Greek Shipping Ministry Extends Sailing Ban on Foreign Arrivals to May 18

ATHENS – The Ministry of Shipping & Islands Policy on Monday announced that the nationwide sailing ban on private yachts and tourist vessels arriving from abroad is extended to 06:00 on May 18.

Additionally, the ministry said that the travelling restriction of recreational boats, private yachts and tourism boats is also extended to May 18.

Deputy Minister for Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias on Monday evening added that the sailing ban exempts non-professional-use boats up to 7 meters long, provided these do not dock on any islands for any amount of time or overnight. All on board should keep a 2-meter distance from one another, Hardalias noted.


ATHENS - While scores of thousands of Greeks fled the country during a near decade-long eonomic and austerity crisis, seeking jobs and a better life in other countries, a relative handful are coming back, along with foreign investors drawn by low taxes.

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