Our colleague Zoe and her family took a long overdue holiday to the pretty harbour town of Parga in September. A picture-postcard resort on the mainland of Greece’s north-western Preveza region, it nestles in a small, sweeping bay between the hillsides of green olive groves and azure-blue sea. Here she tells us why taking this much needed holiday settled her nerves about travelling post-lockdown.
Parga was recommended to us by several of my colleagues at Sunvil as a place to go that was beautiful, interesting, and not too quiet – my daughter and her husband are 30 years old and didn’t want the sleepy holiday we would normally pick for ourselves. Even though I work in the travel industry, we cautiously booked a week in Parga with our daughter and son-in-law who were visiting us from the US. The first hurdle was making sure the US Covid vaccine cards would be acceptable to get my daughter and her husband onto the plane and to Greece – there is no vaccine certificate in America – but the check in staff on our Enter Air flight from Gatwick were well versed in all requirements and they checked our vaccine documents and Greek PLF forms and we were on our way. On arrival in Greece, the passport control was simple, with a quick glance at all the paperwork, and a police check of the PLF form, we were waved through to be greeted by our wonderful representative Julie. She checked we were happy to complete our return UK PLF forms (she offered to do them if we weren’t confident) and that we had all our return tests booked, and off we set. Much less stressful than I had imagined and no real hardship.