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Plakias / Greek lockdown
« on: November 05, 2020, 07:23:38 PM »
I've just seen on another site that a lockdown has been announced for the whole of Greece, from 6am this Saturday (7th Nov).
This has an initial duration of three weeks.
Non essential retail closed.
Text messages required to request leaving home for essential shopping, work, doctor or exercise.
Travel between regions banned.
Senior schools will close -primary and nursery to remain open.


I wish everyone well. There were limited restrictions when we were in Plakias in September - remarkable to me how well this was supported by everyone. I'm so sorry further measures are necessary.

Plakias / Re: Still hoping to make it this year!
« on: September 01, 2020, 05:56:56 PM »
I feel I'm tempting fate by saying: we're due to arrive in the early hours of Sunday morning. Fingers tightly crossed.

Sunday night dinner will be at Elia in Selia - that's been a firm favourite for several years.

Plakias / Re: Plakias Far end, what's there now (summer 2020)?
« on: August 14, 2020, 01:30:16 PM »
All the advice is on the UK Government website. This includes links to the form as well as Greek government advice.


We are planning to travel on Sept 5th, but have not done the form yet, as things seem to be changing quickly.

I have seen reports of people using the system with no problem - and other who have not completed the form being turned away from UK airports.

Plakias / Re: Still hoping to make it this year!
« on: July 15, 2020, 08:23:54 PM »
Copied from the 'Keep Talking Greece' website:

The first direct flight from UK landed at Ioannis Kapodistrias airport on the island of Corfu at 2 o’ clock Wednesday afternoon. To honor the first UK landing after the pandemic lockdown, two fire service vehicles formed a welcome water arch.

The only scheduled flight for Wednesday was from Birmingham with about 90 passengers on board. Two more flights from East Midlands and Machester are scheduled to land on Corfu on Thursday.

According to state-run news agency amna, the British tourists were tested on Covid-19 based on the risk indications obtained form the special barcode QR which they received after they completed the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before their check-in.

A total of 52 flights from UK onboard are scheduled to land at several airports Wednesday and Thursday, including Zakynthos, Crete, Rhodes and Athens.

It is estimated that COVID-19 tests will be carried out to 6,000 British tourists on Wednesday, reports daily ethnos, adding that the rate of positive tests will determine if the borders will remain open to UK. The same was reported by Alpha TV.

The daily notes that according to Greece’s plan almost all tourists arriving in Greece will be checked and if the number (and percentage) of those who are found positive is low, that is limited to less than 30-40 cases, the Greece will remain open to the UK’s tourism market.

“However, if things turn out differently and the confirmed cases are much higher, then the government is determined to close the border again, considering that the cost of the risk of coronavirus spread is far more important than any benefits from the tourism, in a year that is considered a a lost tourism year and with a fairly reduced turnover, ethnos reports.

Plakias / Re: Still hoping to make it this year!
« on: July 14, 2020, 10:29:39 AM »
I can't agree Richard. Levels of 'bad behaviour' post lockdown are much higher than usual for this time of year. To be fair, I think it's a reaction to the heavy restrictions and closures which were in place, and hope it will calm down over the next few weeks.

But living in an area which has had a very low rate of infection compared to the rest of the country, I do worry about what will happen when we get an influx of 'grockles'. I know we need holidaymakers to support the local economy. We need their cash in the south-west, but what else will they bring with them?

Plakias / Re: Still hoping to make it this year!
« on: July 12, 2020, 12:22:27 PM »
Sad but true Peter.
I live in Plymouth - local newspapers today report full beaches, drunks and stabbings in the street and a general deterioration of behaviour since lock down was eased. This is happening all over the country.
Foreign governments must be looking at what's going on in the UK and wondering if it's sensible to let Brits in. Whilst I would be very upset if this resulted in us being refused entry to Greece, I would certainly understand why!

Plakias / Re: Still hoping to make it this year!
« on: July 10, 2020, 10:54:19 AM »
Fingers still crossed here for early September. I'm fully stocked with masks, sanitiser and wipes.
I must admit though that I watch the UK news every night afraid that it's conditions here that will ultimately stop me from getting to Plakias this year.

Plakias / Re: October ?
« on: July 05, 2020, 04:49:56 PM »
I can understand you're keen to get something fixed for next year Daniel. Personally, I'll wait as I feel the travel industry is still in all sorts of turmoil, and maybe things will be better next year. I'm hoping fares will return to more realistic levels.

I just checked the Webcams - links at the top of the page. Seems to be very different from a normal July. I can't even see any sunbeds!

Plakias / Re: Still hoping to make it this year!
« on: July 02, 2020, 11:23:03 AM »
There is a solution.


Ferries are now operating form Piraeus (Athens' port) to Crete (Heraklion) although I think you'll need to go via the Cyclades.

I've always tried to avoid getting political on my site, so I just offer this as a travel option!

Plakias / Re: Still hoping to make it this year!
« on: July 01, 2020, 04:08:44 PM »
I'v been watching the Keep Talking Greece website for a few weeks now - thoroughly recommended for Greek news in English. Click https://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/

Here's their take on the opening up of flights - including items about both Heraklion and Chania

Fingers still crossed!

PlakChat / Sun warning
« on: June 30, 2020, 06:25:29 PM »
I've recently been receiving treatment at the excellent Dermatology Department of University Hospital Plymouth - better known as Derriford.

While chatting to a nurse specialist today, I mentioned Sunscreen, assuring her I always used factor 50. She then reminded me that almost all sunscreens have a shelf life - which she finds many patients are surprised by. She suggested I write the purchase date on any bottle as I buy it, and check it's not expired before use. She showed me several bottles which have a small picture on the rear label, usually with a little '12' inside a bottle. That's the shelf life -in months.

So before setting off to Plakias, check any lotions you pack!

Stay safe!

Plakias / Re: Still hoping to make it this year!
« on: June 30, 2020, 12:32:33 PM »
With 'Local Lock-downs' in the news, I think any problems we might have in getting to or from Plakias are more likely to be a reflection of the UK situation rather than hassles in Greece.

Plakias / Re: October ?
« on: June 30, 2020, 12:29:00 PM »
Having grown up near some of the best beaches in Cornwall, I've never bed a sun bed fan. I visited a few years ago in November, and really enjoyed using the beach with no beds in view.

I do feel Daniel's point on the risks is valid. A couple of years ago EasyJet cancelled our return flight a few hours before we were due to fly home. Inconvenient, but the Plakias locals helped us out - and I had three extra days in the sun.

I didn't make it to Plakias last year, so this time I'm just going to go for it, and hopefully handle any problems if/when they arise. To be honest, I think any hassles are more likely to be caused at the UK end rather than in Greece.

Plakias / Still hoping to make it this year!
« on: June 29, 2020, 03:17:52 PM »
Hi everyone. Is anyone else still hoping to make it to Plakias this year. I am! Currently booked for early September. We've booked EasyJet flights, so if they are forced to cancel we can use a voucher later - next year if necessary. Personally I'm happy to go in October if I must.

I see from 'Keep Talking Greece', flights will NOT be allowed from the UK until July 15th at the the earliest,


We've booked accommodation on a 'no fee cancellation' basis, similar with car hire. Fingers firmly crossed!

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