Holiday in Greece Post Covid-19 – What to Expect
Greece is on the small list of countries exempt from the 14-day quarantine once back home. You might wander what it feels like to go on a holiday in a post Covid-19 in Greece. I’ve returned recently from a week in Rhodes and this is my experience. In this article, I will go over all details about flights, accommodation and overall experience during my lovely and safe holiday in Greece*.
Flying to and from Greece
We booked our flights with Wizzair and flew from London Luton Airport. I would honestly say the social distancing measures were strictly followed by everyone. There were hand-sanitizer stations on many places, and everyone was always required to wear a face mask. The majority of restaurants, stores and cafes were closed. People were trying to stay away from each other where possible. There were no big lines on the day of our flight (19th July) which helped a lot as well.
On the plane, everyone was required to wear a face mask at all times and some passengers were wearing gloves as well. The air crew was wearing protective gear during the entire flight, which made us all feel safe. The plane looked very clean too. Once we landed, we were asked to stay seated and go out of the aircraft row by row, following the social distancing regulations.
Passenger Locator Form & Covid-19 tests
The Greek government requires you to fill in an online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 48 hours before entering the country. Upon arrival, you will have to show the form to the border control; you don’t need to print it. Once you pass, about half of all passengers were asked to do a Covid-19 test and were escorted to a designated area at the airport. This was all paid for and organised by the authorities. They kindly inform you that if you test positive, someone will contact you 24 hours afterwards.
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Accommodation in Rhodes
In Rhodes we stayed in the Old Town of the capital city Rhodes. We stayed at a small boutique hotel, which had only 6 rooms and was very centrally located – we didn’t use any public transport while there. The room was thoroughly cleaned every day and overall our host made us feel safe and like we were in good hands. We had breakfast included every morning – an omelette with a variety of vegetables served directly to one’s plate. No food-sharing was allowed and the seats on the tables were at a good distance from one another. Another very positive experience.
Beach & Restaurants
The beaches were far from crowded and everyone was keeping their distance. The beach cafes offer individually packaged towels for each beach bed and staff wear face coverings all the time. Everyone was very welcoming and reassuring about the safety measures at each establishment. We were dining at outdoor places only and picked where to sit based on the measures taken at each one of them. The waters at some restaurants did not wear their masks properly or tables were very closed to each other, however we simply decided not to go there.
Dining tables were also kept at a distance of about 1m and a bottle of hand sanitizer was placed on each one at the majority of restaurants. In stores, however, no one was required to wear a mask, even though this was the official government guidance.
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Exploring the island
The streets of the Old Town, once filled with thousands of tourists daily, were almost empty and one could easily keep a 2m distance. We visited the museum and the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes during the day and we were the only visitors at the time. We always had to wear face masks while inside.
During our stay, we chose to rent a car for a couple of days and explored some of the other attractions of the island such as St Paul’s Bay, Kalithea Springs, Lindos and Anthony Quinn Bay. All of these usually popular touristy places were actually quite empty, which made our experience even better as we were able to fully enjoy the spectacular views. We preferred to stay away from other towns and were travelling to natural attractions, staying mostly outdoors.
Travelling on boat
While at Rhodes, we took a small ferry to one of the picturesque islands nearby – Symi. We had to fill in another declaration for Covid-19 beforehand. Everyone’s temperature was checked before boarding the boat and we were required to wear a face mask; free masks were provided by the crew for passengers who were not aware of this. On the ferry, half of the seats were marked, prohibiting people from sitting next to each other.
To sum up, I would say I had a great time while on holiday in Rhodes, Greece post Covid-19. I felt safe that most regulations were followed almost everywhere, and I do not regret travelling there. After my return I stayed at home 7 days, even though I was not required to do so. During the entire holiday, we we were keeping all social distancing regulations and strictly followed all government guidelines regarding wearing face coverings at public places. We had hand sanitisers with us at all times as well. Travelling post Covid-19 is definitely not an easy decision to take and it depends largely on individual circumstances, however it really felt great going away and enjoying life once again.
*All information is valid as of 1st August 2020. Please check all official government guidelines before travelling.