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Greece open to Brits from May – with no need for a vaccine

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Written by: Emma Lunn
10/03/2021
Greece is set to open to holidaymakers from 14 May in a bid to boost its economy.

Crucially, Brits won’t necessarily need to have been vaccinated against coronavirus to enter the country.

Speaking at a travel conference, the country’s tourism minister Harry Theoharis said Greece would welcome tourists who either had been vaccinated, have coronavirus antibodies, or could show proof of a negative test.

Theocharis said the details are still being finalised but it is thought tourists who have had their first jab will be allowed to enter restriction-free, but children will need to have a negative test.

How tourists would prove they had had the vaccine or antibodies, or the rules around providing a negative test, have not yet been clarified.

Holidaymakers going to Greece could also be subject to random Covid testing.

The past few weeks have seen debate and discussions about whether Brits will need vaccine passports to travel in the future. Many countries are unlikely to admit tourists who haven’t been vaccinated against coronavirus.

Cyprus announced last week that Brits will be able to visit the island from 1 May – but only if they have had both Covid-19 vaccinations. But there would be no need to quarantine or show proof of a negative Covid-19 test.

But even vaccinated Brits shouldn’t book trips quite yet. Currently, coronavirus restrictions don’t allow non-essential travel abroad. These rules won’t be lifted until 17 May at the earliest. The government’s Global Travel Taskforce is due to present its recommendations to the prime minister on 12 April.

The lifting of lockdown restrictions is dependent on Covid-19 infection rates and the vaccination rollout.

Last month saw mixed messages from the government about whether it was a good idea for Brits to book a summer holiday.

Since Monday, Brits leaving the country must complete a form stating why their trip is permitted under the current restrictions. Fines for not completing the form start at £200 and potentially go up to £6,400.

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