London Covid: I went on holiday to Greece and there were some unexpected surprises

All things considered, I feel very lucky to have gone abroad this summer. Severed air bridges, sudden quarantine changes and Covid-19 in general have got in the way for many. The Greek island of Corfu managed to dodge all of these restrictions, and therefore so did I.

But the journey certainly didn't come without its challenges... For more news and features about London directly to your inbox sign up to our newsletter here.

Testing

I had read that UK travellers are likely to be tested on arrival to Greece and the islands. But when you're off on your jollies, you don't really worry about, well...anything!

While I was able to pass through passport control saliva-swab free, my mum was not quite as lucky. So to the test centre we were sent.

The test was over and done with in no time

To be fair, the test was done quicker than you can say 'Covid', and was nowhere near as scary as I had imagined. I'd pictured an immediate positive test result, followed by a trapdoor sliding from under our feet and dropping us straight into a dingy quarantine prison of positive passengers.

But it wasn't really quite as dramatic.

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We heard nothing from the authorities for the rest of the holiday, and no news is good news when it comes to these results. Really good news, in fact, given some of the horror stories we had heard about those who tested positive, sent to quarantine in government-provided accommodation...completely alone. Not exactly anyone's idea of holiday heaven, but that is the risk current holidaymakers take.

Social distancing...or not

London Covid: I went on holiday to Greece and there were some unexpected surprisesMost people were wearing their masks, but keeping apart was a struggle

The rest of the holiday was completely stress-free.

Until we got back to the airport, of course. Corfu airport is cosy at the best of times, so not exactly made for social distancing. Queues mounted, and impatient passengers left little room for manoeuvre.

Not that I'd mind, if they all wore their masks properly, and didn't take them off to cough metres from my face (there is a pandemic going on - get away from me woman).

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Overall, I'd say my journeys were pretty smooth and successful, given everything that's going on. But they could have easily not been, which is worth bearing in mind if you're heading on your hols. Have you had any interesting experiences going away during the pandemic?

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