First British Tourists Welcomed on Rhodes After Reopening of Tourism in Greece

RHODES — The first British tourists arrived on Rhodes on Wednesday, following the country's reopening to tourism last weekend, with TUI flights from Birmingham and Manchester.

A total of 180 travellers arrived from the UK shortly after 13:00 on the two flights, while another 79 passengers are expected from London on a flight arriving at 17:30.

The tourists came to the popular Dodecanese island on direct flights despite a directive by the UK government to avoid travelling to countries on the 'orange' warning list of the coronavirus pandemic. Asked why they chose to come at this time, some said that they "have been visiting the island for the past 20 years and came to see friends and Rhodian philoxenia and to enjoy the sun, sea and good food."

"No restriction and no quarantine can stop us from visiting our beloved island," they added.

As part of the island's tradition, the first arrivals were welcomed by the Deputy Mayor of Tourism and the Rhode Municipality's Tourism Division.


ATHENS - Four years after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down international traffic - and Greece frantic to get tourists back - so many are coming that the government is looking at limiting how many cruise ships can dock.

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