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Reopening Tourism – DW: TUI imposed on Athens the rules for tests and quarantine

Greece surprises tourists

Criticism of the new directive in force today for newly arrived tourists in Greece from German media. TUI had even threatened to cancel all trips, Bild claims……….

Bild is talking about a "drama" around the holidays of many Germans in Greece as "TUI threatened to cancel all trips" due to the new form that travelers have to fill out in its online version, Bild.

"According to exclusive information from BILD, the leader of the tourist market TUI threatened with immediate cancellation of all her travels.. The reason: the controversy over an extreme quarantine directive by the Greek government. (SS. based on the plan) Randomly selected visitors would be tested at the airport for a corona test and then had to enter for 36 hours in quarantine […] until the results come out. But how to pass the tourists 36 hours in quarantine; Hotels should create separate spaces so that customers do not have contact with others. They should take care of themselves (SS. customers) for their food and would not be allowed to leave the hotel. TUI Manager Negotiates Monday with Athens Tourism Minister Harry Theocharis. The group's message: With such a regulation we do not send customers to Greece. TUI has openly threatened to cancel all trips. The minister called Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in a hurry. He eventually withdrew. The quarantine regulation was withdrawn at the last minute and the holidays in Greece were saved.

But what all holidaymakers need to know: Before arriving, they must fill out a form either electronically or via a form shared on the plane.. A barcode must be indicated as proof of the electronic declaration. In addition, sampling tests will be performed at airports. These travelers […] but they can continue their journey normally until the results come out. ".

Quarantine for the very unlucky;
"The new regulations came suddenly"

For the same subject, the Berliner Zeitung under the title: "Vacation in Greece: very unlucky tourists end up in quarantine ".

According to the newspaper, "Greece has suddenly tightened its policy in the field of corona. And for tourists from Germany, a mandatory declaration that may have consequences is effective from July 1..

[…] The new regulations came as a surprise. It was initially announced that tourists from specific countries, such as Germany, can enter unhindered. But now they have to fill out a form that only exists in English.

"Attention" recommends to its viewers the N-TV television network that it mentions in its electronic version: "Vacationers must be declared".

"Shortly before the opening of the borders for the tourists who were so missing in the country, Greece surprises its guests with a directive. Anyone entering the country from July 1 by air, by sea or by road must be completed at the latest 48 hours before his arrival an electronic form. Mandatory.

[…] Unfortunately it should be expected that anyone who does not have the barcode should return home immediately. The cost is probably borne by the undeclared traveler. The measure is expected to cause resentment. ".

“Sampling tests: entry for holidaymakers only with barcode "writes the Rheinische Post, which notes that" from Wednesday, tourists in Greece must undergo a complex process of entering the country.. Whether or not a traveler should enter a precautionary quarantine is judged only upon arrival. ".

Costas Simeonides – dw

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