Hope for holidays after all as Greece offers air bridge for Brits and UK campsites could open by July

AFTER weeks of bad news for British holidaymakers, hope is in sight for a summer holiday after all.

UK camp sites could open as soon as July, while Greece is offering to waive the 14-day quarantine period for Brits.

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Greek tourism minister Harry Theoharis called for the UK to stop the two-week quarantine for Greek tourists, and would reciprocate the favour for Brits entering Greece in turn.

The new proposals, which Mr Theoharis told the BBC, could be part of the "air bridges" being suggested between the UK and popular holiday destinations in Europe.

Transport Minister Grant Shapps said in the House of Commons yesterday: "The final details of the quarantine scheme will be released soon, coming in early next month."

"It is the case that we would indeed consider further improvements for example, things like air bridges, enabling people from other areas and countries who have themselves achieved lower levels of growth virus infection, to come into the country.

"So those are the active discussions, but will go beyond what will initially be a blanket situation."

Camping holidays across the country could be back on the menu for the summer as well, despite fears that they may not be able to open this year.

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey told Sky:  "Having come from Suffolk down to London, I know there are a lot of campsites that are very keen for people to come. 

"Some of this is being carefully considered, recognising that we have a reduced outdoor transmission risk, that things like camping may well become suitable."

She added that it as a decision for "later this year, potentially in July" as infection rates need to stay down first.

Caravan sites are hoping to reopen this summer, with preliminary dates in July.

Last week, the government was forced to deny that travellers from France would be exempted from the planned coronavirus quarantine measures.

Yet Greece has been optimistic in welcoming Brits back for the summer, with hopes for tourists as soon as June.

Beaches are already open, having welcomed locals back over the weekend, along with hotels.

This all depends on airlines, which are currently grounded, as well as the UK travel advice, which warns against all non-essential travel.

Mr Theoharis previously said: "We want people to come to Greece.

"Of course we will take precautions in terms of the requirements before travelling but also in terms of the way that [people] travel, the way that [people] stay and the beaches – the social distancing rules will apply."

A resort in Santorini has already installed plexi-glass walls around their sun loungers ahead summer.


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