An Anglo-Greek travel corridor?

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It has been confirmed that the Greek and UK governments have been talking about a travel bubble or corridor between the two nations.

Corfu had fewer cases than mainland Greece. Could a Corfu holiday be on the cards this summer for Britons?

Why with Greece and not with Spain, Italy, Portugal or France?

Conversations may be happening between the British governments and the others that I have mentioned but Greece is the country where the pandemic has been handled better possibly because it consists of so many islands where the spread has been limited.

Favourite holiday destinations of the British like Corfu, Rhodes, Crete and Zakynthos have had comparatively low levels of coronavirus. Even the mainland has had fewer cases than the population might suggest. Even though Athens has seen a spike in cases in the last few weeks, resulting in tighter restrictions and a lockdown, it is low compared to the UK.

Nonetheless, the most recent figures I have seen suggest just 13 Covid-19-related deaths and 755 new cases, about half of those being on the mainland. Yes, there are reports that about 85% of ICU beds are being occupied but it is believed that there are fewer ICU beds per 100,000 of population that there are in the UK.

According to the European centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the latest figure per 100,000 of population in Greece is 141.54. In Spain and Portugal it is four times as high, in Italy twice as high and in France about two and a half times as high. Croatia, Denmark, Finland and Norway are the onlt countries with a lower figure than Greece at the time of writing although Germany’s is about the same.

the harbour at Mandraki
Or Rhodes? This is Mandraki harbour in Rhodes.

Is it any wonder then that the British government is talking to Greece as is Germany. Both countries are big contributors to Greek tourism figures so opening up Greece to British and German tourists when possible makes commercial and medical sense. That is providing figures continue to drop.

But the sticking point might be the vaccinations in each country. The UK has inoculated about 30% of its population, Greece is way behind largely due to the slowness of the EU Commission passing the drugs for use and secondly because of its slow ordering.

Will the British government be willing to accept a level of vaccination considered to be well below rates medical authorities say is acceptable for herd immunity?

As it stands, it is probably too early to say there could be Easter travel between the two countries since Easter is just six weeks away. But for May onwards, I think there is more than an evens chance of an overseas Greek holiday provided that the rates continue to decline in both countries

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