A mother who went on vacation to Greece against the advice of the government said she decided to go because her children “deserve a vacation”.
The government is currently advising Britons against traveling on holiday to Orange List destinations, which include Greece as well as most of Europe.
However, traveling to them is not prohibited, unlike Red List destinations, which have seen thousands of Britons flock to Orange List Spain in recent weeks.
A number of British tourists have made their way to Corfu which, although it remains quite deserted due to Covid, has already welcomed travelers last month.
Greek tourism bosses have said confusing travel advice and mandatory Covid testing that can cost hundreds of pounds per traveler have kept Britons from returning.
The country recently announced its new beach rules which include sun loungers 4 meters apart and no bar music is played.
Despite this, one family said they decided to go to Corfu after their vacation was canceled last year.
The mother told ITV: “It was [my son’s] first vacation and it was canceled last year. He was really excited so I said ‘we’re going’ whether it’s embarrassing or not. “
When asked if they were worried about the Amber List rules, they replied that they were not because it was “not a government law”, adding: “Even though they advise us not to go, my kids deserve a vacation, so here we are. “
She also said: “It was not a red country, we did everything according to the rules.”
Another tourist said it would have been different if he had been older or had health issues, but that was not the case, so he decided to visit Corfu on vacation.
Orange List destinations still require a mandatory 10-day quarantine upon return to the UK – as well as Covid testing on the two and eight days of the quarantine.
Boris Johnson spokesman said: âOur advice has not changed with regard to the Amber List countries.
“We have been clear that people should not travel to Amber List countries for vacation purposes.”
While last week Health Secretary Matt Hancock said people shouldn’t travel to Orange Countries except for essential reasons.
It is hoped that more countries could be added to the green list later this week, but it is likely that Greece will not be affected.
The Spanish islands, Malta and Jamaica should all be on the list, according to PC Agency’s Paul Charles.
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Other countries are also likely to be added to the red list, according to a former BA strategist.
Robert Boyle predicted that British holidaymakers would likely be banned from traveling to Bahrain, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago and Kuwait due to their Covid situation.