The campsites will be able to open on June 1 and the seasonal hotels from June 15 to receive the first national holidaymakers.
Tourists arriving in Greece they will do so without quarantining but they may be subjected to random tests for coronavirus upon arrival and they will have to follow a strict protocol of hygienic measures during their trip.
24,000 million euros to support tourism
The Greek Prime Minister, the conservative Kyriakos Mitsotakis, announced the plan of his Executive to support tourism and catering and which is part of the compendium of state aid, in the form of credits and tax breaks, which he has approved over the past few years. two and a half months to deal with the coronavirus crisis and whose total amount will amount to 24,000 million euros until October.
One of the measures announced by the Prime Minister to support the tourism and hospitality sector is the reduction of VAT from 24% to 13% on transport (includes train, metro, tram, city and intercity buses, planes and boats) between June and October, coffee, non-alcoholic drinks and open-air cinema tickets, a star activity of Greek summers.
Government will subsidize wages and social security contributions tourism workers and, in addition, will present a program to support social domestic tourism aimed at the most vulnerable citizens.
In addition, the Minister of Labor, Yannis Vrutsis, stated that the Government will subsidize monthly until September the 120,000 seasonal workers that they will not have a job in the tourism sector this year.
A much lower contagion rate
“Our strength is the certificate of safety, reliability and health that our country has earned. Its great fame. The health shield, hospitality everywhere and, of course, the passion of the Greeks,” said Mitsotakis.
So far, Greece has suffered only 166 coronavirus casualties and has recorded a total of 2,850 cases, a contagion rate much lower than that of other European countries that has been achieved thanks to the taking of early measures and which the Government claims as one of the country’s main attractions this tourist season.
The Prime Minister stressed that the main mission of the Government will be to protect public health, employment and “help industry professionals prepare their counterattack for 2021” and did not hide that, although the pandemic has been controlled until now, the risk Greece faces is “perhaps greater” than other countries, as the coronavirus “stopped the country’s course at a time when it was rapidly entering the path of development.”
Last year, Greece received 34 million visitors -of which 24.2 traveled to the country between April and September- thanks to which entered 19,000 million euros. Now, some optimistic forecasts estimate that only 7 or 8 million people will visit Greece this year.