Coronavirus update for travel to Greece –
Greece has managed to flatten the curve more so than any other country in Europe , with stringent measures and vigilance.
As per 4 May 2020 the lockdown in Greece ends. What is known so far is that on May 18, the government plans to allow free movement on the mainland. In practice, this means that everyone will be able to drive wherever they want.
However, the same will not apply on the islands. Now the plan stipulates that free movement on the islands will be allowed as of June 1 and will be accompanied by the opening of restaurants, cafes and year-round hotels.
Summer holidays in the aftermath of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic can be possible as long as vacationers keep safe distances and follow basic hygiene rules, according to infectious diseases expert Nikolaos Sipsas.
According to Sipsas, people will still be able to swim and go to the beach but keeping distances and making sure to do whatever it takes to protect themselves and others against the deadly virus will be the new “normal”, he said. Sipsas went on to add that Greece is set to open to travelers from abroad with authorities examining ways to ensure that there will be no Covid-19 carriers entering the country. These may include on-the-spot antibody tests, “immunity passports” or health certificates.
Even though the Greek government is gradually easing COVID-19 restrictive measures nothing is certain. Therefore it is best to keep checking daily updated websites on travel during the COVID-19 outbreak from organizations like the WHO and National Public Health Organization of Greece. See the list with links below.
Terms & Conditions in times of Coronavirus – for people that booked
You can postpone your trip and rearrange it now or later. At Natural Greece we’ll hold your booking for as long as you need. We contacted everyone likely to be affected.
Terms & Conditions for new bookings – during Coronavirus outbreak
As per 1st of May 2020, for all new bookings of Natural Greece the new and flexible Terms and conditions apply:
Cancellations: You can cancel up to 31 days before departure free of charge and we’ll transfer your deposit into account credit. The remaining balance will be refunded. If you cancel 30 days or less before departure: no refund.
Date Changes: You can change the date of your trip free of charge up to 31 days before departure. Date changes are not permitted after this.
Terms & Conditions for Tour Operator clients during the coronavirus outbreak
For the esteemed Tour Operator clients of Natural Greece and partner hotels in Greece apply maximum flexibility. For future booking there are usually no deposits or no deposits up until 30 days before trip arrival and bookings can be canceled 30 days before trip date free of charge. As this is a fluid situation and things are changing all the time, trust, open communication and responsiveness remain our key values. We also keep on communicating regarding any COVID-19 induced travel measures.
We just want to thank you!
We’ve been overwhelmed by the kindness and loyalty shown by our clients and partners. Thank you so much to everyone who has chosen to postpone instead of cancel, for booking 2021 trips instead and for your messages of support! The community spirit coming out of all this is incredible to witness.
Links with COVID-19 Traveler Information
Coronavirus update for travel to Greece is available via these websites:
- National Public Health Organization of Greece: https://eody.gov.gr/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers/
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC): https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/geographical-distribution-2019-ncov-cases
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- WHO – coronaviruses Q&A (COVID-19)
- WHO – How to get prepared if you travel?
- WHO – Progress reports by country (updated daily)
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