Greece travel update: Has Greece gone into lockdown? Where in Greece can you travel to?

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced England will now start to use a regional approach when deciding quarantine policy for international travel. In light of this new policy, a number of Greek islands have now been taken off the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) exemption list. This means anyone arriving in the UK from these regions will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Mr Shapps explained: “Our top priority has always been to keep domestic infection rates down, and today we’re taking the next step in our approach.

“Through the use of enhanced data we will now be able to pinpoint risk in some of the most popular islands, providing increased flexibility to add or remove them – distinct from the mainland – as infection rates change.

“This development will help boost the UK’s travel industry while continuing to maintain maximum protection to public health, keeping the travelling public safe.”

Has Greece gone into lockdown?

Data shows over the last month coronavirus cases have been on the rise in Greece.

Restrictions are in place across Greece to curb the spread of coronavirus, which includes the use of face masks in many public areas.

But as well as nationwide lockdown restrictions, Greece has also imposed additional coronavirus lockdown measures for certain areas.

In Lesvos, Mykonos, Halkidiki, Chania and Heraklion (Crete), local restrictions are in place.

This includes, but is not limited to, bans on gatherings of more than nine people, and the mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.

There are also local lockdown restrictions in Paros and Antiparos and Zante/Zakynthos.

There are also overnight closures for restaurants, bars and entertainment venues in various regions of Greece.

You can check the Government website for further details on local lockdowns in Greece.

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Where in Greece can you travel to?

As of September 7, the FCDO advise against all but essential travel to the following islands in Greece:

  • Lesvos
  • Tinos
  • Serifos
  • Mykonos
  • Crete
  • Santorini
  • Zakynthos/Zante

Anyone returning to England from these areas from 4am on Wednesday, September 9, will need to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in the UK.

Mainland Greece remains on the FCDO’s list of exempt countries at the current time.

In Scotland anyone who returns from Greece needs to self-isolate upon returning.

In Wales you are required to self-isolate for 14 days if you return from the islands of Mykonos, Zakynthos (Zante), Lesvos, Paros and Antiparos and Crete.

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