Greece has invited Australia to join a global travel bubble of trusted countries from which it will accept visitors as of June 15 as part of the country's 'Restart Tourism' plan.
Participation in the 'Aegean air corridor' would require approval by the Australian government, as well as state governments with border restrictions, and the lifting of the current mandatory 14-day quarantine imposed on all inbound travellers.
Visitors arriving into Greece will still need to undergo a 'sampling' coronavirus test.
"We are opening up, but at the same time we are closely monitoring the situation. Strict health protocols will protect both staff and tourists," said Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis. "Our aim is to be able to welcome every tourist who has overcome their fear and has the ability to travel to our country."
The 29 countries from which Greece will accept visitors as of June 15 are: Albania, Australia, Austria, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Estonia, Japan, Israel, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lebanon, New Zealand, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Norway, South Korea, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Finland.
The list will be expanded on July 1 to include other countries, the ministry said.
Safety measures in Greece, which moved early on a nation-wide lockdown to help contain the coronavirus outbreak, include capacity limits at hotels and resorts, and each hotel having a designated doctor on call.
The country so far reported a total of just 175 deaths and 2,900 confirmed cases, with no cases detected on the vast majority of the Greek islands which are popular vacation spots.
Australia is now considering a staged reopening of international travel, beginning with a trans-Tasman bubble to New Zealand and other Pacific Island nations in the third quarter of this year.
Until then, all Australians are prohibited from flying overseas unless they qualify for an exemption on the grounds of essential travel or can otherwise demonstrate 'a compelling reason for needing to leave Australian territory.'