Travel safely to Crete
International flights are allowed into all airports in Greece. Restrictions apply on flights from non-EU countries.
As of Tuesday, July 28th, 2020, participants flighting from Bulgaria and Romania, will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to Greece.
All participants, before traveling, are obliged to complete their Passenger Locator Form (PLF – GDR compliant) on the previous day before entering Greece, providing detailed information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of stay while in Greece. (the hotel address will be provided by ECTE)
Health Protocol by ECTE
ECTE, as a certified training center, has a health protocol in place, in accordance with the guidelines of the National Public Health Organisation for training institutes, and be ready to deal with a potential Covid-19 case.
Crete until the 3rd of August 2020, has 58 incidents in total and one death. Especially Rethymnon is a region that has a minimal infection by COVID-19: https://covid19.gov.gr/covid19-live-analytics/
For details about the geographical spread of the COVID-19 in Greece, visit: https://lab.imedd.org/covid19/?lang=en
Wearing a mask
The Greek government recently made it compulsory for all to wear face masks in supermarkets to limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) and to avoid a possible second wave.
However, the super market is not the only indoor space where it is mandatory to wear face masks in Greece. It is also mandatory to wear face masks:
– in public transport (buses, trolleys, trains, metro)
– in taxis
– in hospitals
– in the doctor’s offices
– in medical centers
– in beauty salons
– on ships
– on planes
Those who do not wear a face mask in the above spaces will be required to pay a fine of 150 euros.
Health protocol in Internships
Companies request confirmation that participants don’t have symptoms/are healthy. Depending the sector, people are working normally, keeping distance while working and depending the sector, they are wearing a mask.
Participants have to follow hygiene guidelines. In case of suspicious symptoms, they have to be isolated in the hotel room, call ECTE, and inform the reception to follow the protocol health, in accordance with the current guidelines of the National Public Health Organisation.
In the event of confirmed infection, the participant and the close contacts will be transferred to a separate quarantine accommodation at the expense of the Greek state for 14 days. The remaining participants of the group will continue their placement.
Health protocol in accommodation
ECTE accommodates participants in hotel rooms with kitchen facilities. Accommodation establishment managers have been required to create an action plan, having a health protocol in place for each part of the establishment and be ready to deal with a potential Covid-19 case, in accordance with the current guidelines of the National Public Health Organisation (e.g. hotel quarantine area).
More information at: visitgreece.gr/en/home/health_protocols
The Ministry of Tourism has already prepared a focused plan of audits. It has been set up a training and information website for employees and owners in order to ensure that the knowledge of the protocols is disseminated in a timely and responsible manner. Finally, steep fines have been established for those neglecting their duties.
In case of complaints, the participants can call ECTE, or directly the four-digit number 1572 of the Ministry of Tourism.
According to government guidelines, tables are placed with a safe distance from each other, while a rule of one (1) customer per m2 of available outdoor space and one (1) customer per 2.2 m2 for indoor spaces is in place. The staff is required to wear a mask or face covering, while customers are encouraged to wear a mask.
Culture and Entertainment
Archaeological sites and museums allow for a limited number of visitors to enter per hour, and a procedure must be followed when entering and leaving. A mandatory health protection protocol is in place for those entering cultural events venues, amusement parks, and beaches. The use of masks and hand sanitizers is recommended, as well as keeping a physical distance. Museum visitors are required to wear face masks.
Open-air cinemas operate at 75% capacity. Films are screened without intermission and canteens remain open throughout the screening so as to avoid overcrowding. Every two or four seats there is a vacant one. Health protection rules are to be followed on the premises; customers should maintain a physical distance at the ticket booth and prefer contactless card payments. The pre-purchase of an e-ticket is also recommended, where available.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Self-isolate in the room and avoid contact with other people.
- Notify the hotel reception or the doctor-on-call.
- Hotels must have special medical equipment in case of an outbreak, such as disposable gloves and masks, antiseptics, cleaning wipes, aprons, long-sleeved gown (PPE), laser thermometer.
- The doctor on-call will advise you through the next steps
- Download the Visit Greece app for more information.
In the event of a confirmed infection, close contacts of the will be transferred to a separate quarantine accommodation at the expense of the Greek state. Remaining participants of the group, will continue their placement.
- Hosting and accommodation is provided for free to quarantined/ self-isolated people.
- Moreover, free medical care is provided to those who need to be quarantined hospitalized or treated in medical establishments.
- Download the Visit Greece app for more information.
Transfer to hospital and medical costs as well as stay in quarantine hotel if needed, are fully covered by Greek authorities. We urge airlines travel agents and hotels to offer maximum flexibility during this time of customer and regulatory uncertainty.