Greece holidays: FCDO updates travel advice for entering or departing from Greece

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Greece has been a firm favourite among Britons in recent weeks after remaining on the travel corridor list. However, yesterday it was announced that the country would be entering its own second lockdown from tomorrow. The country has reported increasingly high numbers of COVID-19 over the last few weeks.

Greece will see all shops other than supermarkets and pharmacies close.

Travel between regions will also be banned and a text message system put in place to grant people permission to leave.

The national lockdown will begin at 6am tomorrow morning.

Late yesterday the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) updated its advice for Greece.

The updated advice regards “new requirements relating to entry to, or departure from, Greece which come into effect at the same time.”

The latest advice suggests that there will be a ban on non-essential movements outside of homes or accommodation.

There will also be a ban on travel between different parts of Greece, except for essential reasons.

From tomorrow, new measures are in place with respect to travel to Greece.

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The FCDO website states: “If travelling by air to Greece, you must provide evidence of a negative result from a PCR test for COVID-19 that has been conducted no later than 48 hours before your journey starts.

“Failure to do so is likely to result in the Greek authorities refusing you permission to enter Greece.

“If you are entering Greece by land borders (including by road, rail or ferry), you must provide evidence of a negative result from a PCR test for COVID-19 that has been conducted no later than 72 hours before your journey starts.”

It added: It added: “The Greek authorities have indicated that, although this land borders-related measure applies from Saturday November 7, they will, exceptionally, permit entry by road, rail or ferry without a test result for an initial grace period of five days.

“However, from Thursday 12 November, this measure will be enforced in full.”

Greece is currently on the UK’s travel corridor list, despite a surge in coronavirus cases.

The country has recorded just under 50,000 cases of the virus and 702 deaths, at the time of writing.

Greece has been recording around 2,000 new cases per day.

The country’s case rate per 100,000 people over a seven-day period is 117.4, which is above the UK’s threshold of 100.

England entered its second national lockdown earlier this week.

The lockdown means that from November 5 until December 2, travelling away from home, including internationally, is restricted from England except in limited circumstances such as for work or for education.

However, different rules apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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