Holidays: Greek islands travel rules explained as Crete added to travel corridor list

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Greece holidays have been tricky over the last few weeks. While the mainland has always been on the travel corridor list, it’s been more complex for the islands. Initially, the entirety of Greece was exempt from government advice on non-essential travel.

However, after rising cases were recorded on a number of islands, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) took action.

Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos (Zante) were all axed from England or Northern Ireland’s ‘safe’ lists.

It was a different matter for Wales and Scotland, however, with the FCDO explaining: “If you are returning to Wales from the islands of Mykonos, Zakynthos (Zante), Lesvos, Paros and Antiparos, Crete, Santorini, Serifos and Tinos you are required to self isolate for 14 days.

“If you are returning to Scotland from Greece, you will need to self-isolate on your return.”

Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Santorini and Zakynthos (Zante) were later re-added to the travel corridor list on October 10, but Mykonos and Crete remained firmly off.

Now, however, the travel rules for Greece have simplified.

The whole of the UK is now aligned with FCDO advice around all of the Greek islands.

Yesterday, Crete was removed from the quarantine list, although Mykonos is still on.

The Foreign Office’s current Greece travel advice states: “The FCDO continues to advise against all but essential travel to Mykonos. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

“Mainland Greece and all other Greek islands are exempt from the FCDO’s advice against all non-essential international travel.

“If you are returning to the UK from Mykonos you will need to self-isolate on your return. Some exemptions apply.

“The requirement to self-isolate on return to England, Wales and Northern Ireland from Crete will be lifted for those arriving on or after 4am on 18 October.

“The Scottish Government will also lift the requirement to self-isolate for those returning to Scotland on or after 4am on 18 October from all of Greece except Mykonos.”

Holidays to popular island Crete are now restarting, with easyJet holidays announcing that getaways will be available to book from Saturday.

“With the news that holidaymakers can once again visit Crete quarantine-free, easyJet holidays is resuming breaks to the Greek hotspot,” said the tour operator.

“Holidays will be available to book from tomorrow, 17 October, with last-minute sun-seekers able to fly in to Heraklion from 24 October. Renowned for its food, history, and scenic surroundings, visitors to the island can enjoy beautiful beaches as well famous city sights.”

As well as being an ABTA member, all easyJet holidays are ATOL protected and are covered by the easyJet holidays Protection Promise to ensure reassurance when booking a break.

Travellers heading to Greece must remember to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before travel.

“Failure to do so in advance may result in your carrier not allowing you to travel, a 500 Euro fine on arrival or the Greek authorities not allowing you to enter the country,” cautioned the FCDO.

“Every traveller, including children, must have their details included on a PLF. If you’re travelling with others outside of your household, you should all complete your own form. If you’re travelling together as a household, the Greek authorities ask for you to complete one form with all adults and children included. You can add additional members of your household at the top of the form before you submit.”

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