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Greece:- Tourism. Minister of Tourism presents nine rules for this summer.

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.

Health protocols

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.

source:- https://www.in.gr

About Louise Inzk

Louise is Australian born and has been a Greek citizen since 1991. She has deep cultural ties with the island, often writing about Zakynthian Traditions and Culture. She is also an active member of the Volunteer Group of Zakynthos, Giostra Di Zante and is a member of the women's choir "Rodambelos". Her love of the island and all it offers saw her joining the Zakynthos (Zante) Informer admin team in 2014.

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10 comments

  1. Who sorts the testing out prior to departure? Is it the travel agents who are responsible or yet again is the customer forced to have extras imposed and time off work to get this testing done?

    • Chrissie Parker

      The testing will have to be from the point of departure (UK) as you won’t be able to travel without a bill of health certificate. You will need to contact the relevant person to organise. At present it isn’t confirmed who will provide the tests or if there’s a cost.

  2. Will we be required to wear masks while on the island

    • Chrissie Parker

      In regards to masks, you will have to follow any guidance that’s in operation by the Greek government, upon arrival. Things are being updated regularly so at present we don’t know what the rules will be. Please check closer to your date of travel.

  3. Terry Blampied

    Bit confused about this we hope to come to zante 1st of August will we need to get tested

    • Chrissie Parker

      If testing is required. It will have to be from the point of departure (UK) as you won’t be able to travel without a bill of health certificate. You will need to contact the relevant person to organise. At present it isn’t confirmed who will provide the tests or if there’s a cost.

  4. Sorry.. But I have just cancelled my holiday.

  5. Må en test være 14 dage gammel eller skal man få taget en ny test inden afrejse til zakynthos?

    Er dansker.

    • Chrissie Parker

      You will need to follow the guidance from your own government and tour operators. They will be able to tell you when it is safe for you to travel. Every country has their own rules currently.

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