Booking A 2021 Greece Yacht Charter? Here’s What You Need To Know

  • Charter Advice
  • 05/05/2021

Greece is set to open up to vaccinated or COVID-tested tourists from a variety of destinations by May 14th 2021, with some restrictions in place to keep everyone safe. This culturally rich country has so much to offer, from ancient monuments to spectacular beaches to stunning islands. If you are planning a 2021 Greece yacht charter holiday, discover where to go and which restrictions will apply. All information is correct at time of writing, but please get in touch with our brokers to confirm the current travel restrictions and advice. 


A 2021 Greece yacht charter

The beautiful Cyclades islands, which include Santorini and Mykonos, and the Saronic islands close to Athens, have been subject to a mass vaccination scheme, meaning that by May their residents should be fully vaccinated and ready to welcome visitors. However, they are not the only islands that are open to tourists, making a 2021 Greece yacht charter a fantastic option for those who wish to travel abroad. 


Who can travel to Greece this summer?

For anyone wondering ‘can I visit Greece this summer’, the answer is that yes, residents from the EU, the US, the UK, Israel, Serbia and the UAE will currently be welcomed, provided they have taken a negative PCR test within 72 hours of travel or have proof of having been fully vaccinated. These rules also apply to visitors from Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland. Targeted rapid checks will be carried out at entry points and quarantine hotels will be ready for anyone who tests positive.

At the moment, visitors from other countries are only permitted to travel for essential reasons, and must quarantine for seven days at their hotel or home. They must also have a negative test, taken within 72 hours before arrival, including the traveller’s name and passport number. However, it is thought that the country will open up to those travelling from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand as of May 14th 2021.


What other rules apply?

All travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) the day before arriving in Greece. Each PLF includes a unique QR code to be scanned upon arrival, which shows whether an additional test is needed at the airport. If so, travellers must self-isolate until receiving the results, a process which should only take around 24 hours.

Direct international flights are now landing at Athens, Crete, Rhodes, Kos, Mykonos, Santorini and Corfu. For those wondering ‘can I visit Greece on a yacht this summer’, the answer is yes, but visitors should bear in mind that only crewed yachts will be able to enter marinas on the mainland or in Rhodes, Heraklion and Corfu. Yacht crew will have to present a PCR test upon arrival and isolate for seven days before taking another test to disembark. 


What to expect in Greece?

If you are taking a 2021 Greece yacht charter, what can you expect to see and do?  A number of archaeological sites, including the Acropolis in Athens, have reopened, and hair salons and non-essential shops are open (by appointment only). Masks are mandatory in public, both indoors and outdoors. A nationwide curfew is currently in place, from 19:00-05:00, starting two hours later at weekends, and restaurants, bars and cafes are open for outdoor dining. Browse our Greece yacht charter itineraries for more inspiration


So if you’re thinking about taking a 2021 Greece yacht charter, why not take the plunge? Get in touch today to talk to our brokers. 


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