The restart of Greek tourism has begun; our country is already receiving visitors who are enjoying summer here, with yachting remaining one of their safest and most luxurious options. As the world has not yet returned to normalcy, due to new information and developments in epidemiological statistics surfacing at all times, specific guidelines are in place regarding flights to Greece. These protocols are re-assessed regularly by the governmental authorities with further instructions issued if necessary.
The list of countries whose citizens are allowed entry into Greece will be updated every two weeks depending on the epidemiological statistics of each country and their means of handling the pandemic. This re-evaluation may also take place regardless of the above timeframe if the need arises.
Inbound to Greece
International flights have been reinstated and all international airports of Greece are now receiving guests from various countries.
Entry to Greece is allowed for:
- Greek citizens, regardless of their country of origin, on the condition that they have a Greek passport or a special identity card for expatriates
- Citizens and residents of the European Union (EU)
- Citizens and residents of the EU+. This includes Schengen countries that are not in the EU (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Lichtenstein)
- Citizens and residents of the following non-EU countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Rwanda, North Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay
- Travellers from the United Kingdom
Additional notes regarding inbound flights:
- Flights from Sweden are suspended until July 19th
- Flights from Turkey are suspended until July 31st
- Permanent residents of China will be permitted within the EU if reciprocity is received
- Further announcements are expected regarding permanent residents of: the USA, Brazil, Russia, Qatar
Prior to booking their flights, we would suggest that visitors search real-time information on the Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos and International Air Transport Association (IATA) websites.
Upon arriving in Greece
All visitors entering Greece are requested to complete a mandatory Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours prior to their arrival. Upon arrival, guests are requested to display the QR code of their Form. Passengers having failed to fill in and submit the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) on time and thus to demonstrate a valid QR code upon arrival, will be subject to a fine.
After displaying their QR code, passengers will either be directed to a screening area where they will be tested for COVID-19 by trained medical personnel, or continue to the exit (baggage claim or passport control). Visitors who have been tested are urged to enforce self-distancing for 24 hours. Guests who have tested positive will be informed by the authorities within the 24 hour period, whereas all other guests may cease their self-distancing practice.
Inspections are meticulous and are performed without exception.
Sailing and Safety
Fortunately, Greece has had relatively few cases of coronavirus and we all hope it stays that way!
There is no safer holiday than the social isolation offered on a sailing yacht with your own family or friends. You can choose where to go and avoid crowded areas, dropping anchors in isolated bays overnight if you prefer.
We have taken all necessary measures in order to welcome our guests on board with safety.
- All yachts will be cleaned and sterilised throughout before every charter. We can also provide you with face masks and antiseptics.
- We can arrange your transfer upon your arrival to Greece so you will avoid being among others.
- Our staff will keep all safety measures including wearing masks and gloves and keeping necessary distances.
- You can pre-order your provisions and we can bring them to your yacht without having to go to the super market your self.
- Linen will be provided packaged, directly from the dry cleaner.
Current & future bookings
In the case that a charter customer is unable to get to the base due to travel restrictions, when there is an official notice-advisory not to travel to the area of the booked charter, or the boarder is closed to the country of origin of the customer, it is possible to change your dates to within 18 months of the original charter date, and the charter area and the charter yacht should remain the same. If the rescheduled booking is more expensive, the price difference will be charged.
Please note that for all bookings we strongly recommend you take out a fully comprehensive travel insurance to protect you against cancellations and other unforeseeable events.
COVID-19 coronavirus updates: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/greece/
Greek National Tourist Organisation: http://www.visitgreece.gr/en/home/about_covid_19
Greek government plans for the easing of restrictions: https://covid19.gov.gr/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Greece-Plan-for-the-gradual-easing-of-COVID-19-restrictive-measures-Introductory-Presentation-28.04.20_EN.pdf
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