HOLIDAYMAKERS are fearing their summer holiday plans may be in tatters after Brits were told they would have to quarantine for two weeks when returning from Spain this weekend.
With coronavirus spikes also being confirmed in Greece, this could affect holidays to the country.
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.
On Saturday, 31 new cases were confirmed, 11 of which came from overseas visitors, while another 24 were confirmed on Sunday.
Active cases have been climbing since April 30, from 1,098 to 2,617 today.
While holidays to Greece have not been banned, Brits have still been cancelling their holidays due to quarantine fears.
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.
What is the latest travel advice for 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 4 July, Greece is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.”
Will I have to quarantine in Greece or when returning to the UK?
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 being 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.
What other restrictions are in place in Greece?
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.
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Are flights operating to Greece?
Flights to the mainland and to the 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.