Greece Takes Final Step to Normalcy as All Airports Open on July 1

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Greece is ready to take the last step towards normalcy on Wednesday, the day when the country opens up twenty-seven airports, eleven ports and seven land border crossings to receive tourists.

On July 1, Greece will welcome passengers from EU and 18 non-EU countries. Sadly, for the time being, Americans, British and Russians, among others where the Covid-19 cases continue to be high, are barred from flying to Greece.

“On Wednesday, July 1, we are taking the final step to return to normalcy as all the country’s airports will open for international flights,” government spokesman Stelios Petsas said on Monday.

On that day Greece will also open to ships docking at ports. At the same time, the land border gates at Evzoni, Kakavia, Krystallopigi, Promachonas, Nymfaia, Kastania and Kipi are also opening.

“All Greek airports will open on Wednesday on conditions of safety,” Deputy Minister for Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias said.

“We want tourism to move on, it is a priority, but this will be held without a single discount to the public health. Tourists coming to Greece should be safe and all the islanders that will welcome them must also remain safe,” Hardalias added.

Petsas stressed that “the government will ensure the maximum possible protection of the health of workers in the industry and residents in tourist destinations.” He warned that coronavirus has not disappeared and urged Greeks and visitors alike not to relax.

Greece has put in place a new travel protocol which it says will allow smart Covid-19 testing.

The targeted testings will be based on special software that calculates which tourists are more likely to be carriers of Covid-19. The Passenger Locator Form (PLF) is a key element for travelling to Greece.