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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.


Greece has announced that it will be read to welcome visitors from the UK as of 17 May. Travellers will be required to provide evidence of vaccination or of a negative Covid test result, taken within 72 hours of departure.

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.

Please also ensure that you are familiar with the new rules for travel within Europe from 01 January 2021.

Measures in place

The following measures and protocols have been adopted across the country and a four-tier system for managing the spread of the Coronavirus introduced. Level one has the lowest levels of infection, whereas level four has the highest levels of infection and are subject to the most stringent protocols.


  • 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 in regions in Tier One and Tier Two. In Tier Three a taxi can accommodate 2 adult passengers (plus any minors) per vehicle.
  • A private minivan transfer, up to 9 seats, can accommodate a maximum of 5 adult passengers (plus any minors) per vehicle. In Tier Four a minivan can accommodate 3 adult passengers. 
  • Bus/coach transfers will operate at 65% capacity in Tier One and at 50% capacity in Tiers Two to Four (with compulsory use of face masks at bus, tram and train stops)
  • Boats (ferries) will travel at 80% capacity in Tier One, 65% in Tier Two and 50% in Tier Three. In Tier Four ferry services will be cancelled. Face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors 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.

Face masks

Within ‘Tier 4’ and ‘Tier 3’ regions, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public spaces (both indoors and outdoors), at all times. For 'Tier 2' and 'Tier 1' it is obligatory to wear a face mask in all shops and indoor areas EXCEPT hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars (where all must be seated, no standing customers allowed). It is also compulsory in the more crowded outdoor areas where the min 1.5m social distancing cannot be kept (e.g. a market or busy shopping street).

Mask wearing is also compulsory on all boats inside AND outside, on the decks, for the same reason.

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

These protocols are in addition to the aforementioned use of masks on public transport and in local transfer vehicles and taxis. Only those with a medical condition that does not allow them to wear a mask and children under 3 are exempt - however please note that proof may be requested.


Restaurants and cafe-bars are permitted to offer seating inside and outdoors. The minimum distance allowed between tables ranges from 70cm to 170cm. Tables can accommodate a maximum of 6 people (Tier One and Tier Two) or 4 people (Tier Three)

A 1am curfew is in place for Tier One destinations, 12.30am for Tier Two and midnight for Tier Three. In Tier Four, restaurants and cafe-bars will be required to close.

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 compulsory.

Archaeological sites

Archaeological sites have been operating on extended summer hours (08:00-20:00) to avoid large crowds from forming. During the winter months revised opening hours will apply, with most sites closing at 18:00.

In order to maintain the minimum 1.5m-2m (Tier Two/Three - Tier One) 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.

At Tier Four all archaeological sites and museums will be closed.

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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