Greece has extended its ban on flights from UK airports until July 15, it has been reported.
While Greece has reopen its borders to more international visitors on Wednesday, July 1, flights carrying passengers from the united kingdom will be restricted, sources told the Athens news agency.
The policy was agreed at a meeting of government officials chaired by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
He reportedly said: “The whole opening procedure is dynamic and therefore the data will be continuously evaluated.”
Flights from Sweden are also included within the extended ban.
It comes as easyJet was set to offer flights from Manchester Airport to Athens from July 1.
And TUI, the UK’s biggest tour operator, was because of serve four Greek islands when it resumes its operations for UK customers on July 11.
Last month, Greek Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis told ITV News that the UK’s record on coronavirus isn’t ok for those living in the country to make their way over to Greece.
He said, “I think that the united kingdom features a big difference in terms of the present medical status of the country with Greece, so I don’t think it’s likely it’ll be there.”
Authorities selected 29 countries to be allowed into Greece on June 15, which included: Albania, Australia, Austria, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Estonia, Japan, Israel, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, and Finland.
It was hoped that UK travelers would then be allowed in from July 1 once they reviewed the list.
The latest UK ministry travel advice for Greece says the Greek authorities have introduced testing and quarantine requirements for new arrivals into the country – but these vary depending on where you’ve flown from.
Mandatory testing and self-isolation are in situ for people traveling from the United Kingdom, including the subsequent airports: Birmingham, Doncaster Sheffield, East Midlands, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Leeds, Bradford, Liverpool John Lennon, London City, Luton, Manchester Airport, Newcastle International, Stansted.
If the test is negative, you’ll need to isolate it for seven days. If positive, then you need to isolate for 14 days, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
If you arrive in Greece on a flight from an airport that’s not listed by the EASA, you’ll not be tested or required to self-isolate.
However, the Greek authorities have indicated their intention to carry out sample testing on some arrivals.