GREECE has confirmed its first case of coronavirus after a 38-year-old woman returned from a holiday in northern Italy.

Here is everything you need to know about travelling to Greece, from the latest advice to your flights.

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 The first case of coronavirus in Greece has been reported in Thessaloniki


The first case of coronavirus in Greece has been reported in ThessalonikiCredit: Alamy

What is the latest travel advice for Greece?

There is currently one person in Greece who has coronavirus, after the 38-year-old visited Italy. She is currently in quarantine with her family in the port city of Thessaloniki.

The UK government has not updated the latest advice for British tourists, with the country still deemed safe to travel.

Greek authorities are currently on “high alert” according to local media, with an emergency meeting on what to do ahead of an outbreak taking place later today.

Concerned Brits are advised to wash their hands with antibacterial gel to prevent the spread of coronavirus, as well as to cough or sneeze using a cover such as a tissue or sleeve.

Can I cancel my flights or hotel booking?

Flights are still operating to Greece, with popular destinations including Santorini and Mykyonos unaffected.

As there has been no travel warning from the Foreign Office, airlines are not obligated to change flights for free or to issue refunds.

 Tourists remain unaffected with flights still going ahead to the mainland and islands


Tourists remain unaffected with flights still going ahead to the mainland and islandsCredit: Alamy

Brits who are concerned should contact their airline but will most likely have to pay to change their flights.

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The only time that tour operators are required to give a refund on holiday packages is if the Foreign Office changes its travel advice for a region and turns it into a no-go area, which they have not done in this case.

Independent hotels are not even required to refund money in this instance, so if you have paid in advance and choose not to turn up then you will lose your money.

If the hotel is a large chain, it could be worth asking to change your stay to another location or delay your trip but they are under no obligation to grant this.

Holidaymakers are advised to check with their travel insurance providers to see if there is something they can do, but that is also unlikely.

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We’ve also explained what to do if travelling to Tenerife after 1,000 guests were quarantined in a hotel.

Holidays to Thailand could also be affected, so tourists are advised to check the current travel warning.



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