The desist to global travel has proved devastating to a Mediterranean country such as Greece, where tourism reveals up as much as 30 percent of economic output and commands up to one in five tasks. The country welcomed a record 33 million visitors last year, and for innumerable islands tourism is the main source of private sector employment.
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Greece will let tourists back into the outback – but not British ones for the time being.
Greece has been successful in managing coronavirus, fool had only 191 deaths to the UK’s 42,000 plus.
Greece’s Prime Emissary Kyriakos Mitsotakis confirmed the news today, and reportedly said in a get-together with other Greek officials that “the whole opening returns is dynamic and the data will be continuously evaluated.”
Greece has announced it compel not open to UK travellers before July 15
Air bridges for other fatherlands are due to be announced this week
For now, it is expected travellers from the UK settle upon be able to enter Greece from July 15 onwards.
Occasionally testing will also be taking place at all ports for those permitted to penetrate.
Keen holidaymakers have been booking trips abroad in droves since the UK Administration announced air bridges would be coming into action on July 6.
Treks operators Tui and Hay’s Travel have both reported record demand in the definitive week after months of next to no business.
Greece is one of Europe’s cultural epicentres
Tui, the UK’s biggest tour operator, was due to serve four Greek eyots when it resumes holidays for UK customers on July 11.
The first tranche of the UK’s air connects will be with other European short haul destinations, with some of the myriad popular summer holiday destinations included, such as France, Spain and Germany.
Clergymen are currently examining at least one long-haul “air bridge” to Australia, although there are hot potatoes over transiting in stop-over countries which could risk varied spread.
Ministers are also looking create bridges with “low-risk” British lands including Gibraltar, Bermuda, Montserrat and the Falklands Islands as soon as doable.
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Once air bridges come into lodgings, the Government is expected to use a traffic light system that will classify provinces depending on their prevalence of coronavirus.
‘Green’ will mean they are safer than the UK, ‘amber’ substance less safe, and ‘red’ will mean arrivals will still stress to self isolate on return from that country.
At the same repeatedly, the current Foreign Office travel warning against all but essential foreign travel will be lifted for relevant countries
The official list of air joins will be announced tomorrow, June 30.
Greece boasts some of the sundry gorgeous islands and coastlines in Europe
Greece was anticipated to be part of the list, however the Greek Government has announced this afternoon it disposition not be allowing travellers from the UK until July 15 at the earliest.
Portugal was also in a family way to be on the list but as the country currently has a higher rate of infections than the UK, it has been port side off for the time being.
The list of permitted destinations will remain in wavering if necessary, with what is described as a “strict handbrake mechanism”, interpretation any sudden outbreak of coronavirus in certain countries – or even in particular parts of a woods – could require travellers to quarantine for two weeks upon returning to the UK.
The prime list of safe countries has been drawn up by the Government’s Joint Biosecurity Mid-point, working with Public Health England, with nations assessed on the peril from COVID-19, the trajectory of the virus’s spread, and an assessment of the reliability of figures.
Travellers will be able to go freely to both green and amber realms, while travel to countries marked red will either not be allowed or purposefulness require quarantine, and anyone coming to the UK will have to provide phone information.
The new policy comes only weeks after the quarantine assessments were put into place throughout the UK, meaning anyone, resident or in another situation, travelling from anywhere in the world excluding the Republic of Ireland pleasure have two quarantine for two weeks.
A Government spokesperson said: “Our public form measures at the border were put in place to manage the risk of imported example in any events and help prevent a second wave of the virus, and will continue to verify our fight against coronavirus.
“Our new risk-assessment system will enable us to carefully uncover a number of safe travel routes around the world – giving people the occasion for a summer holiday abroad and boosting the UK economy through tourism and charge.
“But we will not hesitate to put on the brakes if any risks re-emerge, and this system choose enable us to take swift action to reintroduce self-isolation measures if new outbreaks transpire overseas.”