GREECE is now the number one holiday destination for the British after the imposition of quarantine restrictions on travelers returning from Spain.
After the government instituted a two-week quarantine, data from booking site Skyscanner shows Spain’s Mediterranean rival has grown in popularity.
Crete, Corfu and Santorini have now overtaken Barcelona, Ibiza and Malaga in the top 10 of the most searched routes on the site compared to this time of last year.
Spain was the first country to be removed from the UK’s safe country list, with holidaymakers only given four hours’ notice – and France is now at risk of doing the same.
But the UK still considers Greece safe for travel with no quarantine required when returning home.
Skyscanner’s Jon Thorne says that every time the government changed its travel advice for different countries, it had a direct effect on consumer behavior.
“The significant drop in searches and bookings in Spain from the UK on Skyscanner last week was a direct reaction to the current restrictions in the UK and the uncertainty surrounding travel to and from holiday favorites there. -bas, ”he said.
“Over the past few months, we have seen a direct correlation between search and booking data following changes in focus. “
The UK government last month released the full list of ‘airlift’ countries, which lifted travel bans from a number of countries.
Greece remains on the list although it has seen an increase in cases.
The country has recorded the highest number of new coronavirus infections since April, with around 150 new cases.
Greece has its own entry restrictions for British tourists – to be allowed entry tourists must complete a passenger locator form 24 hours before travel to receive a QR code.
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Without it, families face huge fines or are sent back to the UK.
As of July 26, all non-essential travel to Spain has been banned and Britons face a two-week quarantine upon their return to the UK.
This initially only included mainland Spain – but the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands followed suit from July 27.