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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

Testing guidance

Greece has been categorised as "Rest of the World" by the UK government. As such the following testing is required for travellers returning to England on/after 04 October. In addition, all travellers must complete a Greek Passenger Locator Form (PLF) prior to check-in at the airport.

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.
  • Testing on return to the UK: A Day 2 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 certificate):

  • 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 certificate from the NHS: This certificate can be obtained by calling “119” from any UK landline or mobile (or by dialling "111" if resident in Wales). This request takes 5-7 days.
  • Please check that the name on your passport matches how it is displayed on your NHS Covid App/certificate (Pass). If the names are different, contact your GP practice to have your details updated. Middle names are not required on the Covid App/certificate.
  • We recommend you travel with a printed copy of your vaccination certificate.

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 arrival time in Greece - A negative test result is required in order to travel. The negative test result for the lead passenger must be added to the Greek Passenger Locator Form.
  • Test for ferry, if applicable (please 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. *Within 48 hours if your return to the airport includes a same-day ferry connection. 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 Greece. 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.
  • 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.

Children 18yrs and younger:

  • Pre-departure testing – required for children aged 12-17yrs: 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.
  • Test for ferry, if applicable (please see below).
  • Testing on return to the UK – required for children aged 5-17yrs: 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 for ferries

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

If your pre-departure PCR 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 or an alternative courier. If an alternative courier is selected, you should ensure that the provider can deliver biological samples and that they offer a next-day tracked service. Samples must arrive within 70 hours of swabbing to undergo testing. Once the test has been analysed you will be sent an electronic test certificate.

Alternative provider:

Medic Spot – Providers of Antigen tests

Government backed Medic Spot offer Antigen tests for travellers, with results in 20 minutes. These tests can be purchased through Sunvil on Tel: 020 8758 4758 (choosing pre-departures) at a rate of £40.00 per test (including post and packaging). Alternatively, you can purchase the tests online by visiting https://tests.medicspot.co.uk/products/outbound-antigen - £45.00 per person. These tests can also be used for your ‘Test to return’.

Further testing information and additional suppliers can be found here.

 

Test to return (in Greece) if required:

All adults not in receipt of both vaccinations must undertake a PCR, LAMP or Antigen test within 72 hours of return to the UK. This test can be in the following format:

  • An in-clinic test in resort: Our local partners will book your test for you at a registered clinic; transfers can also be arranged. The test is payable locally. An antigen will cost c.20-30 Euros, a LAMP or PCR test will be more.
  • A self-administered Antigen test (purchased prior to departure): Tried-and-tested by our team, this option offered by Medic Spot will require you to perform a swab test and to upload the result to their website. On proof of a negative test result, a fit to fly certificate is issued. These tests can be purchased through Sunvil on 020 8758 4758 (choosing pre-departures) at a rate of £40.00 per test. Alternatively, you can purchase the tests online by visiting https://tests.medicspot.co.uk/products/return-antigen - £45.00 per person.

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

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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