Is Greece staying on the amber list?

THE government's travel review next week will determine whether Greece stays on the amber list.

Here's what we know.

Will Greece stay on the amber list?

Greece failed to go green at the last traffic-light reshuffle on August 4 and is still on the amber list.

This means that you’ll need to be fully vaccinated to travel quarantine-free.

If you are not fully vaccinated you can still travel to Greece but you’ll need to quarantine for 10 days at home on your return as well as take an extra PCR test on day eight

Thankfully, experts have said that most of the popular amber destinations are likely to stay where they are.

Data specialist Tim White agreed said that Greece, Portugal and Cyprus "shouldn't be going red" as cases continued to drop.

He also said that the Maldives could be moved from the red list to the amber list as infection rates have dropped, adding that "virtually all restaurants and bars are open air in resorts and there’s little threat".

However, he warned Morocco could be moved from amber to red due to tourists testing positive, while Mexico is unlikely to be moved from the red list anytime soon.

What are the current travel rules for Greece?

All travellers above the age of 12 must complete a passenger locator form before arrival in Greece.

They must also have proof of a negative PCR test, taken within the 72-hour period before arrival, OR a negative rapid antigen taken 48 hours before your arrival OR proof of vaccination. 

Greece also accepts proof of recovery from Covid-19 in the form of a positive PCR test result taken between 30 and 180 days of your travel dates.

How many Covid cases does Greece have?

Greece recently suffered a spike in Covid cases. However the outbreak appears to have peaked five days ago, on 15 August, when new cases hit a rolling seven day average of 3,276.

Case rates have since fallen slightly to 3,141. While 52 per cent of the population of Greece is now fully vaccinated against the virus.

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