In an attempt to slow the rise in Covid-19 cases, Scotland and Wales have introduced new quarantine restrictions for those arriving from Greece and the island of Zante.

The Scottish government announced on September 1 that holidaymakers arriving from Greece after September 3 would need to quarantine for 14-days upon their return. They have since announced that from 4am on September 5, Portugal and French Polynesia will also be added to the quarantine list.

At the same time, the Welsh government revealed that anyone arriving from Zante may be required to self-isolate for 14-days from September 1 if they received a positive Covid-19 test result. They too have  announced that from 4am on September 4, Portugal, Gibraltar, Crete, Mykonos, Lesvos, Paros, Antiparos, and French Polynesia will also be added to the Welsh quarantine list.

The changes in advice come after 16 coronavirus cases were linked to a TUI flight from Zante to Cardiff last week. As a result, TUI cancelled all flights to the resort of Laganas in Zante for 2020.

This has put pressure on the UK government to implement quarantine restrictions across the entire nation and remove all these countries from the travel corridor list for all British travellers.

Unfortunately, holidaymakers who are forced to quarantine upon their return should be aware that travel insurance does not offer cover for any expenses incurred as a result of mandatory quarantine, for example, loss of earnings. They, therefore, will be unable to claim for any related expenses.