Greek Islands added to U.K. safe travel list

Published on : Friday, October 9, 2020

The Greek islands of Lesvos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos have been recently added to the U.K.’s travel corridor list. The decision arrived following a decrease in confirmed cases of coronavirus in the destinations. The latest move would mean that guests returning from the islands to the U.K will no longer require self-isolating for 14-days.

The changes will come into effect from 04:00 AM on Saturday morning. According to the latest risk assessment for the Greek Islands, risks to U.K. public health from travellers who are returning from these destinations have now decreased to an acceptable level. Therefore, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) has updated its travel advice with Lesvos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos and have exempted these countries from the global advisory against non-essential travel.

A range of factors are being taken into consideration when deciding to add or remove a destination from the exemption list, including the continued increase of coronavirus within an area, the numbers of new cases, information on testing capacity, testing regime and test positivity rate and potential trajectory of the disease in the coming weeks. However, no countries have been removed from the travel corridor list this week.

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