Can I travel to Greece this summer and which other countries are restarting travel?

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Passengers wearing PPE walk through the arrivals hall after landing at Terminal Two of London Heathrow Airport (Picture: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Some countries are setting dates for when they will reopen their borders to tourists.

The coronavirus pandemic and ensuing nationwide lockdowns in countries all over the world resulted in borders being shut across the globe.

But now, as restrictions begin to slacken all over the world, some nations are setting deadlines for when they’d like to see their tourism industries get going again.

Which countries are restarting travel?

Greece is planning on allowing international travel again from July 1.

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Italy is also planning on re-opening its regional and international borders from June 3.

Nicos Anastasiades, President of Cyprus, has announced plans to partially open the island to tourists from July.

The tourism minister of the Canary Islands has said the islands are hoping to be open to domestic visitors by 1 August, and to international visitors by October.

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Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir announced that the nation is planning to welcome international visitors again by 15 June.

Meanwhile, there’s no confirmed date for when international flights from the UK will be running as normal again.

Chairman of the TRIP Group (Travel Risk incident Prevention) and travel risk expert Lloyd Figgins told Metro.co.uk: ‘Flights will not resume until the government advice against all but essential travel has changed.

‘Even then, there will likely be restrictions on the volume of people allowed to travel.’

Lloyd added: ‘All flights will be reliant on the destination country being willing to accept visitors from the UK.’

With that in mind, certain airlines have set dates for when they hope to be able to offer their international services again.

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For instance, EasyJet is hoping to restart flights in June, Jet2 from 17 June, Ryanair hopes to operate 1,000 flights a day by July, and British Airways has said it hopes to resume 50 per cent of its services by July.

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