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A tourist couple sit on a bench in the seaside village of Kokkari , on the eastern Aegean island of Samos, Greece, Tuesday, June 8, 2021.About a month after Greece officially opened to international visitors, the uncertainty of travel during a pandemic is still taking its toll on the country’s vital tourist industry. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

KOKKARI, Greece (AP) — The picturesque seaside village of Kokkari on the Greek island of Samos is unusually quiet for this time of year. Sunbeds on its long pebble beach lie mostly empty; customers in the shops are few and far between.

About a month after Greece officially opened to international visitors, the uncertainty of travel during a pandemic is still taking its toll on the country’s vital tourist industry.

Greece’s travel receipts fell more than 75% last year compared with 2019, dropping from 18.2 billion…

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