Holidays: Greece, Malta & Norway open their doors to Britons but with measures in place

Holidays abroad to some of the UK’s favourite holiday spots didn’t look like they would be getting the go-ahead this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But months later, after the UK announced a country-wide lockdown to halt the spread of the deadly virus, holidays abroad are back on the cards. Spain, Greece, France, Italy, Cyprus, Malta and Norway are just some of the countries now on offer to Britons without significant restrictions.


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Britons can now visit 26 countries across the world without needing to quarantine when they arrive or when they return.

But that doesn’t mean that some rules still apply.

While Greece actually opened to tourists on July 1, direct flights from the UK to the popular holiday destination were banned until today.

The ban was extended due to the UK’s high risk of infection rate.

Flights to Greece have continued with Britain’s flagship airline British Airways leading the way.

Wizz Air will also be offering flights to Athens and Crete from Thursday.

TUI also plans to restart flights in the next few days.

easyJet will then be restarting almost three quarters of its network by August.

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Greece is requiring visitors to complete a “Passenger Locator Form” at least 24 hours before your arrival.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) added: “You may be required to take a test for coronavirus (COVID-19) and undergo a period of self-isolation.”

Malta also reopened to tourists on July 1 but was only allowing certain countries to travel there.

But from today, Britons are allowed to return.

The FCO website reads: “As of 15 July flights to and from some countries have been extended to include the UK on the Visit Malta website.

“All arriving passengers must have completed a paper copy of both a public health and a passenger locator form.

“These are available at the Malta Airport website or enquire with your airline.”

It added: “There will, however, be temperature checks for all arriving and departing passengers.

“Those passengers with a high temperature will be required to undergo a swab test.”

Norway has also eased its travel restrictions allowing those from the EU to visit, including the UK.

However, this is only until December 31 while the UK and EU negotiate a Brexit deal.

Currently, the UK is in a transition period. 

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