Greece has announced that it is intending to slowly reopen the country. Greece relies heavily on summer tourism, and the country is trying to manage a way to safely reopen its hotels, cafes and tourist areas by July, under 'best-case scenario'.
By May 15th, Greece hopes to have schools and religious gathering places safely opened for the public. By the end of the month, Greek authorities intend to have the archeological sites open as well as begin the rollout of reopening cafes, hotels and other tourist sites.
The airlines and many of the major hotels have begun accepting reservations. Most still have very lenient cancellation or rescheduling policies in effect because of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic situation. But if you are ready to make plans to a lower risk area like Greece, now could be the time to book your vacation.
Greece is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 developments. The country issued a mandatory stay-at-home order on March 23 and has only now begun to lift restrictions. The Greek government feels like it has controlled the spread of the virus in its country especially since Greece has some of the lowest rates of sickness and deaths among nations in Europe. Nonetheless, the Greek government will continue to closely monitor the outbreak as it gradually allows more people to visit during the summer.
However, it is important to remember that the U.S. still has a Level 4 Global Health Advisory in place. This means that the government is still discouraging travel outside of the United States. It also means that if cases of COVID-19 re-emerge anywhere that you are traveling to, you may find it difficult to get home or make transfers.