Greece is opening up to British holidaymakers - these are the rules for travelling there

By Sarah Wilson
Tuesday, 7th July 2020, 11:53 am
Updated Tuesday, 7th July 2020, 11:53 am
Holidaymakers will be delighted to hear that Greece is opening up to Brits once again (Photo: Shutterstock)
Holidaymakers will be delighted to hear that Greece is opening up to Brits once again (Photo: Shutterstock)

After an initial ban on tourists from Britain, a Greek government spokesperson has confirmed that flights from the UK are set to resume.

It was previously expected that British holidaymakers would be able to enter the popular Mediterranean country from 1 July. However, owing to the large number of coronavirus cases in Britain, the ban on UK travellers entering Greece was extended at the start of July.

Now, Greek government spokesperson, Stelios Petsas, has confirmed that the country will be open to British tourists from July 15.

He said, "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."

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    This means that flights from Britain to Greece will be starting up from this date, with holiday accommodation also available to book.

    Greece has 1,900 active cases

    The news comes in the wake of the UK government releasing a list of 74 countries and territories that British tourists will be able to visit without having to enter quarantine on their return.

    In spite of the initial ban, Greece was included on this list, alongside other popular holiday destinations like Spain and France.

    Countries were chosen for the list based on their control of the virus. Greece currently has just 1,953 active cases of coronavirus compared to the UK's 241,196.

    What will it be like to go on holiday in Greece?

    There will be strict restrictions in place upon your arrival in Greece - with travel subject to entry restrictions.

    At least 48 hours before your arrival, you have to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) online. Once you've completed it, you'll receive a QR code - displayable on a printed piece of paper or on a mobile.

    When you arrive, you'll have to show this code to Greek authorities. They'll scan it and may direct you to receive a health screening, including a coronavirus test.
    You'll also be obliged to wear a face mask at all times on planes, ferries and in airports.

    If you test positive for coronavirus, you may be obliged to undergo a period of self-isolation.