By Cailey Rizzo
May 26, 2021
GREECE OFFICIALLY REOPENED FOR TOURISM. Get your swimsuits ready: the blindingly beautiful Aegean, Myrtoan and Ionian seas are ready and waiting.
While much of the European Union waits for a digitized travel pass to reopen their borders to tourism, Greece announced the start of its tourism season with new advertising campaigns and events.
Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis held an outdoor press conference in front of the Temple of Poseidon outside of Athens, where he declared the country was ready to welcome back tourists, the BBC reported.
Tourists from a list of 53 countries including the U.S., UK, and European Union members are allowed to visit Greece if they have been vaccinated or can show negative COVID-19 test results.
Passengers must fill out a passenger locator form before they travel, listing information about where they are staying and supplying proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test, or recent recovery.
“We’re all vaccinated, the tables are outside and spread out, with hand sanitizers on each one. We’re ready. Now we wait,” Kyriaki Kapri, owner of the beachside restaurant Gorgona on Naxos, told The Associated Press.
Almost one-quarter of Greeks are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to Health Secretary General Marios Themistocleous.
While Greece still has several restrictions — masks are required in all public places and a curfew is still in place from 12:30 a.m. until 5 a.m. — movement between regions is allowed and residents are allowed to leave their homes without texting a hotline (a previous lockdown requirement). Locals are now allowed to travel between the islands, as well. Restaurants, museums, and retail have all been permitted to reopen, although many are operating with capacity limits, according to the U.S. Embassy in Greece.
Travelers still trying to social distance — and those looking for good old fashioned secluded romance — will want to consider Nomad, a boutique hotel in Mykonos opening in July. Its 13 minimalist-luxe suites all come with private walled-in gardens featuring their own outdoor kitchens and pools or Jacuzzis. Gorgeous hand-cut marble sourced from all over Greece abounds and you can sleep in comfort outside under the stars.