Tourism: Opening schedule and support measures (PDF POLICY}

Haris Theocharis, Minister of Tourism, analyzing the government’s program on the major issue, stressed that tourists from abroad will come without a test and quarantine

The tourist season begins on June 15 , Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a speech on Tuesday .


Immediately afterwards, the relevant ministers began to present in more detail the measures that will apply directly to the Greek economy. After Adonis Georgiadis, the floor was given to Haris Theocharis , Minister of Tourism, who analyzed the government’s program for tourism .

“The importance of tourism is well known. 19 billion receipts last year, 33 million visitors, 360,000 employees.

The restart tourism is a comprehensive plan to restart tourism, with employee safety, respect for the guests, support businesses and workers.

Domestic tourism opens immediately .

May 25, the yachting begins.

June 1 camps and city hotels.

The rest of the hotels will open on June 15.

June 15 also opens to foreign tourism via El. Venizelos.

From July 1 and the rest of the airports. Those who come to the country will not be quarantined “, the minister stressed.

“As part of the measures to manage coronavirus , each accommodation will have a partner doctor and a coordinator . Also, special “quarantine areas” will be defined per region until any patient is transferred to a health structure.

Especially for the islands, the installation of a total of 20 new analysts for tests on the islands is underway , while the operation of 600 COVID beds is also ensured “.

For the financial support of tourism, it was decided to extend the right to suspend the employment contract until July, to reduce the business rent by 40% until August, but also the new mechanism to increase employment “SURE” until September. Seasonal employment will be strengthened, while the refundable down payment and the reduction of tax advance will apply. In addition, it was decided to reduce VAT on transportation, coffee, non-alcoholic beverages and the tourist package.

In order to strengthen domestic tourism, it was decided to conduct an advertising campaign, while the “Tourism for All” and Social Tourism (OAED) programs will be utilized.

The “Tourism for All” program is worth 30 million euros and will offer an e-voucher worth 120 euros to each holidaymaker with a minimum of 4 nights. It concerns hotels and travel agencies  and the beneficiaries are estimated at 250,000.

Also, there will be  corporate Holiday Vouchers  for an additional  tax-free holiday voucher worth 300 euros .


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  • May 23, 2020 at 9:22 am

    This is good news as far as the Greek economy is concerned, with the Northern Europeans adopting controls over COVID. However, there may be issues if/when they allow US tourists in to the country, considering their nations inability to quarantine and adopt self-isolation controls.


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