Health First

­Dear friends of the Aegean islands,

In our islands, philoxenia (the Greek word for hospitality) is literally in our blood. Those of you who have been with us before, are aware of our firm dedication to provide a holiday experience like no other. Now, more than ever before, we also have a firm commitment to take all required measures to enable you enjoy your stay safely.

TRAVELLING TO THE AEGEAN ISLANDS BY AIR OR SEA

We would like to inform you that based on the Greek Government’s decision, all travellers to any Greek airport, port or land border, are obliged to have completed the special Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before their entrance to the country. The Passenger Locator Form (PLF) can be found here. Upon submitting the PLF, travellers will receive a confirmation email and one day before their arrival they will receive a personal QR code. This code must be presented, either via mobile phone or in printed form, at the borders upon arrival.

Please check the following websites:

https://greecehealthfirst.gr/

https://travel.gov.gr

All travellers during their holidays must comply with all necessary preventive hygiene measures (use of masks and social distancing).

ARRIVING AT YOUR DESTINATION

The Aegean islands are ready to welcome you, implementing all the necessary and obligatory protocols and measures issued by the Greek Government and the local authorities. The Greek national health system implements a thorough emergency plan, designating hospitals responsible for COVID-19 treatment.  Employees in the tourism industry in all our destinations are accredited and ready to serve you as they have completed online training sessions for COVID-19 safety measures. Local communities continue to implement physical and social distancing and are ready to offer the famous Greek hospitality to our guests!

DURING YOUR STAY

Following the Greek Government’s decisions, all accommodation units will maintain a travelers’ information log in full compliance with GDPR protocols. For the safety of our guests all accommodation public areas have been redesigned following social distancing rules and sanitization protocols. This of course applies to all outdoor pool and beaches, so that our guests can enjoy the famous Greek Sea & Sun with peace in mind.
Housekeeping will be enhancing daily cleaning and sanitizing procedures on accommodation properties, to ensure the safety and comfort of guests.
Please do not hesitate to ask your accommodation to inform you more specifically on all measures they are undertaking to safeguard your stay.

Restaurants, cafés, and bars have reopened. Tables are set in outdoor spaces ONLY and opening hours are 5.00 a.m. to 12:15 after midnight.
Up to 6 individuals are allowed per table. Two customers seated on stools are allowed at the counter and a 1.5 m distance must be kept from the next two customers.
The use of masks is mandatory for customers waiting for a table, and strongly recommended for those already seated.
For more information, please advise https://greecehealthfirst.gr/

Archaeological sites are open to visitors across the country. Up to three visitors can enter the sites in groups (this limit does not apply to families). Wearing a face mask and practicing physical distancing are obligatory during the visit.

Beaches with amenities are open across Greece, provided that arrangements are made for the necessary distancing among visitors. With the exception of families, each umbrella may be used by two individuals only.

As from May 14th 2021museums will re-open, in accordance with the health protocols in place.
As from May 21st 2021open-air cinemas will be open and allowed to operate at 75% capacity. Outdoor screenings will take place in accordance with the health and safety guidelines.
As from May 28th 2021live events (theatre or dance performances, concerts etc) may be held in open-air venues with seated guests only and at 50% capacity. For more information, please advise https://greecehealthfirst.gr/

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – TRAVEL Q&A

A: Updated information on the list of countries whose residents are allowed to travel in Greece can be found in https://greecehealthfirst.gr/ under the “I want to travel to Greece. Can I?” section.

A: For more information regarding medical test and quarantine time for arrivals in Greece please advise https://greecehealthfirst.gr/

A: In order all travellers to enter Greece (by air, sea or land), they must have one of the following:

-Vaccination certificate issued by a certified authority in the traveler’s country of origin.

– Instead of a vaccination certificate, travelers are required to present either a negative molecular PCR test performed up to 72 hours prior to travel

-or a negative rapid test conducted up to 48 hours before traveling.

-Alternatively, the traveler may present a certificate of recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus issued by a public authority or a certified laboratory.

– or can present proof that was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 2 to 9 months. This can be done either by presenting a positive PCR molecular test or a positive antigen test  performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection in the past 2 to 9 months.

Still all those who arrive by air will be subjected to random testing. Please keep in mind that sample testing is a mandatory element of the entry process. In case of a positive test result, the visitors will be quarantined for 14 days with all expenses being covered by the Greek state.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A: The use of a face mask is COMPULSORY in all indoor and outdoor areas, including the public transport means.

A fine of €300 is payable for not wearing a mask.

A:  Yes. As of May 15th all seasonal hotels are allowed to operate.

A: Cafés and bars have reopened. Tables are set in outdoor spaces ONLY and opening hours are 5.00 a.m. to 12:15 after midnight.

Up to 6 individuals are allowed per table. Two customers seated on stools are allowed at the counter and a 1.5 m distance must be kept from the next two customers.

The use of masks is mandatory for customers waiting for a table, and strongly recommended for those already seated.

A: Travelling is allowed across mainland Greece (by train, bus or car). Taking a Covid-19 self-test is not mandatory – yet strongly recommended – before travelling.
Travellers by plane or by boat to islands (except to Lefkada, Evia and Salamina) will have to show board control officers any one of the following documents:
EITHER
• a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19, on the condition that a fourteen (14) day period has elapsed since these travellers were fully vaccinated,
OR
• a negative result to a molecular PCR test for Covid-19, taken within 72 hrs before they travel, or an antigen (rapid) test taken within 24 hrs., or a self-test taken up to 24 hrs before boarding (the result must be entered on the platform self-testing.gov.gr)
OR
• a certificate stating that they have recovered from a Covid-19 infection, provided that no sooner than two (2) months and no later than nine (9) months have passed since their recovery.
They will also have to fill in a questionnaire before boarding.
The above guidelines apply to all Greek and foreign travellers aged five (5) and older.

For updated information please visit:
https://greecehealthfirst.gr/

A: The use of mask is mandatory on all public transport (metro, buses, trolleybuses etc.) and taxis. A fine of €300 is imposed for not wearing a mask.

A: The Greek state will cover expenses related to hospitalization of visitors suffering from Covid-19 symptoms.

A: In case Covid-19 symptoms do not require hospitalisation, the infected guest as well as those staying in the same room are transferred to a Covid-19 hotel where they will quarantine.  All expenses will be covered by the Greek state.

Please note that hotels have the option (but not obliged by Law) to have quarantine rooms within their premises.

A: Please check the informative section in: https://greecehealthfirst.gr/

A: Please check the informative section in https://greecehealthfirst.gr/

USEFUL LINKS

Greece Health First: https://greecehealthfirst.gr/
Protocol for Arrivals in Greece: https://travel.gov.gr/
Official Greece’s tourism website (section on Covid-19): http://www.visitgreece.gr/en/home/about_covid_19
Detailed daily data about the progress of the pandemic in Greece: https://covid19.gov.gr/covid19-live-analytics/

Last updated: 22/06/21