Holiday in Kefalonia 2021 – UK COVID procedures and regulations

There are new rules that apply from 4am on 4th October – this article has been amended to include these new rules

The UK government – in an attempt to simplify international travel – has changed the requirements for vaccinated travellers. These changes come a little late in the season for Kefalonia in 2021, but hopefully they can be used as a basis for reduced measures into 2022 and beyond.
There are now 2 categories for countries as designated by the UK government – these are red and green. Greece is being treated as a whole and is categorised as green at time of publication.

What do I need to know?

In order to keep the risk of transmitting new COVID-19 variants as low as possible, international travel will inevitably have some additional processes and procedures in place this year. Make sure you know what applies to everyone in your travel party before you travel, whilst you are away and when you get home.

Pre travel guidance
Rules that apply to everyone

When travelling to Greece, you must complete a Greek Passenger Locator Form (PLF) for you and your travelling party. You can access the form at https://travel.gov.gr/
You must submit this before 10pm BST the day before you travel.
We have written a helpful guide to help you fill in the PLF.
Either before you travel or while you are away, you will need to book and pay for private COVID testing to take place once you return home. How many tests you need depend upon your vaccination status

Rules for un-vaccinated

You will need to prove your COVID status with either a negative PCR test certificate from a test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival, or a negative antigen (rapid) test certificate from a test taken no more than 48 hours before arrival. This applies to everyone over the age of 12.

or

Proof of a negative PCR test is not required if you have tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 30 to 180 days. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorised laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The certificate is issued 30 days after the day of the first positive COVID-19 test and is valid for 180 days after it.

Rules for vaccinated

You will need to prove your vaccination status before you travel – you can do this with the NHS COVID Pass letter.
You can get your letter digitally through the NHS app (not the COVID app) or request it online or by calling 119. You should allow up to 5 days for receipt of your letter. More info at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-status.

Returning to the UK – testing and self isolation requirements
Rules that apply to everyone

There is no longer a requirement to have a test before you travel to England. Rules for residents of Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland may be different, so please check.

Rules for un-vaccinated

Before you try to return home, you will need to have booked and paid for at home PCR testing. You must complete a test on days 2 and 8 after returning home. You must also self-isolate for 10 days.
The quarantine period may be reduced if you provide a negative test after 5 days, but this too will be at your own expense.

Rules for vaccinated

If you meet the criteria for being fully vaccinated, you need only book a day 2 PCR test. Also there is no requirement to self-isolate.

Rules that apply to everyone

Everyone travelling to the UK will need to complete a UK PLF before travelling back to the UK. You will be able to do this from up to 48 hours before you are scheduled to arrive back in the UK (+2 hours for the time difference). You will need your test kit reference number in order to complete the PLF – this reference number is a sequence of 5 letters and 7 numbers.
Please do not attempt to check in at the airport without a completed PLF – you will be denied boarding.

Please allow extra time at both airports – there are extra documents to be checked.
You should also be aware that just because you can travel does not mean that you should.
You should weigh up all the options and see if it feels right for you.
Check carefully with your travel insurance provider to ensure that you have sufficient cover should you chose to travel.

Leisure travel during a pandemic is not without a degree of risk and uncertainty, so be aware that your plans may be disrupted (sometimes at short notice). We will be keeping a close eye on the category assigned to Greece/Kefalonia by the UK and will update via our Facebook page.

If you think that there is any information missing or incorrect, please get in touch via our contact form or leave a comment below.

Source: gov.uk, travel.gov.gr


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