Greece holidays: Greece announces first countries allowed to come on holiday

Greece holidays are beloved by many British travellers thanks to the country’s rich history, stunning islands, tasty cuisine and more. Many tourists have been left frustrated as the coronavirus pandemic brought travel to a standstill. Greece has had relatively few confirmed cases of coronavirus in comparison to other European destinations – it currently has 2,892.

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Now, finally, there is light at the end of the tunnel as counties begin to relax restrictions.

Greece is one such nation – and is keen to relaunch international travel, what is the latest travel advice?

International tourists are likely to be welcomed back as of July 1.

However, many Britons are wondering when they will be allowed back to Greek shores.

Greece has said that travellers from around two dozen countries will be allowed to come to Greece from July without having to be quarantined.

Government officials have said that tourists from 20-25 countries will be allowed in.

These countries include Germany, Cyprus, Israel and countries in central Europe and the Balkans.

The full list of the countries will be announced this week.

However, Britain is not set to be among the first countries permitted to return to Greece.

Greek tourism minister Haris Theoharis told ITV News the government would be giving the green-light to countries based on “epidemiological criteria”.

Unfortunately, Britain’s current standing against the coronavirus pandemic has not been met with satisfaction.

The UK is the country with the fourth-highest number of cases in the world.

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The UK has 266,602 confirmed cases of coronavirus at the time of writing.

Theoharis said: “I think that the UK has a big difference in terms of the current medical status of the country with Greece, so I don’t think it’s likely it will be there.”

He added that the UK will not be accepted until figures show that the number of cases in the country has “improved”.

Greece eased its travel restrictions this week.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) explained: “From 25 May, you may travel throughout Greece, including to the islands.”

Cruise ships remain banned from landing in Greek ports.

The FCO added: “Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice.

“Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.”

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