Covid-19 & Travel To Greece

With rules and guidance somewhat of a minefield, we have compiled below all the information that we think you should know regarding your Indigo Rock holiday.

 

Covid-19 Updated Policies

A message from Ben Shearer, Managing Director

Updated: 09/07/2021

Latest Covid-19 related updates

Greece is open to the vast majority of major nations without significant restrictions on entry.

Our villas have been open since spring as planned.

Rules in Greece are gradually being relaxed so that as of now, no masks are required in outdoor settings, there is no longer any curfew in place, table sizes have increased to 10 persons and weddings and events of up to 300 people are now permitted.

For our UK customers:

The UK government removed all legal rules restricting international travel on 17th May and announced its traffic light system of restrictions for arrivals into the UK with ‘green’, ‘amber’ and ‘red’ designations.

The list of countries and territories on each list is being reviewed every 3 weeks. Separately the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has its own guidance on travel. Currently, the FCDO is not advising against all but essential travel to Zakynthos and you will be able to get travel insurance e.g. axa – travel insurance in Covid times

Our policies below reflect that system:

  • RED – Hotel quarantine on return to UK – We will not expect customers to travel to Zakynthos from the UK if it is designated as a ‘red’ destination which would require a hotel quarantine on return. Should this be the case, 2 weeks prior to your arrival, we will contact you with your options which will include options to transfer to alternative dates, a credit for a future stay or a full refund should you wish.
  • AMBER – Whilst the FCDO does not advise against travel to Zakynthos –  Our villas are open and it is not illegal and is insurable to travel to Zakynthos. Furthermore, as of 19th July, if you have had two vaccinations, you don’t need to quarantine following your trip to an Amber designated country. Consequently we are not able to offer refunds under this designation. If you choose to cancel and we can re-sell your dates then we will offer you a credit towards a future stay with us. Please see the ‘Your Holiday Options’ section for your full options in amber.
  • GREEN – Under a green designation, holidays are expected to go ahead as planned, and except in exceptional circumstances, no deferrals will available.

For customers from the EU and other nations:

We will apply the same principal to travellers from other countries as we will to our UK customers. If restrictions in the country in which you reside prevent you from travelling to Greece, or the restrictions on return to your home country are substantially onerous (e.g mandatory hotel quarantine on return) you will be offered a to defer your holiday (subject to any price changes) or receive a full refund, whichever you prefer.

We will continue to update this page with any relevant changes over the course of the next few weeks.

Sincerely,

Ben Shearer – Managing Director

Testing & Travelling

Everything you need to know about what is required when travelling to Zakynthos.

Current travel rules – Updated: 25/06/2021

Traffic light designation currently – AMBER

Travel

On the way out

For the avoidance of any doubt, it is not illegal to travel to an amber list country such as Greece. It is also perfectly simple to do so as long as you undertake the right steps.

Additionally, the Foreign Office is not advising against travel to Zakynthosso you should have no trouble getting insurance for your trip.

In order to enter Greece, where you are over the age of 11yrs, you must show one of the following:

  • A vaccine certificate showing that you have received the full course of the vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Greece. The NHS app can provide this proof.
  • A negative COVID-19 test: either a medically certified rapid test(within 48 hours of travel) or a certified PCR test (within 72 hours of travel).
    The test results should match the name in the travellers passport.
  • Proof that the traveller tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 2-9 months (either by positive PCR result or medical certificate)

Passengers 11yrs and under are not required to undergo tests to enter Greece.

Finally, you must fill out the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before travel.

On the way home

In order to enter England from an amber list country, you must have the following elements organised prior to your return flight:

  • A medically certified lateral flow test that meets UK government requirements, taken within 3 days of the flight departing for the UK.
    We arrange this for you during your stay with our medical partner at a cost of 15€ per person. They take 1 minute to administer and 20 minutes to return a result. You will have a physical certificate immediately to take with you.
  • You must fill out the Uk passenger locator form and include in it the reference number for your test package.
  • You must have evidence that you have booked two PCR tests, one for day 2 and one for day 8 post your return to the UK.
  • You are required to isolate at home for 10 days upon arrival into the UK unless you take up the test to release option which, with an additional test on day 5, means you can end your isolation period as soon as your result is returned on day 5.

Risks

Given the requirements listed above, the process of travelling to Greece presents a very low risk to oneself. However, you might be interested to know the following data in relation to Zakynthos updated in the last 48 hours. Here is a link to the relevant government website so you can keep abreast of this data as the summer moves on:

  • The current 7-day case rate per 100,000 in Zakynthos is 4.9/100,000 and is decreasing (the rate in the UK is currently 85/100,000).
  • Every worker on the island is required to take a rapid test twice per week (the test positivity rate is 0.02%).
  • The vaccination rate is currently at 44% and increasing rapidly.

We will continue to update this page as and when any changes occur.

Your Holiday Options

If you have booked a holiday with Indigo Rock that may have been disrupted due to travel guidance, here we explain what your options are.

A message from Ben Shearer, Managing Director

Updated: 25/06/2021

It’s worth it when you get here!
Our villas have now been open for 4 weeks this summer and the feedback has been great.

There are some important basic hygiene and safety protocols in place in local restaurants and shops that guests must adhere to but these really are not onerous at all.

And if I’d rather not travel, what are the options?

Our villas are open and permitted to operate and therefore we will not be offering refunds should you elect to cancel your holiday.

We will however work with you and the property owners to offer deferrals to alternative dates wherever possible to do so. In the rare case where we cannot find alternative dates that work, we will do our utmost to re-sell your holiday to our waiting list of guests and will offer you credit towards another Indigo Rock holiday, less any difference in the price of re-sale. If you are sure you do not wish to travel this summer, please do let us know swiftly so that we have as much time as possible to find an alternative guest for your booking

Email us here I’d like to defer my booking if possible, listing your booking reference number.

For customers from the EU and other nations:

We will apply the same principal to travellers from other countries as we will to our UK customers. If restrictions in the country in which you reside prevent you from travelling to Greece, or the restrictions on return to your home country are substantially onerous (e.g mandatory hotel quarantine on return) you will be offered a to defer your holiday (subject to any price changes) or receive a full refund, whichever you prefer.

Risks

The process of travelling to Greece presents a very low risk to oneself, however, you might be interested to know the following data in relation to Zakynthos updated in the last 48 hours. Here is a link to the relevant government website so you can keep abreast of this data as the summer moves on:

  • The current 7-day case rate per 100,000 in Zakynthos is 4.9/100,000 and is decreasing (the rate in the UK is currently 85/100,000).
  • Every worker on the island is required to take a rapid test twice per week (the test positivity rate is 0.02%).
  • The vaccination rate is currently at 44% and increasing rapidly.

We will continue to update this page with any relevant changes over the course of the next few weeks.