Travel to Greek islands is allowed as on May 25, 2020, Head of Civil Protection, Nikos Hardalias announced on Tuesday evening during the daily briefing on the course of the coronavirus in the country. But travel to the islands is not the same as the years before. Passengers’ will be checked on temperature and will have to fill up questionnaires that will hand out to the crew before allowed onboard.
The same procedures are to be followed also on the ferry lines between Greece and Italy.
According to the Greek Shipping Ministry, the questionnaires are mandatory for every travel by ship or ferry that lasts longer than 30 minutes.
The completed questionnaires will be delivered by the passengers upon boarding of the ship’s crew.
These questionnaires can be obtained either from travel agencies or from the shipping companies themselves, or they can be downloaded from the official website of the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy (www.ynanp.gr).
In the event of a passenger finding that, based on the questionnaire, they either show symptoms or have been exposed to a COVID-19 patient in any way during the last 14 days, boarding will not be allowed, the ministry said in the guidelines statement.
The questionnaire will be kept by the shipowner for two months from the date of receipt in accordance with the provisions of the current Personal Data Protection Act (GDPR).
In addition, the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy provides detailed instructions on how to prevent and deal with COVID-19 cases on passenger and passenger-vehicle ferries that perform maritime transport as well as Greek-flagged international ships, except for private yachts. after lifting the restrictive measures to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Passengers on the ferry are requested to be on board at least one (1) hour prior to departure in order to avoid any inconvenience.
The questionnaires are in Greek and English and contain some additional questions for the travel between Greece and Italy.
Travel between Greece and Italy
The questionnaires can be obtained either from travel agencies or from the shipping companies themselves, or they can be downloaded from the official website of the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy www.ynanp.gr.
Travel to the island of Crete and Evia started again on Monday, May 18, on the same day Greeks were allowed to travel to prefectures outside the location of their residence.
Take notice, that special health protocols are implemented while traveling by ship and ferries with the use of mask being mandatory.
Τhe measures for traveling by ship or ferry are reportedly currently in effect until June 15, 2020. As many other measures to contain the spread of coronavirus, depending on the course of the pandemic they can also be extended or scrapped.