Safety “Top Priority” Says Greek PM Launching Tourist Season from Santorini



PM Mitsotakis touring the archaeological site of Akrotiri in Santorini

The safety of tourists is a top priority for Greece as it opens its airports to foreign visitors, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Saturday on a visit to the popular holiday island of Santorini.

“It is a great pleasure to be here in Santorini… to send a message: Greece is ready to welcome tourists this summer by putting their safety and their health as a number one priority,” Mitsotakis said.

Famous for its sunsets and black sandy beaches, the volcanic island draws millions of tourists each year.

“We have a crucial summer ahead of us and our intention is to welcome visitors without making any discounts on safety and security, obviously for the population and of course…of employees in the national healthcare system,” he told journalists after a visit to the island’s General Hospital in Thira.

The Greek PM speaks to doctors and staff at Santorini local hospital

“We have made the best possible preparation. I am sure that everything will go well in the end but it is also very important to show this image of security and organization to visitors who will come to Greece in the summer,” he added.

Mitsotakis then visited the Minoan Bronze Age settlement of Akrotiri, which has reopened with safety measures in place.