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Last week, Portugal and several Greek islands were removed from the UK travel corridor list in a move that devastated British holidaymakers. The popular destination of Portugal has only been added to the list a few weeks before but was soon axed after its coronavirus case rate surged. Several Greek islands were also removed from the quarantine exemption list.
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development office (FCDO) is advising against all but essential travel to the islands of Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos.
Anyone returning to England or Northern Ireland from those countries is required to self-isolate for 14 days.
However, the Greece’s islands left the UK split as Wales and Scotland implemented slightly different regulations.
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, Scotland has imposed blanket quarantine rules on mainland Greece and its surrounding islands.
But this week has seen mainland Greece’s coronavirus case rate slowly rise in a worrying trend that could see it removed from England’s travel corridor list.
CEO of the travel consultancy, The PC Agency Paul Charles has been posting updates daily on Twitter regarding countries’ coronavirus rates.
Today, he revealed that Greece is still in the “amber zone”.
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He said: “Weds update: #Denmark remains the only likely major candidate to be added to the #UK quarantine list.
“#Greece #Italy and #Sweden in the amber zone. #Germany sees 1901 cases, highest since April 25 but remains firmly green.”
One of the government’s main criteria when considering putting a country on the quarantine list is its seven-day infection rate.
The case rate gives an estimate of the prevalence of active cases in a country, territory or island.
If a country reports 20 new cases per 100,0000 of its population, then it could be at risk of being removed from the travel corridor list.
Greece’s is still below 20 but is edging closer to the “red zone”.
The country has recorded 17.7 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period which is above Italy and Sweden.
One country that is almost certain be removed from the travel corridor list is Denmark.
The country has recorded 30.5 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period which is above the UK’s preferred 20.
Italy and Sweden are also now in the “amber zone” with 16.3 and 15.6 cases per 100,000 people respectively.
The government is likely to review the list and make any changes to the travel corridor list tomorrow evening.
Quarantine rules are likely to be put in place for any country removed from the travel corridor list from 4am Saturday.
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