Exciting News for reopening Greek Tourism: May 15 is the travel day
Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Greek prime minister, announced on April 21, 2021 that the country’s tourism industry will open on May 15, when a ban on domestic travel will also be lifted. Specifically, Mitsotakis announced the following key dates in lifting the lockdown measures.
- May 3: restaurants and cafeterias will open their outdoor areas and curfew is extended to 23:00.
- May 10: middle schools and primary schools will reopen (high schoolers returned to class on April 12).
- May 15: tourism opens to those who have been vaccinated or tested negative for COVID-19 72 hours before arriving. Moreover, domestic travel will be permitted and some cultural activities allowed.
Mitsotakis acknowledged that “there is a lot of fatigue, but there are new allies beside us: Vaccinations, self-tests, but also the best weather makes us optimistic that this unprecedented adventure is ending”.
Restriction for Greek Orthodox Easter
Greek Orthodox Easter is considered to be the most important religious holiday in Greece and is often celebrated with relatives in rural ancestral homes. In order to avoid further spread of Covid-19, many of the November restrictions will still be in effect for Greek Orthodox Easter which for this year is on May 2.
According to Mitsotakis ‘“Our goal is to have a safe Easter and a free summer. But one cannot undermine the other’.
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