Belinda Robinson, Coco Bay Founder, offers her insights and tips about travelling to Greece in the course of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Any journey proper now’s a dangerous minefield with continually altering guidelines and laws. I used to be very anxious about going away in the course of the pandemic and had written off all concepts of going overseas this summer time. It wasn’t a lot the worry of getting Covid (I’ve already had it) however extra that every little thing can be totally different if you bought there attributable to restrictions. Wouldn’t it really feel inappropriate to be on vacation throughout this international emergency?
Nevertheless, because the summer time progressed and life felt just a little bit extra regular (all relative), I began actually pining for overseas smells, blue seas and the sound of cicadas. I am keen on Greece and it had simply opened as much as vacationers so I teased myself by taking a look at flights and lodging there with none intention of going. Then all of the sudden earlier than I knew it I fully shocked myself and booked flights and a villa leaving 2 days after! I’m not usually spontaneous however my pondering was reserving at such quick discover would imply that nothing would dramatically change earlier than we went so we have been actually going!
I then began to panic. What have I simply executed? All of the questions and anxieties resurfaced. I feel these have been primarily primarily based on not realizing what to anticipate after I bought there so I’ve tried to place collectively some notes for these of you who’re going or pondering of travelling to Greece this summer time.
With the journey panorama altering by the minute. I’d undoubtedly suggest leaving any reserving to the final minute. This may keep away from the uncertainty of ‘am I going or not?’ and the chance of being all of the sudden caught within the ‘quarantine’ zone. Maintain an ear to the bottom re. which international locations are going to be the subsequent to go. Greece is rumoured to be probably in danger however on the time of writing, Greece’s an infection fee is 14.1 which is similar as Portugal which has simply been added to the protected listing, so hopefully Greece shall be okay for a bit. One actually helpful supply of journey information is the Fb web page Corona Virus Journey Updates by Bushbaby Journey which I comply with avidly in hope and worry.
Very first thing to concentrate on when travelling to Greece in the meanwhile is that it is advisable to full an on-line Passenger Locator Type a minimum of 24 hours earlier than leaving. Every grownup must fill in their very own type. You might be then despatched a barcode at midnight on the day you might be travelling which it is advisable to present to your airline within the UK and on arrival in Greece. With out this type, you might be refused entry to your flight.
The Airport Expertise
We had an early flight out of Bristol Airport which is a pleasant cosy airport and I used to be amazed how regular all of it felt. Other than that everybody was carrying masks and there was a temperature testing tent on the entrance (not in use), it felt similar to a traditional journey expertise i.e. queues, little or no social distancing and many excited folks. Please remember although that, other than the obligation free, all the opposite outlets have been closed. This may occasionally have been as a result of it was early or probably attributable to Covid so I’d verify earlier than you journey if, like me, you permit your buying to the airport
Our Easyjet flight was totally booked and it was unusual to be in such proximity with so many individuals in a world the place we’re being requested preserve away. I did take into consideration the irony of my little one not having the ability to go to highschool however we may sit cheek to jowl with 180 folks for over three hours for ‘non important’ journey. Nevertheless, as soon as I bought over this, I all of the sudden felt fully liberated. It was so beautiful to listen to the excitement and pleasure throughout me of complete strangers and I realised how a lot we’ve been starved of this throughout lockdown and in our ‘social distanced bubbled’ life.
Arriving in Greece
The welcoming environment on arrival was on the spot. Greece had solely lately began welcoming UK vacationers again in and it actually felt like they have been happy to see us. Though they didn’t appear to be testing many individuals from our flight, everybody must be ready for the truth that they’re randomly screening folks on arrival. If you’re examined, you’ll need to practise social distancing for 24 hours. The Greek authorities will then contact you in case you take a look at optimistic. If that’s the case, you might be more likely to be requested to self-isolate for 14 days and, if you’re in a resort, you may want to maneuver into authorities supplied lodging.
Life In Greece.
Properly that is the place I realised that the spontaneous determination to go was completely the correct one. As we jumped into the rent automobile and I caught my head out of the window and breathed within the odor of pine, wild herbs and heard the defining sound of Cicadas, my coronary heart leapt.
We have been staying in a villa within the North East nook of Corfu which is sort of a quiet a part of the island anyway but it surely felt like we had escaped from the suffocating results that the world of Covid-19 has had on us and I felt like I may breath once more.
The gorgeous Kalami, Corfu
Corfu was undoubtedly quiet for August and the tavernas have been just a little bit keener than regular to lure you in. Their livelihoods have been so affected by the lockdown and potential very quick season however you’d by no means know as all of the Greeks have been so pleasant and cheerful.
We truly didn’t exit a lot however we did a few beautiful early suppers within the outside seaside Tavernas. All of the workers have been carrying masks and all social distancing and hygiene measures have been in place. One factor we did discover although is that they aren’t so eager on the cashless world that we’ve bought used to because it doesn’t swimsuit their accounting so take some money with you if consuming out.
We have now a younger son so weren’t out partying so I can’t touch upon the get together scene. It’s nevertheless value noting that there was non permanent curfews launched that means that bars have to shut at midnight. They’ve additionally launched native measures on some islands – for instance on Mykonos and within the Halkidiki Peninsula they’ve banned gatherings of greater than 9 folks (indoors or open air) and have a restrict of four folks per desk in restaurant besides the place the get together consists of relations the place the restrict is 6. You’ll find out extra about native island measures right here
Dinner over the water
To Go or Not To Go?
That’s purely a private determination. Anybody travelling wherever now should settle for that there’s a likelihood they could need to quarantine on return or journey plans shall be cancelled.
I’d additionally definitely not suggest anybody who’s susceptible to threat journey in the meanwhile because of the publicity on the flight as there actually isn’t any social distance on the flight or on the airport. Additionally it is a query of weighing up whether or not you’d really feel protected in case you have been to get the virus on the vacation spot nation.
Having mentioned all that, travelling once more was so liberating. Overcoming the worry that has gripped us all and realising that the large extensive world was nonetheless there and respiratory has introduced me a brand new power and I really feel able to plan for Coco Bay’s new season and overcome the challenges that probably lie forward. One factor is for certain, I’ll by no means take journey with no consideration once more.
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