Families head to Greece despite gov amber warning as Brit mum says ‘my kids deserve a holiday’


A MUM who has headed to Greece on holiday against the government advice said she decided to go as her kids “deserve a holiday”.

The government currently advise Brits against travelling to amber list destinations on holiday, which includes Greece as well as most of Europe.

Families have been returning to Greece despite the UK government warning

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Families have been returning to Greece despite the UK government warningCredit: Alamy

However, travelling to them is not banned, unlike red list destinations, which has seen thousands of Brits flock to amber-list Spain in recent weeks.

A number of UK tourists have headed to Corfu which, while remains fairly deserted due to Covid, has already welcomed travellers back last month.

Greek tourist bosses have said that confusing travel advice and the mandatory Covid tests which can cost hundreds of pounds per traveller has stopped Brits from returning.

The country recently announced their new beach rules which includes sun loungers being 4m apart and no bar music being played.

Despite this, one family said that they decided to go to Corfu after their holiday was cancelled last year.

Greece has welcomed tourists since May

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Greece has welcomed tourists since MayCredit: AP
The country remains on the UK's amber list

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The country remains on the UK’s amber listCredit: AP

The mum told ITV: “It was [my son’s] first holiday and it got cancelled last year. He was really excited so I said ‘we’re going’ whether it is going to be awkward or not.”

When asked about whether they were worried about the amber list rules, they said they weren’t as it “wasn’t a government law,” adding: “Even though they are advising us not to go, my kids deserve a holiday, so we’re here.”

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She also said: “It wasn’t a red country, we’ve done everything by the book.”

Another tourist said it would have been different if they were older or had health issues, but that they didn’t so they decided to visit Corfu on holiday.

Amber list destinations still require a mandatory 10-day quarantine when returning to the UK – as well as Covid tests on day two and day eight of the quarantine.

Most of Europe is on the amber list due to their Covid cases

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Most of Europe is on the amber list due to their Covid cases

Boris Johnson’s spokesman said: “Our advice hasn’t changed in regards to amber list countries.

“We have been clear that people shouldn’t be travelling to amber list countries for the purposes of holidays.”

While last week Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that people should not travel to amber countries except for essential reasons.

It is hoped more countries could be added to the green list later this week, but is likely to miss off Greece.

The Spanish islands, Malta and Jamaica are all expected to be on the list, according to PC Agency’s Paul Charles.

Spain said they are remaining open to Brits despite countries like Germany and France banning UK arrivals due to the Indian variant.

More countries are also likely to be added to the red list, according to a former BA strategist.

Robert Boyle has predicted British holidaymakers are likely to be banned from flying to Bahrain, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago and Kuwait due to their Covid situation.

Greece reveals new beach rules with sun loungers being 4m apart and no bar music as it prepares for the return of Brits





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