Border opening: From these 29 countries will come the first wave of tourists in Greece

The list of 29 countries was formed after a study of the epidemiological profile of the countries of origin of the tourists and after taking into account yesterday’s announcements of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), as well as the relevant proposal of the Infectious Diseases Committee.

Visitors from the following countries will be sampled.

The existing rules still apply to all other countries.

The list, which will be expanded starting on July 1, will be announced in time. In any case, epidemiological monitoring and evaluation will be ongoing.

In detail, the list of countries is as follows:

Albania, Australia, Austria, Northern Macedonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Estonia, Japan, Israel, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Romania, New Zealand, No , Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Finland.

It is noted that the opening of the German market is considered very important and crucial for the development of this season, as business tourists say, as Germany is the largest tourist reservoir for Greek tourism. Arrivals last year reached 4 million and revenues of 2.9 billion euros, while demand for this year, before the outbreak of the pandemic, was upward. 56% of German tourists spend in Greece in the third quarter, as well as 54% of overnight stays. The development of coronary heart disease in Germany was relatively controlled with a relatively low death rate per 100,000 people.

However, four countries that are also important sources of tourism revenue for our country – the United Kingdom, the United States, Italy and France, with more than $ 5 billion in revenue from last year’s 18.2 billion – remain out of the list. due to the high death rate due to coronary heart disease.

According to market sources, the resumption of road tourism could also give a small first breath to tourism revenue, although the average per capita expenditure of tourists in the Balkans is not high. However, it is considered that some percentages of occupancy will be secured in destinations in northern Greece, such as Halkidiki.

The resumption of air travel is eagerly awaited by tourism companies to move demand. It is noted that according to the latest data of the BoG, in March revenues fell by 71% compared to last year, with receipts reaching only 92 million euros, compared to 318 million euros in the corresponding month of 2019.

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