Holiday chaos as seven Greek islands added to quarantine list

Seven Greek Islands will be added to UK's quarantine list, it has been confirmed by the Transport Secretary.

Grant Schnapps confirmed the additions which will see thousands of Brits scrambling to get home, reports Essex Live.

Brits have until 4am on Wednesday September 9 to get back home, or risk having to quarantine upon return.

Anyone returning to England from the selected islands will have to self-isolate for 14-days if they return after the deadline.

The announcement has once again put thousands of holiday plans into chaos and confusion as mainland Greece remains on the travel corridor list.

Whilst speaking in the Commons, the MP also touched on an islands policy which will allow more flexibility on making decisions to remove or add individual islands instead of grouping them with the mainland country.

He also spoke about working on plans to change the current length of time Brits have to quarantine on return from a country that isn't on England's safe travel corridor.

Now, anyone returning to England from Wednesday, September 9, from Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos will have to self isolate.

He told MPs: "We are working actively on the practicalities of using testing to release people from quarantine earlier than 14 days.

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"For the reasons described, this could not be a pure test-on-arrival option, as it would not work, but my officials are working with health experts with the aim of cutting the quarantine period without adding to infection risk or infringing our overall NHS test capacity – which also now needs to cater to schools going back and universities returning."

He continued saying the island policy will come into play straight away as he introduced plans to add the seven Greek islands to the list.

Mr Shapps was also quizzed by MPs on his plans after telling holidaymakers to travel with their 'eyes open'.

The news for sure will be of mixed emotions for travel companies as the policy could possibly see more countries being added to the travel corridor list, whilst seven Greek islands have gone the opposite way.

This is just another example of how coronavirus has tormented the aviation industry.

In Scotland, Greece has been added to the countries quarantine list and pressure has been put on by the government to change England's stance on the matter.

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