Greece holidays: Country updates travel restrictions for certain destinations – where?

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Greece has been a popular holiday spot with Britons this year and has largely remained on the quarantine exemption list. The country’s coronavirus cases have slowly risen over the last few weeks but are still relatively low compared to other European countries. Greece recorded 453 new cases on September 21 which was its highest daily figure since May.

However, the country’s death rate remains low.

At the time of writing, the country has recorded 18,886 cases and 393 deaths which is lower than the UK, France and Spain.

Greece’s government website issued an “urgent notice” regarding flights from certain countries.

The news was posted by Covid travel adviser and quarantine watcher Ben McCluskey on Twitter.

He said: “Brits travelling to Greece ARE NOT subject to entry restrictions…

“The list of countries has been updated TODAY & valid until October 12.”

The announcement regards flights from Bulgaria, Romania, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania, North Macedonia, Hungary, Czech Republic and Poland to Greece.

The announcement reads: “Passengers of flights from Bulgaria, Romania, UAE, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania, North Macedonia and Hungary (as of September 16, 2020 until October 12, 2020) from Czech Republic (as of September 28, 2020) and Poland (as of October 3, 2020) to Greece will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.”

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The advice also applies to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and other travellers visiting for essential purposes.

Mainland Greece is open to Britons but several of its surrounding islands are on England’s quarantine list.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development office (FCDO) advise against all but essential travel to the islands of Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos (Zante).

However, it depends on where you are returning to in the UK as Wales and Scotland have slightly different restrictions in place.

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If you are returning to Wales from the islands of Mykonos, Zakynthos (Zante), Lesvos, Paros and Antiparos, Crete, Santorini, Serifos and Tinos you are required to self isolate for 14 days.

If you are returning to Scotland from Greece or any of its islands, you will need to self-isolate on your return.

Britons travelling to Greece must fill out a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before travel.

Airlines may not allow you to travel if you do not fill a PLF out or you may not be allowed to enter the country.

Countries at risk of being removed from the travel corridor list are those with more than 20 cases per 100,000 people over a week.

Despite the country’s seven-day case rate creeping above 20 per 100,000 to 20.4, mainland Greece has remained on the UK’s travel corridor list.

Meanwhile, Poland and Turkey were removed from the list yesterday.

Three Caribbean islands were also removed from the list which were Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba.

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