Both Greece and Portugal are to remain off the UK travel quarantine list despite growing concerns over coroanvirus cases in the holiday destinations.

UK holidaymakers in both European countries will be able to breathe a sigh of relief knowing they will not have to self-isolate for two weeks after returning from either country.

There had been fears that Portugal could have been added to the travel quarantine list after passing the threshold of 20 cases per 100,000 people with 23 cases.

While a concerning increase in cases of coronavirus in Greece had also sparked concerns restrictions would be imposed on all returning from there too.

Portugal will not be added to the travel quarantine list despite passing the threshold of 20 cases per 100,000 people with 23 cases

But Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has assured holidaymakers on Thursday that self-quarantine rules will not be applied to those returning from Greece or Portugal to England.

He tweeted: “We continue to keep the Travel Corridor list under constant review & won’t hesitate to remove countries if needed. However, there are no English additions or removals today."

However, he did warn that the government could yet change it's mind as coroanvirus infection rates across Europe continue to be closely monitored.

Greece is safe from quarantine rules for UK holidaymakers

Mr Shapps warned: "Nonetheless, holidaymakers are reminded – 14-day quarantine countries can & do change at very short notice”.

He added: “Travel Corridor factors taken into account by JBC & Ministers inc: COVID-19 prevalence; level & rate of change; extent of in-country tests, regime & test positivity; extent of contained outbreak as opposed to general transmission; govt actions & other epidemiological information.”

UK nationals in Scotland and Wales will have to self isolate upon return from Greece, however.

The Scottish Government has demanded travellers from the country to self-isolate for 14 days from today.

Holidaymakers from Scotland and Wales will have to self-isolate upon return from Greece, however

Wales has imposed the measure on arrivals from the island of Zante.

While Tour operator TUI has ceased offering holidays to the resort of Laganas on Zante from Thursday in light of Covid-19 cases in the areas.

Andrew Flintham, managing director of Tui UK and Ireland, told the Mirror: “The recent cases in Wales have highlighted a demographic of customers that have recently returned from Zante and subsequently tested positive.

"As the only airline that flies between Cardiff and Zante it has allowed us to understand trends that may also be seen in other areas of the UK.”