Is it safe to travel to Skiathos and Skopolos?
To keep Greece safe, the country is only opening its borders to countries which meet certain criteria around low levels of infection. We follow the advice of the UK government and, as of 14 November, the FCDO removed Skiathos and Skopolos from the exempt list and are now advising against all but essential travel. Please regularly check the FCDO travel advice for the most up-to-date information.
What is life like in Skiathos and Skopolos?
Our local agent has confirmed that social distancing is in place in resorts and at the beaches. There must be no less than three metres in any direction between each party on the beach. Towels will usually be provided at private beaches and hotels to cover seating surfaces and they will also be disinfected regularly. Shops are open but you may need to queue due to social distancing rules. Restaurants and bars are starting to open in resorts with social distancing measures in place.
How should I keep safe in Skiathos and Skopolos?
You should follow local regulations and continue to practice good levels of hygiene as advised by the NHS while you are on holiday. You can refer to the government website for detailed information but there are a few basic principles to follow: avoiding being face-to-face with people, keep your hands and face as clean as possible, keep indoor places well ventilated, avoid crowded spaces, use face coverings and wash your clothes regularly.
What was the COVID-19 pandemic response?
Our local agent has advised that in general Greece handled the pandemic well and measures are in place to continue to minimise the spread of COVID-19. To support this, the FCDO advise that it is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports, in taxis, in all medical facilities and in lifts. The use of face masks is strongly recommended in other closed spaces. Please regularly check the FCDO travel advice for the most up-to-date information.
Are there any pre-departure requirements in regards to visas and passports?
You must complete an online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 48 hours before your arrival in Greece. Once you have completed the form, you’ll receive an email acknowledgement. In a separate email, you will also receive a ‘QR’ code. This code is likely to be sent up to you 24 hours before you travel, regardless of how early you fill in your form. When you receive your code, make sure you either print it or can show it on your mobile phone. You will need to show your code to the Greek authorities upon arrival. Some airlines may also ask you to show your code before you board your flight to Greece. On arrival you will be either be sent to a screening area where a COVID-19 test will be carried out or continue to the exit to collect your baggage. Whether you get tested or not is dependent on your QR code. UK nationals must have 6 months validity on their passport upon return from Greece but you do not need a visa to enter the country.
What are the quarantine guidelines in Skiathos and Skopolos?
You do not need to quarantine on arrival in Skiathos or Skopolos as long as you do not test positive for COVID-19. If you test positive at the airport or you develop symptoms and/or are diagnosed while on holiday, you will be required to quarantine for a period of time.
If I test positive for COVID-19 in Skiathos or Skopolos what will happen?
You may not be allowed to enter Greece if you display signs of COVID-19 upon arrival. The FCDO advise that if you test positive while in Greece, the authorities are likely to ask you to self-isolate for 14 days, or they will assist with providing quarantine arrangements. Hotels are setting aside rooms within their property to enable guests to quarantine. Notify your representative, hotel, a medical facility or our 24-hour Duty Officer (the Duty Office details will be detailed on your travel documents). Guidance and assistance will be provided and important local numbers will be provided upon arrival.
What is the airport experience like?
All passengers must wear a face mask and maintain social distancing in and around the airport terminal. Depending on your QR code, you may be asked to take a COVID-19 test at the airport. Temperature checks are also conducted around terminals.
What are the transfers like?
Local protocols are followed and where group transport is provided, only 65% capacity is allowed in a vehicle. Private transfers will be provided with two people using a seven-seat vehicle and four people using an eight- or nine-seat vehicle. Numbers can exceed this where proof of immediate family relationship is provided (e.g. parents and children). Careful cleaning of surfaces and all contact points in vehicle interiors takes place after each transfer and a careful and complete clean and disinfection takes place after each working day. A face mask must be worn by all people in the vehicle.
What should I expect at the hotel?
Generally, hotels currently have a check in time of 3pm and check out of 11am to allow for extra cleaning to take place after each guest leaves. Hotel rooms will be thoroughly disinfected and cleansed as per local protocols. Most hotels are offering outdoor and keyless check in to reduce contact. Most hotels also prefer electronic payments (credit or debit cards) rather than cash. Members of the hotel’s staff may be wearing gloves and will wear a face mask.
Do I need to quarantine in the UK on my return from Skiathos or Skopolos?
The FCDO advises that UK nationals returning from Skiathos or Skopolos need to quarantine for 14 days on their return to the UK.
Forms required for travel to and from Skiathos or Skopolos?
The Passenger Locator Form must be completed for all passengers on the booking before you fly to Greece. You will the receive a QR code at 12.01am on the morning of the flight and you will be required to show it at check-in before boarding the flight. If you do not have this you may be denied boarding. A UK arrival form must be completed 48 hours before your return home.