

Tourism managers and hospitality managers hope travelers will return with full force.

Andreas Andreadis, who runs luxury resorts in Greece, told the Guardian: ‘All warnings look positive.

‘In a few weeks after the start of the war in Ukraine, demand fell, but since the end of March it has risen and is now excellent.’

Currently, travelers entering Greece by plane are subject to random sampling upon arrival.

If someone tests positive, they face a five-day quarantine.

Panoramic views of Balos Beach, the incredible lagoon with the turquoise exotic and tropical waters of the Mediterranean Sea, are located in the Chania region of Crete.  Balos is one of the most visited beaches in Crete and popular with visitors all over the world.  Crystal clear water, the lagoon, rocky steep mountains, a beach bar with parasols and shade with drinks and a pirate island are located in the same region, which is accessible by a 20 minute ride or boat.  Greece is trying to increase its tourism and grant privileges to those vaccinated against Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic international tourists and locals, as the country is heavily dependent on the tourism industry.  In July 2021, Greece is considering bringing security measures back against the spread of the virus' variant variant mutation, as there is an increase in cases.  Balos, Chania, Greece June 13, 2021 (Photo by Nicolas Economou / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Holidaymakers can visit Greece without proof of vaccination from May (Image: Getty Images)

A woman is standing outside a souvenir shop in the old town of Chania on the island of Crete on April 20, 2022, as the tourist season has started on the island.  - In Crete, the season begins with a shortage of seasonal workers who have changed jobs or traveled abroad due to the two years of Covid-19 pandemic.  (Photo by Louisa GOULIAMAKI / AFP) (Photo by LOUISA GOULIAMAKI / AFP via Getty Images)

Masks remain mandatory indoors in Greece until June (Photo: AFP)

While all travel restrictions must be lifted by May, Greece still has a handful of measures in place to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Face masks still need to be worn indoors, and until August, there is still a ceiling on the number of people allowed into restaurants, shops and sports venues.

Greece has registered 8,413 positive coronavirus cases in the last 48 hours, the National Public Health Organization (EODY) said on Monday.

They recorded 66 deaths in the same period, bringing the total number of pandemic victims to 28,933.

Of those who died with the virus, 95% had an underlying disorder or were 70 years or older.

Switzerland will also lift travel restrictions next month.

Like Greece, people no longer have to show proof of vaccination or do any Covid test.

The government says they are returning to “the usual rules of entry into Switzerland”.

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