Greece has successfully tackled the first phase of the health crisis, being one of the safest countries and making us all very proud of what we have achieved together.
For us at Landlife Travel, the health and safety of our associates and everyone at the surrounding local communities, has been a must from the very start.
Below you can find the latest information on COVID-19, our new rules/policy in our services and Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the situation now in Greece?
Due to the decisive and early measures that the Government has taken, the spread of the virus has been contained in relatively low levels, and therefore the country is being considered as one of the safest in Europe. Thus, until today Greece reports less than 3.000 cases and 175 deaths in total (updated: end of May 2020).
Greece’s return to normalcy has started from May 4 with the opening of some shops and services, such as bookstores, electronic stores and hair salons. More shops and services have opened on May 11, while as of May 18 large shopping malls, archaeological sites etc. re-opened. In addition, as of May 25, the re-opening of restaurants, cafes and bars has started.
Year-round hotels and campings will open as of June 1st, while seasonal hotels/resorts will open as of June 15th. Flights from abroad will start in two stages: on June 15th flights to “Eleftherios Venizelos” Athens International Airport (ATH) will start, from countries with good epidemiological features, while as of July 1st flights to all Greek airports and from all countries will start, with the exception of those presenting negative epidemiological features. For the entrance of visitors in Greece, there will be no condition of any type of test or the imposition of any quarantine, while only sample tests for epidemiological monitoring will be applied.
What LandLife Travel does for its guests?
Having as absolute priority the health and safety of our guests and complying with all Covid-19 precaution measures, till the end of 2020:
- All our tours in Peloponnese have resumed operations on private basis only, which means that none will be mixed up with guests from other bookings, even if they are for the same tour/activity. Every tour will be done on private basis only for the members of each booking (e.g. If there is a family of 2 adults and 2 kids at the same booking, the tour/activity will be done on private basis only for them without any further clients)
- Realizing the worries and uncertainty of our guests, we have decided to extend our refund policy, offering a Free Cancellation up to 72 hours prior to the tour date/time.
What are the health protocols for post-Covid-19 in Greece?
A summary of most important notes is as below:
June 1: Reopening of year-round hotels
June 15: reopening of all other tourist accommodation establishments (seasonal hotels and resorts)
- One “quarantine hotel” will operate on every tourism destination in Greece, where tourists who are found to be Covid-19 carriers will be transported. The hotels will be leased to the ministry.
- All Greek accommodation units will be obliged to have a contract with a doctor, who will determine, either in person or remotely (telemedicine), whether a tourist should be tested for the coronavirus.
- All Covid-19 tests will be performed within 6 hours at the latest so that anyone who is tested to be positive can be transferred to a “quarantine hotel”.
- Special training on specific hygiene rules will be provided to the staff of every Greek hotel.
- There will be no buffets in Greek hotels (except maybe in very small units), as food will only be served.
- All sunbeds will have a distance between them and also a disposable cover for each beach visitor.
- All international flights are permitted to land only at “Eleftherios Venizelos” Athens International Airport (ATH) until Tuesday, June 30. As of 1st July flights from abroad towards all Greek airports will start.
- As of 1st June and for the entrance of visitors in Greece, there will be no condition of any type of test or the imposition of any quarantine, while only sample tests for epidemiological monitoring will be applied.
- There will be no empty seats on flights to, from and within Greece. The passenger capacity of all airplanes will be full in order to support airline companies.
- Only packaged snacks will be served to passengers on flights with a duration of up to four hours.
- Upon their departure from Greece, tourists will not be tested in order for them to avoid being quarantined in Greece.
- For transport by car, intercity or tourist bus and train the use of masks is mandatory, while traveling is carried out with a 50% capacity. In accordance to the law, taxis/mini vans of 5 and 7 seats or private vehicles/mini vans can transfer solely up to two passengers. For mini vans with capacity of 8 and 9 seats 3 passengers can ride the vehicles. Passenger limits may be exceeded, only if the guests are parents with minors.
- To travel by ferry is mandatory to screen passengers’ temperature, to use masks and to respect interpersonal safety distance at the air seats of the ships. The maximum number of passengers will amount to 50% of the ship’s capacity abiding by safety distances upon embarkation and disembarkation. Furthermore, the ship’s cabins will host only one person, except for the cases of families or disabled persons with their companions.
Restaurants and Cafes:
- As of 25th May restaurants, cafes and bars have re-opened. The proportion of the number of customers in each restaurant is one (1) per 2 square meters of available space. Maximum allowed number of table guests will be six persons, except for families with minor children. It is mandatory for the staff to wear a mask or a face shield, whereas it is highly recommended to customers to do the same.
Archaeological Sites and Museums:
- As of 18th May, access to archaeological sites is allowed (strictly at outdoor areas for now). However, it is foreseen that as of 15th June 2020 visits in museums will also be permitted. Public is advised to use masks, disinfectants and keep distances as they are applied. Cultural events are expected to start after July 15th 2020 and only in open spaces, while a restriction of 40% capacity will be imposed, in order to ensure a safe distance of 1,5m between the public.
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