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Coronavirus Travel: The borders are open for tourists, VAT on Transport is reduced

The opening of the border for tourists from the European Union, the Schengen area and Israel no later than July 1, but possibly earlier, The government has decided since mid-June…….

The relevant announcements are expected tomorrow in the speech of the Prime Minister who will also announce the outline of the measures to support tourism..

According to reports travelers will not be tested for coronavirus.

However on air travel will be subject to specific protocols which include, among other things, both the observance of natural distances at airports and the use of a mask on them and on aircraft, as well as the completion of a special questionnaire before the trip..

From the Balkan countries the borders will be opened by road with passengers not subject to testing in this case as well.. Athens' goal is to boost tourism with a large influx of tourists from the Balkans, mainly by road, which by their nature present fewer security issues.


Greek hotels will also implement strict operating protocols, to prevent transmission of the virus, while some of them are expected to take additional measures, in addition to the mandatory ones.

In the planning of the government is also the possibility to open the seasonal tourist accommodation in 15 June, maybe with the 12-month hotels on June 1st.

Reduction of VAT on the tourist package

Reinforcement measures include VAT reduction in the tourist package, in transport and in other sectors involved as well as the subsidy of labor.

Specifically, they will be provided VAT reductions for air and ferry tickets while the temporary transfer of residence in the "table" has also "fallen" on the table hotels in the overflowing VAT rate 6% from 13%.


As far as interventions in the catering industry are concerned, the plan provides for reductions in the rates of specific beverages which are sold as items served in the catering industry with VAT. 24%, while if one orders them outside, are charged with 13%. Such drinks are coffee, refreshments, juices and tea which are consumer goods and their inclusion in the low tax rate 13% their prices will also go down.

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