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Greece removed from UK “travel corridor”

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Greece has been removed from the UK “travel corridor,” meaning from the list of countries from which arriving persons can travel to Britain with the expectation of not having to self-isolate.

Scotland has introduced similar measures. Wales has imposed quarantine on arrivals from the Greek island Zakynthos to quarantine. The UK’s biggest tour operator Tui is suspending its holidays in the resort of Laganas on Zakynthos.

However the UK is not imposing quarantine on arrivals from Zakynthos.

“From 4 a.m. on Saturday 14 November 2020, people arriving into the UK from all of Greece apart from Corfu, Crete, Rhodes, Zakynthos and Kos will need to self-isolate for 2 weeks as the country is removed from the travel corridor list,” the Department of Transport said on its website on Thursday.

“Data from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and Public Health England has indicated a significant change in both the level and pace of confirmed cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) in mainland Greece, leading to ministers removing it from the current list of travel corridors,” the department’s website announced.

“Data shows there has been a consistent increase in newly reported cases in Greece over the past 2 weeks with a 136 per cent increase in newly reported cases to 16,429 between 5 and 12 November from 6,965 between 22 and 29 October. The Greek islands of Corfu, Crete, Rhodes, Zakynthos and Kos have not seen as significant a growth in cases over recent weeks as the rest of Greece and therefore remain on the travel corridors list.”

Greece’s Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We’re taking specific targeted measures where we see specific concentrations of cases. Measures that have been successful and have been working in the past few days.”

United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Turks and Caicos islands, Laos, Iceland, Chile, Cambodia and Bahrain have been added to the government’s travel corridor list following a decrease in risk from coronavirus in these countries.