Greece hopes for inbound tourists this summer

Greece plans to begin to re-open the tourism sector in May ahead of the vital summer season. It will test safety protocols in April with countries that have major vaccination programmes.  Promoting health and medical tourism is however being hampered by low budgets.

Greece will welcome three types of travellers – those who have been vaccinated, those with antibodies against Covid-19, and those who have tested negative for the virus.

Visitors could be subjected to random rapid testing on arrival, and any quarantine or hospitalisation costs will be covered by the Greek state.

Marketing Greece wants to promote medical tourism but does not have a budget to do so, in spite of verbal promotion of the sector by politicians. Elitour, the Greek Health Tourism Council is promoting health and medical tourism, but in a low-key way due to a limited budget.