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Snowy
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Ferries from Chora Sfakia

by Snowy » 21 Jul 2021, 11:03

Does anyone her know the latest procedure when taking a ferry to Gavdos or Loutro etc? I have read that those of us who are unvaccinated need at least a 48 hour Rapid test. I presume the police are in the harbour checking this, but what are the queues like? Is there much hassle involved?

Micki
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Re: Ferries from Chora Sfakia

by Micki » 21 Jul 2021, 16:31

As far as I know you don't need a test if you take a boat along the cost. For the journey to Gavdos a test is required. In addition, you have to fill out a form.

https://anendyk.gr/routes-and-timetables/

rambler
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Re: Ferries from Chora Sfakia

by rambler » 22 Jul 2021, 07:12

You may find this link from Greeka.com useful regarding covid tests https://www.greeka.com/greece-covid-19-updates/

Bob
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Re: Ferries from Chora Sfakia

by Bob » 22 Jul 2021, 13:30

Hi,
We traveled from Roumeli to Gavdos on 19th July returning to Roumeli on the 21st. NO special forms or checkups were required as it is assumed that tourists have all passed the necessary checks to fly into Crete. No masks were required to board the Samaria and life continues here in Roumeli generally as in pre-covid days; during the daytime as the flood of gorge walkers pass through staff wear masks. However, in the evenings after the 5.30 ferries have gone masks are discarded and the magic Sfakian hospitality returns as it always has done.
All ferries are running as normal and all tavernas are open though more populated by Greeks and other non- British guests than in previous years.
I arrived here on 21st June and the last month have managed to escape the consequences of the pandemic now raging in almost the whole of Europe.
My advice, for what it is worth, is an extremely positive travel advice for Sfakia region. Take the risk of flight problems if your personal cicumstances allow it. You will not regret the even more friendly welcome from the locals who appreciate very much the extra effort you have made to get here.
These are truly halcyon days. [(0)]

Bob
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Re: Ferries from Chora Sfakia

by Bob » 22 Jul 2021, 16:37

Hi again,
Shortly after posting our "ferry experiences" travelling Roumeli to Gavdos and back, I spoke to a crew member of the "Samaria". He confirmed there are no special requirements for Roumeli to Gavdos BUT this was because there are no Port Police in Roumeli to admininister any checks...Gavdos Port Police did also NO checks. However, from Paleochora and Sfakia checks are carried out if you are directly travelling to Gavdos because it is classified as a different Island.
My personal recommendation remains positive travel advice to Roumeli. Gavdos is again as busy as it was last year but our short trip was made to experience again the magic of Tripiti. We did not have to pay one euro per minute for a shower which is causing uproar among free campers on the island...as we stepped off the ferry we were met with a demonstration of chanting"hippies" carrying placards. Their protest is a reaction to the begin of "commercialisation" by the charge for showers which had always been free....an assault on the principle of "free camping". I must say that ,on the face of it, I agree but hope it does not lead to a mass relocation to Roumeli.
Now it's after 17.30 and time to relax.....Γειά μας μπομπ

Micki
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Re: Ferries from Chora Sfakia

by Micki » 23 Jul 2021, 12:35

Thank you for your reports, Bob.

During my visit in May / June this year in the Sfakia area, I also experienced the very friendly wellcome almost everywhere. People had time to sit together with the tourists, chat a lot and were relatively relaxed regarding the difficult situation. I would say this was my best time in Sfakia, comparing the last 5-6 years.

The 'shower ripp-off' on Gavdos I would see a little different. Last year there were more than 6000 visitors on the island in August, most of them camping. This is more than 100x the normal population. I can understand, that the showers can't be for free for so many people (although 1 EUR per minute is probably too much).
The tavernas make good business, but the water, waste disposal and the infrastructure the island provides also add up. And the water supply on Gavdos still is not without problems.

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