This year’s summer is significantly different from the previous ones for each of us. Regardless of our opinion, the coronavirus, unfortunately, is still around us and it looks like it’s not going to leave us anytime soon. Everyone, however, tries to allow themselves at least a little normality in all of this. Therefore, this year, after many debates, despite everything, my family and I went on vacation to Greece on the island of Zakynthos. We didn’t quite know what to expect, but we decided to take a risk and after a few weeks, I can say that it was worth it. In this post, however, I would like to mention what people should expect when they decide to travel during this difficult period – especially to Greece.
1. ‘Coronavirus’ forms for travellers
Regardless of where we go, each country requires visitors to fill in forms in which we confess where we have been in the last two weeks and where we intend to spend the next few days, and also answer questions about our health. These are electronic or paper forms. Before we left for Greece, we had to complete an online form, thanks to which we received a special QR code. We had to show this one after arrival at the airport. If someone did not fill in, they had to undergo a test, and thus – could not leave their hotel until they received their results. However, on the way to Poland, it was only a written form, which was collected by the cabin crew already on the plane.
2. Limited menus in hotels.
Due to the social distance, places such as hotels or restaurants cannot afford too many employees for a shift. This means that there are far fewer chefs in the kitchen, fewer waiters in the restaurant, and fewer bartenders in the bars. Therefore, it can be expected that the menu will be reduced even to half, leaving the most popular dishes and the ones which are the easiest to prepare.
3. Empty tourists spots.
Do you know this feeling when you go to a new country or even a city you have never been to and look for the most beautiful places worth seeing? Immediately there is a list of ‘must-see’ places where you need to go, and there you meet with at least a two-hours of the queue. In the era of the coronavirus, many people decide to not take any trips, so those who decide to go somewhere have quite a surprise when they actually can enjoy this moment without any rush or stress.
4. Masks and temperature measurement.
Compulsory. At airports, in various modes of transport, in shops, at the hotel entrance. Regardless of whether we agree or not, this rule should be respected, and failure to comply with it can cause us some serious problems.
5. Seat limits on airplanes?
From the beginning, it was said that planes would take off only from 50% of the occupied seats. However, it turns out that this order was lifted in mid-July, which was a big surprise for me. So do not expect that the seat next to you will be free. However, when it comes to buses, alike in Poland, Great Britain, and Greece, they still cannot be fully full.