Greece holidays have been tough over the previous couple of weeks. Whereas the mainland has all the time been on the journey hall listing, it has been extra advanced for the islands. Initially, the whole thing of Greece was exempt from authorities recommendation on non-essential journey.
Nevertheless, after rising instances have been recorded on numerous islands, the Overseas, Commonwealth and Growth Workplace (FCDO) took motion.
Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos (Zante) have been all axed from England or Northern Eire’s ‘secure’ lists.
It was a distinct matter for Wales and Scotland, nonetheless, with the FCDO explaining: “In case you are returning to Wales from the islands of Mykonos, Zakynthos (Zante), Lesvos, Paros and Antiparos, Crete, Santorini, Serifos and Tinos you might be required to self isolate for 14 days.
“In case you are returning to Scotland from Greece, you have to to self-isolate in your return.”
Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Santorini and Zakynthos (Zante) have been later re-added to the journey hall listing on October 10, however Mykonos and Crete remained firmly off.
Now, nonetheless, the journey guidelines for Greece have simplified.
The entire of the UK is now aligned with FCDO recommendation round the entire Greek islands.
Yesterday, Crete was faraway from the quarantine listing, though Mykonos continues to be on.
The Overseas Workplace’s present Greece journey recommendation states: “The FCDO continues to advise towards all however important journey to Mykonos. That is based mostly on the present evaluation of COVID-19 dangers.
“Mainland Greece and all different Greek islands are exempt from the FCDO’s recommendation towards all non-essential worldwide journey.
“In case you are returning to the UK from Mykonos you have to to self-isolate in your return. Some exemptions apply.
“The requirement to self-isolate on return to England, Wales and Northern Eire from Crete can be lifted for these arriving on or after 4am on 18 October.
“The Scottish Authorities can even elevate the requirement to self-isolate for these returning to Scotland on or after 4am on 18 October from all of Greece besides Mykonos.”
Holidays to fashionable island Crete are actually restarting, with easyJet holidays saying that getaways can be obtainable to guide from Saturday.
“With the information that holidaymakers can as soon as once more go to Crete quarantine-free, easyJet holidays is resuming breaks to the Greek hotspot,” stated the tour operator.
“Holidays can be obtainable to guide from tomorrow, 17 October, with last-minute sun-seekers capable of fly in to Heraklion from 24 October. Famend for its meals, historical past, and scenic environment, guests to the island can take pleasure in lovely seashores as properly well-known metropolis sights.”
In addition to being an ABTA member, all easyJet holidays are ATOL protected and are lined by the easyJet holidays Safety Promise to make sure reassurance when reserving a break.
Travellers heading to Greece should keep in mind to finish a Passenger Locator Kind (PLF) no less than 24 hours earlier than journey.
“Failure to take action upfront could end in your service not permitting you to journey, a 500 Euro high quality on arrival or the Greek authorities not permitting you to enter the nation,” cautioned the FCDO.
“Each traveller, together with kids, will need to have their particulars included on a PLF. If you happen to’re travelling with others outdoors of your family, it is best to all full your individual kind. If you happen to’re travelling collectively as a family, the Greek authorities ask so that you can full one kind with all adults and kids included. You’ll be able to add extra members of your family on the prime of the shape earlier than you submit.
“Some airways could require particular person PLFs for each traveller over the age of 18 throughout the similar family. It is best to examine straight together with your airline what you have to to indicate with a purpose to be allowed boarding.
“Anybody getting into Greece could also be requested to bear a check for COVID-19, and required to quarantine in an lodging supplied by the Greek authorities, till suggested in any other case.”