Greece to reopen borders with Albania on July 1, but Albanians can’t cross them

Greece will reopen several of its northern land border crossings with Albania from July 1, but nationals holding only the Albanian passport cannot cross.

Seven of Greece’s 14 border crossings in the north will be open on Wednesday— Evzones, Kakavia, Krystallopigi, Promachonas, Nymfea, Kastanies and Kipi— as part of the country’s further reopening to tourists from abroad, government spokesman Stelios Petsas said at a press briefing on Monday.

Also yachts and other vessels from abroad on Wednesday will be allowed to dock at Greek ports.

Petsas said on July 1 Greece will be taking “the final step” in returning to the “new normality” as all airports are scheduled o open to international flights.

Authorities are keen to reopen the lucrative highways which bring thousands of Balkan tourists mostly to northern parts of the country, writes Kathimerini.

But the new announcement from Athens changes nothing for the Albanian nationals who choose Greece for their summer holidays.

An announcement from the Greek embassy in Tirana clearly says that: “Persons from Albania are not allowed to enter Greece by sea, road or railway.” Those who can enter are those Albanians are: “Greek citizens, holders of a Special Homogeneous Identity Card, holders of residence permits, as well as persons who have their primary residence or who usually reside in Greece.”

So the news is: Greek borders are closed for Albanian passport holders and they will not be opened on July 1.

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