Holidays: Simon Calder gives 2021 travel advice
Greece holidays have been a complicated business throughout the covid pandemic, with travel rules chopping and changing. The UK government currently advises all but essential travel to mainland Greece and a number of Greek islands. However, Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete all remain on the travel corridor list.
Greece has also toughened its stance on arrivals into the country in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus.
Britons are allowed to enter the county but under strict conditions.
Yesterday, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) updated its travel advice for Greece.
“UK nationals are permitted to enter Greece if they are a permanent resident in the UK, Greece, another EU/EFA state, or in one of the following countries; Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, UAE,” detailed the FCDO.
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“If you’re a British national who resides in another country, not listed above, you’re likely to be refused entry to Greece due to measures put in place by the Greek authorities to combat the spread of COVID-19.”
A negative covid test result is needed to enter Greece.
“If travelling by air, land or sea to Greece, you must provide evidence of a negative result from a PCR test for COVID-19 that has been conducted within the 72 hour period before your arrival time in Greece,” said the Foreign Office.
“Failure to do so may result in your carrier not allowing you to travel and will likely result in the Greek authorities refusing you permission to enter Greece.”
Britons also face tougher quarantine rules. These were due to be lifted at midnight tonight but the country has opted to extend these measures – with no end date given by the FCDO.
“Arrivals into Greece from the UK by air are required to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test on arrival, and if the result is negative, self-isolate for 10 days,” explained the authority.
“At the end of your 10 day self-isolation period, travellers are required to arrange and undergo a fresh PCR test in order to be able to exit quarantine.
“If you are staying for a shorter period of time, then you will need to self-isolate until your departure day.”
Those who test positive will not be allowed to travel to their hotel.
The FCDO continued: “If you test positive on arrival in Greece, the location where you will need to self-isolate will depend on your accommodation arrangements.
“If you have your own accommodation, you may self-isolate there. If you are staying with friends or family, you will be able to self-isolate at their address, as long as you have access to a separate room within your accommodation.
“However, if you have a hotel booking, you will not be able to proceed as planned; instead, the Greek authorities are likely to require you to transfer to a specific self-isolation hotel.
“In all cases, the Greek authorities will provide you with COVID-safe transport to your accommodation. Any new accommodation costs will be covered by the Greek authorities.”
The Foreign Office added: “This is in addition to a negative PCR test conducted within the 72 hour period before your arrival time, and completion of a Passenger Locator Form.”
It went on: “The form is in English, and is required whichever way you travel to or from Greece (including by ferry, road, rail or air).
“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 or re-enter the country.
“Every traveller, including children, must have their details included on a PLF.”
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