Coronavirus Update: Should I travel to Greece with my family?
Updated on January 9th, 2021
Should you stop traveling to Greece with your family during the Coronavirus outbreak?
This is a personal decision that only you and your family can make.
At Kids Love Greece we understand your concern. We are all parents of young children, and we live in Greece. We believe that Greece is a safe place to travel, however, it’s important to be well-informed and not to panic.
The positive news is that the main focus and priority of the Global Scientific Community is to develop an effective vaccine for Covid-19. Although significant progress is being made, we fully understand that this is still a challenging time for international travel.
All of us, at Kids Love Greece, want to assure you that we MONITOR THE SITUATION CLOSELY AND YOUR SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY. We all hope and trust, that an effective vaccine will be fully developed soon and by 2021, international travel will become again a stress-free experience for families who wish to travel to Greece.
We have summarized below the most important concerns in the form of FAQ.
What is coronavirus?
According to CDC, Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
What is the latest news?
To check the latest most recent number of cases, click HERE.
What is the Greek government doing about it?
The Greek authorities have been meticulous in identifying and isolating these cases to prevent any further infection. A mechanism used by the Greek Government and the Ministry of Health in Greece has been praised internationally.
The Greek Government is monitoring the situation closely and has been implementing additional measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus in higher risk areas.
Since Saturday, November 6th, 2020 the country is under a lock down. Currently all shops, restaurants, cafes etc. are closed. Pharmacies, super markets and convenient stores still remain open. Among other measures, the Greek government has also announced a night curfew from 9pm to 5am, aiming to further limit movement in the country to curb the rise of Covid-19 cases.
The lockdown is expected to end on January 18. The Greek government will re-assess its action plan and examine lifting containment measures, gradually at first, during the 2nd week of January.
A new online platform that includes a risk-assessment map, has been recently introduced by the Greek government. The health safety map enables citizens and travelers to track the spread of the Covid-19 in the country and keep up to date with the latest safety restrictions by regional unit. For more information on the risk assessment map please click here.
Is the Coronavirus less harmful to children and pregnant women?
So far, very few young children seem to be falling ill. Disease in children appears to be relatively rare and mild. Further, research suspects that the virus does not pass from pregnant women to fetuses during pregnancy.
Kids Love Greece Travel Terms
In light of this unprecedented situation, we would like to be flexible and understanding of your travel decisions. This is why, until the coronavirus spread passes, we have decided to implement the following for any existing booking.
“Reschedule and not Cancel” flexible policy – starting April 1st (for existing bookings)
Starting on April 1st, 2020 and for existing bookings, we are introducing our ADVANTAGE PROGRAM “Reschedule and not Cancel” flexible policy
With regard to the accommodation booked, we are obliged to follow the cancellation policy of each hotel. Talk to your travel planner.
Can I use my deposit as a tour credit?
We have some good news! If you end up deciding to postpone your trip for some months later or for next summer, we could still work together. You can use your deposit as a credit for your upcoming tour or trip, without having to pay any cancellation fee whatsoever.
New Flexible Booking and Cancellation Terms for Future Bookings
We are happy to inform you that we have adopted a flexible booking policy aiming at facilitating all families who wish to travel to Greece in 2021.
At Kids Love Greece, we are committed to offering you any support you may need while planning you future family trip to Greece. We are also committed to offering you our unbiased opinion, even if that means, that we will advise you to postpone your trip for a later date.
Can you give me some travel advice if I have decided to still travel to Greece in 2020?
If you decide to come to Greece, it is advised to be vigilant with protection from germs.
Before traveling to Greece
The CAA – Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority – informs all passengers of international flights to Greece, about the mandatory completion of the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at the electronic address https://travel.gov.gr/.
- All travelers must complete their PLF, 24 hours before entering the country at the latest. Upon submission of the PLF, travelers will receive an email confirmation. One PLF should be submitted per family. Travelers will receive a confirmation email upon submission of the PLF.
- On the day they are to travel, each passenger will receive a unique QR code on the basis of their submitted PLF which they will have to show (either on their mobile phone or printed) upon arrival to screening personnel.
- Depending on the QR code, travelers will then be directed either to the exit, or to a screening area, where they will be tested for COVID-19.
- Those selected to be tested will still be free to move on immediately to their final destinations as declared in their PLF, where they should observe careful social distancing until their test results are available (this should be within 24 hours).
- If the test result is positive, the visitor will be notified and quarantined under supervision for 14 days. If it is negative, they can continue with their holidays. Only passengers who test positive will be notified.
Random tests are being made upon arrival at all Greek airports, as well as at all entrance checkpoints, to international passengers traveling to Greece.
After you arrive to Greece:
After arriving in Greece, you will be allowed to move freely around the country. You need to keep in mind that a range of measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 have been adopted by the Greek Government (prohibition of large gatherings, requiring the use of masks in certain areas, etc.)
Facial Masks: A mask or facial cover is mandatory in supermarkets and all food stores (bakeries, butchers), all retail stores, all forms of public transportation, taxis, elevators, hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers, banks, public sector services offices, hair and beauty salons and other enclosed spaces. Some regions have made face coverings mandatory in outdoor areas as well.
When it comes to dining, there’s a limits of six people per table in restaurants and cafes. All restaurants and cafes are open until midnight.
Kindly note that the respective health and safety protocols are usually being updated on a weekly basis and thus they are subject to modifications.
The Kids Love Greece team will be sending you updates and we can provide you with a list of doctors and hospitals. We further advise that you get health insurance and travel insurance.
Coronavirus Coverage in Travel Insurance
With the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), many travelers have questioned whether they have any coverage related to the coronavirus in their international travel medical insurance or travel insurance plans. Regarding travel insurance, coverage depends on factors such as the specific insurance plan’s exclusions and the destination. Most international insurance plans have exclusion for coverage related to epidemics or pandemics based on the destination (host) country if a travel warning for that country has been issued. Coverage is available in some situations. For more information click here.
Do you need more information?
To help you stay healthy and aware of further developments, we suggest visiting these websites:
- National Public Health Organization of Greece: https://eody.gov.gr/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers/
- Hellenic Republic – Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Protocols for Arrivals to Greece and answers to FAQ
- 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)
- IATA Travel Centre List of country entry requirements
If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected].
We are here for you and we will support you as much as we can!
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