Greece said on Friday that it would reopen its Athens and Thessaloniki airports to arrivals from 29 countries from June 15, the start of the tourist season.
Visitors could fly to Greece from 16 EU countries, including Germany, Austria, Denmark, Finland, the Czech Republic, the Baltic countries, Cyprus and Malta, the Ministry of Tourism said in a statement.
However, countries such as France, Spain, the UK and Italy, which were hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, were not on the list.
Outside the European Union, holidaymakers from Switzerland, Norway and neighboring Balkan countries such as Albania, Serbia and Northern Macedonia may land at Greece's main airports from June 15th.
The list also includes Australia, Japan, Israel, Lebanon, China, New Zealand and South Korea.
The ministry said additional countries could be added before July 1, when the country's regional airports reopened.
"The list … has been drawn up based on the epidemiological profile of each country", taking into account the recommendations of the European Aviation Safety Agency and a report by the Greek Commission for Infectious Diseases.
Greece has started gradually releasing the restrictions on May 4 and will reopen its hotels next month.
It is less affected by the COVID-19 pandemic than many EU countries with 175 deaths and 2,906 officially registered infections.
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