Travellers arriving in England from several Greek Islands from 4am today now have to quarantine for 14 days. The announcement was made on Monday by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps. The islands that have been removed from the travel corridor list are Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos, and Zakynthos (also known as Zante).
The government has now said island destinations can be treated differently from mainland countries if their infection rates differ.
While this may have initially provided hope for Spain’s popular Balearic and Canary Islands, Mr Shapps said their infection rates were too high for them to be put back on the travel corridor list.
Those arriving back into Northern Ireland from Greece and its surrounding islands are not required to quarantine for 14 days.
Scotland has blanket quarantine rules on Greece and its surrounding islands.
Wales is enforcing quarantine rules on nine Greek islands: Mykonos, Zakynthos, Lesvos, Paros, Antiparos and Crete, Santorini, Serifos and Tinos.
The UK’s travel corridor lists are being reviewed on a weekly basis.
Countries potentially at risk of being removed from the travel corridor list include those with more than 20 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
But despite Greece’s islands now being out the picture for Britons, there are plenty of other destinations on offer for Britons looking for a ‘hassle-free’ autumn break.
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Full list of countries on the UK quarantine free list:
Antigua and Barbuda
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
British Antarctic Territory
British Virgin Islands
Cyprus (UK is in Category B which means tourists need to provide a negative coronavirus test on arrival, obtained within 72 hours before travel. All travellers to Cyprus must complete a Cyprus Flight Pass before travelling)
French Polynesia (those returning to Scotland need to self-isolate for 14 days)
Gibraltar (those returning to Wales need to self-isolate for 14 days)
Greece (except Crete, Lesbos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos for England. Anyone returning to Scotland from Greece, will need to self-isolate on their return. Travellers to Wales from Mykonos, Zakynthos, Lesvos, Paros and Antiparos, Crete, Santorini, Serifos and Tinos are required to self-isolate for 14 days.)
Italy (Must complete a self-declaration form before arrival)
Portugal (including Madeira, Porto Santo and the Azores for England. Scotland is requiring those returning from mainland Portugal and Madeira and the Azores to self-isolate for 14 days on their return. Those travelling to Wales from mainland Portugal will need to self-isolate for 14 days on their return.)
St Kitts and Nevis
St Pierre and Miquelon
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Turkey (must complete passenger locator form before arrival)
Travellers are being urged to check entry requirements of countries before travel.
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