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Netherlands places all Greek islands on “orange” travel list

The government in the Netherlands has placed Greece’s islands on its orange list of destinations approved for essential travel only. According to the directive issued by the Dutch Foreign Ministry, citizens of The Netherlands are “strongly discouraged” from traveling to the Greek islands and those who do will be subjected to 10 days of self-isolation on their return.

The directive goes into force on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

The Foreign Ministry directive also  calls those who develop symptoms to contact health authorities.

The directive advises that while citizens planning to travel to mainland Greece and the Peloponnese for recreation reasons should not cancel their plans, they should exercise caution and abide by health safety regulations.

According to Greek state broadcaster ERT, the Dutch travel advise notes also that “the number of people infected with the coronavirus during their holidays on one of the Greek islands has increased sharply. This has an impact on travel instructions for the Greek islands (including islands connected to the mainland by bridge).”

The color code of the Greek islands changed from “yellow” (beware of danger to your safety) to “orange” (only the necessary trips).

The Dutch decision comes just a day after England decided that travellers who return from seven Greek islands should be quarantined for two weeks. Similar measures have been taken by Wales and Scotland.

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3 comments

  1. OLYMPIA PAPADOPOULOU

    The Easternmost Greek island of Kastellorizo ( officially Megisti) , is not included in the map of your article.

    • It is a map of the Dutch government. You can’t expect them to keep track of all Greek islands. Most likely no Dutch people or many go there. Don’t worry, there is no motive behind them leaving that island out.

      • Your right it’s a map of the ignorant Dutch government that included all the islands on code Orange, regardless them being uninhabited or private like Scorpios…..