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EU & Schengen National ID cards for travel to the UK after 01 OCT 2021

From the 1st October 2021 the UK will no longer accept EU and Schengen National ID cards for travel to the UK and will require a passport to enter the UK. EU, EEA, and Swiss nationals:

  • who have received settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • who have made an application by 30 June 2021 to the EUSS but have not yet received a decision on their application
  • have an EU Settlement Scheme family permit
  • who are an S2 Healthcare Visitor
  • with a frontier worker permit
  • who are Swiss nationals and have a Swiss Service Provider from Switzerland visa

can still use their ID cards to travel to the UK at least until 31December 2025. They’ll also be able to use them after that date, if the cards meet the security standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization. Further information on changes and exemptions can be found here . Important notes

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Can I travel to Greece? The Covid entry requirements explained

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Rory Goulding

Tuesday January 31 2023, 15:00pm

Hot weather is probably the first thing on your list if you’re craving a trip to the Med, but Greece offers much more than that. With some 3,000 islands scattered around the Mediterranean sea — about 100 of which are inhabited — you’re bound to find one to suit your needs. And that’s not forgetting the mainland, with its dynamic cities, classical ruins and hidden mountain regions. Here’s what you need to know about the entry requirements for Greece and the best things to do when you’re there.

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What are Greece’s entry requirements?

All Covid-related travel restrictions were dropped in May 2022. It means British travellers no longer need to show any proof of vaccination or negative Covid tests, regardless of vaccination status . You don’t have to fill in a passenger locator form either.

However, since Brexit, passport validity rules have changed. If you’re travelling to Greece on a British passport, you must ensure your travel document is less than ten years old when you enter the country and is valid for at three months after the day you plan to leave. More details here .

What are the rules once there?

It’s still a legal requirement to wear masks on public transport. This also applies to taxis and indoor spaces on boats. In most other touristic settings (unless you need to visit a hospital or pharmacy) you won’t need to wear a mask.

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Can I go to Greece? The rules for travelling from the UK 

By Sarah James

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What do the current rules for travel to Greece mean for your trip? Here’s our round-up of what you need to know about visiting.

Can I travel to Greece from the UK?

Yes. Greece is not on any UK red list, which means that you can travel there from the country. Since 18 March 2022 there are no Covid travel restrictions in the UK, regardless of your vaccination status. This means testing, quarantining and even passenger locator forms are no longer necessary upon return from Greece.

What are the entry requirements for Greece?

Since Sunday 1 May, visitors to Greece no longer have to show proof of Covid vaccination, a negative Covid test or a certificate of recovery from the virus – regardless of their vaccination status or age. No travellers have to complete a passenger locator form either. And on 16 May, the European Union announced that masks are no longer required for passengers on flights to many EU countries – though it is best to check the policy on your particular airline. (We travelled to Greece on 15 May with Tui and returned with Jet2.com on 22 May and neither required we wear a face mask.)

Arrivals may also be required to take a test once they get to Greece – if the test is positive, they will be required to quarantine in a hotel for at least five days, after which they will be required to wear a specific type of face mask (FFP2, N95 or double masks, one of which must be surgical) in all public spaces for a further five days. If they still have a fever, they must continue to isolate. The cost of quarantine will be covered by the Greek state. If other passengers on your flight, bus, train or ferry later test positive, you may have to complete mandatory self-isolation.

Also since Sunday 1 May, domestic Covid passports, showing proof of vaccination or recovery, are no longer required to enter any indoor and outdoor venues. From Wednesday 1 June, face masks will no longer be mandatory apart from in certain places, such as hospitals and doctors' surgeries, until at least September, when the ruling will be reassessed in light of how the Covid situation is in Greece at that point.  The UK government recommends always checking information direct from the Greek authorities , as it is liable to change quickly and without warning.

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Where to stay:

There are more than 200 Greek islands to choose from. Big hitters such as Santorini and Mykonos have plenty of secluded hotels to consider, including understated, unhurried Perivolas , built into Santorini’s cliff face. Quieter isles include Paros , known for its remote beaches, and Syros , which covers just 32 square miles.

What to do:

Island-hopping is the obvious way to spend your days in Greece. If you’d rather base yourself in one place, consider Athens – the city is buzzing with young creatives, smart hotels and cool restaurants , and is close enough to the beach too.

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Greeks represent a fairly significant amount of the UK’s foreign-born national population, with well over 60,000 Greek-born residents currently in the UK.

The majority of these Greek population centres are located around London, with Hyde Park, Regents Park, and Kensington and Chelsea being particularly notable for Greek communities. These areas are also known for housing Cypriot and Turkish communities alongside Greek ones also.

Outside of London, Sunderland, Manchester and Birmingham have strong ties to the Greek expat community in the UK.

Greek students also make up a large percentage of the UK’s international student base, with just under 10,000 students studying in the UK in 2022.

There are a range of options available for Greeks who wish to travel to the UK, including visas for temporary stays, and longer-term stays that can lead to permanent settlement (known as indefinite leave to remain ) in the UK. These include study visas, work visas, and visas for when you already have family in the UK.

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The UK Student visa is a popular visa that will allow Greek citizens to come and study in the UK.

This visa is suitable for any Greek citizens who wish to study in any of the UK’s higher or further education institutions for more than 6 months at a time.

In order to be eligible, you are required to have an offer of a place from a licensed, Home Office-approved student sponsor.

You must also have at least enough money to support yourself financially during your time in the UK, as well as meet the minimum English language requirements.

The Student visa will allow you to work while you study in the UK, although the number of hours you’ll be allowed to work will depend on what you’re studying, and what time of the year you’ll plan to be working.

This visa will not directly allow you to permanently settle in the UK. However, you may apply for a Graduate visa after your studies finish, which will allow you to stay and work in the UK for another 2 years.

After this visa expires, you may then switch to another visa that will allow you to apply for indefinite leave to remain.

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If you’d like to come to the UK on a longer-term basis in order to work, then you may wish to apply for one of the UK’s work visas instead.

One of these is the Skilled Worker visa , which is the UK’s general work visa for skilled professionals. This visa will allow you to settle in the UK long-term, as long as you have a valid job offer from an approved employer who will be able to sponsor you while in the UK.

Other work visas include the Scale-Up Worker visa , which will allow you to work with a rapidly-growing UK-based business; the Health and Care Worker visa , for those who wish to work in approved health and care industries; and the Minister of Religion visa , for those who wish to work in a religious faith community, such as a Greek Orthodox church in the UK.

Many of these visas will have certain eligibility criteria you must meet, such as meeting minimum financial and English language requirements. Note that you may also have to give details of your job and the employer who’s sponsoring you, if relevant to your visa’s conditions.

Many UK work visas will allow you to apply for indefinite leave to remain after spending a certain period of qualifying time in the UK.

One of the popular ways to travel to the UK in order to settle is applying for a Family visa .

This will allow you to travel to the UK to settle with an eligible family member who is already a British or Irish citizen, or someone with settled status (such as through the EU Settlement Scheme).

Eligible family members you can join in the UK include the following:

  • Spouse or partner
  • Fiance or proposed civil partner
  • Relative who’ll provide long-term care for you

Note that there are different eligibility requirements you must meet depending on which family member you are applying for.

For example, if you’re applying as a fiance or proposed civil partner, you will only be granted a short period of leave in the UK (usually up to 6 months), during which you must either get married or enter into a civil partnership. After this occurs, you may be eligible to apply to stay in the UK long-term as a spouse or civil partner.

Additionally, if you’re applying as a parent to join your child in the UK, you must prove that  you’ll have sole or shared responsibility for your child and that you’ll take an active role in their upbringing.

The Family visa will normally allow you to settle in the UK long-term either by allowing you to apply for indefinite leave to remain after a certain time, or by immediately granting you permanent right of abode in the UK.

The process of travelling to a different country can be a long and arduous one, and it’s recommended that you obtain all the relevant help and assistance you need in order to make the experience as stress-free as possible.

If you could use additional assistance in your travels, whether you’re visiting the UK short-term or looking to settle permanently, IAS can help.

We offer full and comprehensive immigration advice and logistics services for people who wish to come to the UK. Whatever the reason for your visit and how long you intend to stay, our legal team are on hand to provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to make the process a successful one.

Whether you need expert assistance from a legal professional with your visa application, advice on the best way to organise transport and logistics for your personal belongings in Greece, or up-to-date advice on UK COVID-19 restrictions and entry requirements, we can help.

For more information about the services we offer, and what we could do for you, get in touch with us on (+44) 333 4149244 , or contact us  online today.

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The main deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme was on 30 June 2021, and most applicants will no longer be able to apply.

However, you may still be eligible to apply for the scheme if one of the following situations applies to you:

  • You have a Greek (or other EU) family member who was living in the UK by 31 December 2020
  • You’re exempt from immigration control, or you stopped being exempt from immigration control after 30 June 2021
  • You’re already in the UK with limited leave to enter or remain in the UK (such as if you’re here on a work or study visa) which expires after 30 June 2021
  • You’re a family member of a British citizen who you lived with in the EU (only if you lived with them in that country by 30 December 2020 and then returned to the UK with them)

You may also still be eligible to apply if you have ‘reasonable grounds’ for not applying before the main deadline, such as if you were in an abusive or controlling relationship, or you had a serious medical condition that prevented you from applying.

Will I need a visa to visit the UK?

If you only wish to visit the UK for a short-term visit, you will not need to apply for a visa.

While in the UK, you will be able to sightsee, engage in tourism, volunteer up to 30 days with a registered charity, or study, alongside other permitted activities.

You will not be able to do paid or unpaid work for a UK company or as a self-employed person, or claim public funds at all while in the UK as a visitor.

Note that you will only be able to stay in the UK for up to 6 months at a time, after which you will have to travel back to Greece or onwards to another country.

What support is there for Greeks in the UK?

There are a number of clubs, organisations and groups dedicated to supporting the Greek community in the UK. These include the The Hellenic Centre and Greeklist, which include directories, events and courses to promote Greek culture and foster relationships in the UK.

A comprehensive list of organisations can be found on the Embassy of Greece website.

Can I access Greek Orthodox Church services in the UK?

The UK has many Greek Orthodox churches, with over 20 located in London alone, and many more across the rest of the UK.

Most notably, Saint Sophia Cathedral in Bayswater, London, is considered to be the main Greek Orthodox church in the UK.

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13 tips to help you plan the perfect trip to Greece and the Greek Islands

Alexis Averbuck

Jun 9, 2023 • 8 min read

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These top planning tips can help you prep for a trip to Greece, from health and safety to local etiquette © fokkebok / Getty Images

Get out your bucket list; it’s time to cross off a major line item: Greece .

The fabled land remains tops for culture, food, outdoor travel, art  and, of course, beaches and islands . As part of the border-free Schengen Area, it’s also incredibly easy to visit for many travelers worldwide. From advance booking to local etiquette and health and safety issues when you're there, here's everything you need to know to plan a memorable trip to Greece.

1. Choose your season wisely

Your experience in Greece will be wildly different depending on when you visit . Summer is tops for action, family fun, and swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, but prices are at their highest and pre-booking is necessary for everything since it’s packed. The shoulder seasons (spring and autumn) are a delight – prices are lower, and rooms and resources are more readily available. Winter offers a moody and budget-friendly retreat, great for walking, hiking and sedate travels where you will often be the only visitor around. Bear in mind that some businesses will shut down completely during the low season.

2. Prioritize your wishlist and make a plan

Do you want a grand tour, taking in the not-to-be-missed highlights all over Greece, or would you prefer to focus your time on exploring your favorite islands  or regions, like the Peloponnese ? The best way to choose from the dizzying array of options on offer is to focus on what is important to you – relaxing on beautiful beaches, learning more about Greece's fascinating history and culture , museums and archaeology, off-the-beaten-track wildlife, or partying until dawn – and plan accordingly.

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3. Find the perfect island or region for you

Greece merits multiple trips as every island offers something different , and each of its regions is equally dazzling – you're never going to see everything on your first visit, and you'll ruin your trip if you pressure yourself to do just that. Also, don’t be fooled that the biggies are the only islands worthy of your attention. Though Mykonos , Santorini and the major names have plenty to offer, lesser-known islands (there are hundreds!) like Amorgos or Kythira are also a delight. They've also got the added bonus of smaller crowds and lower prices if that's a key consideration for you.

4. Athens isn't the only gateway to Greece

In many cases, you will find it useful to transit in or out via Athens , as its airport has connections with numerous international destinations, and the city itself is a gem . However, there are other international airports around the Greek mainland (such as in Thessaloniki ) and on some major islands (such as Mykonos , Santorini  and  Corfu ). If you'll need any internal flights to get to your destination of choice, it's worth checking the price of these individually. Due to government subsidies, it can work out significantly cheaper to book each part of your Greek itinerary separately from your international flights.

5. Book everything in advance during peak season

In peak season , prices are high, and demand for car hire, accommodations and ferry tickets is even higher – this is not the time for ad hoc bookings on the fly. Greece is an incredibly popular summer destination, and the best options get snapped up well in advance.

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6. Roads in Greece are for confident drivers

No one who has traveled on Greece’s roads will be surprised to hear that the country’s road fatality rate is one of the highest in Europe. Overtaking is listed as the greatest cause of accidents. Heart-stopping moments aside, your own car is a great way to explore off the beaten track if you are confident in your driving and keep a few key points in mind.

  • The road network has improved enormously in recent years; many roads marked as dirt tracks on older maps have now been asphalted, and a lot of the islands have very little traffic.
  • There are regular (if costly) car-ferry services to almost all islands.
  • Greece is not the best place to initiate yourself into motorcycling. If you're not confident on a motorbike, it may be best to park this option until you have more experience.
  • All the big multinational car-rental companies are represented in Athens, and most have branches in major towns and popular tourist destinations. The majority of islands have at least one outlet.

7. Greece is not very wheelchair-friendly beyond Athens

Access for travelers with disabilities has improved somewhat in recent years, but the majority of accessible sights, hotels and restaurants tend to be located in Athens. While improvements are on the horizon for beach access,  much of the rest of Greece remains inaccessible to wheelchairs, and the abundance of stones, marble, slippery cobbles and stepped alleys create frustrating barriers for those with mobility issues. People who have visual or hearing impairments are also rarely catered to.

Careful planning before you go can make a world of difference. There are specific resources online that provide links to local articles, resorts and tour groups catering to tourists with physical disabilities.

8. Pack the right kinds of clothing

Athenians are well-dressed, and the younger crowd is trendy, so keep your smart clothes for the urban catwalk of clubs and bars. Nevertheless, in Athens and other metropolises such as Rhodes , Thessaloniki and Iraklio , everyday attire such as shorts or jeans and casual tops are just fine.

Bars or fashionable restaurants require more effort – the scene is stylish rather than dressy. Think tops and trousers rather than T-shirts and cut-offs. In out-of-the-way places, you can wear casual clothing, and in summer, the heat will make you want to wear the least amount of fabric you can get away with – bring quick-drying tank tops and cool dresses.

Sturdy walking shoes are a must for the cobbled roads, and proper hiking boots are key if you're exploring the countryside on foot . It's considered respectful and polite to cover up before entering churches.

9. Learn some basic Greek phrases

Greek is a tough language to learn thoroughly, but mastering a few basic greetings and niceties will make a world of difference in how Greek speakers receive you. In touristed areas, many people speak English, so rest assured that you can get by as long as you know some key phrases.

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10. Carry cash and don't rely on cards or ATMs

As part of the EU, Greece uses the euro. In restaurants, a service charge is normally included in the bill, and while a tip is not expected (as it is in North America), it is always appreciated, and a few coins can be left if the service has been good. Taxi drivers normally expect you to round up the fare, while bellhops who help you carry your luggage to your hotel room or stewards on ferries who take you to your cabin normally expect a small gratuity of between €1 and €3.

ATMs are found in every town large enough to support a bank and in almost all the tourist areas. Be aware that ATMs on the islands can lose their connection for a day or two at a time, making it impossible for anyone (locals included) to withdraw money. It’s useful to keep some backup cash just in case this happens during your visit.

Credit cards are now an accepted part of the commercial scene in Greece, although they’re often not accepted on many of the smaller islands or in small villages. Don't rely on your cards alone, and check in advance when dining or drinking if it's your only option.

11. Levels of health care in Greece vary

Although medical training is of a high standard in Greece, the public health service is underfunded. Hospitals can be overcrowded, and relatives are expected to bring in food for the patient – often a problem for solo travelers. Conditions and treatment are much better in private hospitals, which are expensive. All this means that a good health-insurance policy is essential.

There is at least one doctor on every island, and larger islands have hospitals. Pharmacies can dispense medicines that are available only on prescription in most European countries. If the situation isn't critical, it's often best to consult a pharmacist first for minor ailments.

12. Stay hydrated and remember how powerful the sun can be

Tap water isn't safe to drink on many islands – ask if in doubt. Keeping a supply of bottled water to hand is essential for hydration as well as safety; many tourists underestimate how hot it can get in Greece, and heatstroke and serious sunburn are common on beaches with little shade. Break up your sun-drenched siestas with time in the shade getting hydrated, and pack plenty of high-factor SPF. Mosquitos are an irritant rather than a danger, but packing insect repellant is recommended.

13. Pickpocketing and other petty crime is common in busy places

The major risks of theft in Greece are pickpockets in the large cities and theft of belongings when lounging on busy, popular beaches (leave passports behind in hotel safes). Never leave your belongings unattended, and don't leave your bags hanging from the back of your seat where you can't keep an eye on them. 

The tourist police work in cooperation with the regular Greek police. Each tourist police office has at least one member of staff who speaks English. If you need to report a theft or loss of passport, go to the tourist police first, and they will act as interpreters between you and the regular police. Some unscrupulous taxi drivers will try to charge you extortionate rates from the airports to the city centers. Always make sure the meter is running or pre-negotiate and agree on the price before you get in.

This article was first published March 2022 and updated June 2023

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When imagining our holiday in Greece we think of hillside towns, gleaming white and blue in the sunshine with tiny windmills spinning on the horizon. We think of towering Athenian architecture or plates of fresh seafood and Greek salad overlooking the glinting Mediterranean Sea. We want nothing more than to welcome you to Greece, but before you come, please take note of some important travel information.

When travelling to Greece from UK, either an approved Schengen visa or Greece ETIAS permission will be necessary, depending on the country you are from. ETIAS Greece will be available to citizens of any non-EU country that has a visa exemption agreement with the EU in order to enter the Schengen zone, such as the UK. Citizens of the UK who desire to go to Greece or any other Schengen country must first obtain ETIAS authorisation.

Passengers no longer need to fill out a Passenger Locator Form (EU PLF) to enter Greece, and if you can verify you are completely vaccinated, you will not have to self-isolate when you get there. In order to enter Greece on transportation by land, air or sea, all passengers must wear a protective mask.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the Government of Italy to impose additional restrictions or requirements that may be independent of the ETIAS requirements.

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ETIAS Requirements When Travelling to Greece from UK

When the ETIAS system if fully operational in 2024, all nationals travelling to Greece from UK will be required to have ETIAS in order to enter Greece and the rest of the Schengen area. The Greece ETIAS application will be a simple process requiring only a valid biometric passport and some basic personal information.

ETIAS for Greece will be valid for three years after the application is approved, or until the registered passport expires, whichever comes first. If the passport is the first to expire, a new Greece ETIAS application must be submitted and approved before re-entering the Schengen zone.

The application will be subject to a modest charge, which has yet to be determined but is expected to be in the region of £6, which must be paid with debit or credit card. Please ensure the card used is fully functional and has sufficient funds, otherwise the application may automatically be rejected. In most cases, applications are approved in a matter of minutes.

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Do I need ETIAS when travelling to Greece from UK?

If you are a citizen of a non-EU nation that has a visa exemption agreement with the EU, such as the UK, you will need ETIAS to travel to Greece. When travelling to Greece from UK you must apply for ETIAS Greece . The electronic ETIAS application will be available starting in 2024 (the exact date is not yet confirmed).

Where are British consulates located in Greece?

There are British embassies , consulates and high commissions throughout Greece, such as the British Embassy Athens, the British Vice Consulate Rhodes, the British Consulate Crete, the British Vice Consulate Corfu, the British Honorary Vice Consulate Zakynthos and the British Consulate in Patras.

What are the Covid - 19 travel requirements in Greece?

It is mandatory to wear a protective mask in all indoor spaces in Greece. In certain spaces, such as pharmacies and public transport, you will be required to wear a double mask or a FFP2/N95 mask. All restrictions are under continual review and may be changed with limited notice. If travelling on internal (domestic) flights within Greece, please check with your operator for their specific requirements.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 while staying in Greece, you should avoid visiting health facilities and instead contact a doctor remotely. If your test result is positive, you will be required to stay in a quarantine hotel until otherwise advised.

Can a British citizen travel to Greece?

Yes, British citizens can travel to Greece. As a UK citizen, you do not need a visa for short stays up to 90 days within any 180-day period for tourism, family visits, or business purposes. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, entry requirements and restrictions may change frequently. You might need to provide proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test result, or comply with other health and safety measures. Be sure to check the latest information from both the UK and Greek governments before planning your trip to Greece.

Do UK passport holders need visa for Greece?

UK passport holders do not need a visa for short stays in Greece for up to 90 days within any 180-day period for tourism, family visits, or business purposes. However, for longer stays or other reasons, UK citizens may need to apply for a visa or residence permit, as the UK is no longer part of the EU. It’s important to check the specific requirements for your intended visit to Greece and stay up-to-date on any changes to visa regulations or entry requirements due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Can you drink the water in Greece?

In general, tap water in Greece is safe to drink, especially in urban areas and larger cities. The water quality is regularly monitored and meets international standards. However, in some smaller towns, rural areas, or islands, the tap water may not be as reliable, and locals might prefer to drink bottled water. When visiting these areas, it is advisable to follow local recommendations and opt for bottled or filtered water if you have any concerns about the water quality. To stay on the safe side, you can always choose to drink bottled water during your trip.

Should you tip in Greece?

Tipping in Greece is appreciated but not mandatory. It is customary to tip for good service in restaurants, cafes, and bars. A tip of 5-10% of the bill is generally considered appropriate, but feel free to tip more for exceptional service. You can round up the bill or leave the tip in cash on the table. For other services, such as taxis, it is common to round up the fare or leave a small tip, while for hotel staff, a tip of 1-2 euros per bag for porters or a few euros per day for housekeeping is appreciated. Ultimately, tipping is at your discretion and based on your satisfaction with the service provided.

How do you say hello in Greece?

In Greece, the most common way to say “hello” is by using the Greek word “γεια” (pronounced “YAH”). If you want to be more formal or polite, you can say “Γεια σας” (pronounced “YAH sas”), which means “hello” or “hi” in a more respectful tone, suitable for addressing older people, groups, or someone you don’t know well. In the morning, you may also hear “Καλημέρα” (pronounced “kah-lee-MEH-rah”), which means “good morning,” while in the evening, you can use “Καλησπέρα” (pronounced “kah-lee-SPEH-rah”) for “good evening.”

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Top UK airline launches flights from three major UK airports to holiday destinations across Greece

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  • Published : 9:49, 30 Jan 2024
  • Updated : 9:51, 30 Jan 2024

THE country's largest tour operator is launching flights from three major UK airports to popular holiday destinations across Greece.

Jet2 has confirmed that it will be launching seven new routes from three UK airports to Greece .

Jet2 will be launching seven new routes from three UK airports to Greece

According to Travel Gossip , the airline will be increasing its summer capacity to Greece by 12 per cent in 2024.

Seven new routes will be added to the airline's schedule.

There will be five new routes from Liverpool Airport to destinations across Greece, including Corfu , Heraklion, Kos, Rhodes and Zante .

Jet2 will also be launching a new flight from Birmingham Airport to Mytilene, as well as a new flight from Newcastle to Chania.

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Flights are set to depart in May 2024, with tickets already on sale.

For example, weekly flights will depart from Birmingham Airport at 2.30pm, arriving in Mytilene at 8.20pm, with a flight time of three hours and 50 minutes.

Sun Online Travel have found one-way tickets for £90 per person at the start of the summer season.

The airline has also extended its Crete and Rhodes programmes until mid-November.

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Steve Heapy, Jet2 boss, said: "We are looking forward to our biggest ever year in Greece and our joint marketing campaign with GNTO, promoting everything Greece has to offer, is absolutely critical to our ongoing growth and success.

"This is a real investment in our growth in the country, and we look forward to continuing to boost awareness and sales with our partners through this innovative campaign work, especially early in the year which is such a key booking period for UK holidaymakers."

The popular airline already announced new flights from the UK to Symi and the Athens Coast for summer 2024.

Earlier this year, Jet2 confirmed that a new route will operate between Manchester Airport and Porto .

Jet2 isn't the only airline opening new routes from the UK to holiday destinations across the globe.

British Airways  will be resuming flights from London Stansted for the first time since the Covid-19  pandemic .

The flag carrier has confirmed that three new routes will depart from the London airport, with prices starting at £36 for a one-way ticket.

Budget airline Ryanair is  launching flights to Spain ,  Portugal , and  Malta , from Norwich Airport.

As it stands, the airport only serves a handful of foreign destinations, which means the  Ryanair  expansion is great  news  for holidaymakers in East Anglia.

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The flights will run on both Mondays and Fridays, according to the aviation website  Simple Flying .

Ryanair is also launching flights  from Cornwall Airport and Cardiff Airport, with new routes to Paris and Faro among some of those announced.

Tickets for the new routes are already on sale

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Red Sea crisis: What it takes to reroute the world's biggest cargo ships on a 4,000 mile detour

A cargo ship passes through the Suez Canal (Credit: Alamy)

You can see exactly where the drone attack hit. Just look for the grisly black scorch marks staining the ship's white paint. On 17 January, the MV Genco Picardy, a US-owned bulk carrier, became the latest victim of Houthi rebel assaults on commercial ships sailing through the Red Sea. One of the world's busiest shipping lanes is now, surely, the most dangerous.

Since November, Yemen's Houthi rebel group has targeted vessels passing through the strait of Bab al-Mandab, a 20 mile (32km) wide channel that splits north-east Africa from Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula. They claim to be targeting vessels with connections to Israel following the start of the war in the Gaza Strip.

They've used everything from heavily armed hijackers to missiles and drones. For seafarers caught up in the chaos, it must be terrifying. A tanker, for example, could carry around one million barrels of highly flammable oil. The crew of the MV Genco Picardy – which was carrying phosphate rock – were unharmed and were able to extinguish the fire caused by the incendiary drone.

It's not a situation anyone would envy, says Michelle Wiese Bockmann as she describes counting no fewer than 300 ships entering the most dangerous stretch of the Red Sea one day earlier this week.

"Every one of those 300 vessels has between 15 and 25 people on board," says the principal analyst at global maritime experts Lloyd's List Intelligence. "It's like a bus carrying passengers sailing straight into what, for them, is a warzone. They have no say in whether they do that."

The MV Genco Picardy was attacked by a drone in January as it sailed from the Red Sea into the Gulf of Aden (Credit: UPI/Alamy Live News)

The MV Genco Picardy was attacked by a drone in January as it sailed from the Red Sea into the Gulf of Aden (Credit: UPI/Alamy Live News)

An estimated 12% of global trade passes through the Red Sea every year, worth more than $1tn (£790bn). But many shipping firms have begun avoiding the area altogether. Hundreds of giant container ships, some of them more than 300m (984ft) long, are now choosing a lengthy detour around the continent of Africa instead of heading up the Red Sea and through the Suez Canal on voyages from Asia to Europe. But rerouting such large vessels is no easy task – the logistics involved can be enormous and time consuming.

Elsewhere, the severe drought afflicting the Panama Canal and the war in Ukraine – which has curtailed grain shipments via the Black Sea – are also strangling global supply chains. There is an urgency to adapt and reroute, though it comes with serious financial and environmental consequences.

In November last year, the Houthis hijacked a car carrier and released a video of the incident to the world. Their explosive weapons have also struck container ships, bulk carriers and narrowly missed a Russian oil tanker – the latter targeted, apparently, by mistake . US and UK military operations intended to protect ships and deter the Houthis have also entered the fray . ( Read more about why the Houthis are attacking Red Sea shipping . )

Besides the threat to life and limb, sailing into such a maelstrom means higher insurance premiums, possible legal problems and unpredictable delays. The cargo carried by these vessels can be worth millions to hundreds of millions of dollars. So, it's no surprise that shipping companies have decided, in many cases, to send their vessels elsewhere. ( Find out why it is so hard to protect the world's biggest ships .)

Steering clear of the Red Sea and taking the lengthy detour around the Cape of Good Hope, however, adds around 3,500 nautical miles (4,000 miles/6,500km) and 10-12 days sailing time to each trip. This requires extra fuel (an additional $1m/£790,000's worth according to some estimates), possibly finding alternative ports of call, adjustments to delivery timetables, and rising costs. But many companies are making that choice rather than risk attack by missiles and hijackers.

Ships sailing thousands of miles more than they otherwise would use up far more fuel and emit more carbon into the atmosphere to deliver the same cargo

Container lines have been left scrambling to rent enough ships for the lengthened journeys their vessels must now take to avoid the Red Sea, and there are fears that the crisis could have widespread economic impacts , pushing up prices of goods and delaying deliveries of high-value products by weeks or perhaps even longer.

Lloyd's List Intelligence's Wiese Bockmann says the Houthis have become increasingly indiscriminate, echoing comments by officials at the US National Security Council .

Someone else who has been watching the crisis unfold is Anna Nagurney, an economist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. There were already significant choke points in global trade, including reduced flows through the drought-stricken Panama Canal, which connects the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic.

"A lot of [China's] ships were rerouting and not using the Panama Canal but starting to use the Suez Canal," she says. "So now that's going topsy turvy."

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Taking a detour around the Cape of Good Hope seems extreme but shipping firms have done it before, for different reasons . In this case, there aren't really any alternatives given the huge volumes of cargo involved, says Nagurney. A spokesman for Maersk, one of the world's largest shipping companies, insists that there are limits to how much cargo can be moved from shipping to rail and air transport, because of the sheer amount that cargo ships can carry.

However, the harsh weather conditions sometimes encountered by vessels navigating Africa's southern tip mean that this option is not without risk itself, adds Nagurney.

Trillions of dollars of trade are transported around the world on cargo ships every year (Credit: Alamy)

Trillions of dollars of trade are transported around the world on cargo ships every year (Credit: Alamy)

Companies involved in shipping and logistics are highly experienced in getting cargo to where it needs to go, one way or another, and global supply chains are actually highly resilient, says Wiese Bockmann. She says the current Red Sea crisis should not be viewed as "Armageddon" for the shipping industry.

A case in point is how the Ukrainians have adapted to the threat posed to their grain ships by the Russian navy in the Black Sea. Nagurney and her colleagues have studied the extraordinary response to this problem , which has resulted in Ukraine moving millions of tonnes of grain along alternate corridors – such as up the Danube River or over land to sea ports in Romania, which are currently safer for departing vessels than ports in Ukraine.

That's not to say that all this rerouting of huge cargo ships does not have serious consequences. There are already reports of increased costs that will likely get passed on to consumers. Eddie Anderson, a professor in supply chain management at Imperial College London, suggests that the cost of shipping containers around, for one thing, is not likely to reach the extraordinary levels that it did during the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic. High fees certainly aren't a barrier to the manufacturers reportedly choosing to send their products and components by air freight at the moment, rather than risk delays to their supply lines.

A key question is how long the Red Sea crisis will go on for. Shipping firms and experts have already suggested it could last for months. Anderson agrees: "You're certainly talking about months. I don't imagine it's going to be years – but who can say."

There's also the environmental impact to think about. Sudden increases in shipping traffic can lead to dramatic changes in underwater noise that can affect local fish stocks and marine mammals .

Plus, ships sailing thousands of miles more than they otherwise would use up far more fuel and emit more carbon into the atmosphere to deliver the same cargo. In 2023, the International Maritime Organization set goals of reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and reducing emissions by at least 20% by 2030.

"If this continues, shipping won't be able to reach reduction of emissions this year ," says Rico Luman, a transport economist at banking and financial services firm ING. He points out that oil tankers are covering significantly more miles than they were prior to the war in Ukraine because sanctions targeting Russia have led to the reshaping of many shipping routes. So ships of certain kinds are already emitting more, per unit of cargo, than they were previously.

What is clear, though, is that the Houthi assault on global trade will not scupper supply chains. It is a severe threat nonetheless – and all the more so for the seafarers whose lives remain at risk.

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The Red Sea shipping crisis is having a ‘dramatic’ impact, warns logistics chief

Attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea have severely disrupted international shipping. (file)

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Attacks against shipping in the Red Sea by Houthis are devastating for global trade and supply chains, already reeling under the impacts of the war in Ukraine and climate change-linked conditions in the Panama Canal, said the UN trade and development body, UNCTAD, on Thursday.

According to Jan Hoffmann, Chief of Trade Logistics at UNCTAD , the attacks are not only adding to geopolitical tensions but also raising costs and leading to increased greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions.

“Maritime transport is really the lifeline of global trade,” he said, speaking to journalists at UN Headquarters in New York via video link from Geneva.

“These disruptions underline their vulnerability to geopolitics, tensions, and climate changes.”

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Attacks and counter strikes

Also known as Ansar Allah, Houthi rebels control large parts of Yemen, including the Red Sea coast.

Since November, they have intensified attacks against ships passing through the narrow waters towards the Suez Canal, claiming they have been targeting those heading to Israeli ports.

In response, the United States, United Kingdom and other countries launched airstrikes against the group at sea and now on land, further increasing tensions in the region.

A crucial link

The Suez Canal is a vital link for international shipping and accounts for between 12 and 15 per cent of global trade and about 20 per cent of container trade.

Disruptions there have a catastrophic, cascading effect worldwide, as seen during the March 2021 grounding of the vast Ever Given container ship that blocked the waterway for days.

Given the risk of attacks, ships are avoiding the route, traveling along the much longer passage around the southern tip of Africa.

Container ship transits are down 67 per cent compared to a year ago. The largest impact is on liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, which have stopped altogether since 16 January, according to UNCTAD.

Prior to the crisis, normally two or sometimes three gas carriers used to pass through the region daily.

Global shipping in crisis

The challenges come on the back of pre-existing disruptions to global trade caused by the war in Ukraine and the abnormally low water levels in the Panama Canal due to climate change impacts.

Low water levels have caused a decrease of 36 per cent in ship transits compared to a year ago and are almost 62 per cent down on two years ago.

The impacts have been “dramatic”, Mr. Hoffmann said, pointing to a surge in average container spot rates.

Average shipping cost rates from Shanghai have more than doubled since early December 2023, those to Europe over tripled and those to the US west coast also increased “even though they don’t go through the Suez Canal”.

“We are seeing multiple impacts,” he highlighted, warning of rising costs, potential inflation, global delays and disruptions and worsening of climate change contributors.

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Spanning across 131,957 square kilometres, much of Greece is scattered across a large peninsula and 227 inhabited islands. Some islands are home to 100 people or less, so if you're looking for something remote and idyllic, or somewhere bustling, there is so much choice.

Passport rules

As Greece is in the EU, British travellers will need their passport to have been issued less than 10 years before the date of entry, and valid for at least three months after the day of leaving Greece. To visit, as it is in a Schengen area, You can travel to countries in this area (Greece included) for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa.

Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days. A list of countries in this area can be found here. You may need to show a return or onward ticket.

Vaccines aren’t too strict and are quite standard for Greece, it is recommended to have a tetanus and a rabies shot. Those who have covid , will need to wait till they test positive before they can leave isolation.

Generally a safe country, Greece does have a high terrorism risk, but security has been increased because of political demonstrations. The demonstrations are usually due to the Israel and Palestine conflict, or strikes which can impact public transport.

Thefts can be common, similar to London, pickpockets will target tourists and usually go for wallets and phones. It is recommended to keep a scanned passport photocopy in the hotel or wherever you are staying.

A popular party destination with islands like Korfu, Mykonos and Kos, it is recommended tourists keep their wits about them when on a night out. Possession of drugs can lead to a long prison sentence, and rowdy indecent drunk behaviour can be illegal.

The UK Government recommends following this advice:

save the location of your accommodation on your maps app, so it’s easier to find at the end of the night

set up a WhatsApp group to keep in touch with others in your group

keep an eye on each other’s drinks to make sure they don’t get spiked

don’t let a friend walk back to their hotel alone

don’t give a drunk person more alcohol

The government website also states men aged 19 and above who have a Greek national parent may have military service obligations. Authorities might even prevent you from leaving Greece until you complete military service obligations.

Greece can experience flooding, so check “112 Greece” on X (Twitter) for official updates, which will also issue updates on forest fires too. Enabling Emergency Alerts in phone settings can also keep you informed.

Located just east of Greece, Turkey is a beautiful nation known for its incredible Ottoman Empire history. The nation is mostly in European continent, with a slither in the Balkan peninsula of Europe.

Currently, there is a warning against travelling to Turkey. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office advised against travel there, and consular support is very limited where it states you shouldn’t travel. Consular support means help in situations of arrest or detention and serious accidents.

Travel near a 10 kilometre border with Syria is strongly not advised, including Sirnak and the Hakkari province. On the morning of January 28, an incident was reported at the Santa Maria Church in Istanbul.

If you are visiting Turkey, your passport must:

  • be valid for at least 150 days from the date you arrive
  • have a full blank page for entry and exit stamps
  • If you are a resident in Turkey, your passport must be valid for 6 months from the date you arrive
  • If you plan to remain in Turkey for more than 90 days, apply for a longer stay visa or get a residence permit before the end of your 90-day stay.

The UK Government website says to take particular care during dates of significance to terrorist groups, including:

30 March to 20 April

19 December

It says: “Terrorist groups operating in Syria, including Daesh and Al-Qaeda linked groups, routinely use kidnapping as a tactic. They’re present in the Syrian border areas. Be particularly vigilant in these locations.

“Daesh and other terrorist groups may target humanitarian aid workers and journalists. If you’re kidnapped, the reason for your presence is unlikely to serve as protection or secure your safe release.”

British Government policy states it will not make substantive concessions to hostage-takers. The British Government says paying ransom and releasing prisoners builds the capability of terrorist groups. This can, in turn, encourage the risk of further hostage-taking. The Terrorism Act (2000) makes payments to terrorists illegal.

Regarding safety, there are many different things to be aware of before visiting the nation. Stray dogs tend to travel in packs, and shouldn’t be approached. Selling historical items is illegal, and so insulting the national flag and defacing currency.

It’s illegal not to carry some kind of ID, so make sure to have one. Smoking is very restricted, it is illegal on public transport and in all indoor and public places. It’s restricted in some outdoor areas too especially in recreational and historic areas.

Natural disasters such as earthquakes, fires and flooding can occur, so take care and monitor local media for updates. Follow evacuation orders should any of the mentioned incidents occur.

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Mykonos is a popular destination

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Italy continued its streak for the seventh year running as the country with the highest number of award recipients. This was followed by Spain, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, which climbed two spots from last year to secure fifth place. Rounding out the top 10 were Poland, Brazil, the United States, Croatia and Portugal.

Check out the number of Traveller Review Award recipients for each of the top 10 countries:

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This year, 449 car rental partners from 26 countries are Traveller Review Award 2024 recipients. Spain (84) keeps its position in top place with the most car rental companies awarded, followed by Italy (74), Portugal (47), Greece (42) and the US (28). The warm welcomes of 129 taxi partners were also recognised, with Italy (17) and Spain (12) having the most awards.

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