A MAJOR rule change in a popular tourist destination takes effect this WEEK.
Greek officials have agreed that tourists infected with Covid-19 while in the country will not be required to self-quarantine.
The country’s ministers of tourism, health and economy for operating tourism businesses have said there will be no more quarantine rooms in hotels.
The decision means travelers infected with the virus will no longer be required to adhere to self-isolation rules while in Greece.
Additionally, the current rule that requires anyone infected with the virus to quarantine for five days does not apply to travellers.
Under the new protocol, travelers to Greece will be able to choose whether they wish to remain in isolation for the time remaining in the country.
Tourists who have contracted Covid-19 will also be able to use ferries, planes and other means of transport.
However, they must wear an FFP2 or KN95 mask all the time.
While this could be good news for many Britons wanting to take a break from the European country, it could worry those who are considered vulnerable and have weakened immune systems.
Greece lifted all of its Covid-related entry restrictions in May, allowing all travelers – regardless of their country of origin – to have unrestricted entry.
Visitors no longer need a vaccination or negative test certificate.
Greek Tourism Minister Vasilis Kikilias said the country’s tourism sector is expected to drive GDP growth this year.
He added that the number of arrivals continues to increase in several of his popular destinations.
The increase in the number of tourists visiting Greece was also signaled by a survey of the global travel market.
The survey found that six of the top ten European destinations that saw the biggest increase from 2019 are in Greece.
It comes after continued warnings of travel chaos this summer.
The holiday plans of 1.5 million easyJet customers are set to be canceled this summer, with the airline planning to cut 10,000 flights.
The cancellations – which will likely include flights to holiday destinations like Greece and Spain – are believed to take place in July, August and September.
EasyJet has already canceled 600 flights this month.
And with Gatwick reducing its daily flights, 4,000 routes are affected.
Johan Lundgren, chief executive of easyJet, said he was still working on the precise number of flights that would be affected.