Greek islands: only necessary travel advised after risk increased to orange

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has upped the risk category for Greek islands from yellow to orange, following a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus infections.

The orange status has come into effect this morning and will only apply to the islands of Greece. The mainland and the Peloponnese peninsula will remain yellow.

Those who are returning from any Greek islands will now be asked to quarantine for 10 days. Travel to the islands is only advised if necessary.

A large number of infections were traced back to one island in particular — but the Ministry has declined to name it.

Quarantine necessary

Passengers returning from red and orange risk countries may also be tested in Schiphol airports testing zones. The testing is not mandatory but it is strongly recommended by the GGD.

Whilst it is difficult to police whether or not coronavirus measures are being followed. The Ministry strongly encourages that people follow the guidelines and do the recommended quarantine period. This is especially necessary now, as the Netherlands experienced another spike in coronavirus cases with 900 people testing positive on Sunday.

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Sarah O'Leary
Sarah O'Leary
Sarah originally arrived in the Netherlands due to an inability to make her own decisions — she was simply told by her mother to choose the Netherlands for Erasmus. Life here has been challenging (have you heard the language) but brilliant for Sarah, and she loves to write about it. When Sarah is not acting as a safety threat to herself and others (cycling), you can find her sitting in a corner of Leiden with a coffee, trying to sound witty.


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