Greece is set to reopen to overseas holidaymakers from mid-June. In an address to the nation, Prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Greece’s tourism season would get under way on June 15.
“Let’s make this summer the epilogue of the crisis,” said Mitsotakis.
Greece has confirmed hotels will reopen next month, while international tourism flights will resume on July 1.
Greece has also confirmed some tax breaks to encourage package holiday deals – transport duties will be cut by more than 10%, reducing the price of air, boat and bus tickets while taxes on coffee, soft drinks and open-air cinemas will also be cut.
However speaking to ITV news, Greece’s Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis said that the country would be releasing a whitelist of allowed visitors – and British tourists might now be on it.
He said: “I think the UK has a big difference in terms of the current medical status of the country with Greece so I don’t think it’s likely it will be there.”