People arriving in England from Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos or Zakynthos from 4 am Wednesday 9 September will need to self-isolate for 2 weeks.
Sep 7, Transport Secretary announced the introduction of a more targeted approach to travel corridors by separating some islands from mainland countries. This means an area that presents a higher or lower public health risk to UK travellers can be assessed separately to the rest of the country.
The existing country-based approach to travel corridors has protected lives by reducing the risk of importing new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases into the UK.
The Joint Biosecurity Centre has now been commissioned to assess the most popular island destinations for British tourists.
The first changes under the new process were also made today, with 7 Greek islands to be removed from exemption list:
People arriving in England from those islands from 4am Wednesday 9 September will need to self-isolate for 2 weeks. Data from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and Public Health England has indicated a significant risk to UK public health from those islands, leading to ministers removing them from the current list of travel corridors.
At the same time, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has updated its travel advice for Greece to advise against all but essential travel to Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos. The rest of Greece remains exempt from the FCDO’s advice against all non-essential international travel.
The new, more targeted process will allow the government to continue to respond quickly to threats of imported cases while minimising wider disruption to passengers and the travel industry.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:
Our top priority has always been to keep domestic infection rates down, and today we’re taking the next step in our approach. Through the use of enhanced data we will now be able to pinpoint risk in some of the most popular islands, providing increased flexibility to add or remove them – distinct from the mainland - as infection rates change.
This development will help boost the UK’s travel industry while continuing to maintain maximum protection to public health, keeping the travelling public safe.