Greece is in the process of opening up its borders in time for the vital summer season for its many islands.

Eligible passengers arriving on direct flights are subject to spot Covid-19 tests at Athens and Thessaloniki airports (only two open for international arrivals). The list of eligible countries (and likely airports) will be reviewed and expanded from July 1.

Here are the eligible countries:

  1. Albania
  2. Australia
  3. Austria
  4. Bulgaria
  5. China
  6. Croatia
  7. Cyprus
  8. Czech Republic
  9. Denmark
  10. Estonia
  11. Finland
  12. Germany
  13. Hungary
  14. Israel
  15. Japan
  16. Latvia
  17. Lebanon
  18. Lithuania
  19. Malta
  20. Montenegro
  21. New Zealand
  22. North Macedonia
  23. Norway
  24. Romania
  25. Serbia
  26. Slovakia
  27. Slovenia
  28. South Korea
  29. Switzerland

Conclusion

Visitors from the hardest-hit European countries with Covid-19 of Spain, Italy, France, and the UK are not welcomed to Greece at least until July 1.

I guess that this also means that the Schengen outer border is again open for visitors as of June 15 because otherwise Lebanon, Japan, South Korea, Israel, and few other countries wouldn’t have made this list.

Let’s hope that the arrival and entry restrictions are withdrawn as soon as possible, considering the potential health consequences.

It is interesting to see what kind of tourist season Greece, Italy, Spain, and Portugal can have in 2020. I was supposed to meet some friends in Mykonos month from now (we usually do this at the end of June), and we had also planned to go to Corfu afterward. It isn’t happening this year

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