30th April Update
The Greek government has announced its plans for a gradual easing of the lockdown in Greece. Although the details have not yet been specified, a broad timetable has been outlined.
According to this ‘roadmap’ international flights will resume from the end of June and most tourist facilities (including accommodation and sports) will open from the beginning of July although there may be certain restrictions in place. We are still waiting for further clarification and do not as yet know what social distancing measures, if any, will need to be implemented. Of course we will be strictly following government guidelines and ensuring the health and safety of our clients and staff will be our top priority.
The UK government has yet to announce its lockdown lifting strategy, including advice on international travel, and we are waiting for confirmation from airlines regarding the operation of our flights from July onwards. All May and June holidays from UK have necessarily had to be withdrawn and all affected clients have been contacted individually by email from our UK office. Once we have any further information on July holidays we will contact everyone concerned individually too.
In light of this we are continuing to delay requests for holiday balance
payments that are overdue or imminently due.
10th April Update
We have now had confirmation from the airlines operating our Gatwick flights that they have been withdrawn for May departures. All clients affected will be contacted very shortly, if this has not already been done, to advise on possible options. We are continuing to monitor the situation for dates beyond this and will post updates and advise clients affected accordingly. In light of this we are continuing to delay requests for holiday balance payments that are overdue or imminently due.
Meanwhile a bit of good news; so far the measures taken by the Greek government seem to have been successful. Greece has one of the lowest rates of infections aided by the fact that it has been relatively easy to protect the islands by isolating them. To our knowledge Lefkas has had only 1 case of Coronavirus and reports are that the person concerned is recovering well. Meanwhile all schools and non-essential shops are closed and hotels are currently not allowed to re-open until the end of April to further reduce the impact and spread of the virus and hopefully eradicate it in the coming weeks.
7th April Update
During these unprecedented times we are closely monitoring government and airline guidelines. As yet there is no clear indication on whether flight programs to Greece will resume by May/June but we will keep you updated on any developments. The office is still only sparsely manned so if you wish to contact us please do so by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will contact those clients who hold bookings as soon as we have any clear-cut information on holidays for May/June.
24th March Update
In light of the ongoing Coronavirus situation we would like to advise you of the latest information regarding your holiday and hopefully to minimise any worries you may have about it.
At the time of posting, as we understand it, there are no absolute travel restrictions on entering Greece imposed by the UK FCO or the Greek government (for travellers from the UK). Currently flights are still being allowed in and out of Greece, unlike some other EU countries. However, the UK FCO has just advised against non-essential foreign travel for the next 30 days. The Greeks have imposed the closure of schools, cafes, restaurants, hotels etc., but only up to the end of April. They have also just introduced a 14 day quarantine period for anyone entering the country. Our view is that these measures are designed to deliver a hard shock to stop the spread of the virus (as most EU countries are doing) before the tourist season starts in May.
There’s a lot of news about many flights being cancelled but it appears these are all up to the end of April. From May onward most airlines appear to be maintaining their flight programmes. Currently our flights are still contracted to operate, and the intention would be to open 24 May as planned. Of course if these restrictions are extended from the end of April and/or UK FCO/Greek government imposes a ban on UK originating flights we will review the situation. We are asking our clients to bear with us, as the situation is very fluid, whilst we see what transpires over the next couple of weeks.
Notwithstanding all that, if we can’t provide your holiday for reasons such as a travel ban, quarantine restrictions or closure of services then either we would offer to transfer you to an alternative date later in the season or a refund of any monies paid, which is embodied in our Booking Conditions.
We’re all in un-chartered territory with this and events have moved swiftly over the last few days, but when we have any further information or updates or circumstances change that affects our holidays we will contact everyone concerned as soon as possible and update our news here.