Greece’s tourism minister says the country will welcome travelers from most of the world who have been vaccinated against Covid-19, present a negative test, or antibodies from prior infection.
Greece is ready with a complete protocol for summer 2021,” he said. “Tourists will be welcome if before travel they are either vaccinated, or have antibodies, or test negative. All tourists will be subject to random testing.
The country plans to begin “with a few regional countries in April, but will open widely to visitors from all over the world from Mid-May 2021.”
Once in Greece it becomes much easier to travel elsewhere in Europe, unless European countries impose bans on travel from the country or ban inbound travel by Americans regardless of where they’re traveling from.
More likely if Greece opens to Americans, Europe broadly will as well, and the specifics of Greece’s requirements will align with the rest of the European Union both in terms of timing and what documentation must be presented for entry.
Although the European Union lags the U.S., U.K., and a handful of other places in vaccinations by late spring their pace should increase. Covid cases have declined significantly in Europe. And we’re likely to see some summer seasonality to the virus, as with did in Europe generally last summer.
Of course Greece said they would open to Americans last summer but pressure from the E.U. prevented that from happening. So it’s possible a cautious European bloc could foil Greece’s plans once again, rather than be dragged into opening along with it. However the hit to Greece’s economy from continued closure to the world, combined with an expectation of declining Covid-19 cases numbers throughout the summer, make me optimistic.