We would like to inform you that, in view of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), from the first day auto club car rental, has informed all our staff about symptoms, transmission modalities and preventive measures that we must take collectively as well as each one individually.
We have posted prominently in our office the Basic Sanitary Rules that must be observed by staff, customers and visitors to our facilities. Special antiseptic alcohol lotions have also been placed in the reception area.
We pay particular attention to the thorough cleaning of our vehicles available for hire, so that customers feel safe while using them.
With every car rental, Auto club car rental customers, will also receive a package of antiseptic wipes for their personal hygiene.
Our staff have been advised about the importance of use of mask, and that in the event of symptoms (fever, cough or difficulty breathing) they should stay at home, seek immediate medical attention and contact the National Public Health Organization (+30 2105212054).
In the event of a confirmed case of a coronavirus in an employee of the company or a customer who has rented a vehicle, the company will disinfect the facility but the corresponding vehicle used by the passive.
Please be informed that for more information on the new coronavirus (COVID-19) you can contact EODY at +30 1135 (24-hour service line).
Greece, we and everyone individually, became an example in this unprecedented global pandemic, we emerged victorious and we continue together, with safety and respect the journey of life!
We send you our positive energy, a big thank you for the trust you show us all these years, but also during this difficult time.
We wish you all, good health and hope see you all the soonest possible, spending time to Greece with safe happy road trips!
Thank you for your attention,
Auto Club Car Rental!
The mandatory completion of the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) form by all international passengers to Greece, at least 48 hours before check-in, is provided by an air directive of the Civil Aviation Authority. In particular, in view of the liberalisation of international flights to our country's airports, the Ministry of Defence informs the passenger public of the Aviation Directive (Notam), issued today Saturday 27 June 2020 and will be valid from today until Monday 31 August 2020, and provides for the mandatory completion of the Passenger Locator Form (PLF). Detailed instructions can be found at the e-mail address travel.gov.gr.
Greece is open once again. Starting on the 15th of June, we will welcome the world steadily and methodically, with rules and protocols.
We are proud of our collective national response to the pandemic. Early action, testing, tracing and transparency only tell part of the story. For it is that all Greeks came together as one that made all the difference. Our people showed a profound sense of solidarity as they cared equally for their loved ones as they did for their neighbours.
We are now opening up our country with a renewed sense of hospitality and welcome. With a sense of urgency and anticipation not born out of fear of the unknown or the great challenges that lie ahead, but more so to reclaim a crucial part of our humanity: to come together as friends and share experiences that will rejuvenate our souls. In a land that has always welcomed all. For a people that have never known a stranger.
We make sure that this summer, our health and safety is our top priority. And with a constant and exhausting monitoring and evaluation process that will increasingly allow us to extend a hospitable welcome to visitors.
This summer we will share more, together. Our culture, history, democracy and nature. The exuberance of our spirit and the openness of our hearts. Welcome to Greece.
by Maria Paravantes
Summer is finally here and along with it our dreams for a vacation and a very urgent need to take a break from all the Covid-19 madness.
This summer more than any other time, breaking away is of vital importance. The lockdowns, the measures, the sad news of death and infection, the fear mongering, the lack of privacy or rights, the inability to see or hold our loved ones, the violent cut of our connection with others – all these realities have made taking a vacation more pressing than ever but at the same time much more difficult.
The truth be said, we are now officially – whether we want to or not – out of our comfort zone and treading uncharted waters – in high winds I might add.
The good news is that we are slowly but steadily returning to our (new) lives. Our dreams of traveling later are now about traveling soon, and very soon, you’ll be on your next trip.
This said, being blessed to be living in a country that many people worldwide dream of, I can only be thankful but I can also proudly say that Greece is among the very few countries in the world to have kept the deadly virus at bay. And happily say that Greece is ready to welcome the world and to show all of us anguished by the coronoavirus reality that life does go on and to remind us that we made it through this too.
As one of my favorite writers, Haruki Murakami put it:
That’s exactly where we’re at right now. So take it from a country that welcomes over 33 million tourists a year, the time is right to take our first baby steps in the new post-covid reality, take heed of expert guidelines and coronavirus advice and leave fear behind. Or as the ancient Greeks always said: All in good measure.
In short, Greece is ready to welcome its first visitors from abroad. All guidlelines, rules and announcements (drawn up by tourism and health experts) depend on how coronavirus management evolves in Greece and elsewhere as well as on EU and world travel policies and airline decisions.
In the beginning, Greece will be accepting visitors from countries with low Covid-19 spreads. As of June 15, Greece opens to travelers from 29 countries. These are: Albania, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, North Macedonia, South Korea, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Romania.
As of July, Greece will open up to other countries, and lastly to those with high Covid-19 incidents provided they have flattened the curve.
Decisions, guidelines, health protocols have been drawn up by epidemiologists and health experts and are constantly being revised according to monitoring and incoming data.
It’s good for travelers to know that Greece has been divided into three risk zones depending on your ability to have immediate access to a health facility (like hospitals) – this would be mainland Greece and the island of Crete or with a health center within a two-hour proximity: the Saronic and Cyclades islands nearer to Athens, and Evia.
Most travalers’ favorite island destinations such as Santorini, Paros and Rhodes are in the second category with local health care available, and lastly the remote islands or destinations with basic healthcare infrastructure or none at all.
Just have in mind: at far-off island destinations, there will be Covid-19 screening available on floating medical units.
➣ June 15 – flights to Athens and Thessaloniki airports will resume initially welcoming visitors from 29 countries (see above).
➣July 1 – All flights will resume normally from all destinations with the aforementioned precautions and measures in place. There will be no quarantine.
* Greek health authorities have the right at any given time or place to take random coronavirus tests.
*Greek hotels and tourism businesses cannot be held liable for coronavirus-related charges if they have implemented the Greek ministry’s health protocols.
Do it all outdoors, of course!
Greece is blessed to be a country with nearly 300 sun-filled days a year and very mild weather all year round. So this makes it very easy to do mostly everything outside and at the same time be safe.
✓ On the road again… before you travel make sure to ask the airline what rules apply on board and that you are among the countries allowed entry.
✓ Indulge in… everything with care to hygiene rules. All restaurants, cafes, and bars in Greece are required by law to follow health guidelines.
✓ Settle down… book your hotel and make sure to call and ask anything that you may be unclear or feel concerned about. Greek hoteliers are too bound by law to enforce strict health protocols for Covid-19.
✓ Don’t forget to buy… the best Greek products, of course! Kalamata olives, olive oil, homemade soap, pasteli sweets and spoon sweets, and honey.
✓ Truth or dare… The truth? Times have changed and it’s your responsibility to take care of yourself and follow all guidelines and hygiene rules. The dare? Dare to balance fear with reality, taking those necessary measures to be well and at the same time have fun.
✓ Song & Dance… I believe that by the end of summer, most destinations in Greece will be once again organizing the popular (and legendary) open-air “panegyria” – or festivals which should not be missed. Ask the locals. The largest events are held around the 15th of August marking the Assumption of the Virgin Mary holiday (Panagias).