Greece announces it's re-opening for overseas tourists!

Greece is re-opening to tourists on June 15 now, in a bid to prevent an economic collapse.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced the new date saying that only tourists from countries with low rates of virus infection would be permitted to holiday in the country - but that they would be open for business!

He also confirmed that most flights to the country would resume by July 1, 2020.

Greece has suffered less than 170 COVID-19 deaths and has reported less than 3,000 cases two months into the pandemic.But they face a grave battle with the economy as tourists could no longer visit. 

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“We will win the economic battle just like we won the health one”, the Prime Minister said, adding that tourists will be allowed to enter Greece without taking a coronavirus test or remaining in quarantine.

Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis says health officials will conduct spot tests when required.

He also said that at really popular tourist destinations, every effort will be made to introduce extra medical staff and improved facilities, along with a comprehensive plan for the handling of possible infections.

Bars and restaurants are expected to resume operations on May 25, the same day a travel ban to the Greek islands will also be lifted.

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The news about Greece resuming its tourism trade comes just weeks after Sicily, in Italy, announced it would pay for half of your airfare, a third of your accommodation and waive fees to museums and historic sites if you book a holiday to the region after lockdown.

You can get all the details here.

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