Almost 30,000 Serbian tourists managed to holiday in Greece this summer and, according to the latest estimates, and just under 10,000 of them are still on vacation and preparing to return home.
“At the time of the entry ban applicable to the Serbian citizens, according to local authorities’ estimates, about 15,000 tourists had stayed in Greece, i.e. they bought their travel arrangements from travel agencies. If we add to that number those tourists who arrived independently from travel agencies, the number climbs to 30,000,” said the Serbian ambassador to Greece, Dusan Spasojevic.
The Greek authorities have extended the entry ban for Serbian citizens until 1 August, although tour operators believe that this season is practically over, so many travel agencies have already cancelled reservations for August and September.
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The owners of private accommodation in Greece, mainly in the northern part frequented by Serbian tourists, have also decided to close their facilities again.
Although many are still hoping that there may be a turnaround and that after the reduction in the number of infected people in Serbia the Greek authorities will allow tourists to enter, providing they show negative results of the mandatory PCR test, the chances of this happening are growing slimmer day after day.
All the more so because the Greeks boast that new cases of the coronavirus in the peninsula are not “imported”, i.e. registered among tourists. This is because of the obligatory PCR test for all those tourists who enter Greece via the Kulata-Promahonas border crossing, which is also used by Serbian tourists.
It is hard to believe that something will drastically change even after the request of the Association of Greek Hoteliers, which a few days ago, asked the government to allow Serbian and Russian tourists to enter the country if they provide negative PCR test, underlining that they are willing to bear 50% of the costs of the PCR testing.
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