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Hope for holidays in Greece this summer as they call for ‘air bridge’ with UK to skip each other’s quarantines

NEW hopes for a summer holiday abroad could become a reality as Greece becomes the first country to offer to waive the 14-day quarantine rule for British tourists.

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.

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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 confirmed ministers are looking at "travel bridges" between countries with low Covid infections.

He 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."

As it stands, only lorry drivers and key workers are expected to be exempt from the new quarantine rules, then they come in - dashing hopes of a summer holiday for many.

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.

Footage shows a busy beach in Athens, Greece, as lockdown measures are eased across Europe


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