Which Greek islands are on the UK quarantine list?

MOST of Greece remains on the safe list for England – but not for Scotland and Wales, who have enforced their own travel restrictions.

But seven Greek islands have now been put on England's quarantine list.

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Which Greek islands are on England's quarantine list?

The islands affected are Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete and Zakynthos, which is also known as Zante.

The new restrictions, issued on September 7, mean travellers arriving in England from the islands will have to self-isolate for 14 days from 4am on Wednesday.

The measures were announced by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

He said "enhanced data" had allowed the UK to pinpoint risk in islands meaning they could be added or removed from the quarantine list as coronavirus cases rose or fell.

Mr Shapps told MPs the data showing infections within countries is "too patchy" to have regional quarantine arrangements at the moment.

He told the Commons: "In many cases, the international data is still simply too patchy and, in all cases, there is next to nothing to prevent people from moving around within a country's border."

He added travelling during the coronavirus was still risky and warned holidaymakers to travel with their "eyes open".

Mr Shapps told MPs: "We are working actively on the practicalities of using testing to release people from quarantine earlier than 14 days.

"For the reasons described, this could not be a pure test-on-arrival option, it would not work, but my officials are working with health experts with the aim of cutting the quarantine period without adding to infection risk or infringing our overall NHS test capacity – which also now needs to cater to schools going back and universities returning.

"The islands policy itself becomes actively immediately and I will, of course, update the House on quarantine testing in the coming weeks."

Is Zante on the quarantine list?

Zante was on the quarantine list for Wales and Scotland and joined England's list on September 7.

Zante is thought to be facing a spike due to a lack of social distancing between holidaymakers.

Two TUI flights were forced into quarantine from Zante after arriving in Cardiff, one of which had 16 positive cases of coronavirus.

TUI has cancelled all holidays to Laganas, a popular resort in Zante, due to guests breaching social distancing rules.

While just 14 new cases have been confirmed on Zante in the past seven days, fears of more tourists having the virus have led to the restrictions.

Is Rhodes on the quarantine list?

Rhodes remains off the quarantine list for both England and Wales, yet is on the quarantine list for Scotland.

Anyone arriving from Rhodes into Scotland from today will have to self-isolate for two weeks.

One of the larger Greek islands, there are travel restrictions on the island which includes a night-time curfew from midnight to 7am.

Is Santorini on the quarantine list?

Santorini remains off the quarantine list for Wales, yet is on the quarantine list for England and Scotland.

There are travel restrictions on the island which includes a night-time curfew from midnight to 7am.

A tourist in Santorini warned of large crowds and people ignoring face masks at some of the popular hotspots after being met by huge groups trying to take a picture at sunset.

Are there any other travel restrictions in Greece?

Mykonos, Lesvos, Paros and Antiparos and Crete are also part of the Welsh quarantine restrictions.

In a written statement, Health Minister Vaughan Gething said: "I have considered the clear advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) report that travel from the following countries and territories constitutes a public health risk.

"I have decided to remove mainland Portugal (the Azores and Madeira will remain exempt), Gibraltar, French Polynesia and the Greek islands of Mykonos, Zakynthos, Lesvos, Paros and Antiparos and Crete from the list of exempt countries and territories.

"I will lay the necessary regulations which will come into force at 4am on Friday, September 4."

However, anyone entering England from Greece face no quarantine restrictions.

There are some entry requirements when arriving in Greece, however – Brits will need to fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before travelling.

While cases in Greece remain low compared to other European destinations, figures have been steadily climbing, with 10,998 overall infections and 3,804 deaths.

The country reported the highest new daily cases since the crisis began on August 26, with 283 new infections.

Countries with more than 20 new daily cases per 100,000 population, over seven days, are at risk of being added to the UK quarantine list.

According to Quash Quarantine spokesperson Paul Charles, Greece is currently at 13.8, having dropped from 14.

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