The Greek Coast Guard is to take over the checks that passengers boarding ferries and ships comply with Covid rules as of Thursday, July 14, 2021, the Shipping and Island Policy Minister Yiannis Plakiotakis announced on Wednesday.
Passengers should be at the ports at least 1.5 hours before departure of ferries and ships.
Plakiotakis said this will ensure that checks are thorough and vouchsafe the maximum possible protection of the passengers’ health.
“I ask for the cooperation of all travelling by ferry or ship.. I ask them to carry all the necessary documents with them, to be meticulous in observing the measures, to follow the instructions of the men and women of the Coast Guard. Also, for their greater convenience, to be at the port at least 1.5 hours ahead of the departure time of the ship. With vaccination, following the measures and responsibility, we can enjoy this year’s summer in good health,” he said.
PS The decision obviously follows many passengers’ complaints that not adequate control checks are carried out before boarding.