Greece Travel Secrets Blog

Here's our Greece Travel Secrets Blog, to keep you up-to-date with the latest news and information for your travels to Greece and the Greek Islands.

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May 06, 2021

Covid-19: Strict Lockdown Measures Announced for Kalymnos

Greek authorities have announced strict lockdown measures for Kalymnos in the Dodecanese, after the island recorded a significant rise of coronavirus (Covid-19) infections.

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May 06, 2021

TUI Planning to Restart Greece Holidays from May 14

German travel giant TUI will begin its summer 2021 holiday packages to Greece as of May 14, the date the country has scheduled to officially open for tourism.

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May 06, 2021

PM: Greece Ready to Open to Travelers with Tried and Tested Protocols

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Greece was ready to welcome travelers in safety this summer citing the priceless experienced gained last year.

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May 06, 2021

Alonissos Mayor Calls for Creation of ‘One of a Kind’ Underwater Archaeological Park

Alonissos Mayor Petros Vafinis recently presented the municipality’s plan for the creation of an underwater archaeological park – the first of its kind in Greece – during a recent meeting with the leadership of of the Greek Tourism Ministry.

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May 05, 2021

Greece Confirms 5 Nonstop Routes Between Athens and the United States

Athens this year will welcome direct flights from New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Newark and Washington DC, the Greek Tourism Ministry confirmed on Friday.

The new flight from Washington to Athens was recently announced by United Airlines.

Following discussions with representatives of US-based carriers American Airlines and United Airlines, Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis on Friday announced that demand for travel from the United States to Greece this summer is high and bookings are expected to rise in the immediate future.

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May 05, 2021

Ryanair has the Greek Islands on its List for Summer 2022

Ryanair on Tuesday announced that the Greek islands are among the popular summer destinations included on its list of routes for Summer 2022.

The airline’s early release of its Summer 2022 schedule already includes over 10,000 flights per week across 500 routes to Europe’s “favourite city and sunshine” destinations.

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May 05, 2021

Greece Extends Covid-19 Travel Restrictions for Int’l Arrivals Until May 14

The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) has released updated Covid-19 aviation directives that extend travel restrictions for international flights landing in Greece.

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May 05, 2021

Greece will Open Organized Beaches on May 15

Organized beaches in Greece will open on May 15 when the country opens for tourism, Greek Secretary General for Trade and Consumer Protection Panagiotis Stampoulidis said on Friday.

Speaking to state broadcaster ERT, Stampoulidis said the government is “moving forward and opening the market with very careful and specific steps”.

With regard to the re-opening of restaurants and cafes from Monday, May 3, the secretary general noted that a framework is being formed for the safe opening of F&B establishments.

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Apr 29, 2021

How to Get from Mykonos to Santorini

You can get from Mykonos to Santorini, and of course from Santorini to Mykonos, by ferry, by plane (sort-of) or even by helicopter.

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Apr 29, 2021

Greece to Lift Domestic Travel Ban in mid-May

Greece is expected to lift its ban on intra-regional travel (movement between regional units) on May 15, which is the date the country will officially open for tourism.

Non-essential movement between regions has been banned since Greece entered its second lockdown as part of government efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

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Apr 29, 2021

Ithaki, Kefalonia to Focus on Alternative Tourism

The Greek Tourism Ministry is looking to establish Ithaki and Kefalonia as alternative tourism destinations, Deputy Tourism Minister Sofia Zacharaki said during a visit to the Ionian islands this week.

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Apr 29, 2021

Norwegian Cruise Line: More Itineraries to the Greek Isles in September

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) on Wednesday announced a further restart of operations in Europe from the homeports of Barcelona and Rome (Civitavecchia) with previously scheduled port-intensive itineraries to the Mediterranean and Greek Isles beginning September 5, showcasing the growing importance of the Greek market for the company.

It is reminded that earlier this month the company announced seven-night itineraries to cruise the Greek Isles on the Norwegian Jade from Athens (Piraeus) beginning July 25.

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Apr 29, 2021

Holy Week & Greek Easter Traditions

For Greeks, Easter is the biggest religious holiday of the year. Although many of the celebrations have roots in pre-Christian times - the Elysian mysteries in ancient Greece were also a celebration of rebirth after death when in winter everything dies and in spring they're born again - today in Greece, Easter celebrations have a direct connection with the Orthodox faith.

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Apr 27, 2021

Greece Tightens Covid-19 Controls at Airports, Ports, Highways

Greece has further intensified Covid-19 checks at airports, ports, and highways in view of the upcoming Easter holiday on May 2 and reports of a new virus variant from India found in the country.

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Apr 27, 2021

EU Aims to Open this Summer to Vaccinated Tourists from US

The European Union is set to re-open this summer to American tourists who’ve been vaccinated against Covid-19 following a year-plus-long ban on travel, according to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

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Apr 27, 2021

Greece Extends Covid-19 Air Travel Restrictions, Requirements

The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) on Sunday extended travel restrictions for domestic and international flights in Greece, as part of efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country.

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Apr 26, 2021

Covid-19: All the Rules for Domestic Travel During Greek Easter

Starting today, police will carry out tighter security checks along major highways, at toll points, and at ports in an attempt to curb intra-regional travel ahead of Orthodox Easter.

Previous Covid-19 restrictions were revised and published in the Government Gazette on Friday, and include limiting exceptions for domestic travel.

According to the latest measures, movement between regions is banned until May 10 at 6am.

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Apr 26, 2021

Greece Lifts Mandatory Quarantine for Covid-free Travelers from 7 Countries

Greece has lifted its quarantine requirement for travelers from another seven countries provided they have been vaccinated or tested negative for Covid-19, the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) said on Sunday.

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Apr 26, 2021

Covid-19: Greece Updates Health Protocols for Hotels

The updated health protocols that are to be applied in all accommodation businesses of Greece’s tourism sector to limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19), have been made public through a joint ministerial decision published recently in the Government Gazette.

Greece is officially opening for tourism in mid-May. Like last year, all hotels will follow mandatory health and safety protocols to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission to employees and customers.

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Apr 26, 2021

Greece to Open Restaurants, Cafes with Safety Regulations in May

Greek restaurants, cafes, bars and F&B services are set to open outdoors on May 3 after Orthodox Easter with protocols to be announced in the coming days, said Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary-General Panagiotis Stamboulidis this week.

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Latest Posts

  1. Covid-19: Strict Lockdown Measures Announced for Kalymnos

    Greek authorities have announced strict lockdown measures for Kalymnos in the Dodecanese, after the island recorded a significant rise of coronavirus (Covid-19) infections.

    Read More

  2. TUI Planning to Restart Greece Holidays from May 14

    German travel giant TUI will begin its summer 2021 holiday packages to Greece as of May 14, the date the country has scheduled to officially open for tourism.

    Read More

  3. PM: Greece Ready to Open to Travelers with Tried and Tested Protocols

    Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Greece was ready to welcome travelers in safety this summer citing the priceless experienced gained last year.

    Read More

  4. Alonissos Mayor Calls for Creation of ‘One of a Kind’ Underwater Archaeological Park

    Alonissos Mayor Petros Vafinis recently presented the municipality’s plan for the creation of an underwater archaeological park – the first of its kind in Greece – during a recent meeting with the lea…

    Read More

  5. Greece Confirms 5 Nonstop Routes Between Athens and the United States

    Athens this year will welcome direct flights from New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Newark and Washington DC, the Greek Tourism Ministry confirmed on Friday. The new flight from Washington to Athens wa…

    Read More

  6. Ryanair has the Greek Islands on its List for Summer 2022

    Ryanair on Tuesday announced that the Greek islands are among the popular summer destinations included on its list of routes for Summer 2022. The airline’s early release of its Summer 2022 schedule al…

    Read More

  7. Greece Extends Covid-19 Travel Restrictions for Int’l Arrivals Until May 14

    The Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) has released updated Covid-19 aviation directives that extend travel restrictions for international flights landing in Greece.

    Read More

  8. Greece will Open Organized Beaches on May 15

    Organized beaches in Greece will open on May 15 when the country opens for tourism, Greek Secretary General for Trade and Consumer Protection Panagiotis Stampoulidis said on Friday. Speaking to state…

    Read More

  9. How to Get from Mykonos to Santorini

    You can get from Mykonos to Santorini, and of course from Santorini to Mykonos, by ferry, by plane (sort-of) or even by helicopter.

    Read More

  10. Greece to Lift Domestic Travel Ban in mid-May

    Greece is expected to lift its ban on intra-regional travel (movement between regional units) on May 15, which is the date the country will officially open for tourism. Non-essential movement between…

    Read More