Greece now accepts rapid antigen Covid tests from travellers – saving holidaying Brit families more than £100

BRITS hoping for a holiday to Greece this summer have been given a boost by the news that the country no longer requires a pricey PCR test for entry.

Instead, people arriving in the country can opt for a rapid antigen test from an authorised laboratory, undertaken within the 48 hour period before the scheduled flight.

The rapid antigen tests are being sold for as little as £20, compared to a PCR test fro private companies which charge between £75-£150.

According the Foreign Office website, to enter Greece from Britain travellers must now fill in a Passenger Locator Form no later than 11:59pm of the day before arriving in Greece.

They must also take either a negative PCR test up to 72 hours before arrival, a negative rapid antigen test from an authorised laboratory up to 48 hours before the scheduled flight.

Anyone who can provide proof of two Covid vaccinations completed at least 14 days before travel are exempt from tests.

Greece is currently off the cards for British holidaymakers, as it has been added to the amber list in the government's traffic light system.

But the government is expected to announce tomorrow that quarantine rules for double-jabbed holidaymakers heading to amber nations will be ditched.

And unjabbed family members aged under 18 will be able to fly too as they have not been offered the vaccine.

That would open up unrestricted holidays to countries currently on the medium-risk list – like Spain, France, Italy Greece and the US.

Some senior ministers are even pushing for holiday restrictions to be eased at the same time other curbs are lifted in the UK – on July 19, but it is expected that the changes to quarantine rules won't come into place until August.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the changes will not be ready until later this summer, with Downing Street eying August at the earliest.

However last night a key ally of Chancellor Rishi Sunak broke cover to call for the border freedom boost to kick in on July 19.

Tory MP James Cartlidge, the Chancellor’s right hand man and aide in Parliament, wrote to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to demand double jabbed Brits be given freedom next month.

He said: “The proposal to restart international travel by allowing fully vaccinated people to go on holiday would be an absolute lifeline for this industry.”

Currently, Brits visiting amber list countries including Greece have to quarantine for ten days on their return to England, as well as taking a PCR or lateral flow test before travelling and a PCR test on days 2 and 8.

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