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Greece set to extend the ban on flights from UK

Bad news for holidaymakers…

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Greece has extended its ban on flights from the UK until July 15th, according to reports. 

International visitors were expecting to be able to enter Greece from July 1st, however, sources have told Athens News Agency that this is being pushed back until July 15th for UK flights.

Greece’s prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, has reportedly said: “The whole opening procedure is dynamic and the data will be continuously evaluated.”

The ban on international flights includes the UK and Sweden. 

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The news comes after many airlines were set to offer flights, such as easyJet from Manchester Airport to Athens on July 1st. 

Haris Theoharis, Greek tourism minister, told ITV news last month that the UK’s record on coronavirus is not ‘good enough’ for those living in the country to make their way over to Greece.

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 UK Foreign Office travel advice for Greece says that there are testing and quarantine requirements for new arrivals in the country, but that these depend on where you’ve flown from.

Those flying from Birmingham, Doncaster Sheffield, East Midlands, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Leeds, Bradford, Liverpool John Lennon, London City, Luton, Manchester Airport, Newcastle International, Stansted airports in the UK, will have to take part in mandatory testing and self-isolation.

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If the test is negative you will need to isolate for seven days, if it is positive this will be 14 days, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

The Greek authorities have indicated they will be carrying out sample testing on some arrivals. However, those travelling from airports not on the list may not be required to be testing or self-isolate. 

Greek authorities have selected 29 countries that will be allowed into Greece: Albania, Australia, Austria, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Estonia, Japan, Israel, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Finland.

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Barbados is inviting people to ‘work from home’ on the island for a year

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Barbados is introducing a new visa that means visitors can stay for up to a year, and they’re looking for people to move their remote office to the island! 

The Caribbean Island is set to reopen for tourism later this month, allowing international visitors to return on July 12th. 

When it reopens the Prime Minister, Mia Amor Mottley, wants people to bring their laptops and set up a work from home setting on the beautiful island. 

The ‘12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp’ allows visitors to stay on the island for up to a year. 

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The new relaxed measure is hoped to encourage people to stay longer and even finish their final work-from-home days on the beach.

So if you’re truly sick of your temporary WFH set up on the dining table, why not head to the beach instead?! 

Before heading, travellers from high risk countries will have to take a test within 72 hours before departing for the island. Those coming from countries that have had fewer than 100 cases in the last seven days will require a test one week before departure. 

On arrival, you will have to present the new Embarkation/Disembarkation Card, which asks health questions as well as for a negative test. 

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Once you get through immigration you’ll find that Barbados is open for business including beaches, parks and shops.

Be warned though, wearing a face mask is mandatory, and the social distancing has been reduced to three feet. 

Mottley said: “We want to create an environment that will allow people to come to Barbados to work, to rest, and to play from here for an extended period of time.” 

All you need is a nice bit of sand and a steady wi-fi and you’re good to go! 

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NHS staff offered free Ibiza holiday to say thank you for their hard work

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All NHS staff are being offered a free holiday in Ibiza as a thank you for their hard work during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Ibiza regional government has announced it is backing a campaign called ‘Together for Health Heroes’  which offers ‘best in class’ accommodation to NHS staff. 

More than 60 private properties have already been offered on the campaign, according to local paper Diario de Ibiza.

Rooms in hotel chains Atzaro, OD Hoteles, Concept Hotel Group and Aguas de Ibiza are also on the cards for NHS staff.

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Tourism Councillor of Ibiza, Juan Miguel Costa, told the paper that the project seeks to: “compensate those who have looked after us, risking their lives in many cases, and who deserve that we all do our share to make sure they have holidays that meet high expectations”.

The holidays for European healthcare workers will take place next year in April, May and October. 

Staff from hospitals, care homes and hospices in all COVID-19 hotspots will be included in the initiative. 

A statement says: “It all started with a simple idea early in March. How can we say thank you to those fighting for the lives of our families, friends and communities?”

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It continues: “How can we say thank you to those putting their own lives at risk for us?

“Together we are driving change by celebrating and rewarding those who put our community, family and friends first during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Unprecedented times highlight exceptional people. We thank those who we have trusted with our lives, by gifting them our homes and hotels in Ibiza and across Europe.”

We all know someone who deserves this huge thank you, and they are currently looking for submissions – find out more here.

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Cornwall tourism boss slams locals for ‘unforgivable’ motorway sign aimed at tourists

Some of the locals aren’t too happy…

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Cornwall has opened the gates to allow holidaymakers into the popular tourist destination, but some of the locals aren’t too happy. 

A picture of three people stood on a bridge over the A30 in Bodmin holding a sign that reads ‘turn around and f*** off’ has gone viral. 

Cornwall’s tourism chief Malcolm Bell wasn’t best pleased with the greeting from the locals. He spoke to Cornwall Live and said: “I don’t like to see signs like the one we saw on the A30 yesterday. It is being offensive to a large group of people.

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“I find it unforgivable. It’s accusing people before they even arrive.

“We are battling to save thousands of jobs. Let’s welcome our customers, who will share their money to keep Cornish people in jobs.”

Many reports say that most of the locals were friendly and welcoming to tourists over the weekend. 

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On the South Coast of Devon, a bloke in Dawlish was even photographed holding a much nicer sign that said ‘welcome holidaymakers’. 

However, the welcoming tone was pretty much ruined by the fact he was dressed up as the Grim Reaper.

Until now Cornwall has been completely shut off from holidaymakers in efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus. Now however, people are being welcomed back to get the tourism sector, which is usually booming this time of year in the area, back on its feet. 

Naturally, though, some people are concerned it’s too soon. 

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