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COVID-19 pandemic: Greece to open airports for tourists from 29 countries in June

Greece started the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions on May 4, and will start reopening its hotels next month.

SNS | New Delhi |

Greece on Friday said that it would reopen its airports in Athens and Thessaloniki to arrivals from 29 countries from June 15, the start of the tourist season.

The tourism ministry said in a statement that visitors would be allowed to fly into Greece from 16 EU countries, including Germany, Austria, Denmark, Finland, the Czech Republic, Baltic countries, Cyprus and Malta.

Currently, the US has 1,745,930 confirmed cases and 102,808 deaths, both tallies account for the highest in the world, according to the CSSE.

Meanwhile in terms of cases, Brazil comes in the second place with 465,166 infections.

Outside the European Union, holidaymakers from Switzerland, Norway, and neighbouring Balkan countries such as Albania, Serbia and North Macedonia will be allowed to land at Greece’s main airports from June 15.

The list also includes Australia, Japan, Israel, Lebanon, China, New Zealand and South Korea.

The ministry said that further countries could be added before July 1 when the country’s regional airports also reopen.

Greece started the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions on May 4, and will start reopening its hotels next month.

It has been less severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic that many EU countries, with 175 deaths and 2,906 infections officially registered so far.

Regarding fatalities, the UK continues in the second position after the US with 38,243 COVID-19 deaths, which also accounts for the highest fatalities in Europe.

Meanwhile, the total number of global coronavirus cases was nearing the 6 million mark, while the deaths have surged to more than 365,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

(With inputs from agency)