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Greece: 13 dead, others missing in new migrant boat accident in Aegean Sea

The sinkings came as smugglers increasingly favor a perilous route from Turkey to Italy, which avoids Greece’s heavily patrolled eastern Aegean islands that for years were at the forefront of the country’s migration crisis.
Smugglers based in Turkey increasingly have packed yachts with migrants and refugees and sent them toward Italy.(AP | Representational image)
Smugglers based in Turkey increasingly have packed yachts with migrants and refugees and sent them toward Italy.(AP | Representational image)
Published on Dec 25, 2021 05:38 AM IST
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Parthenon Marbles: A 200-year-old restitution dispute

  • Originally part of the Athens temple, the marble sculptures on display in the British Museum are at the centre of a long-standing debate between Greece and the United Kingdom.
Parthenon Marbles: A 200-year-old restitution dispute(David Cliff/NurPhoto/picture alliance)
Parthenon Marbles: A 200-year-old restitution dispute(David Cliff/NurPhoto/picture alliance)
Published on Dec 20, 2021 12:36 PM IST
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Greece lifts travel restrictions for Indian travellers: GVCW announces

  • According to the latest regulations, limited categories of visitors are now allowed to enter Greece, including citizens of the EU & Schengen Area countries as well as residents of a limited number of third countries, including residents of India.
The Global Visa Center World (GVCW) has announced that Indian citizens and residents of India can now enter Greece following the Covid-19 testing protocol as a precautionary measure against the pandemic.(Unsplash)
The Global Visa Center World (GVCW) has announced that Indian citizens and residents of India can now enter Greece following the Covid-19 testing protocol as a precautionary measure against the pandemic.(Unsplash)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 05:04 PM IST
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International air traffic to Greece keep rising in October: Data

  • Overall traffic at Greek airports was up 69% for the ten months to October at around 32 million passengers but it was still down 45.7% versus the same period in 2019 before the pandemic struck, the data showed.
International air traffic to Greece rose further in October, at the end of the peak summer tourism season, civil aviation authority data showed on Monday.(Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)
International air traffic to Greece rose further in October, at the end of the peak summer tourism season, civil aviation authority data showed on Monday.(Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)
Published on Nov 22, 2021 10:13 PM IST
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Greece is the latest European country to restrict the unvaccinated

Greece joins Germany, Austria and other European countries in attempting to pressure more people into getting their inoculations.
About 65% of Greeks have had at least one vaccine dose, and 62% are fully immunized.(AFP / Representational)
About 65% of Greeks have had at least one vaccine dose, and 62% are fully immunized.(AFP / Representational)
Updated on Nov 19, 2021 06:20 AM IST
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Greece meets tourism target, prepares for next year

  • On larger islands popular with tour operators, like Crete and Rhodes, September and October were busier than expected. Those in the industry wonder what 2022 will bring.
Greece meets tourism target, prepares for next year(Sarah hucal/DW)
Greece meets tourism target, prepares for next year(Sarah hucal/DW)
Updated on Nov 10, 2021 06:55 PM IST
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Covid-19 travel update: Thailand reopens, UK to have lockdown-free Christmas

From Ireland and Russia reporting record coronavirus cases to Thailand ending quarantine for vaccinated visitors from more than 60 countries, Australia reopening for New Zealand tourists and UK gearing up for a lockdown-free Christmas, catch all the latest travel updates amid Covid-19 pandemic, here
Covid-19 travel update: Thailand reopens, UK to have lockdown-free Christmas(Photo by Rey Melvin Caraan/Lucas Davies on Unsplash)
Covid-19 travel update: Thailand reopens, UK to have lockdown-free Christmas(Photo by Rey Melvin Caraan/Lucas Davies on Unsplash)
Updated on Oct 31, 2021 12:47 PM IST
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Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

Fearing renewed refugee influx, Greece erects wall along Turkey border

Greece has also installed a new surveillance system along its border with Turkey, the Reuters news agency reported, adding that the country is taking all measures to alert its border forces, making sure it does not become Europe's gateway again.
Greece has also installed a new surveillance system along its border with Turkey. (Photo via CNN)
Greece has also installed a new surveillance system along its border with Turkey. (Photo via CNN)
Published on Aug 22, 2021 01:00 PM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

In pics: Mass evacuation as Greece wildfires rage

People embark a ferry during an evacuation from Kochyli beach as wildfire approaches near Limni village on the island of Evia, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) north of Athens, Greece on August 6. 2021.(AP) 8
People embark a ferry during an evacuation from Kochyli beach as wildfire approaches near Limni village on the island of Evia, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) north of Athens, Greece on August 6. 2021.(AP)
Published on Aug 07, 2021 05:47 PM IST
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What are the Covid entry rules for travellers to European countries?

  • As Europe begins to open up, DW offers a brief recap of what travel restrictions apply within the EU.
Restaurants are beginning to open to customers again(edpics/Zoonar/picture alliance)
Restaurants are beginning to open to customers again(edpics/Zoonar/picture alliance)
Updated on Aug 06, 2021 10:33 AM IST
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In pics: Greece battles wildfires for third day, dozens evacuated

Greek authorities ordered more evacuations on an island near Athens and battled a blaze near the site of the ancient Olympic Games in the western Peloponnese as wildfires burned for the third day.(AP) 9
Greek authorities ordered more evacuations on an island near Athens and battled a blaze near the site of the ancient Olympic Games in the western Peloponnese as wildfires burned for the third day.(AP)
Published on Aug 05, 2021 04:25 PM IST
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Greece battles wildfires for third day, more than dozen villages evacuated

Temperatures of more than 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and strong winds have fanned more than 150 wildfires in different areas of Greece in recent days.
After an all-night battle with the flames, firefighters appeared to have saved the ancient Olympics site. (Representational Image)
After an all-night battle with the flames, firefighters appeared to have saved the ancient Olympics site. (Representational Image)
Published on Aug 05, 2021 01:15 PM IST
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Covid-19: Greece's south Aegean islands marked 'dark red', travel discouraged

EU health body discourages travel to and from Greece's south Aegean islands after a spike in Covid-19 infections
Covid-19: Greece's south Aegean islands marked 'dark red', travel discouraged(Photo by Woody Van der Straeten on Unsplash)
Covid-19: Greece's south Aegean islands marked 'dark red', travel discouraged(Photo by Woody Van der Straeten on Unsplash)
Updated on Jul 29, 2021 08:15 PM IST
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Greece, Germany, 5 other EU countries kick off vaccination travel certificates

The new certificate will be available to people who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, have a recent negative test result or have recovered from a coronavirus infection.
The other countries are Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Croatia, and Poland, according to the European Commission.(Reuters)
The other countries are Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Croatia, and Poland, according to the European Commission.(Reuters)
Published on Jun 01, 2021 10:43 PM IST
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Surf through these policies, Covid-19 test, fees for summer travel in Europe, US

The EU has a plan for a unified reopening, but member states, especially from tourist-dependent countries, have moved ahead more quickly. And for each international trip, there are rules for entry into the destination country and separate rules for leaving and getting back home amid Covid-19
Travellers to surf through policies, tests, fees for summer travel in Europe, US(AP)
Travellers to surf through policies, tests, fees for summer travel in Europe, US(AP)
Updated on May 23, 2021 02:51 PM IST
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Here's where you can fly right now as US-UK vaccine drives give airlines a boost

Countries that have quickly rolled out Covid-19 vaccine shots are making rapid progress toward the return of flying— including in Europe and the US where several nations have started to relax coronavirus restrictions and air traffic has begun to close the gap
Here's where you can fly right now as US-UK vaccine drives give airlines a boost(Unsplash)
Here's where you can fly right now as US-UK vaccine drives give airlines a boost(Unsplash)
Updated on May 19, 2021 01:43 PM IST
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Royal Caribbean cancels new cruise line from Israel to Greece and Cyprus

The sailings out of Haifa port would have been the first for Royal Caribbean's new ship 'Odyssey of the Seas' and were intended to exploit a travel corridor being set up among Israel, Greece and Cyprus travellers vaccinated against Covid-19 but is now cancelled due to the unrest
Royal Caribbean cancels new cruise line from Israel to Greece and Cyprus(Twitter/CruiseIndustry)
Royal Caribbean cancels new cruise line from Israel to Greece and Cyprus(Twitter/CruiseIndustry)
Updated on May 16, 2021 12:27 PM IST
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Greece formally welcomes back international tourists after months of lockdown

On Saturday, Greece kicked off the summer season by formally opening its doors again to visitors in an attempt to resurrect its tourism industry. Foreign tourists will be allowed in Greece only if they have been vaccinated or can show negative Covid-19 test results.
Greece formally opens to tourists(Pexels)
Greece formally opens to tourists(Pexels)
Published on May 16, 2021 07:57 AM IST
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Greece may join Britain's 'green list' of quarantine-free holiday destinations

Greece was kept off an initial list of just 12 countries and territories that Britain said travellers could visit from May 17 without having to quarantine on their return home. Greek tourism minister hopeful of at least their islands joining Britain's 'green list' in the next review
Greece may join Britain's 'green list' of quarantine-free holiday destinations(Unsplash)
Greece may join Britain's 'green list' of quarantine-free holiday destinations(Unsplash)
Updated on May 13, 2021 12:43 PM IST
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Greece to reopen museums, theatres, domestic travel from May 14

In an effort to resume its tourism sector which is a major revenue source, Greece will restart domestic travel between regions at the end of this week and museums will also reopen while open-air movie theatres reopen from next week.
Greece to reopen museums, theatres, domestic travel from May 14(Aris Messinis / AFP)
Greece to reopen museums, theatres, domestic travel from May 14(Aris Messinis / AFP)
Updated on May 11, 2021 12:55 PM IST
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Greece reopens beaches after Covid-19 lockdown amid hope to lure back tourists

Greece opens beaches after Covid-19 lockdown to receive summer tourists from abroad, in the hope that it will play a big role in the country's finances since tourism accounts for about a fifth of Greece's economy and jobs
Greece reopens beaches after Covid-19 lockdown amid hope to lure back tourists(Photo by Woody Van der Straeten on Unsplash)
Greece reopens beaches after Covid-19 lockdown amid hope to lure back tourists(Photo by Woody Van der Straeten on Unsplash)
Updated on May 09, 2021 03:13 PM IST
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Greece: Cafes, restaurants reopen for outdoor service in nearly 6 months

Cafes, restaurants and bars, which had been shut to all but takeout and delivery services when lockdown-type measures were imposed in early November, reopened for outdoor seated service only.
People sit at a restaurant's terrace on Monastiraki square in Athens on May 3, 2021, as restaurants and cafes in Greece open after six months of lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.(AFP)
People sit at a restaurant's terrace on Monastiraki square in Athens on May 3, 2021, as restaurants and cafes in Greece open after six months of lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.(AFP)
Published on May 03, 2021 04:42 PM IST
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AP | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal, Athens

Greek Church to allow limited worshippers at Orthodox Easter services next week

  • Unlike last year when Orthodox Easter celebrations were cancelled owing to Covid-19 restrictions, Greece will allow limited worshippers to Holy Week services, join in candle-lit mourning processions and Resurrection celebrations at the powerful Greek Church
Greek Church to allow limited worshippers at Orthodox Easter services next week(Twitter/Feisty_FL)
Greek Church to allow limited worshippers at Orthodox Easter services next week(Twitter/Feisty_FL)
Updated on Apr 21, 2021 10:18 AM IST
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United Air to begin flights to European summer spots - Greece, Iceland, Croatia

United Airlines Holdings Inc selected three European summer destinations - Greece, Iceland and Croatia because they allow US travellers who comply with local Covid-19 pandemic restrictions to enter. The carrier has never flown those routes before.
United Air to begin flights to European summer spots - Greece, Iceland, Croatia(Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash)
United Air to begin flights to European summer spots - Greece, Iceland, Croatia(Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash)
Updated on Apr 19, 2021 08:03 PM IST
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Greece lifts 7 days Covid-19 quarantine for US, EU, Israel to reopen tourism

  • Air travellers from USA, EU and Israel will no longer be subject to a seven-day quarantine requirement in Greece if they hold a Covid-19 vaccination certificate or negative PCR test issued within the previous 72 hours, the Greek Civil Aviation Authority said.
Greece lifts 7-day quarantine requirement for US, EU, Israel to reopen tourism(Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash)
Greece lifts 7-day quarantine requirement for US, EU, Israel to reopen tourism(Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash)
Updated on Apr 19, 2021 07:42 PM IST
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Greece to lift Covid-19 quarantine status for tourists from these countries

In an effort of gradual re-opening of tourism sector that accounts for about a fifth of the Greek economy and more than a quarter of jobs, Greece plans to lift the compulsory Covid-19 quarantine for tourists from these nations
Greece to lift Covid-19 quarantine status for tourists from these countries(Photo by Hello Lightbulb on Unsplash)
Greece to lift Covid-19 quarantine status for tourists from these countries(Photo by Hello Lightbulb on Unsplash)
Updated on Apr 15, 2021 04:16 PM IST
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Grecian Air to soon start seaplane service connecting islands to mainland

Greece will soon start the seaplane service in order to connect all the islands to mainland. This will increase the ease of access to many holiday resorts and poorly connected islands and might even result in a potential boost to its tourism industry.
Grecian Air to launch seaplane service connecting islands (representative image)(Unsplash)
Grecian Air to launch seaplane service connecting islands (representative image)(Unsplash)
Published on Apr 13, 2021 07:51 AM IST
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Reuters | , Athens

Greece eyes mandatory use of Covid-19 test kits to reopen economy, tourism

Covid-19 self-test kits are being made available on a weekly basis at no charge to all residents registered with the public health service in Greece as it is keen to start reopening the economy and its crucial tourism industry
Greece eyes mandatory use of Covid-19 test kits to reopen economy, tourism(Photo by Alex Blăjan on Unsplash)
Greece eyes mandatory use of Covid-19 test kits to reopen economy, tourism(Photo by Alex Blăjan on Unsplash)
Updated on Apr 12, 2021 03:55 PM IST
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Greece further extends restrictions on all flights as Covid cases rise

On Sunday, the Greek authorities announced that the Covid-19 restrictions were extended for all international passengers till April 19 and the same for domestic passengers will go on till April 12 due to the rise in cases.
Greece extends restrictions on international flights(Pexels)
Greece extends restrictions on international flights(Pexels)
Published on Apr 05, 2021 07:29 AM IST
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Vaccinated Israeli tourists won't have to do week-long quarantine in Greece

On Thursday, Greece lifted the one-week quarantine rule for those Israeli travellers who have received the Covid-19 vaccine. However, they will still have to submit a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to travel.
Greece lifts week-long quarantine for vaccinated Israeli tourists(Unsplash)
Greece lifts week-long quarantine for vaccinated Israeli tourists(Unsplash)
Published on Mar 26, 2021 07:44 AM IST
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Reuters | , Athens
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