Greece to restart direct flights with the UK from July 15
Posted on 07/07/2020
The Greek government has confirmed it will resume direct flights with the UK from July 15. Trying to save what's left of the summer, Greece had already opened its borders to some EU countries, but not to the UK and Sweden due to big numbers of coronavirus cases.
A careful reopening
Stelios Petsas, a spokesman for the government, commented: "In cooperation with the British government, and following advice of experts, the government announces the resumption of direct flights from the United Kingdom to all airports of the country from July 15."
And there have been good reasons for Greece not to lift the travel ban with certain countries yet. The country has managed to keep its infection rate very low, with only 1,953 active cases, while the UK has been one of the most affected European countries with more than 240,000 coronavirus cases.
Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said: "The whole opening procedure is dynamic and the data will be continuously evaluated."
This comes as the Foreign Office has also allowed for non-essential travel for 67 destinations, changing its previous travel advice.
But although Greece is on this list, the Foreign Office has warned you might be asked to undergo testing and self-isolation if you test positive after you land in Greece.
EasyJet is also resuming package holidays to European destinations such as Spain, Greece and Turkey from August 1, meaning people will be able to get cheaper tickets.