You can head off on a First Choice holiday to Greece from July.

You’ll find everything you need to know about your holiday to Greece right here, from social distancing to face masks. There’s no doubt your getaway will be a little different, as we all get used to the new normal. But, here at First Choice, we’re working our flip flops off to make sure you still have a fantastic time. It’s all part of our Holiday Promise, which is designed to help you relax to the max with complete peace of mind.

We’ve got your back

COVID Cover*, which you can use as an add-on to your usual travel insurance, is included as standard on all 2020 First Choice holidays. It means you can change your booking if you get COVID-19 before your holiday – for free. A Holiday Guarantee insurance policy is also part of the package. This sorts you out for medical assistance abroad, testing costs and a flight home for treatment if you need it. *T&Cs apply.

On your flight and at your hotel

Flights for most First Choice holidays are with TUI, our sister company. They’ve got a heap of new measures in place to keep you safe. We’re talking regular deep-cleaning, online check-in and rules around face masks. We’re keeping a close eye on our hotels, too, to make sure they’re squeaky-clean and properly prepped before re-opening their doors. Find out more about changes to flights, hotels and transfers here. And, take a peep at our FAQs, for more info on the likes of hotel pools, entertainment and restaurants.

THE FIRST CHOICE HOLIDAY PROMISE

  • COVID Cover* included
  • First Choice quality standards guaranteed
  • Around-the-clock support
  • Quarantine-free destinations only
  • Flexible options if your holiday can’t go ahead

Find out more about our promise.

Here are the main things you need to be aware of.

Social distancing distance 1.5 metres.
Face mask requirements for adults Mandatory in indoor public places. In Halkidiki, masks are also mandatory in outdoor public spaces.
Face mask requirements for children Mandatory in indoor public places.
Am I required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form? You must complete a mandatory Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before you travel. If you don’t, you will be denied boarding.

Complete the Greece Passenger Locator Form here. Here are some tips:

– All travellers, including children, need to complete the PLF.

– Families, or people from the same household, can be included on a single PLF.

– Anyone from a different household must have a separate PLF. The exception is if you’re a grandparent travelling with grandchildren – in this case, you can all be on the same PLF.

– The form will not accept ages younger than one year. So, if you’re travelling with a child under the age of 1, you need to put 1 as their age even if they are younger than this.

  • Once completed, you’ll receive a confirmation email and QR code which you’ll need to show when you arrive in Greece. Please open the link in either Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari web browsers.

We’ve also put together a more detailed, step-by-step guide on how to complete the form.

Other need-to-knows Read the full FCDO advice here.
COVID-19 spot tests for holidaymakers arriving in Greece are carried out using swabs, and are mandatory for those selected to be tested. All visitors who are tested are required to self-isolate for 24 hours. If you test positive, you’ll need to quarantine for 14 days.

Here’s what you can expect while you’re out and about in Greece.

Beaches Open.
Restaurants and bars Restaurants are open. Bars and clubs must close no later than midnight. This includes hotel bars, pool bars, open-air bars and cafés. This curfew will remain in place until 15th September, when it’ll be reviewed.

 

HALKIDIKI

Diners are limited to a maximum of four per table – unless you’re first-degree relatives, in which case six people are allowed.

Sights Open with limitations.
Supermarkets Open.
Other facilities In line with government guidelines in Greece, all hotels are adhering to the following: Check-out time is 11am and check-in time is 3pm. Tea and coffee facilities and minibars are removed from rooms. Rooms aren’t allowed to be cleaned on a daily basis, so it’s usually every three days. There is waiter service to replace self-service in buffet restaurants. Indoor pools, saunas and steam rooms are closed.

 

HALKIDIKI

Live parties, trade fairs, processions and public markets are prohibited. Gatherings of more than nine people are also banned – whether in public or private.

Here’s the key information on getting to Greece.

Flights with First Choice Check in for your flight on the First Choice or First Choice App or online. Check-in opens 24 hours before your flight, and closes three hours before departure. You’ll be asked to certify that you’re fit to travel.

Here are your options for travelling within Greece.

Car rental Permitted, but with limitations for people who don’t live together. There is limited capacity for car hire – for a five-seater vehicle, this is a maximum of one adult plus the driver. For a seven-seater, it’s two adult passengers plus the driver. For a nine-seater, it’s three adult passengers plus the driver. Restrictions do not apply for families with children. You’ll need to wear a face mask.
Public transport Capacity is limited and you’ll need to wear a face mask. There is limited capacity for travel by taxi – for a five-seater, this is a maximum of one adult plus the driver. For a seven-seater, it’s two adult passengers plus the driver. For a nine-seater, it’s three adult passengers plus the driver. Restrictions do not apply for families with children. When travelling in a taxi, all passengers must wear a face mask. When travelling by ferry, you’ll need to complete a health questionnaire, have a temperature check before boarding and wear a face mask.
Hiking Not yet known – we’re working on it.
Biking Not yet known – we’re working on it.

For more information, take a look at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice on travelling to Greece.

Read the full FCDO advice here.