BRITS with holidays to Greece have been left fearing it may be the next country to be added to the UK’s quarantine list.
France, Spain and Malta have all been added in recent weeks due to the spiralling coronavirus cases in the countries.
Thousands of British tourists have been left in the lurch with just hours to return to the UK from holiday after restrictions have been introduced at the last minute.
Destinations are at risk of being removed from the UK’s ‘safe’ list if their new infections go above 20 per 100,000 population over a seven day period.
Here is everything you need to know about your Greece holiday and the latest travel restrictions.
Will Greece be put onto the UK quarantine list?
Greece is unlikely to be put onto the UK quarantine list this week, with the country reporting 9,280 overall cases.
While cases have increased in recent weeks across Greece, including the popular holiday islands such as Mykonos, Santorini and Crete, the figures show the daily infection rate is still much lower than the UK government’s 20.
According to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and PC Agency’s Paul Charles, Greece’s figure is just 14.1.
This is a similar daily infection rate to Portugal, who was recently added to the UK’s air bridge list.
Countries currently at risk are Switzerland, which has exceeded 20, and the Czech Republic, which is nearing the same figure.
What if I have a holiday booked?
If you currently have flights or a holiday booked to Greece, it will remain unaffected.
Even if you no longer want to travel, it is unlikely you will be able to get a refund as the country has not been placed on the UK’s travel advisory list.
Some airlines are letting passengers move their flights for free, so it is worth getting in touch if you no longer want to travel.
If Greece does eventually go on the quarantine list, tour operators and airlines will most likely cancel holidays.
You will then be entitled to a full refund, or be able to move your holiday plans to a later date.
Are there any travel restrictions in place for Greece?
While there are no quarantine restrictions for Greece, there are still some measures which need to be followed.
All Brits must fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) online 24 hours before travelling to the country.
A QR code will then be sent, which must be shown on arrival.
Anyone without the code risks a £500 fine or being sent back to the UK – with some families claiming they were not sent the code or faced problems with the online system.
The Greek government require just one PLF per family, although some airlines require one per passenger, so it is worth checking before travelling.
There are also some coronavirus measures in place across Greece, with curfews in place on some of the islands – bars and restaurants must close between midnight and 7am.
A resort on the island of Crete has overwater bungalows similar to the Maldives with dates still available next month.
It is also a fraction of the price of a Maldives resort, starting from £88pp each night.
Countries currently at risk of being put onto the UK’s quarantine list are Switzerland and the Czech Republic, with both of them around the 20 mark.
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