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Greece’s new beach rules as it prepares for the British return this summer


Greece’s rules for tourists visiting its beaches this summer, including face masks, restaurant openings and lounge chair rentals

Greece braces for tourists to return this summer

Greece has introduced a number of new rules on its beaches as it prepares for the British return for the summer holidays, including social distancing for bathers and limits on music at beach bars.

The country is currently one of 172 UK Amber List destinations, meaning holidays are not on the agenda just yet, but it is hoped that it could be added to the Green List more late this summer.

Greece has already reopened its doors to visitors who can show proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel, or to those who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

When finally added to the Green List, vacations to Greece will undoubtedly be a popular option for sun-hungry British holidaymakers.

Greece has always been a beach vacation hotspot (photo taken before the pandemic)


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Lonely Planet reports that in anticipation of the return of tourists, authorities have introduced new rules on its beaches for visitors and locals.

Parasols and sun loungers should be placed at least 4m apart on the beach, to allow social distancing, and will be regularly disinfected. Sun worshipers will not be required to wear a face mask when swimming or sunbathing.

During this time, beach bars, restaurants and cafes will be prohibited from playing music, in order to prevent people having to raise their voices to be heard, which could lead to the spread of more particles in the air.

Traveling to the beach has become impossible for Joëlle who suffers from cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. When she became too heavy for her mother to lift her off the sand, she was forced to watch the entertainment from the parking lot.

But on a trip to North Berwick in East Lothian, Scotland, his family discovered a cabin loaning beach wheelchairs – something they didn’t even know existed. This meant that Joelle could finally join them on the sand and even splash around in the sea with her siblings.

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Beach bar workers and resort staff will be required to wear face masks and will also need to undergo regular Covid-19 testing.

As for face masks in general, they are currently mandatory in Greece in all public places, indoors and outdoors.

Face masks are mandatory in all public places in Greece


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Hotels and other tourist accommodation have already been able to reopen in Greece, along with attractions such as museums, outdoor spaces, restaurants and bars – all with social distancing measures in place.

Please note that a curfew is in place from 12:30 a.m. to 5 a.m.

The British make up a large part of the Greek tourism market, so it’s no surprise that the Greek Islands are on a mission to vaccinate their adult populations by the end of June as part of an effort to welcome travelers again. British this summer.

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Greece remains on the UK’s Orange List at the time of writing. The Foreign Office currently advises against non-essential travel throughout Greece except for the islands of Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete.

It should be noted that when the Foreign Office advises against travel, your travel insurance is usually invalidated.

This means Britons heading to Orange List destinations for the holidays risk additional charges of several thousand pounds as they are unlikely to be covered by their insurance abroad.

Will you go to Greece this summer if it is added to the green list? Let us know in the comments below.