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Greece holidays: Second lockdown ‘nonsense’ says tourism minister – so how safe is Greece?

Theoharis maintained Greece has effective measures in place.

“We’re monitoring the situation; it’s got to be stable,” he said.

“We are looking at the numbers and the procedures and everything that we have put in place and we’re very happy with the results.

“That doesn’t mean that we’re not visual, that doesn’t mean that we don’t continue to monitor the situation but if anything we will toughen measures because I’ve read a few articles talking about a possible relapse – this is certainly not the case, I would like to refute that.

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“Greece’s has opened its doors to foreign tourists from Europe, maybe this will continue to be the case.”

As for Britons returning to Greece for holidays, Theoharis said Greeks were “very, very happy.”

“We always enjoy the company of our friends from the UK,” he said.

“We’re also grateful for the UK Government for putting Greece on the list of the countries that it’s possible to travel from the UK.”

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The minister went on to say he thought it unlikely Britons could later see themselves barred from Greece.

“We’re monitoring the situation, the UK for a number of weeks is certainly going in the right direction,” he explained.

Theoharis continued: “I’m very very confident that the UK is firmly under control of the situation and we will not need to take any measures.

“But should we need to, of course, the point is we want to ensure the health of the visitors and for citizens in order to ensure that we safeguard the kind of effectiveness in dealing with this pandemic that we’ve shown throughout these few months.”

Greece currently has 3,883 confirmed cases of coronavirus compared to 292,931 in Britain.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) explains the latest travel advice for Greece.

“Travel is subject to entry restrictions. If you travel to Greece, you will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form at least 48 hours before travel.

“You may be required to take a test for coronavirus (COVID-19) and undergo a period of self-isolation.”

A new healthcare update was added by the FCO yesterday: “If you think you have symptoms, including a fever or respiratory difficulties such as shortness of breath or a cough, you should avoid visiting local health facilities, but contact a doctor remotely to see whether a test is recommended.

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“There is likely to be a cost associated with this, for call out, examination and testing, which you will have to pay.”

“If you are staying in a hotel or resort, your accommodation provider will have a list of private doctors that they will call to assess your symptoms and conduct a COVID-19 test.

“If you have arranged your own accommodation you can find details of English speaking, private doctors on our list of healthcare providers.

“If you are tested and the result is positive, the Greek authorities will ask you to quarantine or self-isolate. You may be able to remain in your existing accommodation, or be required to transfer into a state hospital or other government-provided accommodation. All costs related to transfer to alternative accommodation and treatment at state healthcare facilities will be covered by the Greek Government.”

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