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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Erno » 17 Jun 2020, 10:02

With a frown, passengers watch the stranger cling to them - 17 June, 2020

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Reporter Carlijne Vos took the first fully booked flight to Athens after air traffic restarted. As usual, passengers stuff themselves like sardines in the fully booked Boeing 737-700. The corona measures do not apply in the air.

It is desolate at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam this early Tuesday morning, a day after European air traffic has partly started up. One desk has been opened in the lifeless departure hall, where the ground staff take in the luggage from behind thick plastic slabs. Travelers stand exemplary at the indicated one and a half metre distance lines in the queue with their mouth caps on.

At half past six, when boarding the first KLM flight to Athens, the discipline is quickly lost. A call to hand-in cabin baggage so that passengers are not unnecessarily clumped in the aisle, appears on deaf ears on board. As usual, passengers stuff themselves like sardines in the fully booked Boeing 737-700. The one and a half meter rule does not apply in the air, nor the ban on gathering that sports clubs, catering entrepreneurs and cultural institutions must adhere to.

With a frown, passengers look from above their mouth masks at the unknown neighbor who clings to them. "Are we being tested on arrival now?" Nikos Politis asks his neighbors in his tight back row seat. He came to the Netherlands six years ago during the Greek economic crisis to work there and has not seen his family for three months. Two weeks in quarantine is the last thing he wants.

Great confusion

Everyone is confused, as it appears in the queue when boarding. "We have to go on to Thessaloniki," said Greek student Alex, who came from Edinburgh with his British girlfriend. "It will take us 16 hours to get home. Normally it is 3 hours. If we have to be quarantined, it will take even longer. "KLM staff are also in the dark. "Each country has its own rules and they are actually constantly changing," said a flight attendant.

Greece officially opened the tourist season on Monday. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis traveled to the scenic tourist island of Santorini last weekend to broadcast the news. And not without reason. The Greek economy relies for almost 20 percent on tourism. The severe lockdown that Greece already introduced on March 15 and that made the country came off relatively mercifully has cut deeply with the Greeks.

Now Greece wants to show that it is safe for tourists. All travelers are tested for corona on arrival and quarantined at a hotel for 24 hours pending the results. Or so it sounded first. That promise was withdrawn a day later. Travelers must self-quarantine for 24 hours at their own expense. Or not? On Monday evening, KLM reports that the rules have changed and that travelers must complete a covid-19 form upon arrival in Athens, with which they can be traced.

Greek beaches

The website of the Greek airline Aegean Airlines offers more insight: Travelers from low-risk countries, including Luxembourg and Germany, are randomly tested, travelers from high-risk countries, including the Netherlands, all. If all goes well, testing will be abolished on July 1 and citizens outside the EU will also be able to enjoy Greek beaches and culture again.

The 18-year-old novice models Iné van der Meer and Noortje van Hoek pack it in. They have no fear of corona. They are mainly busy with the modeling work that their agent in Athens might have in store for them. "That is very exciting. You usually only hear it a day in advance, "says Van Hoek. "We would be going to Greece much earlier. As soon as we heard that the border opened on June 15, we booked, "says Van der Meer. "We just sat there doing nothing at home."

A somewhat scruffy older man without a mask is shuffling down the aisle to the toilets. An elderly woman with the mouth mask slid down, picks up a sleeping toddler's mask from the floor and lovingly puts it on his face.

Cup of water

The flight attendants do not pay attention to the questionable hygiene practices of their passengers and continue to chat. They have little to do, as distributing meals and drinks is prohibited. Each chair has a Delft blue KLM basket with a mini sandwich, syrup cake and a bowl of water.

Passengers must disembark the waste themselves. Flight attendants are briefly required if travelers are wondering what to do with the Covid-19 form waiting in their seats in incomprehensible Greek script. After some searching, an English-language version also appears to be available.

Just before arriving in Athens, the pilot's voice suddenly sounds: there is indeed testing. In the hall of the Eleftherios Venizelos airport, the corona brigade in blue awaits passengers to accompany them to tables where new covid tracking forms must be completed in duplicate. Again in Greek, so it seems.

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A surly "traffic warden" points to a hidden English text line and directs passengers with the form in hand to the blue distance lines in the queue in front of the tents, testing for Covid-19.

The logistics are also still new to the Greek corona personnel. On the spot, it is decided that the blue stripes are too far apart and lead to further crowding and chaos in the queue. One, two, three steps, three men to indicate the meters and the three of them end up right in front of the waiting people.

The test is done in a minute: cotton swab deep in the throat and ready. Instructions are not given. Passengers are expected to know themselves that they now have to be self-quarantined for 24 hours under penalty of a fine of 5,000 euros. The redeeming call comes the next morning. We hope.

From: https://www.volkskrant.nl/nieuws-achter ... ~b7aa5e71/
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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Erno » 17 Jun 2020, 18:37

Hotels and ferry companies fretting over protocols - 17 June, 2020

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Hotel health protocols intended to safeguard guests and staff from the novel coronavirus are either vague, impossible to implement or simply too costly to be sustainable, according to businesses and associations in the sector.

One of the biggest problems faced by hoteliers is the unclear cooperation framework with doctors: Although every hotel is supposed to have a medic on site, no consideration has been taken over what kind of medical skills are required or how they will be priced. Consequently, local medical association have tried to fill the gap by publishing fees per hotel room which, however, are not binding for doctors, but constitute a minimum requirement allowing for far higher charges.

One hotelier told Kathimerini that some island doctors this month demanded 100 euros per room per month, which means a cost of €10,000 for a 100-room unit every month.

The issue is urgent as the measure goes in force on Saturday. It is reminded that hotels are obliged to cooperate with a doctor, who will perform the necessary tests and monitor guests who are infected with the virus or showing symptoms of it. However, several medical fields have been excluded from the measure, narrowing the pool.

“It is not the job of hoteliers – and should not be for many reasons – to identify, examine and care for patients suffering from Covid-19,” read a letter sent by hoteliers to the government on Tuesday. “This is the job of the public health agencies. If you believe this is necessary for hotels above a certain capacity, the selection of a doctor or a secondary healthcare supplier should come from a list that you will have drafted, and the expense ought to burden the state budget, not the hotel,” they added.

Hoteliers are also concerned about the random testing being carried out at airports, the fluctuations in test costs and shortages in staff training.

Ferry companies, meanwhile, have also objected to the conditions being imposed on them, saying they are unworkable.

From: https://www.ekathimerini.com/253762/art ... -protocols
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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Dorien » 19 Jun 2020, 14:03

Hi, i am new at this forum. I love Greece, and are planning to visit crete mid july. Question i have: are the restaurants open currently?

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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Erno » 19 Jun 2020, 14:05

Hi Dorien,

The restaurants are allowed to be open now, but most are still closed, because there are almost no tourists. From 1st July most will be open.
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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Erno » 25 Jun 2020, 10:46

Covid-19 passenger information form for travel to Greece - 25 June, 2020

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Passengers arriving to Greece from specific countries are required to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Information Form.

The form must be filled out by passengers arriving from Albania, Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. Travelers from other non-EU countries will also have to fill out the form.

Passengers are required to provide personal contact details, an address for where they will be staying in Greece as well as the country of first departure.

The information provided will help the direct response of the Greek authorities if necessary. “Your personal information will be treated as confidential under the provisions of GDPR national compliance and will be processed for the public interest and to protect public health from COVID-19,” the form says.

Click on the link below to download and print the form.

https://news.gtp.gr/wp-content/uploads/ ... ORANGE.pdf [PDF]
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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Erno » 26 Jun 2020, 09:46

Greece to tourists: ‘Enjoy your stay and stay safe’ - 26 June, 2020

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As Greece prepares to open to 27 airports and welcome tourists for a truncated summer season on July 1, the General Secretariat for Civil Protection launched an information campaign urging tourists to be mindful of health rules during their holiday.

Greek authorities are hoping to salvage the season and limit some of the losses incurred by the tourist industry while maintaining the positive momentum achieved by the successful management of the first wave of the virus.

The “Enjoy your stay and stay safe” campaign aims to provide clear information and instructions on the measures put in place by the government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and protect both visitors and Greeks.

The messages will be located at all entry points (airports and ports) and will be available in three languages - English, French and German. Flyers will also be distributed to travellers.

The campaign is a joint effort of the National Organization for Public Health (EODY), airport operator Fraport, Athens International Airport and the Civil Aviation Authority.

Although the pandemic is in decline in Greece, authorities expect a further increase in the number of imported cases which started with the gradual opening of the borders on June 1.

It is indicative that, between June 1 and June 25, Greece recorded 404 new SARS-CoV-2 cases, compared to 326 in May, based on EODY data. The rise is attributed, in part, to foreign arrivals.

Furthermore, 98 laboratory-confirmed infections related to travel from abroad in June, compared to 45 recorded in May, when arrivals were limited to repatriation flights.

From: https://www.ekathimerini.com/254099/art ... -stay-safe
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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Robert » 26 Jun 2020, 10:23

Thanks Erno for all the updates1, i think we all apreciate that very much.

To all that are willing to visit Greece, Crete and other islands...stay save and keep distance.

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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Erno » 27 Jun 2020, 11:29

The Corona tests at Chania airport - 27 June, 2020

[...] 275 samples will be taken daily from visitors arriving at Chania airport, to undergo a corona test. The selection will be based on a specific algorithm and not a random sampling. Based on this algorithm, who will be tested for Covid-19 will be selected and the results will be available within 24 hours. The inspections will be carried out by a special group of officers of the Armed Forces. They will be headed by the Hellenic Navy and there will be four other executives who will do the actual tests. Police and firefighters will be on hand to help.

From: https://flashnews.gr/post/429749/posa-d ... mio-xaniwn
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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Erno » 28 Jun 2020, 10:13

Protocol for Arrivals in Greece: All Travelers Must Fill Out a Passenger Locator Form - 28 June, 2020

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Passengers arriving to Greece by air, sea or road, are now required to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 48 hours before entering the country.

The measure comes prior to the country opening all its airports to international flights on July 1 and aims to protect citizens and tourists and prevent the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

All travellers are obliged to complete their PLF at least 48 hours before entering the country, providing detailed information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of your stay while in Greece.

Following are Greece’s protocols for arrivals by air, sea and road, as announced by the General Secretariat for Civil Protection.

Protocol for passengers arriving by air

- Arrival of passengers at the arrival gate.
- Transfer to the area where screening personnel are located and check the unique quick response (QR) code each passenger shows on their mobile phone screen or printed QR form.
- Screening personnel direct passengers, depending on their QR code, either to the screening area or to the exit (baggage claim area or passport control). Until the screening results become available, passengers tested for the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 by a trained health team are obliged to self-isolate at the address of their final destination as declared on their passenger locator form (PLF). Upon completion of the screening, they are directed towards the exit.

All passengers must comply with all of the necessary preventive hygiene measures (use of masks and physical distancing).

Protocol for passengers arriving by sea

- Arrival of incoming passengers on foot at the main entry gate.
- Incoming passengers arriving in vehicles are directed to the special entry gate.
- All passengers are transferred to areas where screening personnel are located and check the unique quick response (QR) code each passenger shows on their mobile phone screen or printed QR form.
Depending on passengers’ QR code, screening personnel either direct them to the screening area or allow them to enter the country. Until the screening results become available, passengers who are tested for the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 by a trained health team are obliged to self-isolate at the address of their final destination as declared on their passenger locator form (PLF). Upon completion of the screening they are allowed to enter the country.

All passengers must comply with all of the necessary preventive measures (use of masks and physical distancing).

Protocol for arrivals at land borders

- Arrival of persons at the checkpoint. All persons entering the country must submit a completed passenger locator form (PLF) upon their arrival.
- Passport and customs control are carried out and each incoming person’s unique quick response (QR) code is checked on their mobile phone screen or on the printed form with their QR code.
- Depending on their code, incoming persons are directed by security personnel either to the screening area or allowed to continue their trip to their final destination in the country, receiving instructions from the border personnel, concerning, in particular, required action in case they develop symptoms of respiratory infection, in which case they must immediately contact the National Public Health Organization (EODY) Operations Centre. If arriving persons plan to have multiple stop-overs in Greece, they must declare this and report their initial destination and their travel itinerary for the next 7 days. EODY Mobile Health Units (KOMY) will operate round the clock at land border checkpoints.

Until the screening results become available, arriving persons who are tested for the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 are obliged to self-isolate at the address of their final destination as declared on their passenger locator form (PLF). Their data is entered into the EODY information system, which is linked to the COVID registry to facilitate contact tracing in the event someone tests positive. Upon completion of the screening, they enter the country, receiving instructions concerning self-isolation until the results of their screening are announced.

All passengers must follow all of the necessary preventive hygiene measures (use of masks and physical/social distancing).

The Passenger Locator Form (PLF) and detailed instructions can be found here: https://travel.gov.gr/#/form

From: https://travel.gov.gr/#/
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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by rambler » 28 Jun 2020, 22:29

Hi Erno, I am slightly confused. I printed out the forms that you published on the 25th June ,do I also have to print out the forms you have posted today the 28th June, or are they the same form. Thanks Dave

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