Published on Friday, July 3, 2020

Greece specialists relieved after apparent Government rethink

Tourism ministers in Greece reportedly held urgent talks on Friday after the Transport Secretary indicated Greece would not be featured on the initial list of quarantine-free countries from July 10.

Grant Shapps told the BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Friday morning: "Greece won't be on the list in the first place because Greece have said that on July 15 that's their next review of their own systems.

"Reciprocity can't come before July 15 for Greece and that is a matter for Greece themselves."

Tour operators and agents were concerned that potential customers would misunderstand why it wasn't included in the list, believing it would be due to a high Covid-19 rate. In fact, Greece has reported less than 200 Covid-related deaths and relatively few cases.

Noel Josephides, chairman of Greece specialist Sunvil, told TravelMole he hoped Government would properly explain its reasons for not including it and said politics should be kept out of the decisions.

But in the end the country was on the list anyway.


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