Greece extends UK flight ban for two more weeks until July 15 due to high coronavirus cases

GREECE has suspended all flights from the UK until July 15 – extending the current ban from July 1.

Flights from Sweden are also included in the ban, with both country's high coronavirus cases being a factor.

The announcement made by the Greek government comes as the UK prepares to announce air bridges with other countries, to allow quarantine-free travel.

Greece was thought to be included in this, along with France and Spain, although this may no longer be the case.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis made the announcement earlier today, scuppering any plans of a holiday to Greece in the next two weeks.

He explained that the "the whole opening process is dynamic and the data will be constantly evaluated," according to local media.

Greek tourism minister Haris Theoharis previously told ITV News that the UK's record on coronavirus is not good enough at the moment for Brits to be allowed to return.

“I think that the UK has a big difference in terms of the current medical status of the country with Greece, so I don’t think it’s likely it will be there,” he said.

Coronavirus cases in the country remain much lower than the UK, with just 3,376 cases compared to 311,000.

The country emerged from lockdown on June 15, as hotels, restaurants and bars slowly reopen.

Yet airlines have already announced flights to the country and the islands, such as easyJet.

Greece is also cutting transportation taxes almost in half, with VAT being reduced from 24 per cent to 13 per cent – which will be passed on in the form of cheap flights.

With the UK still enforcing a two-week quarantine when returning to the country, as well as banning non-essential travel, a holiday to Greece is off the cards for now.

Staycations in England are booming instead as Brits look at a trip closer to home this year.

Hotels and campsites have seen bookings soar following the government's announcement that UK tourism can resume from July 4.

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