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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 remains the same as it always has - to offer an escape from the routine, supported by our knowledgeable reservation and resort teams.

Since lockdown was announced, and before, we have been closely monitoring 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.

This document was updated on Monday 03 August.

An important message from Sunvil's Managing Director, Chris Wright

Arrivals

All visitors to Greece are required to complete the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) prior to departure and random testing will take place on arrival. Please ensure that you have completed this questionnaire a minimum of 24 hours prior to departure. 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.

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 2 adult passengers (plus any minors) per vehicle
  • A private minibus transfer can accommodate a maximum of 4 adult passengers (plus any minors) per vehicle
  • Shuttle bus services will operate at 65% capacity
  • Boats (ferries) will travel at 80% capacity – or 85% for boats with cabins on board. Passengers will be required to answer a series of questions and have their temperatures taken before boarding. Facemasks must be worn indoors and outdoors on boats.

It is important to note that all passengers will be required to wear face masks during their journey.

Face masks

It is obligatory to wear a face mask inside supermarkets, cafes, banks, government offices, retail outlets, barbershops, hairdressers and related establishments.

You must also wear a mask in lifts, including those at your accommodation. 

This is in addition to the aforementioned use of masks on public transport and in local transfer vehicles and taxis.

Services

Restaurants and cafe-bars are permitted to offer seating inside and outdoors. The minimum distance allowed between tables ranges from 70cm to 170cm, and no more than six people are allowed at one table, although these restrictions do not apply to families with children. 

Social distancing (1.5m) is required in all public outdoor spaces including parks, gardens and the beach.

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 strongly recommended inside the premises.

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 agent. We operate a 24-hour emergency telephone number and are also on hand to answer any questions you may have.

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