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Jul 28, 2021

Greek Recovery Funds to Go into Acropolis Upgrade Works

Twelve projects including upgrade works on the Acropolis have been cleared for funding out of “Greece 2.0” – the country’s recovery plan approved earlier this month.

Alternate Finance Minister Theodore Skylakakis gave the green light to the release of funds which will be channeled into upgrades, the modernization of infrastructure and road networks, the digitization of archival material, the enhancement of the investment climate as well as other projects aimed at simplifying public procedures.

The finance ministry has allocated 10 million euros which the culture ministry will use to carry out a series of restoration and preservation works as well as for promotional actions of the Acropolis, an UNESCO World Heritage site and the country’s most visited monument.

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Jul 28, 2021

US Keeps Covid-19 Travel Restrictions Due to Delta Variant

The United States will keep all existing Covid-19 travel restrictions in place due to concerns over the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced during a press briefing on Tuesday.

“Given where we are today… with the Delta variant, we will maintain existing travel restrictions at this point,” Psaki said.

She also confirmed that, driven by the Delta variant, cases are also rising in the US, particularly among those who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

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Jul 24, 2021

Chania, in Western Crete

Chania is the main city in Western Crete with a lovely setting and a beautiful harbour as well as several museums.

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Jul 14, 2021

Cyprus Obliges Travelers from Greece to Undergo Testing Before Arrival

Greece has been placed on the Covid-19 orange list of Cyprus’ colour-coded country categorization travel system, based on a new epidemiological risk assessment of countries. The new changes come into force Thursday, July 15.

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Jul 14, 2021

Greece’s Indoor Restaurants, Venues Only for the Vaccinated

Starting Friday, July 16, indoor venues such as restaurants, bars, and theaters will only be accepting vaccinated and seated-only customers until August 31, Development and Investments Minister Adonis Georgiadis said on Tuesday.

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Jul 14, 2021

AEGEAN Begins Operation of Seasonal Base on Mykonos

Greek carrier AEGEAN has started the operation of its seasonal base on Mykonos, aiming to enhance its flagship quality services and improve the connection of the popular Cycladic island with major international markets.

AEGEAN’s Mykonos base was inaugurated last week with the arrival of flight A3559 from Zurich.

AEGEAN now directly connects Mykonos with eight international destinations, namely Milan, Rome, Venice, Naples, Paris, Zurich, Larnaca and Tel Aviv, in five countries (Italy, France, Switzerland, Cyprus and Israel).

The airline is already operating with increased frequencies to and from Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion, reaching 11 direct interconnections.

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Jul 12, 2021

UK Revises Advisory for Greece, Paves Way for Travel

The UK’s FCDO revised its travel advisory for Greece after announcing on Thursday that as of July 19 travelers from amber-listed countries would not be required to self-isolate upon return.

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Jul 12, 2021

Greece to Launch ‘Covid Pass’ App that Checks Customer ‘Safe’ Status

Greece said this week that starting July 15, restaurant and F&B business owners would be able to download an application that will check whether the health/vaccination status information provided by customers is valid.

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Jul 12, 2021

Authorities Recommend Self-test for Land Travel in Greece

Travel by road domestically in Greece will not require a negative rapid test but the presentation of a negative self-test is highly recommended, said Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias during a press briefing on Thursday after a spike in Covid-19 cases this week.

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Jul 12, 2021

Covid-19: Greece Extends Rules for Domestic Flights to the Islands

The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) has extended the travel rules for passengers of domestic flights traveling from the mainland to the islands, until 6am, on Thursday, July 15.

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Jul 04, 2021

Books About Greece

If planning a trip to Greece, what are the best books about Greece to read before you go, or to take with you, to give you a sense of place?

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Jul 03, 2021

Digital Archaeological Map of Greece Goes Public

The publication of a digital sites and monuments map will aid the Greek Culture Ministry, businesses and private citizens in future land access disputes.

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Jul 03, 2021

5 New or Upgraded Museums to Open in Greece

The Ministry of Culture approves plans for five new or upgraded museums for Chios, Trikala, Sparta, Thyrreio and Ermioni.

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Jul 03, 2021

Experiencing Mani by Bike

This 100-km cycling route from Kalamata to Areopoli will take you past breathtaking mountainous landscapes, rugged coastlines and glistening sea.

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Jul 02, 2021

Greece Updates Rules for Ferry Travel from the Mainland to the Islands

Negative self-test results for Covid-19, as of Monday, July 5, will no longer be accepted as a document for adults to board a ferry to travel to the Greek islands from the mainland, the Greek authorities announced on Thursday.

Speaking during a Covid-19 media briefing, Greek Civil Protection Deputy Minister Nikos Hardalias announced updated rules for travel to the Greek islands from the mainland. All rules will be in force from Monday, July 5

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Jun 24, 2021

Kalamata

Kalamata in the Peloponnese is the area's second-biggest city and is world-famous for the quality of its olives and for the nearby site of Ancient Messene.

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Jun 17, 2021

New Stations for Athens Metro Line 3 Ready by Summer 2022

Once completed, the three new stations – Maniatika, Piraeus and Municipal Theater – will connect Piraeus with Athens’ center and the Athens International Airport.

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Jun 15, 2021

Mitsotakis Calls for UK to Revise Greece Travel Restrictions

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday urged his British counterpart to revise the UK’s travel restrictions for Greece.

The Greek PM met with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson while attending the NATO Summit in Brussels, an announcement by the Greek PM’s press office said.

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Jun 15, 2021

EU Digital COVID Certificate for Travel is Now Official

The EU Digital COVID Certificate, a European Union-wide initiative to facilitate travel in Covid-19 times, was signed into law on Monday by the presidents of the three EU institutions, the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission.

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Jun 15, 2021

Greece Extends Covid-19 Rules for International and Domestic Travelers

The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) has updated its Covid-19 aviation directives (NOTAMS) and extended travel rules for passengers of international and domestic flights in Greece.

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  1. Greek Recovery Funds to Go into Acropolis Upgrade Works

    Twelve projects including upgrade works on the Acropolis have been cleared for funding out of “Greece 2.0” – the country’s recovery plan approved earlier this month. Alternate Finance Minister Theodor…

    Read More

  2. US Keeps Covid-19 Travel Restrictions Due to Delta Variant

    The United States will keep all existing Covid-19 travel restrictions in place due to concerns over the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announce…

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  3. Chania, in Western Crete

    Chania is the main city in Western Crete with a lovely setting and a beautiful harbour as well as several museums.

    Read More

  4. Cyprus Obliges Travelers from Greece to Undergo Testing Before Arrival

    Greece has been placed on the Covid-19 orange list of Cyprus’ colour-coded country categorization travel system, based on a new epidemiological risk assessment of countries. The new changes come into…

    Read More

  5. Greece’s Indoor Restaurants, Venues Only for the Vaccinated

    Starting Friday, July 16, indoor venues such as restaurants, bars, and theaters will only be accepting vaccinated and seated-only customers until August 31, Development and Investments Minister Adonis…

    Read More

  6. AEGEAN Begins Operation of Seasonal Base on Mykonos

    Greek carrier AEGEAN has started the operation of its seasonal base on Mykonos, aiming to enhance its flagship quality services and improve the connection of the popular Cycladic island with major int…

    Read More

  7. UK Revises Advisory for Greece, Paves Way for Travel

    The UK’s FCDO revised its travel advisory for Greece after announcing on Thursday that as of July 19 travelers from amber-listed countries would not be required to self-isolate upon return.

    Read More

  8. Greece to Launch ‘Covid Pass’ App that Checks Customer ‘Safe’ Status

    Greece said this week that starting July 15, restaurant and F&B business owners would be able to download an application that will check whether the health/vaccination status information provided by c…

    Read More

  9. Authorities Recommend Self-test for Land Travel in Greece

    Travel by road domestically in Greece will not require a negative rapid test but the presentation of a negative self-test is highly recommended, said Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias d…

    Read More

  10. Covid-19: Greece Extends Rules for Domestic Flights to the Islands

    The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) has extended the travel rules for passengers of domestic flights traveling from the mainland to the islands, until 6am, on Thursday, July 15.

    Read More