GREECE plans to welcome tourists to the country from May 14, as long as they have been vaccinated, had antibodies or provided a negative test.
It's welcome news for Brits who are keen to travel abroad, and there are plenty of great deals to lure them to the country, too.
Greece's Tourism Minister Harry Theocharis confirmed the plan to let Brits into the country at the ITB Berlin trade show and said all tourists would also be subject to random testing.
Brits are currently banned from taking holidays overseas, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson will reveal the date international travel will restart on April 12.
There are hopes the PM will allow UK tourists to head on holidays abroad from as early as May 17, but it's thought that June 21 is a more likely date.
Those looking to book a break in Greece can find some great deals:
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- TUI holidays to Greece in July from £328pp Use code SUMMER100 to save an extra £100 on holidays between May 17 and August 31, minimum spend of £1,000
- TUI 7-nights at Aqualand Village, Corfu all-inclusive from £599pp
- TUI 7-nights at TUI BLUE Atlantica Belvedere Resort, Kos half board from £754pp
- 7-nights at Ideal Apartments, Heraklion, with four sharing on a self-catering basis from £328pp
- British Airways Holidays to Greece in July/August from £303pp
- Jet2 all inclusive holidays in Greece from £599pp
- Jet2 self catering holidays in Greece from £399pp
- Thomas Cook holidays to Greece from £165pp
- Easyjet Holidays in Rhodes, Corfu, Crete and Kos from £191pp
- 7 nights self catering at Corifo Village, Corfu from £209pp
- 7 nights bed and breakfast at Lindos Village Resort from £542pp
- 7-nights self-catering at Pefkos Beach, Rhodes from £354pp
- 7-nights all inclusive at Mitsis Family Village and Resort, Kos from £599pp
- Travel Republic holidays to Crete from £232pp
Greece joins a list of other destinations, including Cyprus and the Canary Islands, that have declared they are ready to welcome UK tourists as soon as restrictions are lifted.
While the UK has raced ahead in its vaccine rollout, much of Europe faces summer at home as their jab programmes make slow progress.
A senior tourism sector official in Athens told the Sun: “We’re in a race to get them, in fact everyone in Europe is in a race to get them.
"If 3.5 million come as they did in 2019, it will be fantastic for us.”
If you're looking for more foreign travel inspiration, there are cheap all inclusive holidays for this summer, many of which have free child places and there are many cheap package holidays.
If you fancy staying in the UK, holiday parks are also offering huge bargains – some of which start from £3pp a night.
We've also found cheap deals in the warmest parts of the UK, as well as at Britain's best beaches for dog owners and those with kids.
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