GREECE may drop some of their strict coronavirus measures such as quarantines if Brits fly from certain airports in the UK.
It follows the announcement from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) of the highest risk airports across Europe, which included nearly all of the UK’s.
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The airports not included on the list include Belfast, Bristol, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, London Southend, Southampton and Cardiff, which are all deemed to be ‘safe’.
Those travelling from the low-risk airports may be able to avoid it and would only be subject to random testing.
Tourism minister Harry Theoharis told The Telegraph: “There are already UK airports from which, after June 15, visitors may come to Greece without going through quarantine.”
Brits flying from “high risk” airports, which include London Heathrow and London Gatwick, would face the strict quarantine rules in Greece.
There are currently no direct flights from the ‘safe’ airports and Greece – however the EASA regulations are to be regularly updated.
There are, however, indirect flights – Edinburgh to Athens with Wizz Air, stopping at Budapest or Zurich, two other safe airports.
More flights are also expected to operate from July onwards as easyJet, Ryanair and British Airways begin a limited schedule of flights to Europe.
Greece is opening the country to tourists from June 15, which includes UK holidaymakers.
Yet Mr Theoharis added yesterday that the current restrictions on travellers from most UK airports means it would be difficult for the majority of holidaymakers from Britain wanting to take a trip to the European country.
Travellers will be forced to stay in a designated hotel for a few days while awaiting the result.
There are already UK airports from which, after June 15, visitors may come to Greece without going through quarantine
Harry Theoharis, Greek tourism minister
Negative tests will result in a seven day self-isolation, while a positive test results in a 14-day quarantine which is supervised.
Mr Theoharis told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “For the rest of the airports, testing is mandatory and for a certain amount of days you wait for the test results.”
The UK is also enforcing a 14-day quarantine from June 8 on anyone entering the country, for at least three weeks.
The UK government also still advises against all non-essential travel – which isn’t expected to be lifted any time soon.
Greece hotels and luxury resorts are slashing their prices ahead of Brits returning this year to encourage holidaymakers to visit.
Some are selling holidays for half the usual cost this time of year.