Greece readies for tourist reopening

The safety of tourists is a top priority for Greece as it opens its airports to foreign visitors, PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Saturday cited by Reuters during a visit to the popular holiday island of Santorini. International flights to and from the country’s main airports will resume on 15 June, after a nearly three-month lockdown. Tourism accounts for about 20% of Greece’s economic output.

“It is a great pleasure to be here in Santorini to send a message: Greece is ready to welcome tourists this summer by putting their safety and their health as a number one priority,” Mitsotakis said. Greece has boosted numbers of medical staff on its popular islands. Mitsotakis, wearing a surgical mask, also visited health facilities and doctors on Santorini.

The country will conduct coronavirus tests on all visitors arriving from airports deemed high-risk by the EU’s aviation safety agency EASA from Monday. Visitors will be quarantined up to 14 days, depending on the test result. Passengers arriving from all other airports will be randomly tested.

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