One in two Greeks does not want to open the borders to all tourists and prefer visitors from countries with low rates of confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to a nationwide survey conducted by the Marketing Laboratory MARLAB of the University of Macedonia.
The findings of the survey, which took place between 23/04 and 28/04, 0n a sample of 1,073 people, showed the respondents desired strict checks at airports and borders and those entering the country to have special Covid-19 free certificates.
More specifically, Greeks polled appeared cautious about opening the borders to all tourists (disagrees 49.4%) while preferring:
a) to accept tourists from countries with low rates of confirmed cases of COVID-19 (31.9%),
b) authorities to carry out strict inspections at the country’s airports and land and sea borders (93.7%),
and c) to only permit tourists into the country who were carrying a special certificate for COVID-19 (74.2% ).
With regards to the domestic management of tourism-related issues, the overwhelming majority of Greeks (96.6%) believe that hotels should now follow strict hygiene rules, while 74.8% believe that the use of a mask should be mandatory on all public transport (aircraft, ships, trains and buses).
Only 14.5% of respondents agree to some extent that Greece should open its borders to all foreign tourists in the summer.