Greece holidays: Nation opens ferries but Britons must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival

Greece holidays: Nation opens ferries but Britons must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival

Greece gave Britons some good news last week after it restarted its regular ferry services to its islands and reopened some restaurants and bars. The country is usually hugely reliant on the tourism sector but since the coronavirus pandemic began, Greece – like so many other countries – has remained off-limits.

Now, Greece has tried to save its summer tourism trade by reopening its ferries to the islands.

Travel to the islands has been prohibited since lockdown began in March but now fellow Greeks can travel to the stunning islands.

But unlike other countries across Europe, Greece has had a relatively low coronavirus case and death rate.

In fact, Greece has had a total of 2,882 cases and only 172 deaths to date.

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“You will be required to stay in Government-provided accommodation for the first 24 hours until test results are available.

“If your test is negative, you will be asked to provide details of your accommodation and will need to self-isolate there for the next 14 days.

“If your result is positive, you may be required to remain in Government-provided accommodation for a further 14 days.

“In both cases, self-isolation is mandatory, and the authorities will enforce it by prosecution and fines.

“British nationals are not affected by the European Union’s measures to close EU borders to non-EU country nationals.

“If you’re a British national, you can still enter Greece, but you must comply with the Greek authorities’ advice.”

Greece is currently predicting that it will reopen to tourists on June 15.

Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that June 15 would be the official start date of tourism.

Direct international flights to the nation will be allowed to resume gradually from July 1.

Mr Mitsotakis explained in a speech that safety precautions will be followed but that they will not overshadow the beauty of Greece.

He said: “Sample tests will be conducted on our visitors, and our general health protocols will be adhered to, without them… overshadowing our bright sun or the natural beauties of Greece.”

Reportedly, more than 34 million people visited Greece last year.

Published at Mon, 25 May 2020 20:49:00 +0000