Greece risks being added to quarantine list after hitting the ‘red zone’ amid Covid surge

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Tomorrow, the UK government is likely to announce more changes to its travel corridor list in its weekly review. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps posts updates on which countries the government has axed from the list on Twitter each week. Travellers wishing to enter the UK from a country not on the travel corridor list have to quarantine for 14 days on their arrival into the UK.

Countries at risk of being removed from the travel corridor list are those with a weekly infection that is higher than 20 per 100,000 people.

Other factors taken into account include: “COVID-19 prevalence; level & rate of change; extent of in-country tests, regime & test positivity; extent of contained outbreak as opposed to general transmission; govt actions & other epidemiological information,” according to Mr Shapps.

CEO of travel consultancy, The PC Agency Paul Charles has been posting updates on countries’ infection rates based off of the UK’s threshold.

Yesterday, he revealed that mainland Greece has moved to the “fringes” of the red zone, putting it at possible risk of being removed from the travel corridor list.

He said: “Tues update: Mainland #Greece moves to the fringes of the red zone for the first time, with higher positive cases.

“#Denmark and #Iceland accelerate up red.

“We’ve added #SouthAfrica and #Canada. Note that #Germany has now gone amber.”

Greece’s case rate is currently 20.3 per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

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This is above Italy, Canada, Germany, Sweden and South Africa’s weekly infection rates.

Iceland and Denmark, which are currently on the travel corridor list, are deep into the red zone with 58.5 and 60.7 cases per 100,000 people respectively.

Greece is currently exempt from quarantine rules but several Greek islands are not on the travel corridor list.

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

“The rest of Greece remains exempt from the FCDO’s advice against all non-essential international travel,” it reads.

However, slightly different quarantine restrictions apply for those returning to Wales.

Travellers returning to Wales from the islands of Mykonos, Zakynthos (Zante), Lesvos, Paros and Antiparos, Crete, Santorini, Serifos and Tinos must isolate for 14 days.

Scotland has imposed blanket quarantine rules on anyone returning from Greece and its islands.

Last week, Slovenia and Guadeloupe were removed from the list after recording a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Those retiring to the UK must also show proof of a competed passenger locator form (PLF).

Travellers may be refused permission to enter the UK or fined if they do not provide contact details or refuse to self-isolate.

The government is now taking a more targeted approach to travel corridors which means islands or mainlands can be added or removed from the travel corridor list.

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