You’ve probably heard the phrase “the only game in town”, which refers to things which may not be perfect, but are the only option. Greece is perfect, and even it may be one of the few options for summer travel, it’s still an option worth jumping up and down about with excitement.
With plans to open the country to all visitors full tilt from July 1st, and now a decree from the Prime Minister stating all hotels will open to visitors from June 15th, here’s what you need to know about your chances to get there and see it for yourself, and when the things you might want to do will be open…
Greece Has The Hope Of The Traveling World
Greece is the country others within Europe, and also those far beyond are looking to for indications of the future. The country will have one of the earlier phased re-openings of tourism, with most things like cafes, hotels, parks and beaches already open or set to open shortly in the month of May.
If the country manages to open its idyllic settings to visitors without any notable second waves or worries, it will be a strong signal to the rest of the world that travel is once again safe, ok and responsible – if done right.
To help with this, the country plans to implement a variety of safeguards including swab tests on arrival to be administered. With new reports of those who’ve recovered being unable to spread the virus, there’s real hope it could be a great summer. No plans for a 14 day quarantine exist, with quarantine rules expected to end in May.
The big date for Greece opening to travelers outside of Europe is July 1st, 2020, but there’s a lot you more you should know about who, when and where, before you book your tickets. The good news? The country is actually opening for European tourism even sooner, on June 15th, 2020!
As of May 20th, a lot has already reopened in Greece, even if outsiders can’t quite come see it yet. Famous landmarks and archaeological sites, shopping centers, beaches and even ferries are now up and running, making life within Greece a lot more like normal. With more than 500 beautiful beaches reopened, locals are taking a much deserved dip after months of quarantine.
May 25th, 2020 is a huge day in Greece, with the planned reopening of restaurants and cafes, albeit with social distancing. Expect tables spread at acceptable distance, and preference given to tavernas with outdoor seating. The experience will undoubtedly be different, but for those hoping to visit shortly thereafter this date, it’s a big step.
Visitors Begin To Flow From June 1st, 2020
On June 1st, the first of the big Greek moves for prospective travelers begin to take shape, with the planned phasing in of flights from within Europe and year round hotels opening their doors. Expect initial flights from June 1st-June 15th, 2020 to mostly focus around Athens, with a few exceptions, and wider availability from Europe to Santorini, Mykonos and other dreamy island getaways from June 15th onward.
In an impress update from Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, all hotels, including those on Santorini or Mykonos, including seasonal hotels will be allowed to open from June 15th, 2020. The Prime Minister specifically stated the country is ready for visitors from that date, and in fact looking forward to them.
Here’s a guide to Santorini, and where to stay, in case you’re looking.
On June 15th, 2020, Europe plans to reopen its external borders, and also open more broadly for travel within Europe. Even before then, a variety of countries may or may not be available to other Europeans, on a case by case basis. Italy, Germany and Austria state travelers who’ve remained inside Europe in the previous 14 days will be able to enter the country, regardless of nationality from June 3rd. In other words, an American living in Europe would be fine with a foreign passport.
Greece has now confirmed that Europeans are welcome from June 15th, and many more from July 1st. Currently, the UK is not part of the initial group, but that’s expected to change shortly. US and other travelers would be welcomed from July 1.
From July 1st, 2020, full on travel to Greece is in the card for visitors from outside Europe. Yes, as of now that means even American passport holders will be able to visit Santorini, Mykonos, Athens and beyond in summer 2020, provided no serious incidents occur.
Emirates currently has their flight from New York (EWR) to Athens (ATH) on sale from July, which indicates this is likely to hold true, as does Delta.
With ferries already open again, and internal flights moving as well, international visitors could arrive into the country and move around the islands as they previously could, albeit with much greater social distancing, hygiene and safety protocol. For many, that’s actually a selling point for summer travel in Greece this year.
We’ll update this page with any details if plans change.