Greece is aiming to reopen its borders by mid-May – a boost for British vacationers hoping to fly abroad this summer.
Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis said the country hopes to welcome foreign tourists from May 14, depending on the coronavirus pandemic.
However, visitors must be vaccinated, have recently had a negative Covid-19 test, or have coronavirus antibodies.
A “pilot” reopening of the borders is expected to take place early next month.
During a virtual appearance at the ITB Berlin travel fair, Theoharis said: “Thanks to the power of the human mind and the advancement of science, we are approaching the exit of this dark tunnel.
“Please let me emphasize that no picture can better depict the return to normal tourism than the Greek smile, the Greek landscape, the Greek hospitality.
“We are more than optimistic about 2021 in Greece.”
He said Greece is “ready to share the experience of being delivered from the unpleasant memories of the pandemic with visitors”.
People living in England could take foreign vacations from May 17, according to Boris Johnson’s roadmap to ease coronavirus restrictions.
The government’s Global Travel Taskforce will submit a report to the Prime Minister on April 12th setting out recommendations on how and when to resume leisure travel overseas.
British nationals make over three million visits to Greece each year, making it one of the most popular summer destinations for British vacationers.