Hopes for hassle-free summer holidays have been dealt another blow, after Greece tightened the rules on its party islands and Italy extended restrictions on UK travellers.
Extra police have been deployed to popular Greek islands including Mykonos, over fears that tourist venues aren’t complying with Covid measures. A reported 186 officers have been sent to the island, almost four times the usual number stationed there.
The Greek deputy civil protection minister Nikos Hardalias said Mykonos, along with the island of Ios, was “one step” away from authorities imposing further restrictions, and signalled concern over rising Covid rates in Zakynthos, Tinos, Lefkada, Santorini, Paros and Rhodes.
Meanwhile, Italy has extended its quarantine rule for British tourists for another month, even after the UK government’s decision to drop entry restrictions for fully vaccinated arrivals from the EU and the US.
Anyone entering Italy from Britain will have to show a negative Covid test result, self-isolate for five days, and take another swab test at the end of the isolation period, Health Minister Roberto Speranza said in a decree that prolonged until August 30 measures that were due to expire on Friday.