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Apr 13, 2021

Greece Looking to Open to Travelers from the United States

The United States is one of the markets that Greece is eyeing to form a travel arrangement that will open up tourism between the two countries this year.

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Apr 07, 2021

Restaurants in Greece Expected to Re-open for Outdoor Service After Easter

Restaurants and other food and beverage (F&B) establishments in Greece will most likely be allowed to re-open and serve customers initially outdoors after the Easter holiday, Greek Deputy Development Minister Nikos Papathanasis said on Tuesday.

“When the time is right, F&B establishments will be allowed to operate and obviously we see this taking place sometime after Easter,” he told Mega Channel.

The Greek Orthodox Easter this year will be celebrated on Sunday, May 2.

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Apr 07, 2021

Norwegian Cruise Line to Sail the Greek Islands in July

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. is planning to restart operations this summer with sailings to the Caribbean and the Greek islands.

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Apr 07, 2021

Greeks and Tourists will Abide by Same Covid-19 Rules, Says Tourism Minister

Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis on Monday clarified that any safety and health rules that apply to Greek citizens – such as mandatory mask wearing and social distancing – will also apply to tourists visiting Greece in the summer.

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Apr 07, 2021

Celestyal Getting Ready to Offer Safe Cruise Experiences from May

Celestyal Cruises is speeding up procedures for the restart of sailings on May 29, aiming to provide its guests with carefree holidays to the Greek islands and the Eastern Mediterranean.

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Apr 06, 2021

Greece will Open for Tourism with ‘Five Lines of Defence’ Against Covid-19

Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis said Greece has set up five lines of defence against the coronavirus (Covid-19) in order to open for tourism safely this year.

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Apr 06, 2021

Greece Unsure About Easing Lockdown Measures for Easter

Greek Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister Akis Skertsos on Monday told SKAI radio that it is “too soon” to discuss if lockdown restrictions would be eased in Greece in time for the Easter holiday.

The Greek Orthodox Easter this year will be celebrated on Sunday, May 2, and the question on everyone’s mind is if they will be able to travel to the countryside for the Easter holiday, which is a common practice among the Greeks. It is reminded that movement between Greek prefectures is currently banned (except for health and work reasons) due to the government’s effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

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Apr 06, 2021

Piraeus Port Authority to Create New Park, Bike Lane

The Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) has announced plans to undertake the construction of a new playground and a bicycle lane at the port of Piraeus.

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Apr 06, 2021

Culture Ministry: Summer Operating Hours for Archaeological Sites, Museums

The Ministry of Culture has announced the summer operating hours of archaeological sites and museums across Greece.

According to a ministry announcement, the opening hours of archaeological sites, monuments and museums have been divided into two main categories, with the first concerning archaeological sites with extended operating hours – from 8am – 8pm, and the second concerning sites that are open from 8.30am – 3.30 pm.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the summer schedule of outdoor archaeological sites will be put into effect on April 24 (instead of April 1) and until October 31.

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Apr 05, 2021

The Guardian Selects 10 Crowd-free Greek Islands and Coastlines

The Guardian recently announced its selection of 10 crowd-free Greek islands and coastlines that can offer travelers “a taste of true Greek culture”.

According to the British newspaper, with the end of lockdown in sight, holiday bookings to Greece are surging.

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Apr 05, 2021

Greece Updates Aviation Directives for Int’l Flights, Domestic Travel

The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) on Sunday released updated Covid-19 aviation directives (NOTAMs) which extend restrictions on domestic travel until April 12, and on international flights until April 19.

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Apr 05, 2021

Fully Vaccinated Americans Do Not Need to Quarantine After Travel, Say New CDC Guidelines

Americans that have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus (Covid-19) do not need to quarantine after domestic or international travel, according to new guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19,” the updated guidelines say.

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Apr 05, 2021

Covid-19: Shops will Not Open in Thessaloniki, Kozani and Achaia

Greece’s General Secretariat of Civil Protection on Saturday announced that shops in the regional units of Thessaloniki, Kozani and Achaia will not open on Monday, April 5, which is the day the country’s retail sector is scheduled to restart operations.

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Apr 05, 2021

Greece’s Free Covid-19 Self-tests in Pharmacies as of April 7

The first batch of free Covid-19 self-test kits will be available at pharmacies in Greece as of Wednesday, April 7, Greek Deputy Health Minister Vassilis Kontozamanis announced on Friday.

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Apr 01, 2021

The Acropolis Reopens Its Doors For Visitors

The Acropolis reopened on Monday March 29th for visitors after all archeological sites were closed for many months due to COVID-19 lockdowns, however just a few visitors chose to visit the archaelogical site on Monday morning.

Wearing masks and only small groups of up to three people being permitted to enter the tourist attraction, the opening was accompanied by strict measures.

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Apr 01, 2021

Shops in Greece to Re-open Under Covid-19 Guidelines

Retail stores in Greece will re-open to consumers next week under COVID-secure guidelines, Greek Civil Protection Deputy Minister Nikos Hardalias announced on Wednesday.

Speaking during a media briefing, Hardalias said that the government decided to make adjustments to existing measures, taken to curb the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19), in an aim to address the lockdown fatigue that citizens are facing.

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Apr 01, 2021

Encinitas Ranked Among Top 10 Beach Towns In U.S.

A new report from Stacker ranked the best beach towns in the U.S. with Encinitas ranking ninth.

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Mar 30, 2021

Greece Does Not Rule Out Welcoming Tourists Before May

Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis on Sunday said Greece is keen on welcoming tourists ahead of the country’s scheduled opening in May.

“If all goes well on the Covid-19 front, if there is the slightest opportunity, Greece will be able to receive tourists even earlier,” he said in an interview to the Athens News Agency (ANA).

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Mar 30, 2021

Greece Extends ‘Only Essential Travel’ Rule for Domestic Flights

Non-essential travel between Greek prefectures still remains prohibited, the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) said on Saturday.

According to the HCAA’s updated aviation directive (NOTAM) on air travel in Greece, all restrictions for domestic flights in the country have been extended until Monday, April 5.

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Mar 29, 2021

Covid-19 Health Protocols for Greek Tourism in the Pipeline

Greece’s Deputy Tourism Minister Sofia Zacharaki said this week that a set of finalized Covid-19 health protocols to be implemented in the tourism sector would be announced in the coming period.

Speaking on Alpha 98.9 radio this week, Zacharaki revealed that protocols for businesses and employees in tourism have already been sent to the Covid-19 committee for further assessment.

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    The United States is one of the markets that Greece is eyeing to form a travel arrangement that will open up tourism between the two countries this year.

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  2. Restaurants in Greece Expected to Re-open for Outdoor Service After Easter

    Restaurants and other food and beverage (F&B) establishments in Greece will most likely be allowed to re-open and serve customers initially outdoors after the Easter holiday, Greek Deputy Development…

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  3. Norwegian Cruise Line to Sail the Greek Islands in July

    Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. is planning to restart operations this summer with sailings to the Caribbean and the Greek islands.

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  4. Greeks and Tourists will Abide by Same Covid-19 Rules, Says Tourism Minister

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    Celestyal Cruises is speeding up procedures for the restart of sailings on May 29, aiming to provide its guests with carefree holidays to the Greek islands and the Eastern Mediterranean.

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  6. Greece will Open for Tourism with ‘Five Lines of Defence’ Against Covid-19

    Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis said Greece has set up five lines of defence against the coronavirus (Covid-19) in order to open for tourism safely this year.

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  8. Piraeus Port Authority to Create New Park, Bike Lane

    The Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) has announced plans to undertake the construction of a new playground and a bicycle lane at the port of Piraeus.

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