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Greece opens to American tourists; France likely next

With newly vaccinated, typically jet-setting South Floridians anxiously waiting to see when the world—especially Europe—would reopen for travel, it’s welcome news that Greece has removed its COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Consider this a “pre-opening,” as the official reopening date is May 14, but travelers from the European Union, the United States, Britain, Serbia, Israel and the United Arab Emirates will no longer have to undergo the country’s 7-day quarantine. The country, like most European nations, has been closed to Americans since March 2020.

Under the new guidelines, Americans traveling to Greece will have to provide full proof of vaccination or present a PCR test within 72 hours of arrival. While tourists can check into hotels and enjoy the beaches, they must adhere to lockdown rules like any local: that means carting your takeout moussaka and ouzo back to your guest room.

An Orbitz search for roundtrip flights between Miami and Athens, with stops at JFK and Amsterdam, showed airfares starting below $600, which is notably low.

Next up: France, which is expected to lift its restrictions for U.S. travelers in May. “We are working hard to propose a very concrete solution, especially for U.S. citizens who are vaccinated—so with a special pass, I would say,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in a TV interview last Sunday.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.