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This document contains the latest information about the protocols, preventative measures and changes adopted in Greece in response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

GIC The Villa Collection has offered holidays to Greece since 1969 and, we believe our knowledge of the country is unrivalled. Our exclusive villa porfolio only includes those properties that make the grade and that have been handpicked and vetted by the team; each offering something unique that makes it that extra bit special -  whether it be a cottage close to the sea with a boat mooring, a family friendly villa with pool or a village home where you can truly immerse yourself in the local community. Our aim remains the same as it always has - to offer an escape from the routine, supported by our knowledgeable reservation and resort teams.

Throughout the pandemic, we have closely monitored government guidance, regional policies and have maintained a continuous dialogue with our colleagues in Greece. Below we have highlighted the facts and guidelines relating to accommodation, shops and services. It is important to note that guidelines are being updated daily and you should contact us should you have any specific questions or concerns.

Arrivals

Greece is open to UK visitors. The requirements for travellers are detailed below:

  • Pre-departure, test for ferries (if applicable), test to return and on return to the UK testing as detailed below.
  • A completed Greek Passenger Locator Form (PLF). This questionnaire must be completed before 23:59hrs on the day prior to your arrival in Greece (21:59hrs). It is your responsibility to do so as will be any costs incurred for new flight tickets and amendments to your travel plans should the form not be submitted. Airlines are denying boarding to those who fail to provide evidence of their submission and their unique QR code. You can find further information about the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) here.
  • Random testing on arrival. Those with two vaccinations (issued more than 14 days prior to departure), and can display the completed vaccination card (NHS App or an official letter from the NHS), will be fast tracked but may still be subject to random testing. The name on the vaccination card must match your passport, or where the names do not correspond proof of identity is required.
  • A completed UK Passenger Locator Form (PLF).

Testing guidance

Greece has been categorised as Amber by the UK government. As such the following testing is required:

If you have received both vaccinations (more than 14 days prior to departure):

  • Pre-departure testing: This is not required for travellers in receipt of both vaccinations – see below for details of the evidence required.
  • Test for ferry, if applicable (see below).
  • Test to return: All travellers must undertake a PCR, LAMP or Antigen test within 72 hours of return to the UK. This test must be taken at a local clinic or using a virtual provider, approved by the UK government. A fit to fly certificate is provided - it is recommended to obtain a paper version of your certificate.
  • Testing on return to the UK: A Day 2 is required. If you are due to return prior to 19 July, a 10-day period of self-isolation plus a PCR test on/before Day 2 and on/after Day 8 is required. This test must be ordered before your return to the UK and evidence of this purchase must be added to the UK Passenger Locator Form. A full list of providers for the Day 2 tests can be found here.

* Evidence for passengers in receipt of both vaccinations (NHS App OR letter):

  • The NHS App: This application is valid on smart phones and tablets and requires ALL passengers to register for their own account. The account is connected to your NHS number, date of birth and postcode. The application will display your Covid-19 vaccine record. 
  • An official letter from the NHS: This letter can be obtained by calling “119” from any UK landline or mobile.
  • Please check that the name on your passport matches how it is displayed on your NHS Covid Pass. If the names are different, contact your GP practice to have your details updated.

If you have not received both vaccinations:

  • Pre-departure testing: A PCR test taken within 72 hours of your arrival time in Greece or a rapid antigen test from an authorised clinic taken within 48 hours of your scheduled departure time from the UK - A negative test result is required in order to travel. This result must be added to the Greek Passenger Locator Form before 23:59hrs on the day before travel (21:59hrs UK time).
  • Test for ferry, if applicable (see below).
  • Test to return: All travellers must undertake a PCR, LAMP or Antigen test within 72 hours* of return to the UK. *Within 48 hours if your return to the airport includes a same-day ferry connection. This test must be taken at a local clinic or using a virtual provider, approved by the UK government. A fit to fly certificate is provided - it is recommended to obtain a paper version of your certificate.
  • Testing on return to the UK: A 10-day period of self-isolation applies for all travellers returning from an Amber destination. In addition, a PCR test on/before Day 2 and on/after Day 8 is required. These tests must be ordered before your return to the UK and evidence of this purchase must be added to the UK Passenger Locator Form. A full list of providers for the Day 2 and Day 8 tests can be found here.

Children 18yrs and younger:

  • Pre-departure testing – required for children aged 12-18yrs: A PCR test taken within 72 hours of your arrival time in Greece or a rapid antigen test taken at an authorised clinic within 48 hours of your departure time from the UK. A negative test result is required in order to travel. This result must be added to the family’s Greek Passenger Locator Form before 23:59hrs on the day before travel (21:59hrs UK time).
  • Test for ferry, if applicable (please see below).
  • Test to return – required for children aged 11-18yrs: All travellers must undertake a PCR, LAMP or Antigen test within 72 hours* of return to the UK. This test must be taken at a local clinic or using a virtual provider, approved by the UK government. * Within 48 hours if your return to the airport includes a same-day ferry connection. A fit to fly certificate is provided (the certificate must be in English, Spanish or French).
  • Testing on return to the UK – required for children aged 5-18yrs – Travelling with fully-vaccinated parent(s)/parental guardian(s): A PCR test on/before Day 2 is required. These tests must be ordered before your return to the UK and evidence of this purchase must be added to the UK Passenger Locator Form.
  • Testing on return to the UK – required for children aged 5-18yrs – Travelling with parent(s)/parental guardian(s) not in receipt of both vaccinations: A 10-day period of self-isolation applies for all not fully-vaccinated travellers returning from an Amber destination. In addition, a PCR test on/before Day 2 and on/after Day 8 is required. These tests must be ordered before your return to the UK and evidence of this purchase must be added to the UK Passenger Locator Form.
  • Test to release on Day 5: This optional test is available to travellers in England. The test must be added to the UK Passenger Locator Form. If you choose to purchase a Day 5 test after your return to the UK a revised Passenger Locator Form must be submitted.

 

Testing for ferries

Travelling by ferry (not applicable vaccinated travellers or to children aged 11yrs and younger):

If your pre-departure PCR test has been taken within 72 hours of your ferry departure time or within 48 hours of your ferry departure times with Antigen, then these results will still be valid for ferry travel. We would therefore recommend arranging your testing time accordingly. Your ferry times are indicated on your travel itinerary but please note that these are subject to late changes so please make some allowance for this. If your ferry travel time is outside these time limits then the following rules are now in place:

  • Travelling between islands of the same prefecture including between Corfu and Paxos; Kefalonia and Ithaca; Lefkas and Meganissi; Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos, and the Cyclades, Saronic and Dodecanese islands - The requirement of a Greek approved self-test – purchased from a Greek pharmacy – taken prior to boarding. The result of the self-test is added to a simple form and handed to the crew on boarding. A copy of the form can be found here (and will be also provided by our local representatives): https://self-testing.gov.gr/covid19-self-test-print.pdf
  • Travelling outside of the prefecture (we will advise if this is the case) – The requirement of a PCR or rapid antigen test taken prior to boarding. A Passenger Locator Form is also required, the details for which are provided by our partners. The form can be completed online at https://sea.travel.gov.gr/#/ or a paper version is available at the port.

 

Testing providers

In UK tests:

At Sunvil, we have a partnership with Randox Health (one of the UK government’s approved providers) and our travellers can purchase tests at a reduced price:

Randox Health
Finsbury House
23 Finsbury Circus
London
EC2M 7EO
Website: https://www.randoxhealth.com
Tel: 0800 254 5130

With Randox, you will self-administer a swab test using the instructions in the test kit provided and send the test back to Randox using one of their local drop boxes, a courier or Royal Mail (using a priority postbox). Once the test has been analysed you will be sent an electronic test certificate.

Further testing information and additional suppliers can be found here.

Please also ensure that you are familiar with the new rules for travel within Europe from 01 January 2021. A synopsis of the changes can be found in our dedicated blog.

Measures in place


The following measures and protocols have been adopted across the country to manage the spread of the Coronavirus:

Villas

  • Later check-in (after 3pm) / earlier check-out (before 11am) to allow for enhanced cleaning
  • Cleaning will not be provided mid-stay. Extra linen and towels will be provided for guests' use
  • A medical kit will be made available for each villa for use if a guest displays symptoms of the virus. The kit will include single use gloves, single use mask, antiseptic wipes, apron, long sleeved gown and a thermometer

Transfers and car hire

In addition to protocols for accommodation, the Ministry of Tourism in Greece has also established measures for the transportation of visitors. Sunvil and our local partners have adopted these measures and made the necessary plans for those travelling with us.

  • A private taxi transfer can accommodate a maximum of 3 adult passengers (plus any minors) per vehicle. 
  • A 7 seater transfer vehicle can accommodate a maximum of 5 adult passengers (plus any minors) per vehicle.
  • A 9 seater transfer vehicle can accommodate a maximum of 7 adult passengers (plus any minors) per vehicle.
  • At present bus/coach transfers will operate at 85% capacity. We believe this will be reduced in time.
  • Boats (ferries) will travel at 50% capacity or 55% if the boat has cabins. Face masks must be worn indoors on the boat. All ferry passengers are required to complete a simple form to be handed to the crew on boarding. Temperature checks will take place.
  • Public transportation (blue buses, trolleys, metro, trains) will operate at 65% capacity, with compulsory use of face masks.

If a passenger refuses to wear a mask, the driver/crew has the right to deny embarkation/use of the vehicle, as a fine is imposed not only to the passenger but also to the driver.

Face masks

It is obligatory to wear a face mask in all indoor public spaces, and outdoors when social distancing measures cannot be met.

Mask wearing is also required on boats (inside), public transportation, transfer vehicles and taxis.

Only those with a medical condition that does not allow them to wear a masked and children under 3 are exempt - proof may be requested.

Services

As of 3 May, restaurants, bars and cafes are open (outdoor spaces only, and opening hours

Restaurants and cafe-bars are open (outdoor spaces only, and opening hours between 05:00 and 01:30hrs). Up to 10 individuals are allowed per table. Two customers seated on stools are allowed in front of the bar (1.5 metres distance must be kept from neighbouring customers). The use of masks is mandatory for customers waiting for a table, and strongly recommended when seated and not eating or drinking.

Shops are open and operating with limited capacity. You may be required to wait a few minutes before entering, as we have been doing so in the UK. The use of face masks is compulsory.

Archaeological sites

Archaeological sites are open to visitors across the country. 

In order to maintain the minimum 1.5m-2m safety distance between people, the number of visitors allowed in at every archaeological site is limited, as is the number of visitors allowed to enter every hour. Specific routes around the sites have been demarcated and face masks are strongly advised.

Our support

Our destination specialists have explored Greece from north to south and know the country inside out. The team consisting of Claire, Courtney, Jackie, Jordan, Justin, Karolina, Mark and Stella, are supported in-country by our local agents. We operate a 24-hour emergency telephone number and are also on hand to answer any questions you may have.

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