A Greek summer season beneath new rules


“Greece welcomes the world” was the slogan introduced by the Greek Foreign Ministry relating to the brand new rules for individuals who arrive within the nation within the coming weeks.

As Greece is opening as much as the total spectrum of actions, the federal government is betting on a lift for the tourism business, a serious income for Greece’s GDP.

At this level, the Greek authorities are finalising their plan for the administration of vacationer arrivals as a roadmap on how one can “welcome the world’ has been recognized. Citizens from Albania, Australia, Austria, Northern Macedonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Estonia, Japan, Israel, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Hungary, Romania, New Zealand, Norway, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Czech Republic, and Finland shall be allowed to travel to Greece as of June 15

Some of the aforementioned international locations are Greece’s quick neighbours, which signifies that many vacationers shall be coming to the nation by automotive and can normally be headed to vacationer locations in northern Greece and never essentially the islands.

Until June 15, worldwide flights are solely allowed to Athens airport. All guests are examined upon arrival and are required to remain in a single day at a chosen resort. If the take a look at is damaging, then the passenger self-quarantines for 7 days. If the take a look at is optimistic, the passenger is quarantined beneath supervision for 14 days.

During the so-called “bridge phase” from June 15 to the top of June, worldwide flights shall be allowed from/to Athens and Thessaloniki. No constitution flights shall be allowed to standard vacationer locations, and on this section, flights from sure affected areas in a rustic are red-flagged. In sensible phrases, which means that a flight from Rome shall be handled in another way than a flight from Milan or Venice. If arrivals originate from an airport on the European Union Aviation Safety Agency affected space listing, then all passengers shall be examined upon arrival.

After July 1 and onwards, worldwide flights shall be allowed into all airports in Greece. Should there be exceptions, this shall be determined within the coming weeks and based on the course of the pandemic in these international locations.

The Greek authorities banned all flights from and to Qatar after 12 passengers on a flight from Doha to Athens examined optimistic upon arrival. After July guests shall be topic to random assessments after they arrive. The extent of the testing on every flight shall be determined based on the airport of origin.

Healthcare provisions for the islands

Over the approaching weeks, the Greek authorities will current a plan for healthcare services on the islands. There shall be widespread testing on the factors of entry for worldwide borders, whereas assessments are additionally being carried out with cell items of the Hellenic National Public Health Organisation throughout the islands.

The present capability on the islands stands at round 470 beds, with 650 extra quickly to be obtainable from July onwards. In addition, 650 medical doctors and nurses have been employed, whereas much more personnel are being recruited. The Greek Ministry of Health finally desires to have greater than 1,000 new hirings solely for the islands.

The ministry additionally desires to have the machines obtainable to course of molecular assessments on the islands within the not-so-distant future. There may also be island complexes the place samples are quickly examined, an important parameter for the fast-tracking of the examination course of.

At the second, there are 13 processing machines in place and extra shall be added over the approaching week. The primary goal is to have greater than 20 units in 20 completely different spots.

C-130s transports from the Greek Air Force and helicopters offered by the National Emergency Aid Centre will deal with critical circumstances that require airlifts. For emergency of extreme circumstances, the particular person in query will stay on the islands for 1-2 days after which, in coordinated with the medical employees, they are going to be transferred to chose hospitals for COVID-19 therapy on the mainland.