Greek tourism Minister – The intention of the Greek Government is to accept travellers upon entering the country either with a 72-hour PCR test or with a 24-hour rapid test.

The Minister of Tourism, Mr. Haris Theocharis, had important meetings for the release of the tourist traffic from the Netherlands to Greece, during his visit to the Netherlands.

The Minister of Tourism presented to the high-ranking official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Ms. Anita van den Ende, the new epidemiological map of our country, emphasizing the need to relax the travel directive to the Greek islands and she in turn pledged to review tourism in relation to Greece. 
Then, Mr. Theocharis informed the CEO of the tour operator “SUNWEB”, Mr. Mattijs ten Brink -one of the most important online Tour Operators in the Dutch market for Greece- about the reduction of cases in Greece. The Minister also pointed out that the intention of the Greek Government is to accept travelers upon entering the country either with a 72-hour PCR test or with a 24-hour rapid test. Mr. Mattijs ten Brink expressed his enthusiasm for this development, as in this way the cost for a family is reduced vertically and consequently there will be an increase in travel bookings for Greece.

Then, in the meeting with the President of the Association of Tour Operators of the Netherlands (ANVR), Mr. Frank Oostdam and the General Manager of TUI Nederland, Mr. Arjan Kers, the Minister of Tourism discussed the possibilities of extending the tourist season, with additional flights from the Netherlands to Greece until the beginning of November, to include the autumn holidays for Dutch students, at the end of October. The assurance by Mr. Theocharis was also very important that the Greek Government undertakes to cover the nursing expenses for those guests who may get Covid-19 in Greece. This cost is not yet covered by Dutch insurance companies, forcing tour operators to cancel flights to countries that are in the “yellow”


In the talks he had with the owner of the tour operator “Corendon”, Mr. Atilay Uslu, and the CEO Mr. Steven van der Heijden, the Minister of Tourism stressed the importance of supporting Greek destinations in the near future and until the normalization of Dutch market. The representatives of “Corendon” expressed their optimism for a positive season, with great demand “at the last minute”, based on the data of the first bookings from the previous weeks.

Finally, Mr. Haris Theocharis met with the Director for Greece and head of the advertising program on behalf of the tour operator, “Silverjet Vakanties”, Mr. Lydia Kortekaas. This is the most important Dutch T / O especially for luxury tourism, which cooperates mainly with 5 star hotels in Greece. The representative of “Silverjet Vakanties” conveyed to the Minister the interest of the Dutch market for the new tourist infrastructure in our country and the satisfaction from the cooperation with EOT for the advertising program that is implemented jointly in the context of the resumption of Greek Tourism.

Before leaving for the next stop of his tour in Northern Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark, Mr. Theocharis gave interviews to SBS 6, Trav Magazine and the daily Volkskrant. In his interviews, the Minister of Tourism presented in detail the measures taken by the Greek Government for health insurance, the steadily declining course of cases and the rapid pace of the vaccination campaign, along with the success recorded so far in the opening of Greek Tourism.

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