Greek islands of Zante, Paros and Antiparos introduce new coronavirus restrictions - here’s what they are

Tuesday, 1st September 2020, 3:34 pm
Updated Tuesday, 1st September 2020, 3:35 pm
New local coronavirus restrictions are now in place on the Greeks islands of Zante, Paros and Antiparos in a bid to tackle the spread of the virus (Photo: Shutterstock)
New local coronavirus restrictions are now in place on the Greeks islands of Zante, Paros and Antiparos in a bid to tackle the spread of the virus (Photo: Shutterstock)

New local coronavirus restrictions are now in place on the Greeks islands of Zante, Paros and Antiparos in a bid to tackle the spread of the virus.

This comes after 16 coronavirus cases were linked to a Tui flight on 25 August, which brought tourists back to Cardiff from Zante, resulting in everyone on the flight being told to self-isolate for two weeks.

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Gwen Lowe of Public Health Wales says that 30 cases of COVID-19 have now been confirmed in the last week among people who returned from Zante on several flights.

Ms Lowe says that the number is expected to rise.

New local restrictions in place

The FCO explains that “Local restrictions are in place on the islands of Paros, Antiparos and Zante/Zakynthos”

These include:

  • Suspension of any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs, religious ceremonies, open markets etc.
  • Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight - 7am the next day.
  • A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors;
  • A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people;
  • Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.

Entry requirements

Travel to Greece is subject to entry restrictions.

If you travel to Greece, you will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before travel.

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, explains the FCO.

Every traveller, including children, must have their details included on a PLF, and if you’re travelling with others outside of your household, then you should all complete your own form.

If you’re travelling together as a household, then the Greek authorities ask for you to complete one form with all adults and children included.

You can add additional members of your household at the top of the form before you submit.

However, it’s worth noting that some airlines may require individual PLFs for every traveller over the age of 18 within the same household.

You should check directly with your airline in regards to what you will need to show in order to be allowed boarding.