Greece holidays: Travel corridor update sees several Greek islands added back to safe list

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Britons’ holidays have been largely dictated by the UK’s travel corridor list this summer. A review of the travel corridor list has been taking place on a weekly basis, with updates usually being announced on a Thursday. And today was no different with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps revealing on Twitter which countries were being added to the list.

He said: “TRAVEL CORRIDOR UPDATE: We are ADDING Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Santorini and Zakynthos to the #TravelCorridor list this week.

“From 4am Saturday 10th Oct, if you arrive from those Greek islands, you will NO LONGER need to self-isolate.

“We are not REMOVING any countries.”

Mr Shapps added: “REMINDER: You MUST complete a Passenger Locator Form by law if you enter the UK from ANY location (travel corridor or otherwise) to protect public health and help keep everyone safe.”

The new rules will come into force on Saturday at 4am.

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

Destinations that were thought to be at risk of being removed from the travel corridor list were Estonia, Italy, mainland Greece and Sweden.

However, all the countries managed to keep their place on the coveted list.

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Last week, Turkey and Poland were removed from the safe list in a huge blow for Briton’s holidays.

Turkey had become a popular destination over the summer due to the fact it remained on the UK’s travel corridor list.

However, the country was removed from the UK safe list after it emerged that the Turkish Health Ministry had been defining the number of new COVID-19 cases in a different way to the definition used by international organisations.

Caribbean islands Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba were also removed from the travel corridor list last week.

Yesterday, the government revealed it would be creating a task force to develop a coronavirus testing system for travellers arriving in the UK.

The government said the group will “identify options to reduce the self-isolation period while protecting public health”.

The UK’s travel sector has repeatedly called for testing at airports to be introduced as a way of reducing the quarantine periods for those who get a negative result.

More to follow…

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