Greece opening up to tourists from 29 countries on 15 June, Irish tourists still banned
Greece announced today that it would reopening its country for tourism as of 15 June.
However, neither Ireland nor the United Kingdom are among the 29 countries that were announced by the Greek Tourism Ministry on Friday (29 May).
From the middle of next month, tourists from the following country will be able to enter airports at Athens and Thessaloniki: Albania, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Estonia, Japan, Israel, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Finland, Latvia, Lebanon, New Zealand, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Norway, North Macedonia, South Korea, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Greece has suffered a relatively low number of cases and deaths from Covid-19; 2,900 and 175 respectively.
The United Kingdom has suffered the highest number of Covid-19 deaths per capita of any country, and shares a common travel area with Ireland - which likely explains our exclusion from the list. Other countries that have not made the list include Spain, Italy and France, all of which suffered a high number of Covid-19 cases.
It's not all bad news, however, as the Greek Tourism Ministry said that the original list would be expanded come 1 July.
As things stand, many countries such as Spain, Italy and France are reopening travel without restrictions from the beginning of next month. Ireland, on the other hand, will be making tourists sign forms at airports confirming that they will self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival.