Covid19 – Greece: When will tourists be able to fly to Greece?

The Prime Minister of Greece, Mr Kyriakos Mitsotakis, spoke today live on national TV announcing how Greece is going to continue with the tackling of the pandemic.

So far, Greece has responded very well to the pandemic, counting less than 10 new cases per day this week. These good results have given Greece as a destination a very big momentum for natural advertisement throughout the world. With quarantines being eased around the word, the main question on everyone’s mind is “when can I travel?” and “what will holidays look like?“.

When will Greece be open for international tourism:

According to today’s announcements, in Greece, cafes and restaurants are opening their doors on the 25th of May. On the same day, national transportation is also allowed for all, with islands opening their doors for Greeks in order to prepare for the smaller season. Hotels in the mainland will open starting on the 1st of June. International tourism for Greece officially begins on June 15th with hotels that only operate seasonally (i.e. hotels on islands) opening their doors on that day. On the 15th of June Greece also opens its borders for flights to the Athens airport El. Venizelos for tourists with countries of origin that have no travel bans. On the 1st of July, the airports in other Greek destinations open for direct flights from the same countries too.

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It is important to mention that currently Greece has not banned all travel from abroad, but a 14 day quarantine must be followed for anyone that enter the country. Once this quarantine limit is removed, the countries from which travelers will not be allowed to fly from will highly depend on whether or not they have a burdened epidemic profile. These countries are expected to be specifically named on the 1st of June.

If you already have a reservation of flight booked but need to postpone or cancel your trip, Greek law covers the tourism companies as well as the tourists. The tourism companies are obliged to give an 18-month voucher to the tourists, who, if they don’t use it, will receive a full refund after the end of this period.

For new reservations it is not clear yet if this law will be valid, as now people are expected to be prepared for the scenario that their trip might be cancelled due to the pandemic and thus force majeure doesn’t necessarily apply. The good news is that hotels and airline companies have already started being more flexible with their cancellation policies. Make sure to contact the hotel of your choice directly in order to get the best deals!

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See also: Covid 19 Greece: Cancelled Travel Plans – what you should expect

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