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British Tourists are Welcome in Greece, Says Minister

Photo source: Heathrow Airport

Photo source: Heathrow Airport

“British tourists are welcome in Greece,” Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis stated in a recent interview on Sky News.

Direct flights from the UK to Greece are set to resume on Wednesday, July 15, following the lifting of a travel ban taken to limit the further spread of the Covid-19 virus.

“Certainly they (British tourists) are welcome… I am hoping that this beginning will lead to a successful, joyful and, above all, safe tourist season this year,” Minister Theoharis said.

When asked what would happen if British tourists arrive to Greece (from another airport) before July 15, Minister Theoharis said that there is no ban for British nationals arriving to Greece, but only a ban on direct flights from the UK.

“If people come through an intermediate stop from some other airport then they are certainly welcome,” the minister said, reminding that all that travelers to Greece must fill out the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) one day before their arrival.

“British tourists are welcome every year in Greece. The UK is the second biggest tourist source country for the Greek tourism industry and we enjoy receiving them and having the pleasure of their company,” he added.

When asked what would happen, should a tourist fall ill with coronavirus in Greece, the minister said that visitors found positive will be taken care of free of charge, with no need of insurance.

“Of course if some people have private insurance and want to exercise that they are welcome to do so,” he said.

The minister also referred to Greece’s health and safety plan (Destination Greece Health First) and reminded that the country is running under health protocols, which include social distancing and hygiene rules, to ensure that the possible spread of the disease is slowed down.

For more clarifications on entrance to Greece, travelers can find further information here.

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