Travelers arriving to England from seven Greek islands must self-isolate for 14 days as of 4am on Wednesday, September 9, according to an announcement made by UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps on Monday.
The islands in question are Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos.
The announcement was made as part of preventive measures to limit the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) in the UK.
According to reports, Shapps’ announcement is part of a new regional approach to quarantine, which will see islands treated separately to their mainland countries.
After Shapps’ announcement, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development office (FCDO) updated its travel advise for Greece, recommending only essential travel to the islands of Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos.
“This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks. The rest of Greece remains exempt from the FCDO’s advice against all non-essential international travel,” the FCDO notes.
The Welsh government on Friday applied the same measure for travelers returning from Crete, Zakynthos, Mykonos, Lesvos, Paros and Antiparos.
In early September, Scotland announced that travelers arriving from anywhere in Greece are required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.