| 21 February 2024, Wednesday |

Greece lifts COVID curbs for travelers ahead of key summer season

Greece suspended COVID-19 limitations for foreign and internal flights on Sunday, according to the country’s civil aviation authority, ahead of the summer tourism season, which authorities expect would see revenues rebound from the pandemic dip.

Previously, tourists had to provide either a vaccination certificate, a certificate stating they had recovered from coronavirus, or a negative test to fly in or out of the country.

Passengers and personnel will only need to wear a face mask beginning May 1, according to the civil aviation authority.

The summer tourism season usually starts after Greek Orthodox Easter, which happened on April 24 this year. Greece is anticipating a large number of visitors this year, with officials projecting that income will be up to 80% of what it was in 2019. That was a record year until the epidemic halted travel.

With illnesses on the decline, eateries and retail stores reopened to full capacity on Sunday, allowing customers in without evidence of immunization but wearing a mask.

So far, Greece has documented 3,323,922 COVID cases and 29,153 fatalities.

  • Reuters