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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Mihalis » 26 May 2020, 14:17

Any information regarding if the yearly summer festivals, concerts, and other cultural gatherings will resume? Will Sfakia villages be allowed to hold their annual festivals?

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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Erno » 26 May 2020, 14:20

If they at all are allowed, I would not go and visit them during this pandemic!
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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Erno » 29 May 2020, 09:06

Hi Michalis,

Here is the official answer:

LIVE PERFORMANCES

Live performances will begin after July 15 and will take place exclusively at outdoor venues. Artists and crew must wear face masks on stage and maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters between each other. Venues will operate at 40% capacity to allow distances to be kept. The stage will be set at least 3 meters away from the first row of seats; for concerts where the audience is standing, a distance of 1.5 meters must be maintained between members of the audience.

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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Erno » 29 May 2020, 13:25

These 29 countries can come to Greece from 15 June - 29 May, 2020

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Greece announced the list of 29 countries from which it will accept tourists when international flights resume to Athens and Thessaloniki on June 15.

The countries are Albania, Australia, Austria, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Estonia, Japan, Israel, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Finland.

The list was compiled after examining the epidemiological data of each country and taking into consideration the announcements of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), as well as the recommendation of the Infectious Diseases Committee.

Visitors from the aforementioned countries will be subject to spot checks at the airport.

For all other countries, Greece’s current travel bans will continue to apply, however the list will be updated and expanded as of July 1. Furthermore, current exclusions relate to where the flight originates from and not to the traveller's nationality.

Greek authorities will monitor the development of the virus and amend its recommendations accordingly.

From: https://www.ekathimerini.com/253190/art ... ts-in-june
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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Mihalis » 30 May 2020, 01:41

Thanks Erno. Though I cannot believe that the musicians would wear face masks, this will not be enforced in the mountains of Sfakia this is for sure. You cannot do koupes with a face mask on :-D

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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Erno » 30 May 2020, 23:14

Greece changes policy, to allow tourists from all nations, with quarantine - 31 May, 2020

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Greek officials said Saturday that the country will not limit arriving airline passengers next month to people coming from 29 countries but that travelers who departed from places that aren't on the initial list will be subject to mandatory testing for the coronavirus upon arrival and a quarantine period of one or two weeks.

The two-tiered policy, which revised information the Greek government issued Friday, will be applied during June 15-30, although officials left open the possibility of maintaining entry restrictions after the end of June.

High-ranking tourism ministry officials said the government needed to clarify the purpose of the 29-country list during the coronavirus pandemic, pointing to a statement posted on the Foreign Ministry's website. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the issue was politically sensitive.

According to the officials and the foreign ministry document, a limited number of international flights will continue only being allowed to land at Athens International Airport until June 15. Per European Union policy, every arriving passenger must be tested for the virus and stay overnight at a designated hotel.

Visitors who test negative are required to self-quarantine for 7 days, while the ones who test positive must spend 14 days under a supervised quarantine.

Greece is taking steps to welcome more visitors in time for the summer vacation season. Starting June 15, international flights also can land in Thessaloniki, the country's second-largest city. Those from the 29 designated countries, the majority of them in Europe, will be subject to random tests.

Passengers from all other countries will have to continue getting tested, staying overnight at specific hotels, and quarantining for either seven or 14 days.

The 29 countries announced Friday are: Albania, Australia, Austria, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Estonia, Japan, Israel, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lebanon, New Zealand, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Norway, South Korea, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Finland.

The list was drawn up based on a document from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency of airports worldwide “located in affected areas with high risk of transmission of the COVID-19 infection.”

Starting July 1, all Greek airports that can handle international traffic will reopen to flights from abroad. At that time, random screening for the virus will apply to all arriving passengers unless public health considerations dictate stricter testing, a tourism ministry official said.

Additionally, international arrivals by sea will also be allowed as of July 1, also subject to random testing. Foreigners traveling by land also will be permitted to enter Greece from neighboring Albania, Bulgaria and North Macedonia - but not Turkey - and be subject to random testing.

“Greece at any stage retains the right to modify any of the above in light of changing circumstances,” the Foreign Ministry document states.

Greece imposed a lockdown early in its coronavirus outbreak, a move credited with limiting infections. The country had a total of 175 deaths and 2,915 confirmed cases as of Saturday. No cases have been detected on the vast majority of the Greek islands, which are popular vacation spots.

Tourism and related industries make up around 20% of the Greek economy, and the government has been anxious to ensure the tourist season is not lost this year. According to the Tourism Ministry, 350,000 jobs depend directly on tourism, as many as double that number indirectly.

At this point “we are at point zero” concerning relaunching tourism traffic lost during the pandemic, a tourism ministry official told the AP, adding that it will take at least two or three weeks to see if bookings start to pick up.

From: https://www.ekathimerini.com/253248/art ... ll-nations
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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by tours » 31 May 2020, 05:46

Erno wrote:If they at all are allowed, I would not go and visit them during this pandemic!

You are absolutely right. There is a pandemic of fear and/because of disinformation!

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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Erno » 04 Jun 2020, 14:46

Greek health experts wary of arrivals from abroad - 4 June, 2020

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As Greece prepares to open its airports to international tourism, health authorities are wary of the risk of a flare-up of the coronavirus epidemic after 12 passengers flying into Athens from Doha tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 earlier this week.

Their concerns that Greece faces a challenging summer appear to be backed by the numbers, too. Data from the National Organization for Public Health (EODY) show that in the 10-day period from May 24 to June 2, 25 of the 69 new cases that were confirmed in the country were related to foreign travel (and include the 12 passengers from Doha) – a rate of 36.3%. That is higher than the rate of 21.8% from the start of the crisis and until Tuesday afternoon, when 651 of the country’s 2,937 confirmed infections were linked to foreign travel.

“In the past few days, the one word we keep hearing in the meeting rooms, offices and hallways of EODY is ‘arrivals.’ Given that circulation of the virus has almost stopped in the local community, this is what can change the picture in the country,” says Georgios Panagiotakopoulos, an infectious disease expert from the University of Patra, who has worked at several London hospitals.

Sailing in uncharted waters, the experts are designing health protocols to respond to different possible scenarios in a bid to protect the local community as well as visitors once the tourism season restarts on June 15.

Until June 15, all passengers arriving from abroad will be tested for the virus and quarantined for 14 days at specially designated hotels if they test positive. The period from June 15 to 30 is seen acting as a “bridge” in the effort to return to some form of normalcy, as visitors from 29 countries that have been deemed safe by European aviation authorities will undergo random testing. If one passenger on a flight tests positive, the rest will also have to tested.

Testing will be mandatory for all arrivals from countries that are not on the “safe” list of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) until the end of the month and if all goes well, only random spot checks will be conducted as of July 1.

From: https://www.ekathimerini.com/253415/art ... rom-abroad
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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Erno » 09 Jun 2020, 09:30

It rains cancellations of reservations at tourist accommodations in Greece - 9 June, 2020

The messages from the tourist accommodation market are pessimistic as the expectations for the reversal of the "wave" of cancellations in the reservations do not seem to be confirmed.

The president of the Confederation of Entrepreneurs of Tourist Accommodation of Greece (SETKE) Panagiotis Tokouzis, who was in Chania the previous days and held meetings with members of the Confederation, businesses and tourism organizations, speaks of a "lost year". At the same time, he described the government's support measures as insufficient for the companies in the sector and spoke about the need for a coordinated political promotion and public promotion of the tourist product of Greece in order to save everything what survives this season.

• What do you get as a climate from your colleagues for this year's tourist season?

This year's season started with very good signs and if the issue of pandemic had not arisen, it would probably be the best season of the last 15 years. Unfortunately, since February, bookings have stopped and we only see cancellations. Cancellations that made sense to come for the two months of May - June. However, even the optimism that existed 20-25 days ago, that we might be able to get something more from this year's pie due to the preference of visitors to small accommodations instead of large units, was not confirmed. Cancellations continue for July, August and even September. This means that a large percentage of our visitors will not travel this year and unfortunately we see that this season is lost. [...]

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by Erno » 14 Jun 2020, 09:57

Greece opens to travelers: Useful Info - 14 June, 2020

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Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis on Friday presented details on Greece’s gradual opening to tourism as of Monday, June 15.

During a joint media briefing with Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias, Theoharis provided information on travel to Greece by air, land and sea, in the post-Covid-19 period, from June 15 and from July 1 onwards.

According to the minister, from June 15 until June 30, Greece will follow the European Commission’s proposal and extend the temporary restriction on non-essential travel from non-EU countries.

Arrivals by air (between June 15-30)

Athens International Airport
• The travel ban on flights from Italy, Spain and the Netherlands will be lifted.
• Only essential travel from Albania and Northern Macedonia will be allowed.
• The travel ban on flights from the United Kingdom and Turkey will be maintained (regardless of the EASA affected area list).

Thessaloniki Airport “Makedonia”
From June 15, all flights are allowed except those from Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, the UK, Turkey, Albania, Northern Macedonia.

Arrivals by sea (between June 15-30)

• Ships from abroad are prohibited from entering Greek ports.
• Pleasure boats (leisure or professional) are allowed in Greek ports but only with crew on board.

Arrivals by road (between June 15-30)

• Greece’s land borders with Turkey, Albania and Northern Macedonia will remain closed (except for absolutely necessary business travel).
• Greece’s border with Bulgaria will be open.

Travel to Greece as of July 1

International arrivals by air
• All airports in Greece will be accepting flights from abroad.
• Coordination of the European Commission’s proposal for the list of non-EU countries for which restrictions will continue to exist.

International arrivals by road
• Restrictions of arrivals from Albania and Northern Macedonia will be lifted.
• Restrictions from Turkey will be reviewed by June 30. Announcements will be made.

International arrivals by sea
• All ships coming from abroad are allowed in Greek ports.

Preventive measures against Covid-19


Between June 15-30

• Arrivals to Athens and Thessaloniki from airports not on the EASA affected area list will be subject to sample testing. Travelers that are tested will be recommended to self-isolate to a hotel of choice until the test results are issued. If travelers test positive, they will be moved to a quarantine hotel and under supervision for 14 days.

• All arrivals to Athens and Thessaloniki from Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and all airports on the EASA affected area list, will be tested. An overnight stay at a hotel of choice is required. If travelers test positive, they will be moved to a quarantine hotel and under supervision for 14 days (also applies for arrivals from Albania and Northern Macedonia).

From July 1

• All travelers to Greece (from all countries) will complete upon arrival (or before boarding their flight) a special electronic form PLF (Passenger load factor) and provide their contact details in Greece. The PLF form will be available online and also via mobile app.
• Inbound travelers to Greece will undergo sample tests.
• Travelers that test positive will be moved to a quarantine hotel and be under supervision for 14 days.

From: https://news.gtp.gr/2020/06/12/greece-o ... eful-info/
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