We would like to inform you abou the situation and the new rules after Lockdown on Crete (22/05/2020 Update):
Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis on Wednesday presented Greece’s restart plan for the sector in the post-Covid-19 period.
“‘Restart Tourism’ is a comprehensive, coherent and detailed plan to restore Greek tourism to function safely and efficiently for the national economy,” Minister Theoharis said
According to the ‘Restart Tourism’ plan, Greece during the tourism season will be able to manage possible Covid-19 cases immediately and on the spot at destinations, while safely welcoming and hosting tourists from abroad.
“It has clearly defined rules, which include protocols for the safe operation of tourism businesses and protocols for the protection of visitors during their travel and transport,” Theoharis said.
Priorities of the the country’s tourism restart plan includes making sure employees and visitors are safe; strengthening health infrastructure in tourism destinations where needed; and supporting tourism businesses.
The minister presented the following timeframe for Greek tourism’s restart:
Monday, May 25: Yachting restrictions will be lifted
Monday, June 1: Camps, campsites and year-round hotels will open
Monday, June 15: All other accommodation (seasonal hotels and resorts) will open. On the same day, the first stage of lifting restrictions on international flights will take place, with aircraft landing initially only at Athens Airport
Wednesday, July 1: Second stage of lifting restrictions on international flights at all Greek airports.
July 15: Gradual lifting of remaining restrictions
Are all tourists allowed to visit Greece after 15 june?
According to the minister, from June 15, Greece will allow the entrance of incoming tourists initially from countries chosen based on “epidemiological criteria”. The ministry will release a list of countries from which visitors will be able to arrive in Greece by the end of May. Theoharis did, however, mention Balkan countries (specifically Bulgaria), Cyprus and Israel as examples.
July 1 is the date when all of Greece’s airports are scheduled to begin allowing international flights to land. People from all countries will be allowed to travel to Greece, except from countries that have negative epidemiological criteria. A list of those countries will be released in a timely manner.
No tests or quarantine
Moreover, the minister said that Greece’s incoming tourists will not need to have a coronavirus test prior to travel nor will they be quarantined after arrival.
However, visitors will undergo sample tests when deemed required.
Theoharis said that Greek tourism’s restart plan provides specific health protocols for Greece’s hotels, tour buses, car leasing companies, ferries, airlines (health rules on board flights and in airports) and checks at entrance gates (questionnaires and sample tests). They health protocols will be announced once voted in parliament.
The plan also sees to enhance the health capacity especially of the country’s smaller islands by providing tests and more doctors as well as quarantine areas.
Also, the minister said that frequent health checks will be carried out to all businesses. All of the country’s tourism businesses will display the special seal “Health First”.
We would like to inform you about the situation and the new rules after Lockdown on Crete (18/05/2020):
--> Most shops on Crete reopen as the country gradually eases its lockdown measures.
Greece imposed a lockdown early in its outbreak, a move that has been credited with keeping the number of deaths and crucially ill at low levels.
Greece is looking to open up restaurants and cafes on 25 may as the number of new coronavirus cases and deaths in the country has been reduced significantly.
-->Travel on Crete :
“Beginning Monday, May 18, travel will be allowed throughout mainland Greece, as well as in Crete,” said Mr. Hardalias ( Civil Protection Deputy Minister for Crisis Management.) in his surprise announcement today.
He also said that the government hopes to allow travel between the islands beginning May 25, if the spread of the coronavirus remains contained. He noted that a final decision will be made next week.
Mr. Hardalias said that the decision to allow travel between prefectures and to the island of Crete relates to the preparations made and to the strength of the local infrastructure, in the event a traveler or resident is diagnosed with Covid-19.
-->Travel to Crete:
The EU Commission announced the guidelines for the opening of the European borders and the resumption of travel. The airlines should not be obliged to leave the intermediate seats in the aircraft empty. However, passengers both in the aircraft and at the airports will have to wear masks.
The EU plan also includes the development of health and safety protocols for beaches, hotels, campsites, B&B’s, cafés and restaurants to protect guests and employees from
New announcements have been made today, regarding flights to / from Greece as well as ferry travel.
-->Regarding flights from and to Greece, the following announcements have been made
-Flights to and from Italy, Spain, UK, the Netherlands will not resume until at least 31/5
-Flights to and from Albania, N. Macedonia and Turkey will not resume until at least 14/6
-All international flights will only land at the Athens airport until at least 31/5
-Non-EU citizens can not enter Greece until at least 31/5 (there are several exceptions, e.g. family members of EU citizens, those who have a long term visa for the EU, resident of Schengen countries)
-Domestic flights will slowly resume in the next couple of weeks
--> Ferry travel, the following regulations will be in place from 18 May to 15 June:
- Passengers will have their temperature taken before boarding the ferry, and they will also have to fill in a health questionnaire, which will also be available online
- The maximum number of passengers will be 50% of the maximum allowed number, and 55% in ferries with cabins
- In the reserved seating sections, there will always be a gap of one seat between passengers
- There can only be one person per cabin, apart from families
- The use of masks is necessary for passengers and crew
- All other safety precautions will be in use (hand sanitizer available, frequent cleaning, social distancing etc)
We have to wait until the Greek minister will announce a full plan over tourism in Greece, next week.
Tourism & transport: Commission’s guidance: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_854?fbclid=IwAR0iqAqap9oiXND7dvpCDcNlNbHT5GyONizQOWm5D8fkSEe6T-tRZQtjsCo
The weather is beautiful that’s why all of Cretans are on the beautiful beaches around Crete & they enjoy ice-creams around the city if Heraklion as you can see on the following photos!
Can’t wait to welcome you all!
Lets Stay safe and hope for the best!
We will be ready to welcome you with safety on Crete! (we hope on 15 June) 😉
Hello to everybody from Crete (03/05/2020)!
In these extremely challenging times, I would like to share our heartfelt support and solidarity with you and your families. Also I would like to share with your all the information we have and how we live on Crete with the corona crisis & how is the situation now!
Me and my family live in Hersonissos & Ierapetra. We try to be calm and we stay home! We go for a walk by the sea and that is the most beautiful and calm thing we can do in quarantine! I will leave below for you some foto’s! 😊
As governments around the world are implementing measures to contain this public health crisis, we have been taking strict precautions to protect everybody. On this time of the year we were supposed to be open! We feel really sad that we can not welcome you on Crete. But we hope that it will be again soon possible.
The public life of Crete has been significantly restricted, according to state regulations to slow down the spread of coronavirus, as is the case throughout Greece: At the moment, most shops, schools, universities and publicly accessible establishments remain closed, and the population is only allowed to leave home if there are good reasons. Hotels will also remain closed . All state hospitals, private clinics and the university hospital in Heraklion are on heightened alert. The movement of goods is not limited, and food supplies are provided without any problems.
We have not any new active case of Corona Virus on Crete for at least 20 days. There was not spread of the virus in the Cretan community. We had cases only with people they were travelling in other places & most of them outside of Greece.
4 of May the government will start slowly to open some shops, schools etc. Hope that the airlines will be able to fly soon and the hotels will open their doors also soon! 😊
It is difficult to watch Crete at this time of the year.
As you know on this time of the year everything would be open and tourists would be around the island and explore the beauties of Crete. Now everything is closed and everybody wish for the best!
As always, we would like to communicate openly and honestly with our clients: at the moment we do not know exactly how this unprecedented situation will affect your summer holiday. We are monitoring the situation closely and keeping close contact with the relevant authorities. We hope that the pandemic will be contained as soon as possible, that the measures ordered will be loosened and that things will return to normal as soon as possible.
However, what we definitely know is that the safety and health of our clients and employees is our highest priority. For this reason, we fully respect and support the measures ordered by the government, even though they mean massive financial pressure for us, as a tourism company. We consider these measures to be the only way for all of us, as healthy as possible, to emerge from this unprecedented crisis in a coordinated manner.
--For all bookings from 18/05/2020:
-All of our clients whose planned holidays from 18.05.2020 now have the opportunity to postpone their booking to another date until 31.12.2020
-if it is not possible to postpone your holiday, you have the possibility to cancel your booking free of charge. There are no cancellation fees for your booking! You can cancel your booking without fees up to 2 days upon your arrival.
--Hygiene & prevention measures to welcome you with safety when this will be possible again!
Crete Holidays & AutoTours follow predefined and established procedures to prevent infections and have increased their hygiene measures. To ensure the best possible level of precaution and prevention, we monitor the situation closely and maintain close contact with the relevant authorities.
Stay home & Stay healthy and we hope to see you this year as every year on Crete!
We miss you all and hope to see you soon!
Crete Holidays’s & AutoTours’s Family
Myrto, Anneke, Katerina, Maria, Apostolis
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