Greece extends the list of coutries whose nationals do not have to go into seven-day quarantine upon arrival. The new list includes:

  • Russia
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • South Korea,
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • Thailand.

Travelers need to present proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test result.  Russian citizens will be able to enter Greece through nine airports (instead of the former three).

Containing the pandemic

The spread of the Covid-19 pandemic seems to be contained in Greece.

The number of daily new cases has stabilized and the number of patients in the Intensive Care Units has slightly dropped.

On the Positivity Rates map of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Greece has turned “green”, meaning the percentage of COVID-19 tests that are positive has dropped below 4%.

Source: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

Greece is also among the best performing EU countries in the Testing rates per 100,000 inhabitants map.

Source: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

This is big news for Greece. The EU Covid-19 map is expected to play a key role in tourists decision- making on where to spend their holidays.

Practically the whole country has been working on this direction, keeping one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe for the past six months.

Rolling back Covid restrictions

Now the Greek government gradually lifts restrictions.

Retail shops, shopping malls and beauty salons are open to customers (after booking an appointment).

Bars, cafes and restaurants will open to outdoor dining on May 3 and movement outdoors restrictions are expected to be loosened.

Several cultural events have already been announced, like the International Boom Reggae Festival in Skyros.

The Ministry of Tourism has announced that the country will open its tourism on May 14. Compulsory quarantine has already been lifted for visitors from EU and five other countries.