As the tourism and travel industries tentatively begin to open up again, many Brits are thinking about potential holiday destinations for the summer. We’re eager to get away, not only as the antidote to the lockdown but with the British summer weather being typically British, we all need a dose of vitamin D!
But can British holidaymakers get to Greece, and will we be welcome once we arrive? Hellenic hoteliers are keen to entice tourists back to the country and its gorgeous islands, and have been discounting accommodation and offering incentives, according to the Mirror, so it appears we will be welcome with (socially distanced) open arms.
Here’s everything you need to know.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued a warning against all non-essential international travel back in March, but this has now been lifted for 67 destinations as of 4 July. Greece was included on the list of permitted destinations, meaning Britons can travel there without invalidating their travel insurance.
Air links with the UK were also given the green light to resume on 15 July, with EasyJet, Ryanair, Wizz, Aegean, and British Airways now offering flights to Greece.
There are some stipulations for Brits entering the country. Travellers must complete an online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before departure. Once completed, you will receive an email acknowledgement and in a separate email, a QR code. You will need to show the QR code to Greek authorities on your arrival.
When you arrive in Greece, the authorities will scan the QR code and may direct you for health screening (including testing for coronavirus). It is unlikely, at the moment, that travellers will have to go through a quarantine process on arriving in Greece unless they have come from outside the EU.
After testing, you’ll need to self-isolate at the address given on your PLF form until you receive the results, which should be available within 24 hours. Be aware that even if you don’t have coronavirus, you may be asked to self-isolate if someone else from your flight tests positive.
Once you have your results, and you have been cleared to enjoy your holiday, restaurants, bars, shops, and open-air nightclubs are open, as are museums, historic buildings and areas, theme parks, gyms, saunas, and spas, albeit with safety measures in place.
Similar to the UK, a face mask must be worn on all flights, ferries, and in airports, as well as taxis, which are limited to a maximum of two adult passengers (not counting the driver and any children), and all public transport, and medical centres and lifts. It’s highly recommended to wear a mask in any enclosed spaces.
Greece is currently considered ‘low-risk’ by the Joint Biosecurity Centre, which means there will be no need to quarantine on your return to the UK, but it is strongly advised to keep up-to-date with the very latest guidance, as many things are subject to change.
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