Greece tightens travel restrictions for Brits travelling to party island Zante

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Greece has imposed heavy travel restrictions on party island Zante just days after a group of British teens returned from the island and tested positive for coronavirus.

The Foreign Office update its travel advice for British travellers on Friday, and added information about several restrictions to be enforced on the island from 29th August.

In an update, the islands of Paros, Antiparos and Zante (Zakynthos), are prohibited from any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties or markets.

Greece has also imposed a ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors, on the islands, and has put a limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members.

It also prohibits all operation of food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day.

And, mandatory use of face masks is now expected in indoor and outdoor public spaces.

Restaurants, bars and entertainment venues, are to close from midnight to 7am on the island of Zante, as well as in the following areas: Attica (which includes Athens), Crete; East Macedonia; Thrace; Thessaloniki; Halkidiki; Larissa; Corfu; Mykonos; Paros; Antiparos; Santorini; Kos; Volos; Katerini, Zante.

To travel to Greece, passengers currently need to complete a passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before travel.

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Failure to do so in advance may result in your carrier not allowing you to travel, a 500 Euro fine on arrival or the Greek authorities not allowing you to enter the country, the Foreign Office states.

Greece is still exempt from the UK government quarantine restrictions, but a rising number of cases in the last two weeks has meant it is at risk of falling into the threshold.

A seven-day rate of 20 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people is the threshold above which the UK government considers triggering quarantine conditions.

In Greece, the latest seven-day rate is 14.1 cases per 100,000 – roughly the same as a week ago (14.3), but up from where it was two weeks ago (10.1).

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