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TUI tourists forced to quarantine in Greece after testing positive for coronavirus on arrival

A BRITISH family on holiday in Greece have been forced to quarantine for two weeks after one of them tested positive for coronavirus on arrival.

The unnamed tourist flew to Corfu, one of the Greek islands, with their family on August 3 on a TUI holiday.

As part of the travel restrictions, Greece enforces random coronavirus testing on arrivals.

The country currently has 6,381 cases, after confirming the highest number of daily infections on August 12 since the pandemic began.

While the passenger had no symptoms of coronavirus, they were told they had the virus – four days after the test, despite claims it takes 24 hours to be notified.

The traveller and their family were originally staying at the TUI Blue Atlantica Grand Mediterraneo Resort on the island, an adults-only resort, where they stayed for four days before being informed they tested positive.

They were initially told to self-isolate in their rooms, before being moved to a designated quarantine hotel.

They must now stay in isolation for the full two weeks, before being tested again and being allowed to return to the UK.

However, they were able to move freely around the rest of the hotel for the first few days of their holiday while asymptomatic, prompting fears of contamination.

TUI confirmed to the Mirror that they were undertaking “extensive cleaning procedures” following their stay, as well as contacting the 140 guests on holiday at the hotel and any future guests.

Any passengers on the flight with the family will also be contacted, and may also face a two-week self-isolation by Greek authorities, with the UK travel advice warning: “You should also be aware that if other passengers on your flight subsequently test positive, you may be subject to further quarantine/self isolation requirements.”

A TUI spokesperson explained: “We are in regular contact with the customer who is showing no symptoms and continues to stay in a designated quarantine hotel.

“As soon as our team in Corfu became aware of this case, the customer remained isolated in their room until they were able to be moved to the specialist isolation unit.’  

“The hotel has carried out extensive cleaning procedures in line with government advice and guests can continue to enjoy their holidays while maintaining the hygiene precautions we have in place.”

The latest advice from the UK Foreign Office advises that Greek authorities are likely to test incoming arrivals for coronavirus as part of their health screening process.

They state: “After testing you should practise social distancing and self-monitor for symptoms that could indicate COVID-19.

“The Greek authorities will contact you if you test positive and advise you on whether you need to self isolate or quarantine. Test results are expected to become available within 24 hours.”

“If your test result is positive, the Greek authorities are likely to ask you to self-isolate for 14 days.

“Depending on the nature of your accommodation (e.g. whether you’re staying in a hotel, or in a private property like a house or villa), you may be required to move to government-provided accommodation.”

However, they add that the costs of being transferred and the new accommodation is covered by the Greek authorities.

TUI also offers to cover all holiday expenses if you catch coronavirus on holiday – however, if the passenger had the virus before entering the country, this may not be covered.

Brits must currently fill in a Passenger Locator Form 24 hours before travelling to Greece, and show a QR code to be allowed to enter the country.

Families have faced difficulty with the new forms, and many claim they were unable to fill them in for their kids.

Greece has enforced new restrictions on the islands after a jump in coronavirus cases, with bars and restaurants forced to close by midnight.

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