The UK Adds the Greek Islands to the Safe Travel List

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The government of the UK added five Greek islands to the quarantine exemption list said the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

Travelers arriving in the UK from Lesvos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos, and Zakynthos are also known as Zante, will not have to quarantine for 14 days. This will start from 4 am on Saturday following a decrease in cases.

However, the UK is not removing any country from the travel corridor list.

Italy maintains its exemption despite currently recording a seven-day rate of 31.6 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.

However, the ministers consider putting quarantine restrictions on countries where there are more than 20 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.

But the policy may be changing as the UK’s own rate now exceeds 150.

Countries With Different Quarantine Restrictions 

Whereas, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own lists of Greek islands which are exempt. And Scotland imposes restrictions on arrivals from the whole of the country.

On Wednesday, the Government assigned a task force. That will develop a coronavirus testing system for travelers arriving in the UK.

The task force will find options for reducing the self-isolation period.

However, the UK’s travel sector is urging the government to start testing at airports for a long time. So they can introduce a way of reducing quarantine periods for those who get a negative result.

Italy’s Quarantine Requirement for the UK

Meanwhile, Italy has introduced compulsory coronavirus testing for UK visitors.

Minister of health Roberto Speranza announced that arrivals from European countries “at greater risk for Covid-19” – such as the UK, France, and Spain must provide evidence of a negative test taken in the 72 hours prior to travel.

However, visitors that fail to provide proof of a negative result at the border will have to take a test in Italy.

Some airports offer free tests. Travelers can not leave until they get their result.

If someone gets a positive test result they will have to be quarantined. They need two consecutive negative results to escape quarantine. 

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) said, “The time spent in quarantine can vary greatly from a few days to several weeks. Travelers should be prepared for this eventuality.”

Visitors who arrive at airports where testing is not available will have to self-isolate. And take a test at an alternative facility within 48 hours.

those who do not comply to the rules will have to pay fine.

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