BRITISH tourists can still travel to Greece for a holiday after the UK government left the country off its quarantine list.
It had been touch and go though after coronavirus spikes were confirmed in Greece and the Foreign Office had been carefully considering imposing travel restrictions.
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Travelling to Greece is allowed and people travelling there do not need to quarantine when arriving there or when coming back to the UK.
While the country still has lower cases of Covid-19 compared to other holiday hotspots, infections have risen since July 1 when international tourists were welcomed back.
Areas like Laganas in Zante have been actively encouraging holidaymakers to return.
Laganas deputy mayor Charalambos Varvarigos told Sun Online Travel that the resort was already drawing the younger 18-30 crowd, with around 80 per cent of bars along the strip open and doing a roaring trade.
He said: “Never mind that they like to drink and have fun and get drunk … that is what holidays are for.
“Young Brits who aren’t afraid, who don’t care so much about the hygiene protocols and all that stuff, have come and are out every night.
“Older people are staying away. It’s clear they’re more frightened.”
Tui added extra flights to Zante after scrapping flights to the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands.
They have added seven new flights to Crete, Rhodes, Zante and Corfu in Greece.
Tui has holidays in Zante starting from £359pp at the end of July including flights – click here to find out more.
A lot of UK visitors were so determined to get to the island they had rebooked flights via Holland and Poland, he said, after tour companies had cancelled original bookings.
Greece has reported their highest number of new coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, as infections in the country soar.
Fears that the UK would add Greece to the travel ban list left Brits concerned for their holiday plans.
There have been 8,138 coronavirus cases in Greece, with 238 deaths, as of August 22.
While holidays to Greece have not been banned, Brits have still been cancelling their holidays due to quarantine fears and the numbers are nowhere near the year on year average.
Paul Charles, founder of the travel PR consultancy firm PC Agency, told The Times: “We’ve heard of lots of cancellations for holidays to France, Italy and Greece.
“Dominic Raab said they wouldn’t hesitate to introduce quarantine measures on other countries and that’s simply put fear into people.”
Here is everything you need to know about a holiday to Greece:
The UK Foreign Office does not advise against travelling to Greece.
This is subject to last-minute changes, however, so travellers are warned to stay up to date with the current advice.
The current advice states: “From July 4, Greece is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of Covid-19 risks.”
You will have to wear a face mask while travelling around Greece.
It follows the government imposing a night time curfew from midnight until 7am on bars and restaurants in Mykonos, Santorini, Corfu, Rhodes, Zante and Crete.
There are no quarantine restrictions when entering Greece or returning to the UK.
However there are some entry requirements when arriving in Greece.
Brits will need to fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before travelling.
A QR code will then be sent which must be shown at the airport after disembarking.
Failure to show this could result in being turned away or fined €500, with a group of tourists being forced to pay the fine earlier this month.
Random testing is also in operation – which may result in a period of self-isolation if testing positive.
Tourists arriving in Zakynthos will be greeted by members of the Greek armed forces who will be conducting spot tests on incoming arrivals.
Face masks are also mandatory on public transport, including flights, and are recommended in other closed spaces.
Hotels, attractions and shops are all open for business.
Greek officials have added extra restrictions on the island of Mykonos and the coastal region of Halkidiki after a rise in coronavirus cases.
Parties have been banned and wearing a mask outside has been imposed.
Only four people or six close relatives are allowed to share a table at restaurants.
The restrictions are set to run until August 31.
Flights to the mainland and islands were initially meant to resume from July 1.
However, this was pushed back due to the UK’s infection rates, and airlines began operating between the UK and Greece again on July 15.
Ryanair, easyJet, Jet2 and Wizz Air have all resumed flights to Greece.