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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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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.