Is Greece safe? Latest travel advice as coronavirus cases jump to 42 and large gatherings are suspended

CORONAVIRUS in Greece continues to rise as 42 cases have been confirmed.

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

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What is the latest travel advice for Greece?

There are currently 42 cases of coronavirus in Greece across Athens, Thessaloniki and Patras, although experts say this is likely to rise.

Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes and Kavos have no reported any cases of coronavirus and are unaffected.

The UK government has updated the latest advice for British tourists, with the country still deemed safe to travel.

They advise: "There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). The virus originated in China, but cases have been confirmed in other countries, including Greece. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities."

Tourists returning to the UK from Greece will not be required to self-quarantine.

Can I cancel my flights or hotel booking?

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

However, schools, cinemas and other public gatherings are to be closed for 48 in regions including Achaea and Elis as well as on the island of Zante, according to local media.

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

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

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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