Greece has lifted its quarantine requirement for British holidaymakers, a month earlier than expected.
However, all visitors must provide evidence of a negative COVID PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.
The Greek Government said UK visitors who have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travel are also exempt from quarantine, but as there is not yet any official certification of vaccinations for international travel they will still be required to obtain a negative COVID test.
Fully vaccinated travellers from 27 EU countries will be allowed test-free entry to Greece from next month when the EU launches its own vaccination certification programme.
Nine Greek airports were reopened yesterday, including in Athens, Kos, Mykonos and Santorini.
All foreign holidays from the UK are banned until at least 17 May, after which there will be a risk-based ‘traffic light’ system for countries, with varying levels of restrictions for those placed on its red, amber and green lists.
Analysts have suggested that, based on its rate of COVID infections and its vaccination programme, Greece will be on the amber list, meaning British holidaymakers will have to self-isolate at home for up to 10 days when they return and take up to three COVID tests, one before they fly home and two more after arrival. Those who take a further test from day five of their return will be allowed to end their isolation, assuming the test is negative.