Greece has readjusted its entry requirements for Britons, prompting the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to issue new advice for UK nationals hoping to visit the country. The FCO’s updated travel advice, which was amended on June 4, explains Greece’s current stance on British visitors, as well as some advice for Britons who are already in the country.
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Although the FCO continues to advise Britons against all nonessential travel, the Greek government has a very different stance to international holidays.
Though Britons had been initially banned from visiting the country, in a dramatic u-turn authorities decided that some British travellers would be welcomed across the border, but must meet very specific requirements.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that Britons will have to undergo testing for coronavirus on arrival into Greece.
If an individual tests negative then they will need to quarantine for seven days on arrival.
In line with this, the FCO updated its Greece travel advice page.
It explains: “The Greek authorities have introduced testing and self-isolation/quarantine requirements for new arrivals into Greece. These may vary according to where your flight originated.
“Until 15 June, all arrivals into Greece, on flights from all airports, will be tested for coronavirus. You will be required to stay in Government-provided accommodation for the first 24 hours until test results are available.
“If your test is negative, you will be asked to provide details of your accommodation and will need to self-isolate there for the next 7 days.
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“If your result is positive, you may be required to remain in Government-provided accommodation for a further 14 days.
“In both cases, self-isolation or quarantine is mandatory, and the authorities will enforce it by prosecution and fines.”
However, the rules change somewhat after June 15, when certain airports will be exempt from testing on the basis they are “safe”.
The FCO continues: “From 15 June onwards, mandatory testing and self-isolation/quarantine will remain in place for anyone arriving into Greece from an airport listed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
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“The nationality of the person arriving in Greece is not relevant: instead, the EASA’s list refers to airports in regions deemed as meriting additional public health measures.”
UK airports listed by EASA as having a greater risk of COVID-19 include Birmingham, Doncaster Sheffield, East Midlands, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool John Lennon, London City, Luton, Manchester Airport, Newcastle International, and Stansted.
The FCO continues: “From 15 June onwards, if you arrive into Greece on a flight from an airport which is not listed by the EASA, you may not be tested or required to self-isolate.
“However, the Greek authorities have indicated their intention to carry out sample testing on some arrivals, who are also likely to be required to self-isolate.
“If you are asked to take part in sample testing and to self-isolate, you should confirm with the Greek authorities’ requirements.
“Failure to do so may result in you being refused entry into Greece.
“You should also be aware that if other passengers on your flight subsequently test positive, you may be subject to further quarantine/self-isolation requirements.”
Lockdown measures across Greece will continue to be relaxed in the coming weeks.
The FCO reminds Britons currently in Greece to stay up to date with relevant sources and any impending changes which may come.
It explains: “Public gatherings of more than 10 people are forbidden.
“Shops, bars and restaurants are open, as are other service providers like driving schools and private tuition centres.
“Relevant public health regulations apply when visiting shops, bars, restaurants and other public spaces, including limits on the number of customers per square metre.
“You should comply with these requirements and all other advice of the Greek authorities.
“Universities are closed, but schools and nurseries are open.”
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