Australians keen to travel internationally again may soon be able to add Greece to their list after the tourism minister invited visitors from Down Under to the country from June 15.
The Greek government has listed 29 countries from where it will accept visitors as it tries to recover from the financial damage created during the coronavirus pandemic.
"Our aim is to be able to welcome every tourist who has overcome their fear and has the ability to travel to our country," Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis said on local TV news outlet Antenna.
The 29 countries included in the proposed ‘bubble’ include:
Tourists from other countries may be allowed to enter Greece as the list increases from July.
Visitors arriving from those countries could be subject to COVID-19 testing, the ministry said.
Greece has credited its low infection rate to enforcing an early lockdown and, as a result, the country has has a total of 175 deaths and just over 2900 confirmed cases.
There have been no confirmed cases on the vast majority of the popular holiday destination of the Greek islands.
While the country may be opening its doors, it will come at a cost of strict protocols in place to keep locals and visitors safe.
"We are opening up, but at the same time we are closely monitoring the situation. Strict health protocols will protect both staff and tourists," Mr Theoharis said.
Tourists to Greece will see capacity limits enforced in hotels and resorts, as well as each hotel having a designated doctor.
There will also be close consultations with the Health Ministry to improve treatment facilities at regional hospitals, including those on islands.
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