News World Greece welcomes foreign visitors, restarts summer tourism

Greece welcomes foreign visitors, restarts summer tourism

 

Greece reopened its main airports to more international flights on Monday, hoping to kick-start its vital tourism sector after three months in lockdown.

Tourism employs about 700,000 people and accounts for some 20% of Greece’s economic output, so how the sector fares is significant for the country’s recovery. Greece emerged from a decade-long debt crisis two years ago.

About 33 million tourists visited the Mediterranean nation last year, generating revenues of 19 billion euros.

Passengers arriving from airports deemed high-risk by the European Union’s aviation safety agency will be tested for the coronavirus and quarantined up to 14 days, depending on the test result. Restrictions remain for passengers from Britain and Turkey. Arrivals from other airports will be randomly tested.

Restrictions on movement imposed in March helped Greece contain the spread of COVID-19 infections to just above 3,000 cases, a relatively low number compared with other EU countries. But it brought the economy to a standstill.

The conservative government now faces the tough task of opening the country to foreign visitors while allaying public concerns about a new virus outbreak.

From the picturesque island of Santorini, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told reporters on Saturday that his priority is to make Greece the safest destination in Europe.

“You can come to Greece, you will have a fantastic experience, you can sit on a veranda with this wonderful view, have your nice Assyrtiko wine, enjoy the beach,” Mitsotakis said, with a stunning sunset in the background.

“But we don’t want you crowded in a beach bar… There are a few things that we won’t allow this summer.”.

(Reuters)

Top Stories

No deaths for 3rd consecutive day, slight drop in new cases

  No deaths for a third day running and 243 new cases were recorded in Cyprus today, a drop in number in comparison to yesterday's...

Where to get a rapid test on Sunday 28 February

  Aiming at the continuous surveillance of the community and the workplaces, the free programmes of rapid antigen testing of the general population and employees...

Illegal sale of Salamis marble on Ebay stopped

  A Russian man attempted to sell a piece of marble from the ancient Salamis archaeological site in the occupied territories, obtained through smugglers. The Ebay...

Government guided by science on covid, not politics, Presidency says

  The government is always guided by scientific evidence on covid policies, not political expediences, said Director of President Anastasiades' press office Victoras Papadopoulos,  in...

Turkey supports two-state ‘vision’ Erdogan tells Tatar

  Ankara continues to steadfastly support a two state 'vision' for the settlement of the Cyprus issue, based on the so-called 'equality of sovereignty' and...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...