Last updated: 26 May 2021

 

Following the UK Government’s confirmation in early May that international travel would resume from 17 May, we expect that summer and autumn 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?

With travel opening up and the list of ‘green’ countries likely to increase throughout June and the summer, unless you have heard from us otherwise, you must assume that your trip is going ahead as planned.

Where there is a meaningful risk that the trip will not run due to current restrictions, particularly for trips returning before 28 June, we will delay collecting the balancing payment from you. We will keep in close contact with you to agree whether to try and hold on – to wait and see what restrictions are in place much nearer the departure date.

Where we  believe there is a reasonable chance that the trip will run, particularly trips returning after 28 June, we will collect the balancing payment from you in the usual way. This does not affect your rights – if the trip is subsequently cancelled you will have a range of options (outlined in 4. below) and our usual Terms and Conditions will apply.

 

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

Greek Restrictions
UK nationals are permitted to enter Greece without quarantine if they can prove they are fully vaccinated (at least 14 days before arrival in Greece) or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, undertaken within the 72 hour period before arrival into Greece. If you live in England, Greece will accept the NHS app or an NHS letter to demonstrate your Covid-19 vaccination status. You should not sue your NHS vaccination appointment card to demonstrate your vaccination status.

All arrivals in Greece are required to complete a passenger locator form at least 24 hours before travel.

In addition, anyone arriving from the UK may also be asked to undergo a rapid test for COVID-19 on arrival (and self-isolate for at least 14 days in the event of a positive test result).

UK Restrictions
International travel resumes on 17 May 2021. There is a ‘traffic light’ system of testing and quarantine that will be required on return to the UK, depending on the country that has been visited.

Greece and Romania are currently on the Amber list of countries, requiring travellers returning to the UK to take various tests and self-isolate at home for up to 10 days.

The list of Green countries will be reviewed every 3 weeks. Greece and/or Romania may be added to the Green list from 7 June or 28 June. Travellers returning from Green countries are not required to self-isolate but must still take tests before and after return to the UK.

It is possible that the UK Government may change the rules from 28 June to enable fully vaccinated travellers to avoid self-isolation if they return from Amber countries.

 

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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