To attract tourists to the country this summer, Greece lifted all COVID-19 restrictions, including COVID masks and certifications. The country said it has lifted all restrictions on summer tourism but will consider reintroducing them in September. Greek authorities recorded 15,000 infections and 64 deaths on Tuesday. To date, only 72% of the population is fully vaccinated.

Greece is expecting a large number of visitors this summer and the government announced from May 1 to August 31 that travelers will not need coronavirus vaccination certificates to enter indoor or outdoor areas in Greece. Travelers can easily enter restaurants and other public places.

Greece is one of the most popular summer destinations in Europe. In 2019, the country attracted over 33 million visitors, with the majority of travelers coming from the UK and Germany. It is estimated that the tourism sector alone accounts for around a fifth of the country’s economy and employs one in five people.

In addition, authorities plan to remove the requirement to present an EU COVID-19 digital certificate to enter the country. From June 1st, it will also no longer be necessary to wear internal masks.