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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Erno » 28 Jun 2020, 22:39

We are all confused, these last minute protocols are driving everybody crazy.

The first form is needed, and should be handed over when entering Greece:

only for 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.

The second form is for everybody entering Greece, and should be completed online, 48 hours before entering Greece.

It might very well be that the second form has replaced the first, but who knows?

Greek "red tape and visa", well meant bureaucracy, at the last moment, to suggest complete control, and to warrant against claims, if things go wrong.

The Greek government is well aware that this is a live experiment with people and economy.

I wish them all good luck (tu)
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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by tours » 29 Jun 2020, 15:35

Thank you Erno for the informations!

I am wondering about the procedure after a person got tested, lets say in Heraklion. After they got tested they can "go" by themself to there booked Hotel/place? then should stay in self-isolation.... if someone gets tested positive..... what's next? Will they be transported to a hotel where to stay in quarantine? Do they have to stay at their firs destination/hotel? How will they be provided with the most necessary?
The solution from Athens was quite good to handle. Now its very confusing..

Does anyone have any information about the procedure after a visitor got tested?

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Andreas

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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Erno » 29 Jun 2020, 15:43

Hi Andreas,

If you have been tested on arrival in Greece, you must tell them in the above mentionned forms where you will stay. You have to go there yourself, self-isolate in that hotel, and wait for your test result.

If they found Corona on you, and/ or in case you get ill during your stay, you will be transported to a Corona hotel, for at least 14 days. There they will take care of you, and give you food.

The following article has more info:

Greek Destinations with Quarantine Hotels for Covid-19 Cases

The Greek Tourism Ministry on Friday released the ministerial decision that reveals the locations of the hotels to be used for Covid-19 isolation purposes once Greece opens to tourists on July 1.

Until now, some 60 hotels throughout Greece have responded to a tender announced by the ministry and expressed interest to operate as quarantine spots for tourists who may contract the coronavirus while on holiday in the country.

The hotels will accommodate mild cases of Covid-19 that do not require hospitalization.

The quarantine hotels will be located in the destinations of the following regions:

Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace: Drama, Evros (Alexandroupolis), Thassos and Rodopi
Region of Attica: Aegina and central Athens
Region of North Aegean: Ikaria, Lesvos, Lemnos, Samos and Chios
Region of Western Greece: Etoloakarnania, Ilia and Achaia (Kalavryta)
Region of Western Macedonia: Kastoria, Kozani and Florina
Region of Epirus: Ioannina and Preveza
Region of Thessaly: Karditsa, Magnesia (Volos), Alonissos, Skiathos, Skopelos, Trikala (Meteora)
Region of Ionian Islands: Zakynthos, Corfu, Kefalonia, Ithaki and Lefkada
Region of Central Macedonia: Thessaloniki, Kilkis, Pella (Edessa), Pieria (Katerini) and Halkidiki
Region of Crete: Heraklion and Chania
Region of South Aegean: Andros, Thira (Santorini), Kalymnos, Patmos, Kos, Serifos, Sifnos, Kythnos, Naxos, Paros, Rhodes, Syros and Tinos
Region of Peloponnese: Argolida (Ermioni), Arcadia (Tripoli), Corinth, Laconia (Monemvasia) and Messinia
Region of Central Greece: Evia (Eretria), Skyros, Evritania (Karpenisi), Fthiotida (Lamia) and Fokida (Delphi)

According to the ministerial decision, hotels in the regional units of destinations that have a quarantine hotel will not need to keep rooms free for isolation purposes.

The decision will take effect once its published in the Government Gazette.

According to reports, more hotels are expected to be added to the list by July 1, the date when holidaymakers from abroad will be able to visit Greece through 41 entry points, including 27 airports, seven border areas and seven ports.

Moreover, destinations that in the end do not have quarantine hotels will be covered by neighboring areas (for example, a tourist with a coronavirus case on Symi will be accommodated at the quarantine hotel on Rhodes).

From: https://news.gtp.gr/2020/06/26/greek-de ... -19-cases/
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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by tours » 29 Jun 2020, 19:26

Hi Erno,

thank you very much for providing these informations! Couldn't find it by myself.
All the best,
Andreas

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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Bob » 02 Jul 2020, 11:50

Last night, first July, flew into Chania from Vienna where I had stayed three nights after traveling from Netherlands. The flight to Austria was subject to random corona checks which I avoided. In Chania you MUST have the code from the online form which you have filled in.......I was subjected to a test because I had not filled in this form(problem with very late e [brrr] mail advice). The test was free but I am now in 24hour quarantine in Chania till I get the result. In my case I voluntarily tested before leaving Netherlands but this ,of course, is no reason for exclusion to the Greek rules.
Fortunately there are no buses today to South West Crete so check the timetables before you depart to Crete. The situation on ferries is not completely clear but Nikos from the Paralia in Agia Roumeli has advised there is no ferry from Sougia to Roumeli except Mondays and Wednesday so there went my plan C. There is a ferry from Sfakia to Roumeli at 10.30 but this is the only ferry at present although everything is in a very fluid situation as things reopen.
Generally, there are very few tourists at present although most businesses in Chania are open and ready to provide the traditional hospitable welcome.
Hope this helps but general advice,at present, is to double check your itinerary and do not expect "normal" conditions.
Best wishes to all Sfakia lovers. [<>~] [(0)]

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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Erno » 03 Jul 2020, 10:17

What happens if I get Covid-19 on my holidays in Greece? - 3 July, 2020

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Greece conducted more that 6,500 tests for Covid-19 at airports across the country on the first day it re-opened its borders to travelers on Wednesday, with the first 250 samples coming out negative, airport and health authorities said on Thursday.

But what happens if you do come down with Covid-19 while you are on holiday in Greece? According to guidelines issued by the National Public Health Organization (EODY) and the health ministry the following applies:

– Once a visitor feels unwell he notifies the hotel manager who in turn notifies the partner doctor (in large hotels), the destination physician, or if the doctor is unavailable the assigned health facility to which he/she will be transferred,

– Should the patient be in need of immediate care, he/she will be transferred to the closest health facility as a “suspected Covid-19 incident”. If the health center is unable to manage the incident, the patient will be transferred via emergency air, sea or road ambulance service to the nearest heatlh center,

– If the symptoms are mild, testing will be conducted,

– After testing, a patient with mild symptoms must remain in his room until the results are out. No interaction is allowed in this time with hotel staff. Should the need arise, one staff member will be assigned exclusively to that room.

If the outcome is positive, the hotel’s health manager will officially declare the incident to EODY on its 24-hour hotline (1135) and list it on the EODY registry. The patient will then be required to isolate as a confirmed Covid-19 case at a special quarantine hotel or be transferred to a designated hospital unit if symptoms are severe.
If the outcome is negative, the hotel or destination doctor will be called in for treatment and instructions.

– All areas used will be sanitized under specific EODY rules.

– Anyone accompanying the infected person (ie family member, partner, parent) will be required to provide information, wear a mask at all times, and follow hygiene rules.

Close Contact with Confirmed Covid-19 Case

EODY guidelines state that if a visitor or employee has come into contact with a confirmed Covid-19 carrier, they will be required to self-isolate, not use public facitlities, eat in their room, and follow the testing procedure described above.

Lastly, travelers are advised to adhere to hygiene measures, maintain social distancing, and remain alert.

Most common Covid-19 symptoms: Fever – dry cough – tiredness,
Serious symptoms: difficulty breathing or shortness of breath – chest pain or pressure – loss of speech or movement.

People with mild symptoms (almost 80 percent) but who otherwise feel healthy can manage their symptoms at home or hotel.

More at risk are people over 65 and those with previous or current ailments.

*ATTENTION: All guidelines reported have been obtained by the National Public Health Organization (EODY) and are subject to change based on the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic, government decisions, and European Union directives.

From: https://news.gtp.gr/2020/07/02/what-hap ... in-greece/
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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by bust68@gmail.com » 04 Jul 2020, 05:50

Hello,
If the Covid test is positiv and they take you to a quarantaine hotel.
Where will it be located (Chania and Heraklion) ?
What happens with the family members ?
Can they join ?
I don't find anything about this issue.
Greetings
Danny

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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Erno » 04 Jul 2020, 10:49

The quarantine hotels are in Chania and Heraklion town, but I do not know which hotels.

If one family member is tested positive for Covid-19, he or she will be transferred to one of these hotels (or to hospital in case of serious symptoms). Then the family members will be tested too. If they are also positive, they will also go to the same hotel. If they are not positive, they need to be separated from the positive member(s), in order not to get infected. They need to stay in their original hotel, and are quarantined there, separately from the positive member who was transferred to the quarantine hotel in Chania or Heraklion, and will be tested again.
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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by Erno » 04 Jul 2020, 10:50

Germans try to cope with Greek rules - 4 July, 2020

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The German media has recorded some confusion created by the new Passenger Locator Form (PLF) that travelers to Greece need to fill in advance.

Die Welt newspaper wrote that Greece has opened up for international arrivals at all its airports, but under a set of rules associate with strict safety protocols. They allow entry in the country only after the submission of a PLF, while doctors perform inspections at all airports on the mainland and the islands, the German daily reported.

“Compared to other European countries, Greece has a particularly low rate of coronavirus cases, and through these measures it attempts to avert the expansion of the virus via tourism,” it added.

The news website of Deutsche Telekom, t-online.de, reported that the mandatory form generated confusion and that tourists are threatened with fines if they have not completed them, which would mean they are unable to produce the necessary barcode upon inspection.

“According to the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, failure to produce this barcode could result in a fine of up to 500 euros, while some airlines are refusing to take passengers without a barcode,” it reported.

From: https://www.ekathimerini.com/254375/art ... reek-rules

The Passenger Locator Form (PLF) and detailed instructions can be found here: https://travel.gov.gr/#/form
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Re: The upcoming Greek summer will be something like this

by rikpagoni » 06 Jul 2020, 09:01

253/5000
It would be good if any incident or specific experience of visitors to Crete related to Covid-19 is mentioned here in this topic. These experiences would help future visitors to better prepare their trip and stay.

I wish all tourists a happy and healthy stay in Crete,

Rik

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