Travellers arriving in England from seven Greek islands will have to self-isolate for 14 days from 04:00 on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced on Monday afternoon.
The 7 Greek islands are removed from England’s travel corridor list and quarantine exemption.
Schapps added that the government can now adopt different regional quarantine rules for some countries that have islands with direct flights to UK.
According to BBC, the 7 Greek island affected are Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete and Zakynthos.
On difficulties for travellers when UK quarantine rules change with short notice, Shapps said “in these times when we travel, we must accept that we have to go with our eyes open.”
Speaking to MPs in the Commons, Shapps said: “Through the use of enhanced data we will now be able to pinpoint risk in some of the most popular islands, providing increased flexibility to add or remove them – distinct from the mainland – as infection rates change.”
England ‘s Transport Secretary added that officials are working on a testing programme with the “aim of cutting the quarantine period” for international arrivals, but testing on arrival alone will not be workable.”
Heathrow statement in response to Grant Shapps statement: pic.twitter.com/Xz2kia6EO0
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