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Father of Boris Johnson under fire for “covid checking” his villa in Greece

The father of UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Stanly came under fire on Thursday after British media revealed that the 70-year-old ignored instructions of the Foreign Office and the Greek authorities and traveled to Pilion where he has a villa.

Stanley Johnson flew from London to Sofia in Bulgaria and from there to Athens on Wednesday night.

He said he is in Pelion on “essential business trying to Covid-proof my property.”

Furthermore, he boasted of his trip in a pair of Instagram posts showing his plane coming in over Athens.

“A flagrant disregard of his own son’s ‘essential travel only’ rules,” write among others dailymail.

The former Tory MEP had flown via the Bulgarian capital Sofia because the Greek government has banned direct flights from the UK until July 15.

Speaking from the balcony of his villa in northern Greece last night, Mr 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,” he said.

‘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 urged his son, Boris to “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.’

The four-bed villa in Pelion has a pool and terraces with views of the mountains and the sea. The beach is only a five-minute walk through an olive grove.

The trip triggered an outrage on social media.

Greek media are not impressed thought, the majority simply reports about the trip with only a few using expressions such as “unbelievable” (iferimerida), “secretely” (

On social media, Greek internet users made jokes and urged “those in Pelion to be aware!”

Johnson’s trip shows, of course, that it is possible to travel to Greece or elsewhere via a third country to get around rules designed to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The Foreign Office is advising British nationals against all but essential international travel. Its says there are limited travel options between the UK and Greece and no direct flights.

On June 30, Greece extended the flight ban to/from UK until July 15, 2020.

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  1. Don’t travel unless it’s essential you cannot fly to Greece directly but hey try going via Bulgaria that’s fine..!!! spread the virus that way no problem.. and also no quarantine when you arrive or return.. brilliant…that’s the way to do it..
    P.S you don’t need binoculars to make it covid safe,,,

  2. Umm travelling from UK to GR is not recommended but fully allowed. What is the issue here? Is someone jealous? I came to GR from the UK, I gave my information saying I flew in from the UK via Switzerland and I was not even tested.

    I see nothing wrong with what he did.

    • @jetsetter1 People like you are the reason why travellers from countries which handled COVID much better such as Switzerland are getting more controlled. And you are coming out of a country with very high infection rates, saying “who cares if I infect hundreds, I am a cool jetsetter”- so disgusting.

    • michele lavender

      jetsetter1you see nothing wrong because you did it,no we aint jealous,you seem so proud of..not even being tested..have a bit more thought for the country and people you may be infecting through total..Im entitled..arrogance.

    • Why would you see anything wrong with the self centered selfish act of this plonker when you are tarred with the same brush? Shame on you.

  3. Donr believe it.
    My wife has been in UK since March and desperately wants to come home. Yes we could cheat as well but the message from the Greek government is clear whilst UK cant control virus as it nevet locked down properly or tested properly (unlike Greece which did and is doing properly).and the UK plebs who visited beaches etc in their thousands and outrageous employers in Leicester who cant provide safe working conditions the virus aint stopping anytime soon and the door to Greece will be closed.
    Stanlry Johnson should be ashamed sheer arrogant Tory elitist, he dhould be prosecuted but like Cummings mothing will happen.
    Boris get agrip

  4. I was sad and disgusted to read that the PMs father has totally flagrantly ignored the fact that at the moment Greece has banned all in UK. What ignorance this man has displayed by his actions. There are many of us in the UK longing to return to various parts of Greece for a long awaited holiday, but we just have to hope and be patient _ and obey safety.