Greece to welcome Britons on holidays ’next week’ but Dr Hilary gives crucial warning

Dr Hilary discusses travelling to Greece

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Greece is set to welcome back UK tourists as soon as next week if they are able to meet specific entry requirements set out by the Greek authorities. However, television’s Dr Hilary Jones has warned Britons it might not be as simple as they might hope.

Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine on Thursday morning, Dr Hilary said: “If you’ve had both of your vaccinations or you’ve got a negative test within 72 hours of travel they will open their borders to us and welcome us in without the need to quarantine when you get there.

“A lot of people will be thinking ‘fantastic, it’s holiday time.’

“However we’re not allowed to go and leave this country until May 17 at the earliest.

“Greece is saying they are opening their borders form next week but there will only be a few exceptions who can take up that offer.

“If they have got a second home there or an explicit loophole like that.”

He continued: “For most people, they will need to have a negative test or two vaccinations and they will have to have proof of that.

“I don’t know what the proof is going to be at this stage. I hope that there will be proof that is substantially reliable.”

The doctor has also warned Britons about becoming too relaxed with Covid-safe measures now that the UK is emerging from its third national lockdown.

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He advises sticking to the social distancing rules in a bid to save “travelling internationally”.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain earlier in the week, he warned the pandemic “isn’t over”.

Dr Hilary explained: “If people are behaving responsibly, we will keep this under control. But there will be the risk of another wave if we rely too much on vaccination because we have only vaccinated half of the population or thereabouts.

“We are on track to keeping things under control, but it depends on the behaviour of the population.”

When asked why cases may rise in some areas, he added: “It could well be the new variants, it could be people have thought that it’s all over.

“It certainly isn’t, this is going to run and we’re going to have to live with the virus for some time.

“If people want to get back to travelling internationally, or if people want to go back to work full time then they are gonna have to be really careful still.”

Under the current roadmap set out by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, some travel may resume from May 17.

However, this will depend on a specific “traffic light system” set out.

Nations will be ranked as “green”, “amber” or “red” based on their Covid “risk” taking into account the rate of infection in the country at that time and the progress of their vaccine roll-out.

Despite this, Greece remains confident holidaymakers will return.

Visitors will be permitted entry to Greece via nine airports, including Athens, Kos and Santorini. They will also be allowed to cross two land borders.

“We will gradually lift the restrictions at the beginning of next week ahead of the opening on May 14,” a senior tourism ministry official told Reuters.

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