Greece has confirmed its plan to reopen to tourists from 14 May.
The Greek tourism minister, Haris Theocharis, announced the country’s commitment to opening its borders in parliament on 6 April.
He outlined five “lines of defence” that would ensure the risk was low for residents and visitors alike, reports ekathimerini.com.
One is the prerequisite that all arrivals are either fully vaccinated or can present a negative Covid test result; the second is the checking system in place at the country’s airports and borders, where passengers are selected at random to undergo a rapid test.
The third pillar of the plan is to ensure any visitor who tests positive for coronavirus is isolated in a quarantine hotel, while the fourth measure is the vaccination of all tourism industry workers, who are being prioritised as soon as all those in the most vulnerable categories have been jabbed.
Lastly, the continued strict adherence to health protocols, such as social distancing and mask wearing, will be instrumental to the country’s safe reopening, said Mr Theocharis.
He said that visitors would be subject to exactly the same rules as Greek citizens, saying: “We make no discrimination…