Travel updates: Greece restarts ferries as it tries to salvage tourism season

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Greece has restarted regular ferry services to its islands, while restaurants and bars are reopening, as the country continues efforts to salvage its vital tourism season.

Visitors to Greece are currently required to self-isolate for two weeks, but the country’s low infection rate has encouraged its government to welcome overseas tourists again from June 15. Direct flights to the islands have been given permission to resume from July 1. 

Foreign arrivals will no longer be required to self-isolate but they will be subject to Covid-19 testing. Further details will be announced in the coming weeks. Distancing regulations and passenger limits have been imposed both on ferries and at restaurants. 

Whether Britons will be among the first tourists to return depends on how long the UK Government retains its own 14-day quarantine policy, due to come into force on June 8, or whether it offers an exemption or “air bridge” to those arriving from Greece. 

For more advice on when Greek holidays will resume, follow this link

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First Spanish beaches to reopen as lockdown eases

Lockdown will be eased in Madrid and Barcelona from today, while elsewhere in Spain the first beaches are due to reopen.

Residents in the two cities can now meet in groups of up to 10 people in their homes or on the terraces of bars and restaurants. Madrid’s parks and museums are also reopening, but masks remain compulsory in public buildings and on streets when social distancing is not possible. 

Bathers can also return to the beaches of several regions, including Andalusia, the Balearics and the Canary Islands. Limits will be imposed on visitor numbers, however, and umbrellas spaced four metres apart. 

Spain remains off-limits to Britons, with all foreign arrivals required to self-isolate for 14 days. But the country plans to reopen its borders to tourists in July. 


What happened yesterday?

While Britain debated the ins and outs of a certain man’s trip to Durham, Australia banned all cruises until September, Antigua ditched plans for a 14-day quarantine policy, restaurants in the world’s smallest country reopened, and business leaders urged the UK to quickly establish “air bridges” with low-risk destinations. See Sunday’s blog for more

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