When will Greece Yacht Charter re-open?
Although technically open for Greece Yacht Charter, international tourists are not yet permitted to enter these islands of legend.
After the successful management of the health crisis, the Greek government will now proceed to gradually lift containment measures taken against the spread of Covid-19 and lead the country to a return of normalcy. The government has announced several phases over a two-month period to accomplish this.
The re-opening plan will rely on monitoring developments on a 24-hour basis. The government has requested the public’s adherence to social-distancing between shop owners and customers; to limit the number of customers per footage when indoors; and to mandatorily use a mask in public transports, taxis and hospitals; and when visiting public services and shops.
Greece’s removal of restrictions began on the 4th May and have included the re-opening of:
- 18th May: Large shopping malls and archaeological sites
- 25th May: Transportation to/from the other Greek islands; restaurants, cafes and bars in open-air premises; Greece Yacht Charter has already begun and has been touted as one of the safest forms of tourism.
From June 1st and for the period of one month, until June 30th, phases 4 to 7 will be implemented. These final phases will start lifting, one by one, the remaining lockdown restrictions and allow the vibrance of the economy and Greek way of life to return.
- All shopping malls
- Outdoor restaurants, cafes, summer cinemas
- Year-round hotels
- Amusement parks, theme parks and outdoor playgrounds
- Indoor restaurants and indoor cafes
- Seasonal hotels and resorts
- Indoor sports facilities
When will international tourists be allowed into Greece?
Greece’s borders continue to remain temporarily closed to non-EU travelers until May 31st. Within the EU, there are currently travel bans in place for:
- Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and The Netherlands (until May 31st), Albania, Northern Macedonia and Turkey (until June 14th).
The resumption of flights from abroad for tourism will start in two stages:
- June 15th: Flights to “Eleftherios Venizelos” Athens International Airport (ATH) will start, from countries with good epidemiological features. These countries are: Albania, Australia, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, Republic of North Macedonia, Norway, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, and Switzerland.
- July 1st: Flights to all Greek airports and from all countries will start, with the exception of those presenting negative epidemiological features. The Greek government is expected to announce an updated and expanded list for those countries permitted in the coming weeks.
As of July 15th a gradual lift of all the other exceptions will be effected but more details to be provided at a later date.
Update 6/7/2020: As of July 1st, all Greek airports have reopened to all residents of the below with the list to be updated every fortnight:
- Schengen area countries
- Non-EU Schengen area countries of Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
- To residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Georgia, Japan, Canada, Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, South Korea, Rwanda, Uruguay, Thailand, Tunisia, China (based on reciprocity).
International flights have resumed to all Greek airports. However, direct flights from the United Kingdom, Turkey and Sweden will resume as of July 15th.