The turquoise sea, the steady wind and the most beautiful sights in the birthplace of seafaring are all accessible again. Greece is rapidly returning back to normal and the first crews have been setting out to sea. What did they find out and how can you take a problem-free holiday to Greece? We bring you up-to-date news directly from the sea!
- What are the conditions for entering Greece?
- Where in Greece can you enjoy the most beautiful sailing?
Current conditions for entering Greece
From 15 June 2020, you can enter to Greece without having to give a reason and without needing a test for COVID-19.
- But be aware that testing is performed at random when entering the country on the Greek side. If selected, you must undergo testing.
- From 1 July it is also necessary to fill in Passenger Locator Form 48 hours before departure. It is possible to fill it in on the plane, but we recommend doing it in advance.
How does the test work?
The testing itself is not unpleasant and the results are within 24 hours. Passengers are randomly selected for the test when passing security.
What happens when I am selected for testing?
After the test, you must remain in voluntary isolation for 24 hours at the address you specify. If no one contacts you within 24 hours, the test result is considered negative and you can continue your holiday without any worries. One member of our crew was selected for testing and was allowed to spend the quarantine on the boat, so the procedure did not limit us in any way.
What is the likelihood that they will select you for testing?
The method of selection is not entirely clear, but from our experience, those chosen were mainly the people who hadn’t filled in the questionnaire in advance and had just filled it in on the plane. At the time we arrived (July 5), roughly one in three were selected for testing.
What regulations and measures are there in place?
The captain is obliged to take the crew's temperature daily and record it. General hygiene measures apply here: physical distancing of 1.5-2m, regular hand hygiene and mandatory use of a face mask in medical facilities, on public transport, in the airport, in a taxi and in a lift. Violating these regulations can lead to a fine (150 EUR).
Where in Greece can you enjoy the most beautiful sailing?
Greece is a completely unique destination for sailors and is definitely worth the minor inconvenience when entering. Look forward to beautiful islands of various shapes and sizes, crystal-clear blue sea, award-winning beaches, ancient monuments and top-class gastronomic delights.
The meltemi makes sailing in the Aegean Sea challenging and is mainly for more experienced sailors, but we have three tips on where you can experience a relaxing and undemanding voyage even in summer!
The island area between the fairy-tale islands of Lefkada and Zakynthos is the best choice for novice sailors and families with children. The yachting conditions here are reminiscent of yachting in Croatia. The sea is sheltered, the distance between islands is short and there are numerous bays and harbours. Compared to Croatia, the sea is warmer and you will enjoy a lot of diversity - green hilly islands lined with high, rugged mountains as well as sparkling turquoise water and white sandy beaches.
The Ionian Islands are awash with the most stunning emerald green waters. It owes its colour to the bright white limestone that lies beneath. You really must see the beauty of this spot for yourself! The sea between Corfu and the mainland is calm and if there are strong winds it provides a good refuge without big waves.
The Saronic Gulf is located near Athens. In addition to some historical gems, you will discover long stretches of sandy beaches lined with fragrant pine forests. The sun glittering on crystal-clear blue waters, magical fishing villages and inviting bays. Or visit some world-renowned monuments, such as the amphitheatre at Epidavros or the temple of Aphaia on the island of Aegina.
A few final tips
- In Greece, the yachting infrastructure is not as rich as in Croatia, but the city wharves and moorings are highly accessible, where you usually only pay for electricity and water (if available).
- The Greeks are partial to fresh ingredients. Be sure to dine in local taverns and stock up on supplies - we recommend the excellent olive oil, delicious sun-ripened tomatoes, aubergines, wine or the Ouzo.
Is Greece enticing you? No wonder. It is truly diverse and its beaches and bays could take a lifetime to fully explore on a yacht. So it's high time you got started! There is no need to worry about the journey or having to take a test, and available boats already waiting for you in our portal.