Tourism in Greece: All the rules for flights and hotels – What is changing.
While most international and reputable media outlets advertise our country as the right destination for this summer, the health protocols for hotels and flights from abroad were questionable. The Minister of Tourism, Haris Theocharis, made the revelation of these on Friday afternoon.
The next big bet of the country in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic is undoubtedly tourism. Despite the unquestionable “hassle” of those who make a living from it, the government and the authorities are working feverishly to draw up a sustainable plan and save – at least to some extent – the season.
The weather will once again be an ally with the forecasts for one of the hottest summers of the last many years to lead to an extension of the tourist season.
And while most international and reputable media outlets advertise our country as the right destination for this summer, the health protocols for hotels and flights from abroad that came into force were questionable.
The revelation of these was made by the Minister of Tourism, Haris Theocharis, on Friday afternoon, speaking at an online event of ONNED.
A little while earlier, he had handed over the health protocols, which the government has drafted in cooperation with the EODY Infectious Diseases Committee, to the tourism agencies for consultation and submission of proposals by them.
All rules for flights, hotels and tourists
Indicatively, according to what Mr. Theocharis said, it is foreseen that:
– In order for a passenger to board a flight from abroad to Greece, he must have received a health certificate within the last 72 hours that he is not a covid-19 carrier. Without it, there will be no boarding.
– Accordingly, Greek tourists, based on transnational agreements obviously, who will want to travel abroad should have been checked 72 hours before their trip.
– There will be no vacancies on flights to, from and within Greece, ie their capacity will be full in order, as he said, to make the air transport economically viable.
– It is also recommended for flights of a certain duration (up to four hours, the minister said) not to serve food to passengers, but only packaged snacks.
- Tourists will leave the country without any control, so that we do not have the risk of being trapped and staying in quarantine in Greece, which would be disincentive to choosing our country as a holiday destination.
- – In each tourist area of the country, the Ministry of Tourism will rent a tourist accommodation which will operate as a “quarantine hotel”, where tourists who are found to be carriers of coronavirus will be moved to.
- – Each hotel – tourist accommodation will be required to contract with a doctor, who will either live or by telemedicine determine whether a tourist should undergo a coronavirus test. The coronavirus tests will be effective within 6 hours at the latest, so that anyone who is tested positive can be transferred to the so called, “quarantine hotels”.
- – Special training of each hotel staff will be done with special hygiene rules.
- – There will be no buffets in the hotels, only served meals, apart from perhaps the very small hotels.
- – The sunbeds will be placed at a distance from each other and will have a disposable cover for one use only for each one.
- The Minister of Tourism announced intergovernmental agreements with countries such as Bulgaria, Israel, Cyprus, for the free transition and return of Greek tourists to them. Finally, he said that of the 18 billion euros of tourist revenue we had last year, this year we will have a maximum of 8 billion euros.