Is Greece safe? Latest travel advice as coronavirus cases hit eight

Is Greece safe? Latest travel advice as coronavirus cases hit eight

CASES of coronavirus in Greece continue to increase, with eight confirmed reports on mainland.

Here is everything you need to know about travelling to Greece, from the latest advice to your flights.

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What is the latest travel advice for Greece?

There are currently eight cases of coronavirus in Greece across Athens and Thessaloniki, as the islands report no current cases.

Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes and Kavos have no reported any cases of coronavirus and are unaffected.

The UK government has updated the latest advice for British tourists, with the country still deemed safe to travel.

They advise: "There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). The virus originated in China, but cases have been confirmed in other countries, including Greece. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities."

Concerned Brits are advised to wash their hands with antibacterial gel to prevent the spread of coronavirus, as well as to cough or sneeze using a cover such as a tissue or sleeve.

Tourists returning to the UK from Greece will not be required to self-quarantine.

Can I cancel my flights or hotel booking?

Flights are still operating to Greece, with popular destinations including Santorini and Mykyonos unaffected.

As there has been no travel warning from the Foreign Office, airlines are not obligated to change flights for free or to issue refunds.

Brits who are concerned should contact their airline but will most likely have to pay to change their flights.

The only time that tour operators are required to give a refund on holiday packages is if the Foreign Office changes its travel advice for a region and turns it into a no-go area, which they have not done in this case.

Independent hotels are not even required to refund money in this instance, so if you have paid in advance and choose not to turn up then you will lose your money.

If the hotel is a large chain, it could be worth asking to change your stay to another location or delay your trip but they are under no obligation to grant this.

Holidaymakers are advised to check with their travel insurance providers to see if there is something they can do, but that is also unlikely.

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