Photos: Greece opens borders to tourists

Greece is back in business and officially open to tourists as of June 15, with the first international flights expected into Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki. The country is looking to cash in on what remains of this year's summer tourist season in hopes of patching up an alteady battered economy that has taken a further beating due to the coronavirus imposed lockdown.

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A woman gazes across the view of the town of Fyra on the island of Santorini on June 14. Greece is officially open to tourists as of today, with the first international flights landing into Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki where passengers have to face compulsory coronavirus tests. (Aris Messinis / AFP)

A woman gazes across the view of the town of Fyra on the island of Santorini on June 14. Greece is officially open to tourists as of today, with the first international flights landing into Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki where passengers have to face compulsory coronavirus tests. (Aris Messinis / AFP)

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A cabin crew member wearing a protective facemask serves passengers aboard a flight to the island of Santorini in Greece on June 13. A ban on flights from Italy, Spain and the Netherlands has been lifted, although one on flights from Britain remains in place. (Aris Messinis / AFP)

A cabin crew member wearing a protective facemask serves passengers aboard a flight to the island of Santorini in Greece on June 13. A ban on flights from Italy, Spain and the Netherlands has been lifted, although one on flights from Britain remains in place. (Aris Messinis / AFP)

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Passengers on a flight from Amsterdam wearing protective face masks arrive at the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport in Athens on June 15. Greece's two main airports in Athens and Thessaloniki have reopened to arrivals from 29 countries, at the start of the tourist season. (Angelos Tzortzinis / AFP)

Passengers on a flight from Amsterdam wearing protective face masks arrive at the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport in Athens on June 15. Greece's two main airports in Athens and Thessaloniki have reopened to arrivals from 29 countries, at the start of the tourist season. (Angelos Tzortzinis / AFP)

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A view of the sunset in the town of Oia on the island of Santorini as the country prepares for the return of tourists to Greece. From its postcard landscape splashed with sunshine, the island of Santorini, one of the most scenic places in Greece, awaits the return of tourists . (Aris Messinis / AFP)

A view of the sunset in the town of Oia on the island of Santorini as the country prepares for the return of tourists to Greece. From its postcard landscape splashed with sunshine, the island of Santorini, one of the most scenic places in Greece, awaits the return of tourists . (Aris Messinis / AFP)

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Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greece's Prime Minister, at a news conference on the island of Santorini on June 13. He said Greece is "ready to welcome tourists" in complete safety after the coronavirus lockdown, whose impact on tourism will be "significant". (Yorgos Karahalis / Bloomberg)

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greece's Prime Minister, at a news conference on the island of Santorini on June 13. He said Greece is "ready to welcome tourists" in complete safety after the coronavirus lockdown, whose impact on tourism will be "significant". (Yorgos Karahalis / Bloomberg)

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People enjoy the sea and the sun at a beach in Santorini on June 14. According to an AP report, the most recent official figures from June 14 show no daily coronavirus deaths in Greece for five days, with the total at 183 in this country of nearly 11 million people. Confirmed cases stand at 3,121. (Aris Messinis / AFP)

People enjoy the sea and the sun at a beach in Santorini on June 14. According to an AP report, the most recent official figures from June 14 show no daily coronavirus deaths in Greece for five days, with the total at 183 in this country of nearly 11 million people. Confirmed cases stand at 3,121. (Aris Messinis / AFP)

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A couple wearing face masks look at the 140 B.C. bronze statue of a young jockey riding a horse during the reopening of the Archaeological Museum in Athens on June 15. The easing of restrictions also unlocks access to the troves of priceless historical treasures in the country’s museums and galleries. (Thanassis Stavrakis / AP)

A couple wearing face masks look at the 140 B.C. bronze statue of a young jockey riding a horse during the reopening of the Archaeological Museum in Athens on June 15. The easing of restrictions also unlocks access to the troves of priceless historical treasures in the country’s museums and galleries. (Thanassis Stavrakis / AP)

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A visitor seen wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, looks at the 600 B.C. Naxian marble statue of a Kouros during the reopening of the Archaeological Museum in Athens. (Thanassis Stavrakis / AP)

A visitor seen wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, looks at the 600 B.C. Naxian marble statue of a Kouros during the reopening of the Archaeological Museum in Athens. (Thanassis Stavrakis / AP)

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