Travel updates: Greece begins careful reopening - but when can we visit?

Hugh Morris
Kefalonia, Greece, is poised for the return of tourists - Getty

Greece is opening up to tourists again after relaxing some of the stringent restrictions that have kept hotels, clubs and bars closed since March.

Between June 6 and June 15 the country will roll out phase six of its plan to ease lockdown measures, beginning by allowing restaurants and hotels to open up their indoor dining areas to clients as long as they respecting strict social distancing measures – face masks for employees will be mandatory and businesses have been strongly advised to fit Plexiglass screens in reception areas and in front of cash registers.

On June 8, Greece will open most of its entertainment facilities, including casinos, internet cafés, nightclubs and live music venues, with capacity reduced to 60 per cent and strict social distancing measures in place.

The final stage of phase six will see the country’s seasonal hotels opening their doors on June 15, although access to spas, saunas, outdoor pools and other public areas will be strictly regulated.

International flights will only operate out of the country’s main airport, Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport in the capital Athens, until June 15, when Thessaloniki Airport in northern Greece will also resume operations. Read the full report

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