Near 21 million tourists visited Greece in 2021 thus far, with travel receipts estimated to reach 9 billion euros by the end of the year.
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The islands of Crete, Kos, Mykonos, Naxos and Rhodes were removed from the German high-risk Covid list on Sunday.
Strating today, travelers returning to Germany from these destinations will need to self-isolate.
As the number of new infections rise, and most of the Greek islands have been deemed "dark red," the rest of Greece is now also in red zone.
Despite hardships, tourist arrivals on the islands are nowhere near as low as last year.
The new restrictions at the popular tourist destinations will go into effect tomorrow morning, and continue for at least a week.
While officials remain cautiously hopeful for the remainder of the tourism season, restrictive measures imposed by US, Israel, and EU could reverse gains in arrivals made in July.
Thirteen islands, including Mykonos, Santorini and Rhodes, have been marked "dark red" on the ECDC's Covid-19 map.
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