Greece has banned direct flights from Britain until July 15. However, Greece will follow the EU guidelines to determine which countries are at high risk of spreading the coronavirus.
Greece will not allow flights from Sweden to enter for another two weeks, was made during a meeting between Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his officials.
Every year British tourists are the most to visit Greece and it gives a boost to the tourism sector of the country. The country’s economy is suffering from low tourism as there is a fall in bookings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Airports Reopened For International Flights
Greece reopened its main airports in Athens and Thessaloniki to more international flights on June 15 and will reopen all others on July 1.
But flights from those European countries will be entering in Greece, which has a low rate of coronavirus. However, the UK and Sweden will not be on that list.
“The whole process of opening up is dynamic, and there will be a continuous review of the situation,” said Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who chaired a meeting with health, civil protection, and tourism officials on Monday.
Tourists Allowed From Countries At Low Risk
Greece is one of the countries which is certainly at low risk. And the UK has said it will not apply the mandatory 14-day quarantine for such countries. However, the UK is introducing a three-tier grading system based on its COVID-19 rates.
Similarly, at the beginning of this month, Sweden announced that it will lift its ban from nonessential travel to Greece. It is also allowing travel to 9 other European countries from June 30.
Timely Actions By Greece
There have been about 3,376 cases in Greece. However, the country has kept the virus from spreading any further and is now open for tourism.
It has performed better than many other EU countries that is because it did early lockdown. Because of its vigilant response to the pandemic, it has been lifting travel restrictions gradually since May.
People traveling to Greece from July 1, it is necessary for them to fill in a passenger locator form. This form is available online and travelers can fill it at least 48 hours before entering the country.
On Monday, the first international travelers to visit Greece were a group of 180 German doctors, police officers, and supermarket workers. They came to the Greek island of Kos after they were given a free holiday to thank them for their work fighting coronavirus.
Last week, the UK made the decision of the air bridges. And it confirmed that British tourists coming from France or Spain this summer will not have to quarantine for two weeks when they return home.
However, Greece is also on the list of countries that can form “air bridges” with the UK from 6 July. Moreover, TUI, the nation’s biggest holiday company, due to resume routes to four Greek islands on 11 July.
But now UK tourists will have to wait until 15 July to visit Greece if they want to go. The Greek PM said that measures will be under “continuous review”.