Dr Hilary discusses travelling to Greece
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Greece is on the amber list, which means you shouldn’t travel there right now but it isn’t illegal. If you were to travel to Greece, you’d need to quarantine for 10 days on return to the UK. If you’ve already booked a holiday to Greece this summer, you might be getting nervous. When will Greece be on the green list?
Greece is just one of the many countries on the “exhaustive” amber list.
You should not travel to Greece or any country on the amber list, but it isn’t illegal to travel to these places.
If you travel to an amber country, you must follow strict rules and be prepared to be stuck abroad.
At the moment, UK nationals are permitted to enter Greece if they are a permanent resident in the UK, Greece, another EU/EFA state, or in one of the following countries:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- Russian Federation
- United States
If you’re a British national who resides in another country, not listed above, you’re likely to be refused entry to Greece due to measures put in place by the Greek authorities to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Anyone travelling to Greece must comply with the Greek authorities’ requirements, including testing before travel and completion of a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before you travel (both into and out of Greece).
You must also wear a face mask at all times when on an aeroplane, bus, train or ferry travelling to or from Greece; and whilst at airports.
The rules in Greece aren’t the off-putting part for British travellers; being on the amber list is.
At the moment, everyone travelling back to England from Greece (even if you have been vaccinated) must quarantine at home, or in the place they are staying, for 10 days when they get there and fill out a passenger locator form.
They must also book and pay for COVID-19 tests to take on or before day two and on or after day eight.
The Government website notes: “You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.”
No one can be certain when Greece will be on the green list, but Greece’s tourism minister reckons it will be soon.
Haris Theoharis said he was disappointed that Greece isn’t on the initial list, but is confident that Greece will be moved onto the green list on June 7 with other destinations such as Spain, Croatia and Italy.
However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has suggested no more countries will be added to the list any time soon.
He has said: “There is a very limited list as you know and we will make sure that people travelling abroad will be subject to all the tests and restraints that people would expect to prevent the virus from being reimported.
“It’s such a tiny list of countries and I don’t expect we’ll be adding to it very rapidly.”
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