Last updated: 7 April 2021

 

We are optimistic that much of 2021 will see plenty of travel and that we will be able to welcome lots of happy slow cyclists to Zagori and the Mani. That said, the Greek and UK governments have imposed measures that currently make travel more difficult and no doubt these measures will be subject to change over the coming weeks and months. We have therefore put together these FAQs to help answer many of the questions you may have.

For more general FAQs or for answers related to travel in Romania, see:

General
Romania (Transylvania)

 

1. Will our trip to Greece go ahead and when will we know?

We very much hope so and unless you have heard from us otherwise, you must assume that your trip is going ahead as planned. UK Government restrictions are likely to change frequently, making planning very difficult, but our priority is to try and run your trip for you. This is the timeline that we are generally working to:

More than 8 weeks before departure
If things get to a point where we believe travel will be highly unlikely (for example, due to travel restrictions or vaccination requirements), we will get in touch with you to offer the opportunity to transfer to a later date.

8 weeks before departure
Unless we believe travel will be highly unlikely, we will collect the balancing payment from you in the usual way. This does not affect your rights – if the trip is cancelled you will have a range of options and our usual Terms and Conditions will apply.

1-3 weeks before departure
If, 3 weeks before the start of your trip, government restrictions are in place that either make it impossible for us to run the trip, or place overly onerous quarantine obligations on you, and we believe that such restrictions are likely to remain in place, we will get in touch with you to cancel the trip. If we believe that those restrictions could change to enable your trip to happen and we are able to hold onto our bookings in-country, we will defer the decision on whether to cancel until nearer the time, but no less than 1 week before the start of your trip. If your trip is cancelled, you will have various options that we have outlined below.

 

2. What Greek and UK government restrictions are currently in place?

Greek Restrictions
On 10 March the Greek government announced that from 14 May, British nationals will be permitted entry to the country if they test negative for Covid immediately before travel, of if they are able to provide proof of having undergone a full Covid vaccination course. We are waiting for further information (time-frames, any requirement for self-isolation in Greece) about this development.

For now, UK nationals are permitted to enter Greece if they are a permanent resident in the UK, Greece, another EU/EFTA state, or in one of the following countries; Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Russia, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, UAE. If you’re a British national who resides in another country, not listed above, you’re likely to be refused entry to Greece due to measures put in place by the Greek authorities to combat the spread of COVID-19.

All arrivals in Greece are required to:

  • Complete a passenger locator form at least 24 hours before travel
  • Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, undertaken within the 72 hour period before your time of arrival into Greece

In addition, anyone arriving from the UK will also be asked to:

  • Undergo a rapid test for COVID-19 on arrival
  • Self-isolate for 7 days in the event of a negative test result (with a further PCR at the end of self-isolation)
  • Isolate for at least 14 days in the event of a positive test result (with a further PCR at the end of self-isolation)

UK Restrictions
UK legislation currently bans all non-essential international travel until 30 June 2021 but, as part of its roadmap out of lockdown, the government is expected to permit the resumption of travel from 17 May  2021.

When travel is permitted again, there will be a ‘traffic light’ system of testing and quarantine that will be required on return to the UK. The extent of the testing and quarantine will depend on the country that has been visited and, possibly, whether you have been fully vaccinated.

The government’s next announcement is due on 12th April 2021, when it is hoped that further details will be provided.

In order for your trip to go ahead, it will need to fall into either a ‘Green’ or, possibly, ‘Amber’ category. The government may not announce which category Greece falls into for several weeks.

 

3. Why would our trip be cancelled and what happens under those circumstances?

Please take a look at our General FAQs.

 

4. We are travelling with you to Greece this year; we haven’t yet booked our flights. Should we go ahead and do so?

Of course, it is your decision when to book your flights to Greece since our responsibility begins on the ground when you arrive. With such uncertainty around due to changing government travel restrictions, we are finding it very difficult to predict anything, but we hope what we have outlined below helps you make your decision.

Firstly, we strongly recommend that when the time comes, you book your flights through Bob Peters (bob.peters@travelcounsellors.com and 01689 852 756). Bob looks after the flight needs of many of our guests. He charges £50 per person for booking, check in and, importantly in such uncertain times, schedule changes or cancellations.

Regarding when to book your flights, to an extent it depends when you are travelling. Unless we have already been in touch with your group leader to ask if you would like to transfer your booking to a later date, your options are to go ahead and book flights now, or to wait for some more certainty.

Most of our guests in Greece travel via Easyjet – here are their Terms & Conditions. It is important to note that they are currently allowing passengers to change flight bookings for free up to 14 days before departure.

 

5. I’m travelling with you to Greece this year and my flight has been cancelled; what should I do?

With such uncertainty around due to changing government travel restrictions, we are finding it very difficult to predict anything. We hope what we have outlined below helps you make your decision about what to do regarding your flights.

The first thing to do is to check with your group leader, as we may have been in touch to offer the opportunity to transfer your booking to a later date.

If this does not apply, if you have booked via Easyjet** and as we understand it, you have three options:

  1. Change flights now
  2. Take a credit for future flight
  3. Apply for a refund

These options are laid out in Easyjet’s Delays & Cancellations policy.

Of course, it is your decision which of these options to take since our responsibility begins on the ground in Greece. However, we hope it helps that we have outlined what would happen if you choose any of the options:

Option 1
If you choose option 1, we will be able to help you rearrange plans to make sure you can catch the flight you need. If that means you arrive at a different airport in Greece we will do our best to help with your transfer from/to the airport. Please remember that we provide two airport transfers per group (one outbound, one return) so it is always easier (and better value for you) if groups fly out and back together. We understand that this is not always possible and it may be particularly difficult with the current international flight situation.

Options 2 & 3
If you choose option 2 or 3, you should please let us know what flight you eventually end up booking so that we can arrange a transfer, again noting that we provide two airport transfers per group (one outbound, one return).

** If you have not booked with Easyjet please make yourself familiar with the terms and conditions of the relevant airline and if you need assistance please do not hesitate to call Sally Hoare on +44 (0) 7407 126 140 or email travel@theslowcyclist.co.uk.

 

6. We have chosen to transfer our booking with The Slow Cyclist to a later date. We had already booked flights but they have not been cancelled; what do we do?

Most of our guests in Greece travel via Easyjet – here are their Terms & Conditions. They are currently allowing passengers to change flight bookings for free up to 14 days before departure, so you may wish to benefit from this policy while it applies. If your airline have not yet released their schedule far enough ahead, you will need to take up communications with them directly. It may be that you could secure credit for a future flight. Alternatively, if you wait, your original flight may eventually cancelled and you’d certain;y be able to use any credit for a future flight.

 

7. Where can I find further information online?

Here are a selection of links that you may find helpful:

UK FCO Travel Advice for Greece
WHO Covid Stats

World Covid Stats

Easyjet Terms & Conditions
The Slow Cyclist Terms & Conditions

The Slow Journal

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