Latest Travel Update – 9th July 2021
Travellers from the UK
We are delighted to announce that, following the latest UK Government announcement (8th July) regarding travel restrictions from ‘Amber list’ countries, our British Airways charter flight will now start operating on Sunday 25th July.
Rules for all countries on the Amber list, including Greece, have been substantially relaxed. From 19th July those who have been fully vaccinated will be allowed to travel to Greece and return to the UK without any need for quarantine.
Entry to Greece
All travellers (over age 12) entering Greece must provide proof of ONE of the following:
Full vaccination: Proof of double vaccination at least 14 days prior to travel to Greece. This can be either a certificate or taken from the NHS app
Negative PCR certificate*: from an approved testing laboratory within 72 hours prior to arrival in Greece
Proof of negative rapid flow/antigen test: within 48 hours prior to arrival in Greece
NB Children under 12 do not require proof of tests or vaccination.
Passenger Locator Form
All passengers travelling to Greece must also fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) which can also be found on the Greek Government site along with full details of entry requirements:
Return to the UK
Following the latest travel update, fully vaccinated adults and children under 18 will NOT have to quarantine/self-isolate on return to the UK from Greece, from 19th July. But they will need to provide the following:
Pre-departure lateral flow test
All adults and children 11-17 years require a lateral flow test within 48 hours prior to departure from Greece. This can be purchased at the pharmacy in Vassiliki and performed at the medical centre who will provide a certificate. Proof of a negative test in Greece will be required to check in for your return flight and on arrival in the UK.
Day 2 PCR test*
Once back in the UK, all adults and children 5-17 years have to take a PCR test on Day 2. Children under 4 years are exempt from all testing.
For those adults who are not fully vaccinated, the current Amber list rules would still require 10 days self-isolation on return with a further PCR test on Day 8. Early release from quarantine is allowed on providing an additional negative Day 5 PCR ‘Early Release’ test.
UK Passenger Locator Form
Completion of a UK Passenger Locator Form within 48 hours before entry to the UK is also required, via this link:
NB the PLF form must show proof that the PCR tests required in UK have been pre-booked*.
*Booking Covid Tests in the UK
A list of UK Government approved Covid Test providers can be found here:
Business as Usual
We’ve been open since the end of May 2021 open and it’s business as usual! The Greek’s handling of the crisis, particularly the Ionian, makes Vassiliki one of the safest areas in Europe. A high proportion of Lefkas is already vaccinated and, with strict entry protocols there have been virtually no cases.
At Club Vass we’ve risen to the challenge and ensuring the welfare of our clients and staff is our top priority, as in 2020. As many of you know, we had no Covid-related issues and the health protocols we followed ensured everyone’s safety and we had a fantastic summer.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we can’t wait to see you at Club Vass!
Cancellation Policy – ATOL Protection
Our UK Pack holidays are ATOL Protected which means you are financially protected in the unlikely event it is deemed unsafe to travel by the UK and Greek governments, and we are unable to operate. In this scenario we would offer refunds or credit vouchers for future holidays. If, as we expect, our holidays operate as normal, any cancellations would be subject to our usual Booking Conditions.
Any additional factors that may prevent travel (e.g. becoming infected by the virus close to travel, UK local lockdowns, non-compliance with travel health protocols such as requirement for vaccine passports or negative Covid tests prior to travel, or UK imposed quarantine restrictions on returning travellers etc.) are not risks we can cover and normal cancellation terms would apply. We strongly advise everyone ensures they have adequate travel insurance to cover these potential Covid-related risks and other general travel risks when booking holidays in advance.
Covid Protocol for 2021
General safely procedures including:
- Completion of Passenger Locator Forms both for entry to Greece and return to UK and proof of vaccination and/or negative covid tests (see above)
- Compulsory wearing of masks within airports, during flight and on transfer services to resort
NB BA aircraft, as most modern airliners, are fitted with HEPA filters, (as used in hospital operating theatres), which filter out germs and viruses, including Covid19, with over 99.9% efficiency. The aircraft are thoroughly disinfected daily providing surface protection lasting 24 hours or more.
Rooms are steam cleaned and sanitised between each set of clients; with additional light daily cleaning . Bed linen and towels were changed at these times. For 2021 the restaurant will be open for breakfast and lunch service as last season (and there will still be plenty of places to eat in the village which are open daily). Whilst staff are required to wear masks whilst serving in the restaurant and bar, clients do not need to. All our kit and equipment is regularly sanitised.