What to expect in Greece

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On midnight on July 15, flight between Greece and the UK resume. But will we want to travel to Greece? Or anywhere for that matter?

Corfu is one of the most popular Greek destinations for British visitors

I ask the question because the Greek daily newspaper site, Ekathimerini, (this is its online Engliah language site. The newspaper is Kathimerini) published the results of a survey which suggested that the virus is hampering people’s willingness to travel. The study was only carried out on June 25th so it is pretty up-todate.  Amongst the nations surveyed were Britons as well as Americans, Germans and French people.

The study found that though the majority trust Greece with regard to Covid-19 management, only about 25% of those asked would consider visiting before September and giving, as their reasons, both a fear of potentially catching the virus  and also the increased problems of traveling.

About a third of people said they would be willing to travel internationally during the last quarter of the year. More importantly for destinations wherever they might be was that, since the last poll a month ago, there was a seven point percentage increase in the number of people who said that they would travel internationally.

Britons are an important market for Greece. For example nearly 70% of all tourists to the Ionian islands come from the UK. Over three million of us visit Greece in a “normal” year.

Now that Britons are free to travel to Greece what might we expect?

It is mandatory to wear a face mask on an aeroplane or ferry travelling to, from or within Greece and at airports. You should also use them in confined places like lifts.

All travellers to Greece will have to fill in a Passenger Locator Form 24 (PLF) hours before they travel so that they can be contact traced if necessary. The online form has a QR passenger code that must be presented, either via mobile phone or in print at your first point of arrival in Greece.

When you arrive the QR code will be scanned and you may be diverted for health screening (including testing for coronavirus).

The form is online, in English. Once you have completed the form, you will receive a QR code (which you can display either on your mobile phone, or on a printed piece of paper). You will need to show this code to the Greek authorities on your arrival in Greece.

If you are tested, you will need to self-isolate at the address given on your PLF form until the Greek authorities contact you with your test results. If the test is negative, no problem. If positive, you will have to self-isolate for fourteen days.

If you use a taxi then only two adults can travel in it along with any number of children. More than two adults mean two taxis.

All hotels are aloowed to be open as are cafes and restaurants although social distancing will be in operation. Attractions are open but might have limits on numbers.

Finally, like all countries which have opened to international tourism, there are been an increase in the number of cases. therefore it is essential for holidaymakers to regularly look at either the FCO travel advisory on Greece or the Greek government advice site.

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