Here's what you need to know for a last minute getaway to Greece
Posted on 21st September 2021 at 19:22
Greece and the Greek Islands have always been a favourite for the UK holiday maker. Here's what you need to know!
First of all, as I write, the travel rules have changed for UK holidaymakers. So here's what you need to know!
The traffic light system will be replaced by a single red list of countries and territories and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world from Monday 4 October at 4am.
Testing requirements will also be reduced for eligible fully vaccinated travellers, who will no longer need to take a PCR (maximum of 72 hours before arrival) or LFT (maximum of 48 hours before arrival) when travelling to England from Monday 4 October 4am.
From the end of October, eligible fully vaccinated passengers and those with an approved vaccine from a select group of non-red countries will be able to replace their day 2 test with a cheaper lateral flow test, reducing the cost of tests on arrival into England.
The government wants to introduce this by the end of October, aiming to have it in place for when people return from half-term breaks, and the cost is touted by the government at £30 per peson - thereby substantially reducing the cost.
And there's god news for children too! (Under 18 years)
Under 18s resident in the UK are exempt from self-isolation on arrival. The policy is regardless of a child's vax status.
But be aware, for fully vaccinated travellers to England there will now be three separate policies during the course of October, depending on the arrival date:
Before 4am on 4 October: "test to fly*" plus “day two” PCR test (must be booked BEFORE returning to the UK from government approved suppliers).
Between 4am on 4 October and late October: “day two” PCR test only (must be booked BEFORE returning to the UK from government approved suppliers).
From late October onwards: “day two” lateral flow test only (about £30 per person).
But, before going to Greece, you need to complete a Greek Government Passenger Locator form, a minimum of 48 hours before arrival in Greece: https://travel.gov.gr/#/
*This can be bought in Greece from about 25 Euro (and some hotels offer a local doctor who will do it from as little as 15 Euro. Moreover, you have a choice of PCR (minimum 72 hours before flying) or LFT (minimum of 48 hours before flying).
And, before returning to the UK, you must complete a UK government passenger locator form : https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk
Sounds complicated, but having done it myself in August, it's not really - it just all new.
So what awaits you in Greece?
Well, Crete, Rhodes, Zante, and most of the Greek islands have an average day time temperature of 25°C in October.
Halkidiki will be a little cooler by a couple of degrees.
Many say the best time to visit the Greek islands, like Santorini, Mykonos, Corfu and Kefalonia (Argostoli), is in October when the weather is still warm and the crowds are few.
The Greek islands are an all-year-round vacation destination, with temperatures ranging from 50°F (10°C) to approximately 100°F (38°C).
All the Greek islands welcome the most visitors in the summer months. So if you are looking for a bargain, then you should definitely try the month of October when travel costs tend to plummet.
This is the best time to visit the Greek Islands and combine high chances of perfectly good weather with low season rates which will help you to remain within your budget.
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