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This document contains the latest information about the protocols, preventative measures and changes adopted in Greece in response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Sunvil has offered holidays to Greece since 1975 and, we believe our knowledge of the country is unrivalled.

Whichever area of Greece you wish to visit, from Halkidiki in the north to the Mani peninsula in the south, from the Ionian islands in the west to the Dodecanese chain close to Turkey, we have selected destinations and properties full of charm, authenticity and character. Our desire is that you have a personal and enriching holiday experience.

Throughout the pandemic, we have closely monitored government guidance, regional policies and have maintained a continuous dialogue with our colleagues in Greece. Below we have highlighted the facts and guidelines relating to accommodation, shops and services. It is important to note that guidelines are being updated daily and you should contact us should you have any specific questions or concerns.

This document was updated on Sunday 28 November.

Learn about the measures we have adopted in Greece. Safe and secure holidays with Sunvil

Testing guidance

If you have received both vaccinations (more than 14 days prior to departure):

  • Pre-departure testing: This is not required for travellers in receipt of both vaccinations – see below for details of the evidence required.
  • A completed UK Passenger Locator Form (PLF).
  • Testing on return to the UK: A Day 2 PCR test. This must be ordered before your return to the UK and evidence of this purchase must be added to the UK Passenger Locator Form. Travellers are required to self-isolate until a negative test result is received.

* Evidence for passengers in receipt of both vaccinations (NHS App OR certificate):

  • The NHS App: This application is valid on smart phones and tablets and requires ALL passengers to register for their own account. The account is connected to your NHS number, date of birth and postcode. The application will display your Covid-19 vaccine record. 
  • An official certificate from the NHS: This certificate can be obtained by calling “119” from any UK landline or mobile (or by dialling "111" if resident in Wales). This request takes 5-7 days.
  • Please check that the name on your passport matches how it is displayed on your NHS Covid App/certificate (Pass). If the names are different, contact your GP practice to have your details updated. Middle names are not required on the Covid App/certificate.
  • We recommend you travel with a printed copy of your vaccination certificate. A printed copy of your vaccination status (as obtained by the NHS App) must be dated after 01 November.

If you have not received both vaccinations:

  • Pre-departure testing: A PCR test taken within 72 hours of your arrival time in Greece or a lateral flow (rapid antigen) test from an authorised clinic taken within 48 hours of your arrival time in Greece - A negative test result is required in order to travel. The negative test result for the lead passenger must be added to the Greek Passenger Locator Form prior to departure.
  • Test for ferry, if applicable (please see below).
  • Test to return: All travellers must undertake a PCR, LAMP or lateral flow (antigen) test within 72 hours* of return to the UK. This test must be taken at a local clinic or using a virtual provider, approved by the UK government. *Within 48 hours if your return to the airport includes a same-day ferry connection. A fit to fly certificate is provided - it is recommended to obtain a paper version of your certificate.
  • A completed UK Passenger Locator Form (PLF).
  • Testing on return to the UK: A 10-day period of self-isolation applies for all travellers returning from Greece. In addition, a PCR test on/before Day 2 and on/after Day 8 is required. These tests must be ordered before your return to the UK and evidence of this purchase must be added to the UK Passenger Locator Form. 
  • Test to release on Day 5: This optional test is available to travellers in England. The test must be added to the UK Passenger Locator Form. If you choose to purchase a Day 5 test after your return to the UK a revised Passenger Locator Form must be submitted.

Children 17yrs and younger:

  • Pre-departure testing – required for children aged 12-17yrs: A PCR test taken within 72 hours of your arrival time in Greece or a lateral flow (rapid antigen) test taken at an authorised clinic within 48 hours of your departure time from the UK. A negative test result is required in order to travel.
  • Test for ferry, if applicable (please see below).
  • Testing on return to the UK – required for children aged 5-17yrs: A Day 2 PCR test. This must be ordered before your return to the UK and evidence of this purchase must be added to the UK Passenger Locator Form. Travellers are required to self-isolate until a negative test result is received.

Testing for ferries

Travelling by ferry (not applicable to vaccinated travellers or to children aged 11yrs and younger):

If your pre-departure PCR has been taken within 72 hours of your ferry departure time or within 48 hours of your ferry departure times with Antigen, then these results will still be valid for ferry travel. We would therefore recommend arranging your testing time accordingly. Your ferry times are indicated on your travel itinerary but please note that these are subject to late changes so please make some allowance for this. If your ferry travel time is outside these time limits then the following rules are now in place:

  • Travelling between islands of the same prefecture including between Corfu and Paxos; Kefalonia and Ithaca; Lefkas and Meganissi; Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos, and the Cyclades, Saronic and Dodecanese islands - The requirement of a Greek approved self-test – purchased from a Greek pharmacy – taken prior to boarding. The result of the self-test is added to a simple form and handed to the crew on boarding. A copy of the form can be found here (and will be also provided by our local representatives): https://self-testing.gov.gr/covid19-self-test-print.pdf
  • Travelling outside of the prefecture (we will advise if this is the case) – The requirement of a PCR or rapid antigen test taken prior to boarding. A Passenger Locator Form is also required, the details for which are provided by our partners. The form can be completed online at https://sea.travel.gov.gr/#/ or a paper version is available at the port.

 

Testing providers

In UK tests:
At Sunvil, we recommend the testing services of Randox Health, Medic Spot and Express Test (three of the UK government’s approved providers). Their services have been tried-and-tested by our team and also utilised by our travellers throughout the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Full details of their products and pricing can be found below.

Randox Health
Finsbury House
23 Finsbury Circus
London
EC2M 7EO
Website: https://www.randoxhealth.com
Tel: 0800 254 5130

Note: An alternative to the Test to return lateral flow (antigen) test detailed above, is an in-clinic test in resort. Our local partners will book your test for you at a registered clinic; transfers can also be arranged. The test is payable locally. An antigen will cost c.20-30 Euros.

Medic Spot
6 Lower Belgrave Street
Belgravia
London
SW1W 0LJ
Website: https://www.medicspot.co.uk/
Tel: 020 3637 8398

Note: An alternative to the Test to return lateral flow (antigen) test detailed above, is an in-clinic test in resort. Our local partners will book your test for you at a registered clinic; transfers can also be arranged. The test is payable locally. An antigen will cost c.20-30 Euros.

Express Test by Cignpost
Building X92 Cody Technology Park
Farnborough
Surrey
GU14 0LX
Website: https://www.expresstest.co.uk/
Tel: 020 3384 0000

  • UK testing kits for adults in receipt of both vaccinations and children aged 5-11yrs travelling with fully vaccinated parent(s)/parental guardian(s): Day 2 PCR in clinic test – quote AITO21 online. Price: £69.00. 
  • UK testing kits for adults not in receipt of both vaccinations: Pre-departure PCR test, Test to return lateral flow (antigen) test, Day 2 and Day 8 PCR tests – quote AITO21 online. Price: £59.00 for the PCR pre-departure test and £35.00 for the Test to return lateral flow (antigen test) and £129.00 the Day 2 and Day 8 PCR tests. A pre-departure lateral flow (antigen) test is accepted for entry into Greece; this is available at a charge of £35.00.
  • Children aged 12-17yrs: Pre-departure PCR test and Day 2 PCR test – quote AITO21 online. Price: £59.00 for the pre-departure PCR test and £69.00 for the Day 2 PCR test. A pre-departure lateral flow (antigen) test is accepted for entry into Greece; this is available at a charge of £35.00.

Sunvil's support

Sunvil’s destination specialists have explored Greece from north to south and know the country inside out. The team consisting of Claire, Courtney, Jackie, Jordan, Justin, Karolina and Mark, are supported in-country by our local agents. We operate a 24-hour emergency telephone number and are also on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Other useful links

Esperides Hotel, Meganissi, Greece Esperides Hotel, Meganissi, Greece
Achladies beach, Skiathos, Greece Achladies beach, Skiathos, Greece
Acropolis, Athens, Greece Acropolis, Athens, Greece
Taverna, Greece Taverna, Greece
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28th November 2021



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