Ferry routes between Greece and Italy reestablished amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

   July 4, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

As Greece opened its borders to international tourists, several ferry routes between Greece and Italy were reestablished amidst the pandemic.

On July 1, a route linking Italy to Igoumenitsa Greece opened to passengers, with a cruiseferry from Brindisi (Apulia, southern Italy).

The crossing comes after 3+ months of suspended passenger shipping services because of safety protocols implemented in response to the pandemic. Both the National Public Health Organization and the local port authority are now implementing measures that will allow travelers to safely sail between both countries. A variety of checks will also be put in place when vacationers arrive in Greece from Italy.

4 ferries from the Italian Adriatic homeports Ancona, Brindisi and Bari also arrived in Igoumenitsa early Thursday, July 2. More than 1,000 passengers from Italy arrived in Patras Greece on 7 ferries later in the day.

2 ferries had previously docked at the port of Patras on Wednesday to transport trucks and drivers from Italy, the same day that Greece opened airports.