Greece is reopening to Brits from today, with the ban lifted on flights to the country from the UK.
Downing Street lifted quarantine restrictions on Greece on July 4, but the Greeks kept their own rules on British travellers until today due to our higher rates of coronavirus.
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In favourite summer hotspots such as Zakynthos, in the Ionian sea, Brit tourists will be greeted by members of the Greek armed forces who will be conducting spot tests on incoming arrivals.
Around 900 tourists were due Wednesday to fly into Zakynthos with four flights lined up for Rhodes and another seven scheduled to land at Athens International airport alone.
But all the signs are one of emergency amid a surge of coronavirus cases across Greece.
Following a rash of new "imported" infections with cases being reported from the north of the country to popular islands like Paros in the south, the Greek government announced that prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will oversee an emergency meeting at 4.30pm local time.
More restrictions – including mandatory mask-wearing – and other local lockdown measures are likely to be unveiled, meaning Brit tourists could be faced with a very different type of holiday to the one they may have imagined.
Infectious disease expert Marios Lazanas said that masks should be worn at all times and violators fined.
He added: "If cases continue to rise we will be back where we were in March.
"If we continue having 50 to 60 cases a day I am afraid we will be back there … when cases increase, measures are intensified."
One hotelier, who asked not to be named, said: "On the day that we finally open up to tourists from the UK what we are seeing in terms of new cases really couldn't come at a worse.
"People are coming here for a holiday not boot camp."
What do I need to do to go on holiday in Greece?
British travellers will need to complete an online passenger locator form online, at least 24 hours before they arrive in Greece.
Once it is completed, the traveller will be sent a confirmation email and a QR code, which they will need to show to the authorities on their arrival in Greece.
Some airlines may also ask you to show your code before you board your flight to Greece.
The Greek authorities may also direct you for health screening, including testing for coronavirus.
On The Beach have seven-night holidays to Kos from as little as £196pp this month, including flights and TUI have seven-night breaks in July including flights to Corfu from £333pp.
Meanwhile, Airbnb has properties on the island of Crete from as little as £8pp a night later this month.
Stricter health checks have gone into effect at Greeces border with Bulgaria following an increase in tourism-related COVID-19 cases.
Starting Wednesday, all incoming travelers crossing the border are required to carry negative test results, issued in the previous 72 hours and translated into English.
The new rules saw a drop in arrivals compared to recent days early Wednesday.
The Promachonas-Kulata border with Bulgaria is the only crossing that has been open for non-essential travel after lockdown measures were eased.
Health experts advising the government want tougher enforcement of health safety rules, warning that public compliance is low after months of strict lockdown.
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