Greece opened its borders to all tourists

Greece has opened its borders to foreign tourists, but is preparing for a significant drop in tourist traffic compared to last year, said Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. “We do not yet know how the shortened tourist season will affect GDP. Much will depend on whether we can create an image of Greece as a safe place, and whether tourists feel comfortable here. One way or another, we are preparing for a significant drop in tourist traffic. compared to last year, when 33 million guests arrived, “he said at a press conference for Greek and foreign journalists on the island of Santorini. Asked if opening the country to tourism would jeopardize the government’s efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, Mitsotakis said “the risks remain anyway,” but the authorities “are doing their best.” In particular, social distance and other safety measures will be supported. “I believe that the worst is over, we do not need total isolation. In the event of a local outbreak of infection, we have a medical and civilian infrastructure to effectively fight it,” said the Prime Minister. He added that over the past few days, about 4,000 COVID-19 tests have been carried out at Athens International Airport (it was the only one receiving foreign flights) for all arriving passengers. Only two tests were positive and both passengers were asymptomatic. The airport of Greece’s second largest city, Thessaloniki, reopened on Monday. Virus testing there takes place depending on the country of the passenger. Those arriving from COVID-19 free countries are tested selectively, from other flights everyone is checked. Greece is one of the least affected countries by the pandemic, with only 3,112 cases of COVID-19 confirmed there, 183 people have died. Tourism is very important for Greece, it provides about 350 thousand jobs. “We hope that in 2021 we will have a vaccine, this year will not be easy,” Mitsotakis concluded.

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