Greece will exit quarantine rules for UK visitors starting next week before borders fully reopen on May 14.
Government officials have suggested that quarantine restrictions on arrivals from the UK, EU and US be banned within days – but vacationers will have to wait a little longer before they can fly from Birmingham Airport.
Passengers will not be quarantined as long as they can show they have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine or show a negative PCR test performed 72 hours prior to their arrival lock restrictions.
Many airlines and tour operators fly from the Birmingham hub to various destinations in Greece, including Tui, easyJet, Ryanair and Jet2. The earliest foreign public holidays for people of England could be allowed under Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s roadmap to ease restrictions on May 17th.
Nine designated airports are used for arrivals, including Athens, Kos, Thessaloniki, Heraklion and Chania (Crete), Rhodes, Kos, Mykonos, Corfu and Santorini. Two land borders will also be in operation.
“We will gradually lift the restrictions early next week before it opens on May 14,” a senior tourism ministry official told Reuters.
Greece is hoping to be included on the UK government’s “safe” green list of travel destinations when it is released in May.
An ambitious vaccination program, code-named “Freedom”, has been launched to ensure the islands are free of Coviden, protect vulnerable residents from outside visitors and restore the trust of foreigners.
The government has vowed that at least 69 islets will be vaccinated by the end of April.