Can I travel to Greece this summer?

Freedom Day is fast approaching in England, where face masks will become a personal choice and most social distancing restrictions will end.

Naturally, for many who haven’t been able to go abroad since the pandemic first began last March, hopping on a flight is high on people’s priorities.

It’s no surprise that people are wondering if they can go to Greece, too, as data from Finder revealed that 3.44 million Brits went there in 2019.

Are people able to go to Greece, which is currently on the amber list, this summer? What did Grant Shapps’ announcement change?

Can you travel to Greece from the UK?

Since June 21, international visitors who provided a negative Covid-19 test (taken within 48 hours of their scheduled flight), have been able to enter Greece without a mandatory quarantine period.

Now, travellers who can show proof of two Covid-19 vaccinations at least 14 days before travel will be able to enter Greece without quarantining.

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Those arriving by plane must take an additional lateral flow test upon arrival.

Anyone travelling to Greece must also fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) no later than 11.59pm (local Greece time) on the day before arriving.

If your lateral flow test is positive upon arrival in Greece, you will need to quarantine in a hotel for at least 10 days – the cost of this will be covered by the Greek state.

What are the rules for amber list countries after July 19?

Under the new rules from July 19, anyone who has had their second jab from the NHS at least 14 days before their trip, or is under the age of 18, will no longer have to isolate when they arrive back to the UK from an amber list country.

Passengers will still have to take a coronavirus test three days before they travel back to the UK, and have a PCR swab the day after they land.

During his announcement, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that ‘in essence, this means that for fully vaccinated travellers, the requirements for green and amber list countries are the same.’

What are the current Covid restrictions in Greece?

As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance for where you’re going.

But, generally, Greece’s current Covid-19 rules require that:

  • You must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces, including work-places and on public transport
  • Restricted numbers are in place for churches and religious services
  • Unless all passengers are members of the same family, a maximum of three persons are permitted to travel in a taxi or other private vehicle with up to seven seats, or four persons in a private vehicle with up to nine seats

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