Travel: Calder discusses potential green list countries
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Greece has opened its arms to UK holidaymakers, welcoming back passengers who have either received both of their COVID-19 vaccinations or who can provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test. Despite this, the UK Government has not yet offered any insight regarding if or when it will allow Greece a place on the green list.
Currently, Greece is on the amber list, meaning holidaymakers will be required to self-isolate on their return back to the UK.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has “reviewed” its travel advice “in full” for Greece, and has issued new updates regarding “passenger locator forms, restrictions on entry by land borders, and COVID-19 restrictions”.
“UK nationals are permitted to enter Greece if they are a permanent resident in the UK, Greece, another EU/EFTA state, or in one of the following countries; Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Russian Federation, United States, Serbia, Israel, North Macedonia, Canada, Belarus, Bahrain, Qatar, China, Kuwait, Ukraine or Saudi Arabia,” explains the FCDO.
“Anyone travelling to Greece must comply with the Greek authorities’ requirements, including completion of a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before you travel (both into and out of Greece).”
Before travelling to Greece, visitors must fill in a PLF no later than 11.59pm of the day prior to arrival.
Arrivals from the UK must provide either proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival or evidence of two COVID-19 vaccinations completed at least 14 days before travel.
“Travellers with proof of either are exempted from the need to self-isolate on arrival to Greece,” states the FCDO.
It further warns: “Failure to provide proof of either may result in your carrier not allowing you to travel and will likely result in the Greek authorities refusing you permission to enter Greece.”
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Passengers may also be required to take a rapid COVID-19 test upon arrival in Greece.
“If you test positive on arrival in Greece, you and those you are travelling with will have to self-isolate in quarantine hotels provided by the Greek state for at least 10 days,” explains the travel authority.
“The expenses of the accommodation in quarantine hotels are covered by the Greek state.”
Britons who are travelling to Greece are urged to “comply with all instructions given by the Greek authorities”.
The FCDO adds: “Failure to do so may result in you being refused permission to enter Greece and/or legal enforcement.”
Despite Greece welcoming back Britons, the FCDO maintains a travel advisory against journeys to some parts of the country and its archipelagos.
The FCDO currently advises “against all but essential travel to Greece, except for the islands of Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.”
Currently, just 12 countries have made it onto the UK’s green list.
Of these, even fewer are in reach for Britons, with many banning non-essential travel.
Portugal is one of the only countries in Europe which is allowing Britons back with the option to side-step quarantine with either vaccination or testing.
However, airlines bosses believe the green list does not go far enough.
easyJet boss Johan Lundgren said: “All the data supports the fact that much of Europe could be opened up to safe travel.
“It is counterintuitive, given the success of the vaccination programme, that the UK has the most restrictive system.”
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