Though one of the nations deemed “safest” for holiday plans in recent weeks, Greece has come under fire in the last few days as a sudden surge in cases linked back to holidays in the country has sparked sudden changes.
Holidaymakers may now find themselves concerned that they face a race against the clock to beat new quarantine rules which could be imposed.
Already, Scotland and Wales have imposed their own restrictions for travellers returning from the hotspot.
Though England has not yet imposed such rules, with sudden changes having occurred in the past for nations including France and the Netherlands, many hopeful holidaymakers may be concerned their plans will be left in tatters.
Lloyd Figgins, Chairman of the Travel Risk & Incident Prevention Group (TRIP), spoke to Express.co.uk and shared an insight into how Britons protect themselves.
For the most part, this means planning ahead of your trip.
“Travel corridors and details on when they might open or close are very fluid at the moment and it’s fair to say that no travel destination is exempt from last-minute changes,” he said.
“However, if you’re looking at travelling to Greece in the near future, you should check out what is the cumulative case numbers of COVID over the past seven days.
“The government’s own guidelines for enforcing quarantine on return to the UK are currently 20 cases per 100,000 of population.
“If the country you are visiting exceeds this, you are very likely going to need to isolate when you get home.
“Greece is currently (at the time of writing) at 14.3, but as we have seen, things can change quickly.”
Even if figures look promising ahead of your trip, it is still best to think of the worst-case-scenario.
“Before you go make sure that you have contingencies in place should you be required to quarantine on your return,” continued Mr Figgins.
“This will include making sure that you are able to work from home and that you don’t have any vulnerable relatives who live with you, who could be exposed to the virus.”
Of course, things become a little more complex for those who are already abroad when unexpected changes hit.
“If you suddenly find yourself needing to get home, speak to your tour operator first to see if they can get you on an alternative flight,” advises the travel pro.
“If not, research alternative routes to get back in time and book these early.
“Transport routes will fill up fast and prices will rise quickly.”
Though planning for such events may seem like a headache, Mr Figgins says it is a reality those who want to travel must get used to.
“Until airport testing is given the green light, this will be the harsh reality of travel for the foreseeable future,” he said.
On Tuesday evening, Scotland made the decision to axe Greece from its travel corridor list.
From 4am on Thursday morning, travellers arriving into Scotland will be required to self-isolate at home for 14-days.
Meanwhile, after a number of cases were detected on a flight from Zante to Cardiff, the Welsh Government announced all travellers coming back to the country from Zante must self-isolate.
They are also required to undergo testing.
Published at Wed, 02 Sep 2020 19:29:05 +0000