Greece lifts COVID-19 restrictions in bid to boost tourism

Ahead of the crucial summer tourist season, Greece has lifted its COVID-19 restrictions for foreign and domestic flights, said its civil aviation authority in a statement. Athens hopes to see revenues from tourism bounce back from the pandemic slump.

To fly in or out of the country, travellers were previously required to show either a vaccination certificate, a certificate saying they had recovered from coronavirus or a negative test.

In a statement Athen’s civil aviation authority said, from May 1, passengers and crew will need to wear a face mask.

The summer tourism season typically begins after the Greek Orthodox Easter, which was on April 24. Greece is expecting high numbers of visitors this year, with officials predicting revenues reaching 80% of 2019 levels.

With COVID-19 infections on the wane, restaurants and retail shops returned to 100% capacity. As long as customers wear a mask, proof of vaccination not required.

Greece has reported 3,323,922 cases so far and 29,153 deaths from COVID-19.



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