Greece could avoid quarantine list tomorrow as mainland ‘drops back into amber zone’

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Greece has been a popular holiday spot with Britons this year after managing to remain on England’s travel corridor list. The country, which is known for its scenic views and reliable weather, has become a reliable choice for Britons with a low COVID-19 infection rate. Although cases are beginning to rise across Greece, the countries total cases are still relatively low.

The country has recorded just over 18,000 cases and 388 deaths, at the time of writing.

Tomorrow, the UK’s travel corridor list is set to be reviewed in its weekly update.

The list is reviewed every week with announcements being made – usually on a Thursday – by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

Countries not included on the travel corridor list, which are instead on the quarantine list, mean that Britons must self-isolate for 14 days when they return to the UK.

CEO of travel consultancy The PC Agency Paul Charles has been making daily updates regarding countries’ infection rates.

Yesterday, he revealed that mainland Greece, which was in the red zone, has managed to get its infection rate back under control.

He said: “Tues update: Mainland #Greece drops back into amber zone.

“It is certainly not seeing any spike, similar to #Italy.

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“#Poland and #Sweden remain vulnerable to being added to #quarantine this Thursday.

“#Canada sees record number of positive cases.”

Countries at risk of being removed from the travel corridor list are those with a weekly infection that is higher than 20 per 100,000 people.

According to the PC Agency and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Greece’s infection rate has dropped below the UK threshold to 19.7 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

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If Greece remains on the travel corridor list, it will be a sigh of relief for Britons who only have eight countries they can visit without facing quarantine rules or restrictions.

However, although mainland Greece is on England’s travel corridor list, several Greek islands are on England’s quarantine list which include Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos (Zante).

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development office (FCDO) is advising against all but essential travel to those destinations.

The quarantine rules slightly differ depending on which part of the UK travellers return to.

Those returning to Wales from the islands of Mykonos, Zakynthos (Zante), Lesvos, Paros and Antiparos, Crete, Santorini, Serifos and Tinos are required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Meanwhile, mainland Greece and its islands are all on Scotland’s quarantine list.

Countries that could be at risk of being removed from the travel corridor list are Sweden and Poland.

Poland has just aged its way into the “red zone” with 22.8 cases per 100,000 people over a week.

Sweden is further into the “red zone” with 24.7 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

Poland’s infection rate has risen since Monday while Sweden’s has remained the same.

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