Y-e-a-h! A chronic Covid-19 holiday disincentive has been removed for Brits
Photo: Secluded holidaymaker location – Milatos Port, close by to Sissi, Lassithi Photo: Gerald_in_Crete, BritsinCrete
Families and Friends from home will be able to visit, after all. The question is: When is it going to happen? UK media reported yesterday (June 27th, 2020) that Britain will scrap the requirement for returning Brit residents from their holidays to self-isolate for 14 days following trips. Three E.U. countries meet the requirements – Greece, France and Spain.
There is a twist though, Greek Tourism Minister, Harry Theoharis is reported to have told Reuters news agency that through the point-to-point system of cleared direct flights from high threat Covid-19 countries, (the ‘air bridge’ concept), that Greece hopes to include UK for holidaymaker visits, BUT from mid-July.
“I think that the most realistic prospect is around the middle of July to remove barriers from both sides,” minister Theoharis told Reuters.
The Minister also noted that Greece awaited European Union guidelines on the issue.
That was important as the EU policy is planning to bar visitors from 9 key countries to enter the EU until at least July 15, 2020. The countries on that list is not only including the UK but also United States, North Macedonia, Sweden, Russia, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
A Brussels decision is keenly awaited by the Greek Government which has hinted it may make a unilateral decision on which vacationers can visit.
Brussels Big Announcement Expected on Lifting Travel restrictions
Therefore Monday June 28th is a big day of expected announcements. It is only natural that Brit holidaymakers want to know the possibilities to confirm their travel plans. They want certainty. No more so than the Brits, more than 3 million of whom would visit Greece in a year. Most of these would be in the summer school holiday break.