Travelling to Greece? Here’s what you need to know…

We have now lived with COVID for almost a season, we all know more but there is much to be learnt.

Having dealt extremely efficiently with the Covid-19 outbreak, the Greek government lifted lockdown in mid July and let tourists into the country which was essential for the economy. This lead to a short term rise in cases as people flooded in, testing on the boarders highlighted where most infections were coming from, accordingly those boarders (mainly land boarders with the Balkan states) were quickly closed and mandatory testing on entry allowed Greece to regain control of the infection rate.

As we moved through August it was soon realised that there was a problem in certain hotspots in Greece these were mainly in areas of high population density and the areas where night clubs attracted party animals. In mid August Greece took stronger action enforcing the basic rules and also closing venues at 2300 – 0700, the effect of this was not immediate, cases continued to rise through August leading to concerns by the UK (or should we say the voices of the UK press) that quarantine for holiday makers returning from Greece to the UK would be required.

As we moved into September the overall number of cased in Greece started to fall (as expected from the August action) in all but a few hotspots (again mainly party islands and cities) where there was and still is little respect for social distancing. Greece continues to measure the infection patterns including testing of arrivals and is taking action where necessary.

Early September unfortunately the revellers who partied in some areas  spread the disease amongst themselves resulting in infections being detected on their return to the U.K..

Current restrictions when returning from Greece

There are few if any cases on the Island of Lefkas, when you fly to Lefkas you fly to Preveza which is on the Greek mainland

Although Greece has a relatively low index only 13 cases per 100,000 – UK 17 per 100,000 (7/9/2020), Scotland decided to impose quarantine for all returners from Greece whereas the England and Wales targeted the hot spots.

The Greek islands currently removed from the U.K. travel corridor list are Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Tinos and Zakynthos. Further detail can be found on the U.K. Government website.

September and October in The Ionian There are a very low number of infections on the Islands around Lefkas, the majority of people are taking social distancing very seriously and respecting the rules. Overall in Greece we don’t see the number of infections rising. We see no reason for England to impose further quarantine on those arriving home from holidays from sailing holidays in the South Ionian.

A yacht is probably one of the safest places for a holiday during the current COVID crisis.

Before you travel

24 – 48 hours (updated 9/7) before you travel to Greece, you must complete the Greek Government issued Passenger Locator Form online HERE. Upon completion of the online form, you will receive a bar code which is then scanned upon arrival and some passengers may be tested for Covid-19.

What to expect upon arrival

If you have been selected, you may be Covid-19 tested. There are no requirements to quarantine if the test comes back negative.

You can still take a taxi or public transport – both of which are operating with reduced capacity. A taxi can currently take 3 adult passengers plus the driver – you will be required to wear a face mask whilst in the taxi/minibus.

Are the tavernas and shops open?

Yes! As of now, the majority of tavernas, cafés, bars & shops are open.

All arrivals must follow social distancing measures

Read our Sail Safe policy here to learn about the Covid-19 policies in place during your holiday

This post was written by admin