GREECE is expected to welcome the British back to the country from July 1 as it resumes its long-awaited holiday season.
Seasonal hotels are expected to open in the country from June 15, while international flights will fly directly to tourist hotspots from July.
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Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis has revealed that a list of countries soon to be able to travel to Greece will be announced before the end of May.
The countries chosen will be based on epidemiological criteria defined by experts dealing with the coronavirus pandemic in Greece.
But it is unlikely that the British were among the first to enter.
Theoheris said the Balkan and Baltic countries, Germany and regional countries such as Israel and Cyprus should be among the first wave of those allowed to enter.
Visitors from these countries will only be able to depart from Athens International Airport before international flights to the rest of the country resume on July 1.
Certain other countries could be excluded, depending on their coronavirus situation.
These countries will be closely monitored with a view to restoring direct flights when the situation allows.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, speaking in a televised address to the nation, said that visitors would be tested for coronavirus.
However, arriving holidaymakers will not be subject to mandatory quarantine or coverage tests for all arrivals.
It comes after Greece and Portugal offered British tourists ‘air bridges’ to escape the 14-day quarantine.
This would imply that the UK would stop its two-week quarantine for Greek tourists – and Greece would return the favor.
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People living in Greece have already started enjoying their summer at home, with the reopening of public beaches and main tourist attractions this weekend.
The country imposed its lockdown early in the coronavirus epidemic, which means that the number of deaths and seriously ill people has been kept low there.
Health authorities announced on Wednesday a new death and 10 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths to 166 and the total number of confirmed cases to 2,850 in the country of nearly 11 million.