When can I go on holiday to Greece? Latest travel advice04/15/2021
GREECE is one of the most popular holiday destinations for British tourists, and is to welcome UK travellers back this summer.
Here is everything you need to know about travelling to the country this year.
Can I currently travel to Greece?
No, as the UK lockdown bans all non-essential travel abroad which includes holidays.
You can only visit Greece for essential reasons which include work, education or health reasons.
All departures must have a travel declaration form and a negative coronavirus test to enter Greece, as well as a Passenger Locator Form.
To return from Greece, you will also need three Covid tests – one taken before arrival and then taken on day two and eight of the 10-day quarantine.
When can I travel to Greece?
The UK is yet to give an official date for when Brits can go on holiday abroad again.
The earliest date is May 17, with a traffic light system to be announced in the next few weeks.
"Green" countries will be destinations deemed low-risk, and will not require a quarantine when returning the UK, instead just needing two Covid tests.
"Amber" and "red" countries will enforce quarantine restrictions, at home or at a government-mandated hotel, respectively.
It is feared that Greece may be placed onto the "amber" list due to the soaring cases in the country, although easyJet's boss Johan Lundgren said he expects "almost all" of Europe to be on the list next month.
What are the travel restrictions for Greece?
Right now, Brits need a negative coronavirus test to be able to enter the country, as well as another on arrival and a mandatory quarantine between seven and 14 days depending on the result.
However, anyone who is fully vaccinated will not have to quarantine or have a test, from next week.
A senior tourism minister official told Reuters: "We will gradually lift the restrictions at the beginning of next week ahead of the opening on May 14."
Tourists will be able to fly to nine airports across Greece which includes Athens, Kos and Santorini.
While those without proof of a vaccine won't be banned from the country, they will still need the negative test and quarantine, although this may be lifted from May 14.
Are hotels and bars open in Greece?
The country is under lockdown right now with bars and restaurants remaining closed.
A curfew is in place from 9pm to 5am 5am in some parts of the country, along with a ban on non-essential travel.
Holiday bookings for Greece are already booming due to the latest announcement.
Brits should book holidays to the smaller islands in Greece as they are likely to be vaccinated before the other, more popular islands.
We've rounded up some of the best Greece holiday deals.
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