Travellers from 29 countries will be eligible to travel to Greece for non-essential purposes from June 15, after Hellenic authorities chose to open the borders for several European Union and non-EU countries in which the rate of infections has decreased.
Passengers arriving from any of the 29 "approved" countries will be subject to random tests.
Passengers flying in from airports deemed by the EU's aviation safety agency (EASA) to be in areas with "high risk of transmission of Covid-19" will be required to stay overnight in a designated hotel for testing. For positive tests, they will remain in a 14-day quarantine with their health monitored. Other regional and island airports will open on July 1.
In an announcement on Friday, Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis announced that tourists from 29 different countries will be welcomed to travel directly to Thessaloniki or Athens from as early as June 15.More news: Nick Saban Releases Powerful Statement Following George Floyd's Murder
The listed countries include, among others, the Balkan countries, and Germany, which is the first market for incoming tourism for Greece, but also more distant markets such as China, Japan, and South Korea.
"If you originate from an airport on the EASA affected area list, then you will be tested upon arrival", it added.
The Greek government has listed 29 countries from where it will accept visitors as it tries to recover from the financial damage created during the coronavirus pandemic.
Israel and Lebanon are the only two countries on Greece's list in the Middle East.More news: Hardik Pandya and fiancée Natasa Stankovic expecting first baby
But countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic - such as France, Spain, Britain and Italy - were not on the list.
Since the start of the outbreak in March, there has been a limited number of flights arriving at Athens global airport, with passengers mandatorily tested and ordered to quarantine for 14 days.
Year-round hotels are to resume operations on June 1, followed by seasonal hotels on June 15.
A nationwide lockdown imposed in March helped Greece contain the spread of infections to just below 3,000 cases, a relatively low number compared with elsewhere in the European Union.More news: SpaceX astronaut crew blasted AC/DC and Black Sabbath to kick off mission
Greece is moving forward to gradually and cautiously reopen its tourism industry, a vital sector of its economy, as the COVID-19 outbreak drastically slows down.