Crete, Antipaxos and Corfu among the 12 safest European Islands

There are a number of places in Europe where sun-seekers looking for a European break could start visiting as soon as the end of this month.

They are islands that have safely navigated the Covid-19 crisis.

An official European Union ‘green list’ of holiday hotspots deemed “safest in Europe” is being prepared along with the pilot phase of the “vaccination passport” (European Digital Green Certificate) that includes a short list of participating countries, both expected to start soon.

The certificate – which will be issued by E.U. member countries and is proposed as a temporary pandemic measure lasting for 12 months – will allow travelers throughout the E.U. who have either proof of vaccination, a recent negative PCR test or proof of built-up immunity following infection with the virus.

For those anxious to get away and start traveling, the European Best Destinations organization (EBD) has prepared a list of “Safest Islands in Europe for a paradisiacal holiday combining safety and leisure this summer.”

The selection is based, among other factors, on the low number of Covid-19 cases during the pandemic and at the time of publishing of this classification, the existence of health charters put in place by local officials and recognition of vaccination certificates.

The islands selected don’t require a quarantine for travelers who test negative or have been vaccinated.

Portugal’s Madeira islands sits atop the rankings, followed by Greek, Croatian and Spanish islands.

“We continue to recommend prudence and strongly advise frail people to delay their travel until they have received two doses of the vaccine,” EBD advises.

More information on the vaccination passport here. “

The E.U. website,, provides real-time travel regulations for each E.U. country.

1. Madeira, Portugal
2. Porto Santo, Madeira Islands, Portugal
3. Antipaxos Island, Greece
4. Corvo Island, The Azores, Portugal
5. Crete, Greece
6. Flores, The Azores, Portugal
7. Malta
8. Corfu, Greece
9. La Gomera, Canary Islands
10. Korcula, Croatia
11. Menorca, Spain
12. Cyprus

Greece Property News|Crete, Antipaxos and Corfu among the 12 safest European Islands