Greece backtracks, bans UK flights until 15 July

Jun 29, 2020

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Greece won’t open its borders to flights coming from the U.K. for longer than expected.

On Monday, the Greek government announced that it was extending its ban on flights from the U.K. until 15 July.

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Greece has also delayed its reopening for flights coming from Sweden until 15 July.

Greece has backtracked on its reopening policy for visitors from the U.K. several times since it began lifting its lockdown restrictions. While the country is set to open to tourism as of Wednesday, 1 July, travellers coming directly from the U.K. won’t be allowed in.

The latest iteration of restrictions doesn’t forbid holidaymakers, however. It just forbids travellers from entering the country on flights directly from the U.K. So one could presumably fly from the U.K. to a permitted country and then from that permitted country to Greece.

Greece is a popular destination for Britons in the summer holiday season. Several airlines, such as EasyJet, Ryanair and Wizz Air have already unveiled plans to fly between the U.K. and several airports in Greece.

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The U.K. government is set to unveil a revised set of travel restrictions on Monday, which is expected to allow Britons to travel to low-risk countries without having to quarantine for 14 days upon returning home. Additionally, the FCO is expected to lift its restrictions on travel to low-risk countries.

Amid reports that the U.K. government would announce its plans to lift travel restrictions to some countries as of 6 July, a number of airlines and tour operators said they received an influx of bookings over the weekend. Holiday carrier TUI said bookings were up 50% week-over-week, according to The Telegraph.

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