Greece holidays were given the go-ahead last week for Britons, meaning that direct flights to the country are now available. The popular holiday spot opened its doors to tourists on July 1. However, flights directly from the UK to Greece were not given the green light until July 15 due to the UK’s high coronavirus infection rate.
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The Foreign Office (FCO) put Greece on a quarantine exemption list.
This means that anyone visiting Greece from England, can then return without facing quarantine rules.
The FCO website reads: “From 4 July, Greece is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.
“This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.”
But despite the country now being open to tourists, it seems airports, beaches and resorts have remained empty.
In a bid to try and encourage tourists to visit, hotels are now slashing their prices, according to local news site ekathimerini.
Other hotels are offering other services and upgrades for free instead of slashing their prices.
Some of the deals on offer include seven nights in Rhodes at just £11 per person.
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A week in Kos from just £12 per person.
And seven nights in Crete and Corfu from £17 and £18 per person.
But despite the extremely affordable prices, tourists remain deterred.
Some tourists have returned but have faced fines after arriving without having filled in the correct fines.
Britons travelling to Greece will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form at least 48 hours before they travel, according to the FCO.
“Failure to do so in advance may result in your carrier not allowing you to travel, a €500 (£450.69) fine on arrival or the Greek authorities not allowing you to enter the country.”
It added: “You may be required to take a test for coronavirus (COVID-19) and undergo a period of self-isolation.”
German tourists who arrived in the country did not have the correct documents.
They claimed that they were not told about them.
Greece has experienced new cases of coronavirus from tourists.
So far, none of the cases have been from British tourists.
The country now has over 4,000 cases of coronavirus.
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