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Frequently Asked Questions

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Are we allowed to travel to Greece?

At the moment, there are a number of countries from which entry is allowed without the requirement for isolation including: EU + Schengen, USA, UK, Israel, Serbia, UAE, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore & Russia.
Visit travel.gov.gr for the latest updates.

What are the entry requirements?

Visit travel.gov.gr for the latest up to date information on entry requirements.
Every visitor MUST fill in the PLF and hold either a negative lateral flow test (performed by a medical professional, NOT a self test), negative PCR test OR a vaccination certificate OR medical proof of covid-19 recovery in the last 2-9 months.

What do we have to do before our sailing trip?

See the Greek entry requirements above - including filling out a Greek Passenger Locator form and holding a either a negative lateral flow test (performed by a medical professional, NOT a self test), negative PCR test, vaccination certificate or medical proof of covid-19 recovery in the last 2-9 months.

You must undergo a rapid test before boarding your yacht - we suggest bringing these with you, or you can purchase them from the pharmacies for around 5 euros but note that most pharmacies close on a Sunday.

What is it like in Greece at the moment?

Cases are very low in Greece now and here in the Ionian we have very few, if any, cases. Restaurants and cafes are open for outside dining, and shops are open too.

What local regulations do we have to follow in Greece?

Masks must be worn indoors and outdoors & social distancing rules must be respected. There is also a curfew from 01:30 until 05:00.
Boarding your yacht, and travel between islands will be controlled by self rapid-testing and health declaration forms.

What do we have to do before returning home?

You need to check with your own country's Government website with regards to re-entry requirements. It is possible to take a lateral flow test or PCR test here in Greece prior to your departure. More information here - https://www.sailionian.com/covid-19-travel-information/

Are your staff being tested?

Employees in the Greek tourism sector are obliged to undergo a weekly covid test until the date of their vaccination.


Do I need a visa to enter Greece from the UK?

The European Commission has approved a proposal that gives British citizens the right to visa-free travel to other EU countries. This means 90 days of travel within a 180 day period will remain visa free within the Schengen area.

Can I still hire a car in Greece

Anyone wishing to hire a car during their holiday will have to get an International Driving Permit (IDP) to do so. The 1968 permit lasts for 3 years and costs £5.50 - you need to visit the Post Office website to see where you can apply.

Will my RYA certificate still be accepted?

Although the RYA Day Skipper certificate (and equivalent from across the world) is currently accepted by the Greek Port Police, there is a growing trend of the International Certificate of Competence being requested across Greece. We recommend obtaining an ICC in place of your Day Skipper certificate, then you are covered either way!


Do I need a sailing certificate to charter a yacht?

Yes you do, it is the Greek law. The skipper needs to have an ICC or Day Skipper Practical or equivalent in order to charter a bareboat. A Skippered charter is available for people without a qualification, or you can learn to sail through our Sea School. View our Accepted Qualifications page here: https://www.sailionian.com/holiday-planning/accepted-qualifications/
You also need to have a First Mate on board OVER the age of 18 - they do not need an official sailing certificate but experience is preferable.

What is the minimum age to charter a yacht?

The minimum age to skipper your own yacht is 18, providing you hold the relevant qualifications and have experience. The first mate must also be at least 18 years old.

When is low, mid and high season?

2021 Season Dates:

Low Season - 4th April to 21st May & 2nd October to 1st November
Mid Season - 22nd May to 16th July & 4th September to 1st October
High Season - 17th July to 3rd September

What specific sailing certificates do you accept?

See our Accepted Qualifications page for more information on the specifics here: https://www.sailionian.com/holiday-planning/accepted-qualifications/

When is Check In/Check Out

Officially check in is from 1600 onwards on your day of arrival and check out is 0900 on the day of your departure UNLESS CONFIRMED OTHERWISE AT TIME OF BOOKING. You need to notify the office of your arrival details whether Sail Ionian are organising your transfers or not so we know when to expect you.

What is the price of food?

On average the price of a meal in the evening is €15 - €20 per person including wine.

Where are the ATMs?

We recommend that you bring enough cash with you for the first few days. Places that have ATMs are:

Lefkas, Nidri, Vassiliki, Frikes, Big Vathi, Fiscardo, Palairos, Ay Eufimia, Sami, Corfu, Astokos and Mitikas

PLEASE NOTE - there is NO ATM at our base in Vliho so bring enough cash for you to pay your taxi driver!

Can I leave cash on the boat?

Greece in general is very safe and robberies are very rare, we wouldn't however recommend leaving large amounts of cash on board when you are not there.

Can we buy provisions around the islands?

We encourage you to provision as you go round the islands. Most of the islands have at least one small supermarket and a bakery. When you arrive we will do a route plan with you and answer any questions like this.

If we are making alternative arrangements after our holiday can Sail Ionian help?

Yes we can help to organise car hire, taxis to ferry ports etc and have a large number of local contacts for accommodation.

What's included in the price of the yacht?

The price includes a generous welcome pack of food and drink, bed linen and towels (plus spare for 2 week holidays), an outboard and dinghy (size dependent on yacht size), free route guidance, free mooring practice if required, daily SMS weather update according to your location, the final clean of the yacht and 24 hr call out emergency assistance.

So what's not included?

1. Flights - these need to be booked independently. See our flights page for more info.
2. Transfers - although we arrange them, we do not pay for them. A taxi for 4 costs 50 euros from the airport to our base in Vliho and is paid direct to the taxi driver.
3. Fuel - again, although we arrange it we do not pay for it. Your yacht will be fully fueled when you arrive. Upon your return to our quay, don't worry about trying to find a fuel quay, just moor up and we bring the fuel truck to you! Fuel is charged at the local rate. Generally you will use around 60 euros of fuel in a week.
4. Security Deposit/Damage Waiver - this price differs depending on which yacht you are on and you can decide on this when you arrive.

The Yacht

Are charts and pilot books provided?

A G121 and a pilot book for the Ionian are on board along with a compass, dividers and chart plotter.

Are bed linen and towels provided?

Yes sheets and pillowcases are provided with blankets early and late season. Towels are provided for use on board the boat.

What size are the towels?

The bath towels are 66x120cm and you will receive a hand towel too.

Do we bring beach towels?

If you want to save space in your suitcase, you can hire large beach towels from our shop for €3.

Is there snorkel equipment on board?

We can no longer lend out snorkeling equipment, please bring your own.

Can I use my hairdryer or straighteners on board?

On most of our boats they won't run on the 12 volt supply run through an inverter. You can run them through the 240 shore supply although this is not always readily available. Most places that you stop have showers with electrical points in the local tavernas and supermarkets. Some of our new, larger yachts have powerful inverters and generators so you are able to use a hairdryer.

Showering on board

All of our yachts have hot water showers on board (provided the engine has been running at some point in the day). A lot of people will still use the showers in the harbours, normally in the supermarkets or tavernas. Prices for these range from €2 - €4 and most have electrical points for those wanting to use hairdryers etc.

CD Players/iPod Connections

All of the yachts have AUX leads that you can connect to any device with a headphone jack. The yachts do not have CD players.

What about fuel?

When you arrive, the yacht will have already been filled up with fuel. A full tank of fuel is more than enough for a one or two week charter, and probably even three! At the end of your holiday, return to the Sail Ionian quay where there will be the fuel truck waiting to fill up your yacht, you don't have to go through the hassle of finding a local fuel station.

I'd like a paddle board onboard, is this possible?

Absolutely possible! Adding a paddle board to your yacht for your holiday is a great idea, and it'll keep everyone entertained for hours. We have a number paddle boards available to rent from our shop. You can hire a paddle board for €100 per week. These are best to pre-order.


Where can I sail to?

Most of our clients on a weeks holiday sail to the following islands: Lefkas, Meganisi, Kalamos, Kastos, Ithaca, Atoko, Kefalonia. Anyone out for a bit longer sometimes venture up to Corfu or down to Zakynthos. The possibilities are endless!


What happens if I need a doctor?

There is a hospital in Lefkas, a medical centre in Vassiliki and on Meganisi. We can get a doctor out to you on our high-speed rib in an emergency, otherwise we can arrange for one to meet you in a number of selected ports.

Can we drink the water from the yacht tanks?

You can but we wouldn't recommend it as most water supplied from local quays is not filtered. Bottled water is very cheap to buy and you can buy frozen bottles which keeps your fridge cool when the engine is not running.


Will there be someone at the airport to meet me?

A taxi driver will be holding a Sail Ionian sign and will direct you to your transfer. We arrange all transfers unless told to do otherwise so please don't jump into a taxi unless it is one of ours.

What happens if our flight arrives late?

Depending on your arrival time, there may be someone here to meet you and they will do a basic handover (lights and toilets and, tell you where you can go for dinner. The boat papers and a full handover will be done in the morning.

Is the supermarket open if I arrive late?

There are two supermarkets in Vlicho, a little one just across the road and a slightly bigger one about 5 mins walk away. They are both open till about 10pm during the season.

What happens if my flight departs late the day we leave?

You have a couple of options - we can organise for you to use a local hotel in Nidri as a base for the day. It has a lovely pool, bar & restaurant as well as somewhere safe to leave your bags. Or alternatively we can organise car hire for the day so you can go and do a bit of exploring.