Scotland, Wales Add Greece to Quarantine Travel List; England Resists

Tourist taxis in Lindos. Rhodes, Greece. Credit: Ввласенко/Wikimedia commons

England is continuing to allow travelers to arrive from Greece without quarantining despite Scotland and Wales acting with an abundance of caution over concerns of rising numbers of coronavirus cases.

Travelers returning to Scotland from Greece must quarantine for 14 days beginning on Thursday amid a surge in coronavirus cases, the Scottish government has announced.

Wales also began asking arrivals from the Greek island of Zante (Zakynthos) to begin the period of quarantine, with health minister Vaughan Gething pressing for a meeting with the UK government to reconsider the rules for Greece.

In 2019, Brits made more than three million visits to Greece, making it one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations.

The move in Scotland and Wales follows an uptick in Covid-19 cases in Greece.

On Sunday, data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control revealed there had been 21.2 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people in Greece over the past 14 days.

In comparison, the rate in the UK was 18.6 cases per 100,000 people.