The Government has recently stepped up its coronavirus containment plans in Europe, as cases explode through the mainland, prompting fears of a second wave. A series of favourite tourist destinations recently entered the quarantine list, including Spain and France. But now some of the Greek islands have as well, potentially panicking tourists still on holiday there.
Which Greek islands are on the quarantine list?
The Government has recently shifted its coronavirus response to include regions rather than whole countries.
Now, officials have added several Greek islands to the list.
These include several British favourites, but they say the mainland remains safe.
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The latest announcement forms part of a shift in the Government’s wider coronavirus response, which narrows travel corridors from countries to regions.
Transport minister Grant Shapps revealed the new rules would consider islands separately from the mainland.
Making the announcement in the House of Commons, he said the move would help rescusitate the British transport industry without compromising public health.
Mr Shapps said: “Through the use of enhanced data we will now be able to pinpoint risk in some of the most popular islands, providing increased flexibility to add or remove them – distinct from the mainland – as infection rates change.”
“This development will help boost the UK’s travel industry while continuing to maintain maximum protection to public health, keeping the travelling public safe.”
As such, more islands may get the green light for holidays, while a nation’s mainland could remain on the quarantine list.
The policy would likely come into effect in different ways for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Travellers from Wales must already quarantine if returning from six different Greek islands, while Scotland has banned the entire country of Greece.
Source:Daily Express :: Travel Feed