Greece Welcomes American Tourists, US Tells Them Not to Go

ATHENS — Greece may be a “pillar of stability in the region,” as the United States often says, but the State Department told Americans it's not safe to go there yet  because of COVID-19 despite the country welcoming them.

The US State Department issued a Travel Advisory Level 4 for Greece because of the still lingering pandemic, said Kathimerini, despite an accelerating vaccination program driven by the New Democracy government after a slow start.

The same advisory has been given about nearly 100 countries but the European Union said Americans who have been vaccinated should be able to travel to Europe by summer, easing existing travel restrictions, said Reuters.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told The New York Times that the union’s 27 members would accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with vaccines that are approved” by the European Medicines Agency. The agency has approved the three vaccines used in the United States, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson (J & J) as well as the United Kingdom's AstraZeneca.

“The Americans, as far as I can see, use European Medicines Agency-approved vaccines,” von der Leyen said. “This will enable free movement and travel to the European Union,” but she didn't say when travel could begin again.

Adopting an idea from Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the EU agreed to begin using COVID-19 travel certificates for people who've been vaccinated, have recovered from the Coronavirus or tested negative.

The third wave of the pandemic has led the US authorities to upgrade their advisory on Greece from Level 3 to 4 and the other countries on advice of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A State Department spokesperson told Greece's state broadcaster ERT that Greece isn't being singled out but the advice against Americans going there comes as the doors are being opened to them, if they're COVID-19 free.

Americans were locked out of Greece when the pandemic was raging in 2020 and are a key market – especially Greek-Americans – as US tourists spend nearly 1 billion euros ($1.21 billion) annually in the country.

Despite the warning, major US air carriers, including Delta, United and American are offering non-stop service to Athens as those who fly with a stop in an EU country that doesn't allow Americans could find themselves thwarted during their trip.


ATHENS - Greek annual inflation rate slowed to 8.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


Mitsotakis: Today’s Bill Comes to Define a New Field in Which Everyone Should Move

ATHENS - At the end of August 2022, I announced a legislative initative for the upgrading and modernisation of the protection, the operation of the security agencies and the operation of the communications and after the change in National Intelligence Service's (EYP) leadership and the establishment of double check to the legal intrusions," stated Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis addressing the parliament on Thursday during the debate on Justice Minstry's bill on the lifting of the communications confidentiality, cybersecurity and protection of the citizens' personal data.

Asteras Tripolis New York literally fought to the very end, but fell short at Randall’s Island against Cosmopolitan’s League NY International with a 3-2 loss for the Flamhaft Cup round of 16.

Croatia knocked Brazil out of the World Cup on Friday, beating the five-time champions 4-2 in a penalty shootout to reach the semifinals for the second straight time.

ATHENS - Greek annual inflation rate slowed to 8.

The Tsigaris cousins behind the successful Nick the Greek quick-service Greek food chain that began in California and has 38 restaurants open and 60 more in the works is selling a majority stake to Yadav Enterprises, because of a Greek link.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.