Greece bans the UK for longer
Greece has been very indecisive with regard to allowing UK tourists back into their country. Since they have had a low incidence of COVID and we are still having high numbers, I can see their point of view. British travellers are important to their economy, but not at the cost of importing cases into the country. Though you can actually still visit Greece, you just can’t fly there on a direct flight from the UK until 15 July. Direct flights were originally meant to restart on 1 July, but have now been delayed along with flights from Sweden which also still has a high number of new cases.
Ironically Greece is expected to be on the UK government’s “Green” list of countries we will be allowed to visit without requiring quarantine on the way back onto the UK.
Hawaii changes entry requirements
I’m sure many TLFL readers have trips booked or planned to Hawaii. Despite being part of the US, Hawaii has its own entry restrictions which are on top of the US ban on most visitors from the EU. Hawaii’s remote location and stringent rules have allowed keeping COVID cases pretty low. This has been down to a 14-day quarantine for all arrivals, even those from the US. In a bid to encouraging tourism, these have now been relaxed to something more appealing to visitors without risking safety too much. While there is still a requirement for all out of state arrivals to self-isolate, this can now be bypassed if you have proof of a negative COVID test. The test must be performed within 72 hours of arrival and the exemption will start from 1 August.
The Governor has indicated that these requirements will stay in place until a vaccine or highly effective treatment is found. I have a trip planned next February so I may well have to get a test for that. Timing will be tricky travelling on an ex EU itinerary and at present testing in the US is not always easy to come by. Temperature checking at the airport will also be introduced.
EU has confirmed which countries will be allowed to enter the EU
The EU says that from 1 July it will allow travellers in from some non-EU countries which it has deemed to be safe. While you may wonder why I am publishing this as we are in the UK, this could affect an ex EU trip. Needless to say, the US is not on the list yet. This list probably also gives us a clue as to what countries may be on the UK’s green list of air bridges.
The initial list is very short and it is not clear the exact criteria to get on the list:
- New Zealand,
- South Korea,
The list is expected to be updated as the situation changes in each country with respect to the rate of coronavirus cases. The final version of the above announced countries will be declared on 30 June.