Coronavirus Update: Should I travel to Greece with my family?
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. There are currently very few mild cases in Greece and so far, our daily lives are not affected. Greeks continue to go to work, school and other public places including tourist attractions. We hope that the warmer spring temperatures will have a negative effect on the virus. Globally, kids seem not to get affected that much by the Coronavirus.
It’s important to be well-informed and not to panic. 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?
The number of cases of COVID-19 has topped 148 in the U.S. As of today (March 6th, 2020) there are 32 confirmed cases in Greece (subject to change). All confirmed cases are related to recent travel to the stricken regions in Italy and Israel. So far, all Greek cases have reported mild symptoms, with no deaths.
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 is ready by the Ministry of Health in Greece in order to examine and hospitalize new cases, if any.
Will warmer weather stop the spread of the coronavirus?
Although there are still lots of unknowns about this virus, there is strong evidence that the warm weather in Greece will prevent the spread of the virus in the country.
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.
Are you still unsure of what to do?
We advise you to wait and see how things develop. Our cancellation policy is very flexible. Read HERE about our “Reschedule and not Cancel” flexible policy.
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:
ACTIVITIES/ TOURS (updated – if your tour is from March 6, 2020-March 31st)
If you have booked tours and/or activities with us throughout Greece, we are obliged to respect the cancellation fees of our local partners. Usually, these are the standard cancellation policies in the market; full refund up to 7 days prior to the tour.
If cancellation occurs in less than 7 days prior to the tour, we will examine each case closely with our partners and will do our best to give you a partial refund.
SCHEDULED MULTI-DAY TRIPS PERCY JACKSON TOURS – 3 OR MORE DAYS (updated – if your tour is booked from March 6, 2020 to March 31st)
For scheduled 3 or more day multi-day Percy Jackson trips that you would like to cancel, there is a different approach. If you decide to cancel your scheduled trip up to one (1) month prior to the trip date, there will be no cancellation fee. If the cancellation occurs:
– 16-29 days prior to trip start date: 50% cancellation fee
– 0-15 days prior to trip start date: 100% cancellation fee
With regard to the accommodations booked, we are obliged to follow the cancellation policy of each hotel.
“Reschedule and not Cancel” flexible policy – starting April 1st (for existing bookings)
We are introducing our “Reschedule and not Cancel” flexible policy.
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.
Can you give me some travel advice if I have decided to still travel to Greece?
If you decide to come to Greece, it is advised to be vigilant with protection from germs. Everybody should be washing their hands on a regular basis. If you sneeze or cough, catch it, bin it and then wash your hands.
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. Find more information here: https://www.insubuy.com/coronavirus-coverage-international-travel-insurance/
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/
- 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)
If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here for you and we will support you as much as we can!
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