British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s father, Stanley Johnson, jetted off to Greece, despite the coronavirus pandemic travel advice from the Government.
He flew despite Foreign Office guidance saying Britons should not go abroad unless they have to.
Johnson arrived in Athens on Wednesday night to visit his mountain villa.
The 79-year-old had flown via the Bulgarian capital Sofia because the Greek government has banned direct flights from the UK until mid-July.
According to Dailymail, speaking from the balcony of his villa in northern Greece, Johnson said: “I’m in Pelion on essential business trying to Covid-proof my property in view of the upcoming letting season. I need to set up distancing measures at the property because they’re taking it very seriously here.”
“The Greeks are trying to stop bulk arrivals from the UK but they were quite happy to have me coming in. All they wanted to know where I was coming from and what I was doing. Then I had my temperature taken and was swabbed twice,” he continued.
It is recalled that earlier this week, Greece extended its ban on flights from the UK and Sweden until July 15.
The decision was made during a meeting held at Maximos Palace on Monday, chaired by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. He reportedly said: “The whole opening procedure is dynamic and the data will be continuously evaluated.”
The Foreign Office is advising British nationals against all but essential international travel.
Meanwhile, airline companies and tour operators are increasing pressure to form a so-called “air bridge” that would allow British and Greek tourists to visit each others countries without having to do a compulsory quarantine measure.
“We must get these air bridges set up as soon as possible. From what I’ve seen the arrival of the British will not be a danger to the Greeks because they’re so careful here,” Johnson added.
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