Coronavirus: Greece restarts tourist flights as Europe reopens further

International travellers began arriving in Greece on Wednesday morning

Coronavirus: Greece restarts tourist flights as Europe reopens further

Greece has reopened its borders to some foreign travellers, as European nations further ease their lockdowns.

There are no restrictions on European travellers except those from Sweden and the UK, who cannot fly to Greece until 15 July.

The move comes as the European Union reopens its external borders to a “safe travel” list of nations.

But that group currently excludes the US, Brazil and Russia, where Covid-19 infection rates remain high.

Wednesday 1 July is a key date for several European countries as governments across the continent further ease lockdown measures brought in to contain the spread of the coronavirus in March:

  • Spain and Portugal reopen their mutual border for the first time in months on Wednesday. Leaders from the two nations, including the Spanish king and Portuguese president, gathered at the crossing points to mark the occasion
  • Belgium moves into phase four of its lockdown easing, with cinemas, casinos and concerts opening their doors and the social bubbles expanding from 10 to 15 people
  • The Netherlands and Austria also both lift more restrictions, with brothels allowed to reopen in both countries

Read more about how Europe is lifting its lockdown


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