Greece is issuing a travel warning as ‘apocalyptic’ fires scorch the country, causing ‘travel inconvenience.’
In recent weeks, Greece has been battered by flames and scorching weather. Holidaymakers are being warned by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) that these natural phenomena have the potential to cause “travel disruption,” which might destroy plans.
Locals have described wildfires on the outskirts of Greece’s capital city as “apocalyptic,” as swarms of people fled over the weekend. Since quarantine for properly vaccinated people was abolished, the amber list country has seen a spike of Britons jetting abroad on vacation.
Natural events such as wildfires, according to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), which gives travel advice to Britons who are currently abroad or planning to travel abroad in the future, may cause “travel interruption.”
No airlines have issued bulk cancellations as of yet, but anyone planning to visit the country should check with their carrier.
“You should keep an eye on local and international weather updates from the Greek Meteorological Service or European Meteorological Services, heed local authorities’ recommendations at all times, and check with your travel provider for travel updates,” the FCDO recommends.
“Forest fires are extremely dangerous and unpredictable,” it continues.
“When visiting or driving through wooded areas, exercise caution.
“Avoid lighting grills and make sure cigarette ends are completely extinguished.
“It is a criminal offense in Greece to start a forest fire, even if it is inadvertent.
“If you observe a forest fire, dial 112 for emergency assistance.”
The ground temperature in Athens was 55 degrees Celsius last week, according to thermal cameras.
Thousands of homeowners have had to flee the fast-spreading fires in a race against the flames.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greece’s prime minister, described the summer as “nightmarish.”
Eleni Myrivili, Athens’ first chief heat officer, outlined the havoc already wrought by fires in an email published by the Guardian.
“It’s been a whirlwind over here. It feels apocalyptic,” Eleni Myrivili added, referring to the high heat and wildfires.
“Ashes are pouring down on us in Athens.”
The fires have only affected mainland Greece thus far, but they have harmed famous vacation islands.
The FCDO, on the other hand, has warning tourists about additional potential holiday interruptions in places like Crete and Zante.
In Chania and Zakynthos, partial lockdowns have been imposed.
“Until at least August 13, a partial lockdown is in effect in Chania (Crete) and on the island of Zakynthos (Zante),” according to the FCDO.
“There is a curfew between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., as well as a ban on playing music.”Brinkwire Summary News”.