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Greece remains on UK’s “amber list”, returning holidaymakers must quarantine

Greece has remained on the UK’s “amber list,” which requires that travelers quarantine for 10 days on return to the country and take two pre-booked Covid-19 tests while they are in quarantine. The decision on Thursday is a blow to Greece that was hoping that at least some islands, that is those with high vaccination rates would make it to the “green list.”

Britain added seven countries, including Egypt and Sri Lanka, to its “red list” of destinations that require hotel quarantine on return to England on Thursday, in a review that also saw Portugal move from “green” to “amber.”

Portugal will be removed from the government’s green travel list from Tuesday, amid rising coronavirus cases and concern over a “Nepal mutation of the so-called Indian variant”.

The full list of countries added to the “red list” is: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and Trinidad & Tobago.

No countries were added to the quarantine-free green list.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the move was a “safety-first approach”.

The UK’s devolved nations set their own travel rules but tend to be in line with England. Scotland and Northern Ireland have already confirmed they’ll follow suit on these latest changes.

Countries have their own rules about allowing visitors, so being on the UK’s green list does not guarantee travellers can visit.

All changes to the lists will come into effect at 0400 (0300 GMT) on June 8, the government said.

Full story BBC


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  1. The other issue is that any travel insurance is invalid so no health cover/refunds etc so you are taking risks. But we know part of the reasons are political.
    I hope we can return sooon safely – for everyone.

  2. Time to diversify the country’s activities AND preserving the environment?
    If only we would see the end of illegal occupation of coastal areas supposedly protected by the Constitution.

  3. It’s important to understand that this is all still about Brexit and is entirely political.

    Boris Johnson doesn’t want Brits to take their holidays in the EU. Partly this is because he wants to offset the economic impact of Brexit by making Brits holiday in the UK and spend their money at home, but it’s also part of the Conservative party’s hatred of everything to do with the EU.

    In any case, the UK’s R number is now somewhere between 1.0 and 1.2, do we really want them here?