Greece extends ban on British tourists until mid-July

30 Jun 2020

Greece has banned tourists from the UK until mid-July due to Britain’s poor coronavirus record.

The Greek government had previously said it would resume flights between the two countries on 15 June. This decision was later reversed and delayed the reopening until 1 July.

However, on Monday the Mediterranean country popular with British holidaymakers extended its ban on flights from the UK until 15 July at the earliest.

The push back was agreed at a meeting of government officials chaired by prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

“The whole opening procedure is dynamic and the data will be continuously evaluated,” he noted.

Greece’s tourism minister, Haris Theoharis, previously told ITV News that the UK’s systems in place to control coronavirus are not efficient enough for Britons to be allowed into the country. 

He said: “I think that the UK has a big difference in terms of the current medical status of the country with Greece, so I don’t think it’s likely it will be there.”

The news comes as Leceister, a major British city, is set to begin a “local lockdown” due to a spike in Covid-19 cases.

Flights from Sweden are also included in Greece’s extended ban.

In addition, most visitors from the U.S., Russia, Brazil and India are set to remain banned from entering the European Union because of the country’s rising infection rate.

To try and save some of Europe’s vital tourism season, a list of 15 countries from where people should be allowed into the EU from 1 July has been agreed by representatives of the 27 member states.

These include Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

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