The Greek island of Crete has been added to the UK’s travel corridor list; here’s what you need to know about a possible holiday.
What does the rule change mean?
It’s now possible to go on holiday in Crete from the UK without a quarantine on either end.
The only out-of-the-ordinary requirements are the forms you need to fill out. You must fill out a Greek Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before you travel anywhere in Greece, or you may be barred from entering the country and fined 500 Euros. You must also fill out a UK Passenger Locator Form 24 hours before you get home.
What’s Crete like in November and December?
The weather in Crete is pleasant though not scorching in November and December. The average daytime temperature is 17 degrees in November and 15 degrees in December. If you get lucky you could get temperatures in the early 20s, but they may also drop to the low 10s, and there’s a chance of rain.
Crete has stunning terrain for hiking, so it might be time to pull out your boots rather than your bikini (though there’s nothing like a refreshing dip in the Aegean!)
The island also has one of the oldest wine-making traditions in the world, so why not book a visit to a winery? Finish it off by watching the sunset over the turquoise water on an empty beach.
Flights between the UK and the Greek islands are very limited (read: non-existent) late in the year, unless you fly via Athens. Connecting flights are available with Aegean Airlines and others.
The upside is that they’re very affordable. We found return flights for around £100 in November with Skyscanner. And with swift layover options, you can still make the journey within six hours.
Am I allowed to leave the UK right now?
You are allowed to travel abroad if you live in a tier 1 or tier 2 area of England. The rules are more vague if you live in a tier 3 area of England; you are advised against leaving your local area, but an overseas holiday is not specifically banned.
Under the Wales lockdown from 6pm on Friday 23 October to 12:01am Monday 9th November, it is not permitted to travel abroad or to leave your area. Travel overseas from Scotland and Northern Ireland is advised against by local governments, but not specifically banned.
Where else can I travel?
At Travelbounce, we’re tracking which countries you can currently travel to without a quarantine on either end.
It’s not a very long list. But it’s also worth checking travel restrictions by country; there are many more places you can travel as long as you are willing to self-isolate for 14 days when you get home.
Would you consider a Crete trip? Let us know in the comments.