Greece plans to reopen for cruise travel Aug.1


Greece is officially reopening for Cruise Ships starting on August 1st, Tourism Minister, Haris Theoharis confirmed in a letter to the International Cruise Association (CLIA).

Greece will become the first country to officially allow large cruise ships to make multiple port stops since the cruise industry shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cruise ships will be allowed to dock at the ports of Piraeus, Rhodos, Iraklio, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo.

Ships will subsequently be able to visit any other Greek port on their itinerary.

The rules could be reviewed depending on current epidemiological data, Theocharis said.

He said cruise travel will abide by all the health and safety protocols set by the European Union due to coronavirus.

On Monday, Theocharis referred to interest from tourists in countries such as the United States, Russia, and Israel, reported by travel agencies.

Tourism employs about 700,000 people and accounts for about 20 percent of Greece’s economic output, so how the sector fares are key for the country’s recovery.

About 33 million tourists visited Greece last year, generating revenues of 19 billion euros.

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