Should Greece be on your 2021 List? • We Blog The World

Should Greece be on your 2021 List? • We Blog The World

Should Greece be on your 2021 List? • Tour Travel Hotels

Let’s talk about planning a trip to Greece and what it might look like this year. The thought, alone, of its beautiful islands is enough to kiss the pale, locked skin of the sun, not to mention the number of plagues the world’s oldest democracy lived – and thrived – through.

The good news is that unlike many countries in the world, the Greek authorities have expressed a strong commitment to the idea of ​​’vaccine passports’, which means that you will likely be able to enter Greece from your place of residence before. the end of 2021, as long as you’ve had your jab.

The bad news? Greece will have to bypass the EU bureaucracy to implement this, which could take as long as it takes for the bloc to sort out its disastrous vaccination rollout.

Will Greece be open to Americans in 2021?

Before we discuss how (and if) you can visit Greece in 2021, I think it’s important to discuss – debunk – one of the biggest misconceptions of 2020: that Americans have been ‘banned’ from Europe. In fact, the EU has banned the entry of all third-country nationals, except those from a short (and, as 2020, shrinking) list of countries, most of which trips abroad were banned anyway. The “American ban” was largely a creation of the militant and hateful American media.

Visit Greece in 2021

Given that travel to Greece in 2021 will be largely based on proof of Covid-19 vaccination, travelers from the United States will largely be among the first to return to Greece once the country deploys its ” vaccine passports ”, announced for a long time. By March 2021, the United States had administered approximately 20 vaccines per 100 residents; it is likely that the country will have reached a critical mass of immunity before the summer truly begins.

Where to go when you visit Greece in 2021

Athens

Although Rome is known as the “Eternal City”, Athens impressively carries this banner as well. This is true whether you are walking to the ancient ruins of the Acropolis or looking for more modern wonders in the markets in the pedestrian zone of Plaka. Certainly, Athens is one of the most underrated capitals in Europe!

Thessaloniki and Mt. Olympus

Another city to consider visiting if you are going to Greece in 2021 is Thessaloniki. The largest urban area in northern Greece, Thessaloniki is worth a visit not only because of its unique culture and cuisine, but also because of the ease with which it is Mount. Olympus on a day trip from the city.

Meteors

Another wonderful place to visit on the Greek mainland this year (or next) is Meteors. Former monastery set in one of the most supernatural landscapes in Europe, Meteora is an amazing reminder of the beauty and diversity of our planet, and while traveling after Covid-19 will be even more important than ever.

Mykonos and Santorini

A trip to the islands will be an essential part of visiting Greece in 2021. For many travelers, especially those who have never been to the country before, this will include stops at one (or both) of the most famous islands in Greece: Mykonos and Santorini. 2021 will be a great year to come here, as it will likely be the last before mass tourism resumes.

Underrated Greek Islands

Greece has as many islands in its seas as the stars you can see above Mt. Olympus on a clear night. That being said, some of my favorite off the beaten track Greek islands include Naxos, Paros and Ios, all of which can be visited in combination with more common choices. Large Greek Islands such as Rhodes and Corfu, meanwhile, are arguably stand-alone destinations.

Will it be safe to visit Greece in 2021?

Although Greece saw a slight increase in infectious Covid-19 in early 2021 (even as contagion eased across much of the rest of Europe and the world), experts predict that the Global vaccinations will have ended the acute phase of the coronavirus pandemic before the trip. in Greece is possible again in the summer of this year. To put it another way, you probably won’t be able to travel to Greece until it is safe to do so, even if you want to take some risks in doing so.

You can add another layer of protection to your plans to visit Greece in 2021 by getting yourself a Covid-19 vaccine as soon as you have one. Even if you are young, healthy and at minimal risk of serious illness, hospitalization, or death if you contract the SARS-CoV-2 virus, receiving your vaccine helps break the chain of transmission, which is essential to ending the pandemic. and help everyone “get back to normal”.

Other FAQs on your 2021 trip to Greece

How much does a trip to Greece cost?

Greece is a relatively expensive country, where most travelers will spend around $ 150 per person per day for a mid-range experience. To put it another way, you can expect to spend around $ 1000 for a week of travel in Greece, not including what you end up spending on flights to and from your home country.

How many days are enough in Greece?

Most travelers will spend between 7-10 days in Greece, which is enough for a first trip with enough expectations of what you can see during this time. However, if you have the time or money to spend two weeks in Greece (or more), I would definitely recommend a trip of this length.

Is Santorini Safe?

Although Santorini is (mostly) safe from petty and violent crime, there are certain dangers for travelers to the island. Namely, the road condition on the island is questionable, especially if you are not used to driving in rural areas, riding a motorbike, or drinking alcohol before getting behind the wheel. Be smart and be careful while driving in Santorini!

The bottom line

It doesn’t matter when you visit Greece in 2021 (or even if it’s 2022), I hope you feel more clear about the uncertainties of your nascent trip now than when you arrived on this page. While Greece will likely be one of the first countries to open its doors to travelers from all over the world once the acute phase of the Covid pandemic ends in the spring or summer of 2021, the path will take you to Athens. (or Mykonos, so to speak) won’t be straight, or easy to walk at first.

Robert schrader

Robert Schrader is a travel writer and photographer who has traveled the world independently since 2005, writing for publications such as “CNNGo” and “Shanghaiist” along the way. His blog, Leave Your Daily Hell, offers a mix of travel tips, destination guides and personal essays covering the more esoteric aspects of life as a traveler.

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