Greece opened its regional airports on the islands on Wednesday welcoming the first mass arrival of tourists after the coronavirus lockdown.
Greek authorities say that a total of 235 flights are expected on the first day. Apart from Athens and Thessaloniki airports which opened on June 15, Heraklion, Crete is expecting 54 international flights, Chania also in Crete 16, Corfu 21, Rhodes 14, Mykonos 10, Kos 8 and Santorini 4. Flights to other island airports are also scheduled for Wednesday.
Greece opened its airports to 14 countries outside the EU. However, one country that is not featured on the list is the USA, along with Russia, China and Brazil.
The 14 countries are: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.
Travellers are given scannable bar codes after they fill out a questionnaire with personal details such as their country of origin and the countries they have traveled through in the last 15 days.
Those who are tested will be told to isolate at the address provided on the questionnaire while waiting for the results.
Α flight from Hannover on Wednesday morning inaugurated the tourist season for the city of Heraklion, Crete, after the re-opening of Nikos Kazantzakis airport to international flights.
The reception of the first plane was held, according to the tradition with a water arch and a small event in the presence of the local authorities that welcomed the first visitors with music and treats.
Athens Macedonia News Agency reports that the first plane landed full of passengers who totally complied with the health protection rules stating ready to begin their holidays on the island.
The protocol measures were launched immediately after the landing as 825 blood samples will be collected every day from passengers arriving at the airport.
Similar scenes occurred at Mykonos airport where Greek officials welcomed the first international flights. In total, 10 flights were expected to land at the cosmopolitan Aegean island on Wednesday. Mykonoslive.tv was there:
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