TUI holidays: Boost for Greek island holidays as TUI ramps up flight offering

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For many, the chance to escape the impending doom and gloom of more restrictions might be more tempting than ever. Thanks to holiday provider TUI, it seems there are even more ways to jet off to the sun-kissed sands of one of Greece’s islands and wave goodbye to the chilly winter mornings of the UK.

The holiday operator of offering more flights to destinations including Zante and Santorini after they were once again removed from the quarantine list.

As of Saturday 12 October, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced anyone heading back from the Greek islands of Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Santorini and Zakynthos would no longer need to quarantine.

Following this, TUI has announced extra flights to holiday favourites including Kos, Rhodes and Zante.

Holidays are on offer right through until the middle of November.

Zante holidays are on sale for the rest of October, with departure airports including London Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham.

Increased flights to Kos will run until November 15, with flights departing from London Gatwick and Manchester.

More Rhodes holidays are also on offer, running until November 14 from London Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham.

The package holiday deals are available to book now.

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Princes start from £449 per person, with plenty of opportunities to snap up a deal.

Savings of up to £600 per couple can be made to certain destinations.

Though the Greek islands had previously been removed from the UK travel corridor list due to increasing rates of coronavirus cases, they have since been added once again.

In a Tweet posted on Thursday 10 October, Grant Shapps said: “We are ADDING Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Santorini and Zakynthos to the #TravelCorridor list this week.

“From 4am Saturday 10 Oct, if you arrive from those Greek islands, you will NO LONGER need to self-isolate.”

There were some concerns that mainland Greece might be added to the quarantine list, but at the time of writing it remains in the clear.

This means holidaymakers can still travel between the UK and Greece without the need for 14 days of self-isolation.

Officials from the Department for Transport said: “Lesvos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos have been added to the list of Travel Corridors for England, having been assessed by the Joint Biosecurity Centre as posing a lower infection risk.

“No countries were removed from Travel Corridor list this week, but travellers are urged to check the latest advice before travelling and will be required to fill in a passenger locator form before returning home.

“From 4am on Saturday, October 10 passengers arriving to England from these destinations will no longer need to self-isolate so long as they haven’t been in or transited through any other non-exempt countries in the 14 days preceding their arrival.”

There are, however, still restrictions in place for Crete and Mykonos.

Travellers returning from either of these destinations will be required to quarantine at home once they return to the UK.

Anyone found to be flouting the rules are being threatened with fines of up to £10,000.

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