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Coronavirus Travel Update – Holidays to Greece During COVID-19

Greece Holidays COVID-19

Now is a great time to start planning your Greece holiday, with borders reopened on 1 July and direct flights starting up on 15 July. And with hundreds of islands to choose from – not to mention the wondrous mainland – you’re spoilt for choice. To find out the best holiday options to suit you, chat to one of our lovely Travel Consultants on 0208 127 4273 or check out some more inspiration on our Greece holidays hub.

And if you want to know more about what it’s like in-destination then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve been speaking to our experts on the ground – from Consultants to hotels and tourist boards – to build a better picture of what your holiday could look like. Find out more below:

What can travellers expect from a holiday to Greece during COVID-19?

Greece continues to have very few COVID-19 cases, so is one of the safest countries in Europe, and the world, to go on holiday. Upon entering the country, all visitors must complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) which indicates where they will be staying, and random testing will also be carried out. The country has also taken measures to maintain its low figures, including social distancing and reduced capacity in hotels, restaurants and attractions. As such, we recommend booking your tours and eating out in advance to avoid disappointment.

What’s open in Greece right now?

Bars, restaurants and hotels have all reopened and are following government guidelines to guarantee the safety of the clients. This includes social distancing and encouraging regular hand washing and the use of face masks. Holidaymakers can travel by boat to the islands without having to take a test, but they need to complete a form before embarkation. Most museums and tourist attractions are now open.

Beaches are also open, but the following regulations are now in place: a maximum of two people can be seated under a single umbrella (with the exception of families with young kids); team and contact sports are banned; sunloungers must be at least 1.5m from neighbouring unbrellas; and social distancing rules must be followed. Capacity on the sand has also been set to 40 people per 1,000m2.

What do I need to know about social distancing and PPE in Greece?

Indoors, a limit has been imposed on the number of people per square foot to ensure a distance of 2 metres is maintained. Face masks must be work on all public transport, as well as in taxis, hospitals and when visiting certain government buildings and shops.

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