Greece is taking all possible measures to avoid last year’s losses and launch the tourist season as planned – May 14, in particular, it is planned to recognize the Russian vaccine Sputnik V, informs SchengenVisaInfo.com.
The distributor said that in May he could supply Greece with the vaccine for 500,000 people.
Recall that the European Union regulation on “green passports”, which is planned to be adopted in the near future, does not take into account vaccines not approved by the European Medical Agency. However, it allows individual EU member states to recognize certain drugs, such as Russia’s Sputnik V, on a “bilateral level”. Thus, from May 14, vaccinated travelers from Russia will be allowed to enter Greece without compulsory compliance with quarantine rules upon arrival, the newspaper writes.
Previously Minister of Development and Investment of Greece Adonis Georgiadis said the country is speeding up vaccinations to prepare for the tourist season.
The first steps to restore tourist flow have already been taken: from April 20, quarantine has been canceled for tourists from the EU, the Schengen area, the USA, Great Britain, Israel, Serbia and the United Arab Emirates, subject to the provision of a negative PCR test or a certificate of vaccination. For travelers from Russia, there is still a quota of 4 thousand people; those Russians who have been vaccinated and passed the test can be exempted from mandatory isolation. In addition, our fellow citizens can now enter Greece through nine airports (Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Corfu, Rhodes, Kos, Mykonos, Santorini and Chania).
The sector’s recovery has also already earmarked € 310 million to support sustainable tourism, product diversification and competitiveness, said Minister of Tourism of Greece Harry Theocharisquoted by gtp.gr. According to him, finance will be divided into two main areas: 260 million euros – for development projects, and 50 million euros – for education, training and professional development of industry specialists and employees.
The funds will also go to modernization projects including spas, mountains, diving, gastronomic and agritourism. “Using the emergency financial support from the Recovery Fund is a first-class opportunity to promote forgotten or undervalued tourism products. Which, in fact, is fully consistent with the modern concept of finding unique travel experiences, as well as the new conditions caused by the pandemic, ”said Theocharis.
Meanwhile, to contain the spread of the virus and improve the epidemiological situation for the season, the Greek Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) has extended restrictions on domestic and international flights, writes gtp.gr. All non-essential travel between prefectures is prohibited until 6:00 am on May 10th. Until May 3, the following rules for international flights will also apply: a ban on entry for non-residents (with some exceptions), mandatory filling out of an RLF form by all passengers, a mandatory test for Covid-19, a seven-day quarantine (except as described above).
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