2020 is not officially cancelled, yet.
Cooped up, tired of cooking, desperately seeking sun and cleaned out the wine cellar already? You’re not alone, and travel is always the ultimate cure. Greek Islands? That sounds about right.
Countries in all corners of the globe are working desperately to devise plans which will safely open up borders again soon, ushering in a return of guests so vitally important to global economies. Word out of Greece is that it’s working to be among the first to sing from the hilltops that the doors will be open, likely even this summer.
Greece Eyeing July Tourism
“We want people to come to Greece this summer”.
Fun fact: nearly 25% of the entire population of Greece works in tourism. People flocking to the country’s many inimitably beautiful islands is essential, and Greece is hoping to create a variety of safety measures which will allow the travel businesses to preserve at least *some* of their peak tourism season.
Mamma Mia, after months of quarantine, that’s just the music our ears have been listening for.
Greek Tourism Minister, Harry Theoharis was on BBC Radio 4 this week discussing the possibility of summer travel to the island nation, and the outlook is positive. Asked if the country was hoping for visitors this summer, the message was a resounding yet, but naturally in a covid-19 world, not without a few caveats.
Precautions to socially distance in all areas from beaches to boats are being put into place, and measures are being considered, including health screenings before anyone would be allowed to board a plane bound for Greece. The country has been one of the most effective in flattening the curve, and absolutely does not want to lose that.
If you have the time, listen to the 5 minute interview posted above.
Basically, you may need to take a test, or have some paperwork before you hop on a flight, but unlike many countries, Greece is eager to win tourists back. It’s not the only European country to feel that way, but is one of the few to offer a realistic timetable about how and when it may happen.
So who can visit Greece this summer?
Specific plans are said to be underway, with announcements due to the Greek public early next week. Like many EU countries, Greece has spoken of giving early visiting preference to travelers from EU countries which have avoided the worst outbreaks, but even then the minister said UK tourists would be very welcome.
That’s right USA, there’s still hope.
This gives hope for travelers elsewhere in the world of realizing the dream of Greece in the summer. Hot tip: the further you can push travel into shoulder season, aka early October or late September, the better though.
Assuming a successful early tourist season, restrictions could begin to lift between countries rather quickly. With announcements on procedure due in early May, there’s still plenty of time to find the perfect flights, Airbnb or hotel. At the very least, at least the dream of summer travel remains alive.