Greece Bans Serbian Visitors

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Greece has decided not to allow Serbian tourists visit Greece from July 6 until July 15.

The decision came by the government on Sunday, in order to contain the spread of coronavirus. As it is the peak tourism season in Greece and it has reopened its borders for many European Countries.

Situation In Serbia

However, Serbia declared a state of emergency in Belgrade on Friday. It is implementing some restrictions again to avoid the spread of COVID-19 after a surge in the number of cases of infections in the capital.

Montenegro recorded a record daily rise in infections on Sunday, while Kosovo has brought back a nightly curfew in the capital Pristina as cases arise.

Authorities have declared a state of emergency in several major cities and towns in Serbia, including Belgrade, Kragujevac, and Novi Pazar.

However, Serbia is enforcing restrictions on gatherings. Moreover, it is reducing opening hours for cafes and restaurants and banning all sporting events. However, wearing masks are mandatory on public transport and in indoor public spaces.

Whereas, Athens said it will only operate with Serbia for essential travel. However, all other traveling is suspended from Monday. The restriction includes all entry points.

Serbia is on a list of 15 countries whose citizens can enter the European Union. The country partially reopened its external borders on July 1. Individual member states are not, however, bound by the list and make their own decisions on border controls.

However, England has also included Serbia on the list of countries whose citizens do not need to quarantine on arrival.

Greece Depends on Tourism Heavily

Greece relies mainly on its tourism sector. The country was able to emerge from a decade-long debt crisis in 2018 with the help of its tourism sector. As the country relies heavily on tourism to drive its economic recovery.

However, Greece reopened its borders for other countries and lifted most of its travel restrictions on July 1. But the country will be constantly keeping an observation for the COVID-19 outbreak and reviewing the rules frequently.

“The government, in coordination with relevant authorities, constantly analyses and evaluates data, in order to open up to foreign visitors without compromising public health,” a government spokeswoman said in a statement on Sunday.

Prompt Actions By Greece

This Mediterranean nation has had about 3,500 cases up till now. However, the country has kept the virus from spreading any further and is now open for tourism.

It has performed better than many other EU countries that is because it did early lockdown. Because of its vigilant response to the pandemic, it has been lifting travel restrictions gradually since May.

People traveling to Greece from July 1, it is necessary for them to fill in a passenger locator form. This form is available online and travelers can fill it at least 48 hours before entering the country.

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