Greece issues strict warning to tourists about ‘new measures’ unless rules are followed

Greece has always been a popular holiday spot for tourists with its stunning scenery, beaches and islands. But now, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has issued a warning to Greeks and holidaymakers after cases of the dreaded coronavirus pandemic slowly increase across the country. Greece, which has had a relatively low case rate compared to some of its European counterparts, recorded 121 new cases on Tuesday.

This is the highest daily rise since April 22, during the pandemic’s spike.

The surge is believed to mainly be among Greek nationals.

But Mr Mitsotakis has warned that new measures could be put in place if people do not continue to follow the current rules which aim to control the spread of COVID-19.

He said in a statement: “Any form of complacency is unjustified.

“We still don’t know how […] many months we will be forced to live with the virus.”

He added: “Strict adherence to the rules is demanded even more at this crucial turn, to prevent a new significant rise in cases in August and the adoption of possible new restrictive measures which will hurt the economy and society.”

He said the sudden surge in cases is “worrying” despite the country only having had 4,855 cases.

The average number of cases per 100,000 in a fortnightly average is 7.52.

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If the country continues to see a spike, then enhanced social distancing and hygiene rules could be introduced for holidaymakers arriving in Greece.

Currently, Greece is on the UK’s “air bridge” list meaning that anyone arriving from Greece into the UK will not have to quarantine for 14 days.

Foreign Office (FCO) advice states: “From 4 July, Greece is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.

“This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.”

However, Britons travelling to Greece must follow certain entry requirements.

The FCO added: “If you travel to Greece, you will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before travel.

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

It continued: “You may be required to take a test for coronavirus (COVID-19) and undergo a period of self-isolation.”

Greece is usually visited by over three million Britons each year.

The UK Government is currently monitoring case rates across Europe.

Spain was removed from the UK’s quarantine exemption list after the country experienced regional spikes.

Regions such as Catalonia, Navarra and Aragon have had some of the worst increases in cases.

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