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Haris Theoharis: Greece Opens Six Ports For Cruise Liners From August 1

Haris Theoharis: Greece Opens Six Ports For Cruise Liners From August 1

Cruise liners will be able to call at six Greek ports from August 1, according to the official notification that the Minister of tourism Haris Theoharis sent to the International Cruise Association, and the three largest companies in this sector that operate in Greece (MSC Cruises, Costa, TUI Cruises), the press service of the Ministry reported on Tuesday.

The Minister of Tourism has officially announced that from August 1, cruise liners are allowed to call at six ports when arriving in Greece: 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 their itinerary. Theoharis explained that this regime would change only in the case of new epidemiological conditions.

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

"Greece was the first country to respond to the requirements of the cruise industry and introduce medical protocols that correspond to this type of tourism. The medical procedures that will be applied under the supervision of the Greek authorities on cruise liners are based on the published standards of the European Union ("Healthy EU gate"). Although they have been adapted to the Greek legislation and the situation in the country," Theoharis said.

The Minister called on the sector's cruise companies to resume cruises to Greece and use Greek ports, and major international cruise bureaus to recommend their clients to travel to Greece even after the summer season. "This season will last until the end of the year," Theoharis stressed.

The situation with coronavirus in Greece remains relatively favorable. However, with the opening of borders, the number of imported cases has increased. As of Monday, the number of people infected with coronavirus in Greece since the beginning of the pandemic is 4,227, 202 people have died.

From July 1 to July 26, the coronavirus was detected in 343 tourists in Greece, of which 61 people remain in the country, the rest have left. Most of those infected at the border were identified from the number of visitors from the Balkan countries, so citizens of Bulgaria and Romania, as well as residents of other countries arriving from these States, will be able to arrive in Greece from July 28 to August 4 only if they have a document about a negative result of a coronavirus test.

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