A group of 29 Syrian migrants were arrested at the port of Patra, western Greece, on Saturday, after allegedly trying to board a ship destined for Italy using forged documents and posing as tourists.

Reports suggested they had each paid 3,000 euros to reach the Italian shore.

The 51-year-old bus driver and a 32-year-old German national of Syrian descent who claimed she was accompanying the tourist group were also arrested.