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 travellers 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.