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Covid-19: Wales Puts Six Greek Islands on Quarantine List

Photo source: Cardiff Airport

Photo source: Cardiff Airport

Travelers arriving to Wales from six Greek islands must self-isolate for 14 days as of Friday, September 4, according to a decision by the Welsh Government.

The islands in question are Crete, Zakynthos, Mykonos, Lesvos, Paros and Antiparos.

Speaking to the BBC, Wales’ Health Minister Vaughan Gething said the decision was made due to a large number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases “imported into Wales from tourists returning from the Greek islands”.

The Welsh Government’s announcement follows a similar decision by Scotland which included Greece on its quarantine list as of Thursday.

People returning to Wales from mainland Portugal, Gibraltar and French Polynesia are also required to self-isolate, according to the Welsh Government.

Photo source: Cardiff Airport

Photo source: Cardiff Airport

The quarantine rules apply to travellers arriving to Wales regardless of what part of the UK they return through – including English airports.

According to the BBC, those who do not self-isolate face potential fines of £1,000.

It is noted that the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland do not require travelers returning from these areas to be quarantined.

Speaking to Sky News, UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he understands that a lack of a single rule (across the UK) can create confusion of travelers.

“But we do have this devolved approach throughout the United Kingdom and I can only be responsible for the English part of that,” he said.

Wales’ Health Minister Vaughan Gething said he had requested a meeting with the UK government to discuss the situation. However, as a meeting was not set, the Welsh Government decided to take local measures and set different quarantine rules.

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  1. Trish Billimore Reply

    I really don’t u derstabd why. Crete is in the list. But we will still visit and self isolate when we get back.
    I think the Welsh Government should look at this agsi abs reverse some of the decisions.

  2. Stephen Cronin Reply

    Dear Greek People
    These are the Welsh. They always want something to complain and moan about. Pay no attention.

  3. Robert Ferguson Reply

    I hope Greece remembers this next time they ban UK as a whole, we are four different Countries, Northern Ireland was banned even though our problems with the virus was very low.

    • Andreas Romanos Reply

      If the UK cannot make heads or tails of its own inter-regional complexities how can you expect Greece to do so?

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