Coronavirus Update: Should I travel to Greece with my family?
Updated on February 15th, 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 international COVID-19 vaccination has started which makes us all feel more optimistic about the future. 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 now that an effective vaccine has been developed, international travel will soon become again a stress-free experience for families who wish to travel to Greece.
Based on our experience from 2020 and all safety measures that currently apply in Greece, we believe that it might wiser to plan a trip to Greece from June 2021 and onwards. We trust that by June 2021 traveling to Greece will be a much safer option, with limited to even no restrictions for international travelers.
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 Thursday, February 11, 2021, the Attica Region is under a lock down. Currently, all shops, restaurants, cafes, etc. in Athens are closed. Pharmacies, supermarkets, and convenient stores still remain open. Among other measures, the Greek government has also announced a night curfew from 9pm to 5am, and from 6pm to 5am during the weekends, aiming to further limit movement in the country to curb the rise of Covid-19 cases.
The lockdown in Attica is expected to end on February 28. The Greek government will re-assess its action plan and examine lifting containment measures, gradually at first, during the 1st week of March.
In all other Greek regions, which are currently not under a lock down, safety measures still apply. Restaurants and cafes still remain closed while shops are currently open to the public, following safety measures to avoid overcrowding. A night curfew from 9pm to 5am, also applies in all Greek regions, aiming to further limit movement in the country to curb the rise of Covid-19 cases.
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.
New Flexible Booking and Cancellation Terms for 2021 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 your 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 travel to Greece in 2021?
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) as well as all active Protocols for Arrivals in and Departures from Greece, 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.
- If travelers plan to have multiple stop-overs in Greece, they must declare this and report their initial destination and their travel itinerary for the next 7 days.
- All travelers must comply with all of the necessary preventive hygiene measures (use of masks and physical distancing) according to local guidelines.
Note: the PLF can also be found on the Visit Greece app and at travel.gov.gr. It is strongly recommended that all visitors download the Visit Greece app (GDPR compliant) for free, prior to their arrival in Greece.
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:
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. Face coverings are currently mandatory in outdoor areas as well.
Expenses of hospitalization due to Covid-19: The Greek state will cover all expenses related to the hospitalization of visitors suffering from Covid-19 symptoms.
What happens if an infection is confirmed at a hotel?
In the event of a confirmed infection, close contacts of the patient will be transferred to a separate quarantine accommodation at the expense of the Greek state. The remaining guests will continue their holidays.
Kindly note that the respective health and safety protocols are usually being updated on a regular 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, hospitals as well as Covid-19 testing centers. 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].
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