We would like to inform you abou the situation and the new rules after Lockdown on Crete (28/12/2021 Update):
- How you can arrive to Greece?
All travellers must complete their PLF before entering the country, providing detailed information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of their stay while in Greece. In case of multiple stays, they are required to provide the address for the first 24 hours at least. One PLF should be submitted per family.
• Travellers will receive the PLF with their unique Quick Response (QR) code via email (the QR code will be provided in a link in the email).
The PLF can also be found on the Visit Greece app and at travel.gov.gr. It is strongly recommended that all visitors download the Visit Greece app (GDPR compliant) for free, prior their arrival in Greece.
This test is mandatory for all visitors to the country (including children over 5 years old), regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country of departure.
What is open at this moment?
Greece is delighted to be welcoming tourists, having removed travel restrictions imposed to contain the spread of Covid-19 and put in place safety protocols to allow you to plan your holiday with greater freedom and safety.
Visitors from the European Union, Schengen Area, UK, USA and a selection of other countries do not need to quarantine on arrival. And travel is open to all Greek islands and around the mainland. Hotels are open, operating with strict government-imposed safety protocols, as are archaeological sites & museums (with reduced capacity).
(A full list of countries from which you can enter without quarantining and the vaccination certificate/Covid-19 testing requirements for travel to and within Greece are outlined in our Covid-related FAQs.)
Outdoor entertainment venues
- Restaurants, cafes, bars & clubs are operating up to a maximum 85% capacity, serving only seated customers and 10 people per table.
- Open-air cinemas and live theatre and music shows (for seated guests only) are operating with reduced capacity.
Indoor entertainment venues
- Restaurants & cafes, nightclubs, music spaces, theatres and cinemas will require guests to show an official certificate of vaccination (14 days since full vaccination) or recovery (within the last six months and minimum 30 days since the first positive result). Paper or digital certificates are accepted. Unvaccinated visitors will be required to show a negative Rapid test (at a cost of €10) taken within the last 48 hours. Venues have the option to allow only vaccinated guests to enter.
- Customers must be seated to be served at bars and clubs and under-18-year-olds are required to have carried out a Covid-19 self-test for all indoor venues.
- The following signage is also being used in indoor restaurants, bars, cinemas and theatres to reassure customers of their specific Covid-19 safety levels:
1. Covid-free – Catering only to guests able to show an official certificate of full immunity (vaccination or recovery)
2. Mixed space – Also admitting unvaccinated individuals with a negative PCR or rapid test, taken within the last 72 or 48 hours respectively
3. Fully vaccinated staff – Indicating that all staff have been inoculated.
You need to wear a mask in uncrowded open places. However, you will need to wear one in congested outdoor spaces and indoors (public transport, shops, taxis and public utilities, as well as private communal areas in hotels etc).
Please note that you may find additional, temporary measures in place in some locations, such as a restriction on movement between 1-5am and music being forbidden in public places. So be sure to ask your hotel or holiday provider for details of any local or updated measures.
For any question or advice please do not hesitate to contact us!
Wats app: (++)31-85 00 21 590
Email address: Myrto@crete-holidays.net
Stay Safe & See you soon!
Hello to everybody from Crete (03/05/2020)!
In these extremely challenging times, I would like to share our heartfelt support and solidarity with you and your families. Also I would like to share with your all the information we have and how we live on Crete with the corona crisis & how is the situation now!
Me and my family live in Hersonissos & Ierapetra. We try to be calm and we stay home! We go for a walk by the sea and that is the most beautiful and calm thing we can do in quarantine! I will leave below for you some foto’s! 😊
As governments around the world are implementing measures to contain this public health crisis, we have been taking strict precautions to protect everybody. On this time of the year we were supposed to be open! We feel really sad that we can not welcome you on Crete. But we hope that it will be again soon possible.
The public life of Crete has been significantly restricted, according to state regulations to slow down the spread of coronavirus, as is the case throughout Greece: At the moment, most shops, schools, universities and publicly accessible establishments remain closed, and the population is only allowed to leave home if there are good reasons. Hotels will also remain closed . All state hospitals, private clinics and the university hospital in Heraklion are on heightened alert. The movement of goods is not limited, and food supplies are provided without any problems.
We have not any new active case of Corona Virus on Crete for at least 20 days. There was not spread of the virus in the Cretan community. We had cases only with people they were travelling in other places & most of them outside of Greece.
4 of May the government will start slowly to open some shops, schools etc. Hope that the airlines will be able to fly soon and the hotels will open their doors also soon! 😊
It is difficult to watch Crete at this time of the year.
As you know on this time of the year everything would be open and tourists would be around the island and explore the beauties of Crete. Now everything is closed and everybody wish for the best!
As always, we would like to communicate openly and honestly with our clients: at the moment we do not know exactly how this unprecedented situation will affect your summer holiday. We are monitoring the situation closely and keeping close contact with the relevant authorities. We hope that the pandemic will be contained as soon as possible, that the measures ordered will be loosened and that things will return to normal as soon as possible.
However, what we definitely know is that the safety and health of our clients and employees is our highest priority. For this reason, we fully respect and support the measures ordered by the government, even though they mean massive financial pressure for us, as a tourism company. We consider these measures to be the only way for all of us, as healthy as possible, to emerge from this unprecedented crisis in a coordinated manner.
–For all bookings from 18/05/2020:
-All of our clients whose planned holidays from 18.05.2020 now have the opportunity to postpone their booking to another date until 31.12.2020
-if it is not possible to postpone your holiday, you have the possibility to cancel your booking free of charge. There are no cancellation fees for your booking! You can cancel your booking without fees up to 2 days upon your arrival.
–Hygiene & prevention measures to welcome you with safety when this will be possible again!
Crete Holidays & AutoTours follow predefined and established procedures to prevent infections and have increased their hygiene measures. To ensure the best possible level of precaution and prevention, we monitor the situation closely and maintain close contact with the relevant authorities.
Stay home & Stay healthy and we hope to see you this year as every year on Crete!
We miss you all and hope to see you soon!
Myrto, Katerina, Maria, Apostolis, Simos