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Greece Is Offering Cheaper Flights This Summer By Cutting Transportation Taxes For Tourists

Greece Is Offering Cheaper Flights This Summer By Cutting Transportation Taxes For Tourists

With countries around the world looking at how they can begin to safely open up to tourism, Greece is temporarily slashing transportation taxes to make travel to and within the country cheaper.

The move means that travellers will be able to book cheaper flights to the popular holiday destination later this summer. Can anyone else practically smell the suncream already?

Greece's Prime Minister announced in May that transportation tax - which includes flights to the country - would be slashed almost in half, from 24 per cent to 13 per cent.

Greece is temporarily slashing transportation taxes to make travel to and within the country cheaper (Credit: Unsplash)
Greece is temporarily slashing transportation taxes to make travel to and within the country cheaper (Credit: Unsplash)
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The country originally planned to reopen to tourists on 1st June, but the date was pushed back to 15th June, when international flight routes to Athens and Thessaloniki are set to resume.

As it stands, the US Embassy and Consulate of Greece states that "non-EU citizens are banned from entering Greece for non-essential travel, which includes tourism".

Currently, international flights are landing in Athens only, and testing and quarantine on arrival are mandatory.

When the country welcomes back tourists on the 15th June, only tourists from a list of high-risk areas drawn up by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) - which includes the US and the UK - will require coronavirus testing on arrival.

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Greece's handling of the coronavirus crisis has drawn praise from around the globe, with the country's numbers of fatalities staying remarkably low, at 183.

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Reopening will be a gradual process, but all of Greece's international flight routes are expected to be back up and running by July 1st.

Although these announcements are exciting, it's important to note that the FCO currently advise against all but essential travel - so, it's not time for us UK dwellers to jet off just yet.

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But there's no harm in looking at the deals available later in the year, so we're all prepped for whenever the rules are relaxed.

Over on Lastminute.com, we found 7-night package holiday deals to sun-splashed Corfu for under £300 in early September. Yes please!

Or how about 4-nights living it up on Kos' sandy beaches for less than £300 in October, via Jet2Holidays?

Hey, we need to have something to look forward to, right?

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Topics: Greece, Life, travel, Flights, Holiday

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