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You postponed your trip to Greece in 2020 and now you are ready to think about traveling again. Actually, you are ready to start planning again, since we have all been thinking about traveling even when we were focused on staying safe at home. Travel thoughts are never far from my mind, and like many of us, I search Google on a pretty regular basis for updates to travel restrictions as I track the pandemic peak and fall.

Needless to say I was thrilled to learn that the Greek Minister of Tourism has announced that Greece will reopen to tourists on May 14, 2021.

I was even happier to read this morning that the EU is planning on having a digital “green” certificate functioning by summer so that travelers can provide proof of vaccination. While the Greek government has said that those who cannot or will not be vaccinated can still travel with proof of a negative Covid test within 72 hours of arrival in Greece, I think that the vaccine certificate program will be embraced by the vast majority of travelers.

Vaccine certification trial run for travel

The digital “green” certificate for travelers vaccinated and ready to travel has been under discussion between Greece, Israel and Cypress for a few months already. Given the high vaccination rate amongst Israelis it is possible we’ll see these travelers heading to Greece and Cyprus as early as the beginning of May. A Greek government official said that could be as early as April, but I personally have my doubts about travel resuming so soon. Israel, in the meantime, has started using the digital certificates although as of March 18, 2021, only one country in the world was welcoming travelers from Israel who have been vaccinated.

By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!