Will Greece be added to the UK quarantine list?

GREECE remains off the UK's quarantine list, meaning Brits can go on holiday without self-isolating for two weeks on their return.

Here is everything you need to know about travelling to Greece, including whether it will be placed onto the quarantine list soon and what to do if it is.

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Will Greece be put on the quarantine list?

Greece is not currently on the UK quarantine list although there had been fears it might be included after coronavirus cases have been rising in recent weeks.

However, only countries with more than 20 new cases per 100,000 population during a seven day period are put on the UK government's watch list and are at risk of facing quarantine restrictions.

Despite initial concerns regarding Greece, this is looking unlikely – Greece's new infections per 100,000 is currently at 14.9, according to travel expert Paul Charles, CEO of PC Agency, meaning it is likely to remain on the safe list for now.

Greece, which has 8,987 cases of coronavirus, has seen new infections climb since the end of July, with the highest daily cases reported on August 23 since the pandemic began.

Travel restrictions can change at short notice, however – Mr Charles warns that anyone travelling to Greece is likely to avoid quarantine restrictions until September 1, but booking holidays far in advance is advised against.


What happens if the country is quarantined while I am on holiday?

If the country does go into quarantine, Brits will be given notice to be able to return to the UK, although this may be around 24 hours as seen by France and Spain.

If families come back after the date given by the UK government, then they will have quarantine for two weeks on their return.

Greece may also then enforce similar restrictions for Brits on arrival, like France are likely to do – Spain has not, however, so whether they reciprocate is not confirmed.

The country currently has its own entry requirements for British tourists.

All arrivals must have filled in a Passenger Locator Form 24 hours before travelling, which will then send a QR code.

The QR code must be shown on arrival.

Greece is also undertaking random coronavirus tests at the airport, and anyone who tests positive will be forced to quarantine for two weeks in the country.

What happens if I have a holiday booked when the travel ban is in place?

If Greece is put onto the ban list, then tour operators and airlines are likely to stop flights and holidays.

This will mean they will offer a refund or credit note, while some airlines are allowing passengers to move their flights free of charge.

EasyJet and Ryanair have waived their flight change fees although you will need to pay the difference in flight costs.

Tour operators such as Jet2 and TUI are also likely to postpone package holidays.

Brits have been gambling with holidays to the Greek islands which have seen plummeting holiday deal prices, while concerned holidaymakers are now trying to delay their trips.

Bar owners in Greece have already been fined for breaking the new curfew in place.

A British family have been forced to quarantine for two weeks in Greece after testing positive for coronavirus on arrival.

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