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.
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.
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.
Cyprus to welcome back vaccinated British holidaymakers from May 1st
There is an issue with the dates, however
British tourists who have received their Covid vaccine could be holidaying in Cyprus this summer.
The Mediterranean country, a popular destination for tourists from the UK, has said it will open its borders to British people who have been vaccinated.
However, this date clashes with the UK ban on foreign travel imposed by the government, with restrictions still in place at the start of May.
The Cypriot government announced that anyone who had received both their vaccinations could travel with no restrictions on their side from May 1st.
According to Cyprus’s deputy tourism minister, Savvas Perdios, the island will let tourists from the UK who’ve had vaccines which are approved by the European Medicines Agency visit – with no quarantine or a negative test required.
The minister added that anyone travelling to the country will need to have had their second dose of the vaccine at least seven days before travel.
So far nearly a million people have received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine in the UK.
The issue for any British holidaymakers wanting to travel to Cyprus is that leisure travel to foreign countries is banned until May 17th at the very earliest.
The May 17th date is also dependent on several factors, including the emergence of new Covid variants and the progress of the vaccine programme.
Holidays in the UK are set to begin earlier, with plans to let people stay in self-contained accommodation, like holiday lets, from April 12th at the earliest.
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Haven is reopening its caravan parks following latest lockdown announcement
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Following the prime minister’s announcement on Monday, Haven has announced it will be opening its caravan parks from April 12th.
It’s great news for one household families who are looking for a getaway – Haven will be open in England from April 12th.
Two households will be able to stay together from May 17th.
Haven said in a statement: “Following the Government announcement earlier this week with regards to the roadmap out of lockdown measures, we can confirm that our parks will remain closed in England until Monday 12 April.
“We are however, delighted that the roadmap has considered self-contained accommodation to reopen at Stage two and we look forward to welcoming many families to enjoy a coastal break that we pride ourselves on from the 12 April across our parks in England.”
It comes just in time for the Easter half term which ends on April 16th, with holidays in Yorkshire starting from £69.
Haven added: “We would like to thank our guests for their patience and continued understanding whilst we work through this as quickly as we can.”
Currently, this only applies to those in England and guests should expect some restrictions in place in accordance with the lockdown rules.
Indoor entertainment is also unlikely to return but outdoor activities are expected to take place.
It comes after Travelodge also announced a sale on rooms with prices starting as little as £25.
Travelodge launches huge sale with more than 1 million rooms for £25 or less across England
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Travelodge launches sale with breaks available for £25 or less a night in hotels across England.
Following on from Boris Johnson’s announcement at the beginning of this week, Travelodge has confirmed they are now taking bookings from May 17th and have even slashed their prices.
Staycations are likely to stay popular for quite some time with rooms available from just £25 a night – it’s the perfect way to explore the UK this year.
Hotels across the country are included in the deal, from coastal locations like Cornwall and Devon to countryside destinations such as the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales.
Those looking for a city break can grab a bargain night in the likes of London, Liverpool, York and Cambridge.
Family rooms are also included in the sale meaning a stay can cost just £6.25 per person for a night, or those looking for a romantic getaway can grab a room for £12.50 each.
From May 17th, hotels can reopen and holiday homes can be let to groups of up to six people from different households or groups from two households. Holidays in self-contained accommodation can go ahead from April 12th at the earliest.