Greece will allow flights from the UK from July 15, the Greek government has confirmed.
The move is an attempt to salvage the remainder of the summer season in the holiday destination favoured by British travellers.
The Aegean country opened its borders to certain EU countries on June 15 and others, except for the UK and Sweden, on July 1. Sweden and Britain were exempt from initial openings due to large coronavirus numbers.
Greek government spokesman Stelios Petsas said in a briefing: “In cooperation with the British government, and following advice of experts, the government announces the resumption of direct flights from the United Kingdom to all airports of the country from July 15.”
Greece was announced on Friday as one of the destinations where returning passengers would be exempt from quarantine when back in the UK.
However, the Foreign Office says Brits landing in Greece may be asked to undergo testing for coronavirus upon landing in Greece. After testing, you will need to self-isolate at your given address until Greek authorities contact you with your test results and give you further instructions.
If your test results are negative, you will no longer need to self-isolate but if they are positive, you will likely be asked to quarantine in government-provided accommodation for 14 days.
If other passengers on your flight test positive, you may also be subject to further quarantine requirements.
Today easyJet announced it would resume its package holidays to European hotspots like Spain, Greece and Turkey from August 1 – which could be the ideal way to get your cheap Greek fix this summer.
Source: Evening Standard