Greece 1 Aug will open six ports for cruise ships

Cruise ships from August 1 will be able to visit six ports of Greece, official notice of tourism Minister Haris theoharis sent to the International Association of cruise lines (CLIA) and the three largest companies in this sector that operate in Greece (MSC Cruises, Costa, TUI Cruises). This was announced by the Greek tourist organisation GNTO.

"The Minister of tourism officially announced that since August 1, 2020 cruise ships allowed to visit six ports when entering Greece. In particular, the ports of Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After the first mooring cruise liners will be able to go to any other Greek port included in the route. Theoharis explained that this mode will only change in case of new epidemiological conditions," said the organization.

"All cruise ships are welcome in Greece to offer their passengers a unique experience," - said in a letter to the Minister.

"Greece is the first country which responded to the challenges of the industry of the cruises and introduced medical protocols, especially for this form of tourism. Medical procedures that will be applied under the supervision of the Greek authorities on cruise liners based on the published standards of the European Union ("EU Healthy goal"), at the same time they were adapted to Greek legislation and the national situation," the Minister said.

Theoharis also asked for a large international cruise Agency to recommend to your clients a trip to Greece after the summer season. "This season lasts until the end of the year," the Minister said in the letter.

Greece July 1 and abolished almost all the restrictions imposed because of the pandemic coronavirus, remains in force a ban on holding mass events. From June 15 international flights took only the airports of Athens and Thessaloniki, July 1, was allowed direct Charter flights to the Greek Islands. Also resumed visits by foreign ships in the ports opened for the passage of tourists on the car checkpoints at the borders, albeit with restrictions.

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