How can I travel safely by ferry to the Greek islands? Find useful information about ferry travel and coronavirus in Greece. Learn about the latest ferry travel measures, and find tips to stay safe from COVID-19 during your ferry journey.
The picturesque port of Ermoupoli in Syros
How to stay safe from COVID-19 during your ferry trip in Greece?
Catching the ferry is one of the safest ways to travel, due to the open-air and roomy spaces, as well as private accommodation options. By following a series of individual protective measures you can have a safer trip to the Greek islands. Depending on travel regulations, you can wear a mask or face cover, avoid crowded spaces, wash your hands and refrain from touching your mouth and nose.
Ferryhopper suggests that you pack personal protective equipment, and get acquainted with the ferry company measures and local guidelines for COVID-19.
In case you feel unwell or you exhibit any common coronavirus symptoms, see a medical professional before your trip and avoid unnecessary traveling.
Traveler wearing protective gloves waiting to board the ferry in Paros
Here are 11 useful tips on how to stay healthy when traveling by ferry in Greece:
- Bring your own mask, gloves, hand-sanitizer and reusable water bottle.
- Thoroughly wash your hands with warm water and plenty of soap or use a hand sanitizer, right after touching communal surfaces, handrails, door handles and toilet seats.
- Avoid sharing drinks and food, and carefully disinfect any products you purchase during the crossing.
- Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
- If you develop coronavirus symptoms during the ferry crossing, inform a member of the crew promptly.
- Adjust or postpone the ferry trip in case you’re experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
- Book a private cabin to share with your fellow travelers, to avoid mingling with the rest of the passengers.
- If the weather conditions are good, try to spend most of your time on the outdoor deck.
- Make sure you arrive at the port well in advance, accounting for extended boarding duration due to necessary document checks.
- Closely monitor the coronavirus situation in the departure point and the final destination.
- Have up-to-date health insurance, and research for medical professionals in Greece before you arrive.
Masks, sanitizers and ferry trip safety essentials
What COVID-19 safety measures do ferries in Greece follow?
Ferry companies in Greece follow enhanced safety protocols as a response to the COVID-19 outbreak. They abide by official state regulations as regards testing, temperature checks and essential training, and they closely monitor the situation in Greece. More specifically:
- All indoor and outdoor spaces are regularly and professionally cleaned with certified products. Tablecloths, sheets and other shared items are properly disposed, replaced and disinfected.
- Some ferry companies in Greece have introduced contactless check-in and e-tickets to minimize contact with crew and other passengers.
- Hand sanitizers and bins are placed in all passenger and staff areas.
- Random temperature checks take place before boarding, both for staff and passengers.
- Crew members make sure passengers follow social distancing rules at all times during boarding, traveling and disembarkation. A minimum distance of 1.5m must be followed at all times with some exceptions related to families, people with disabilities etc.
- Ferries in Greece operate with a reduced passenger capacity to ensure social distancing. Seat distribution has been adjusted both at the seating area, as well as the restaurants and outdoor deck.
- COVID-19 announcements are made through speakers and displayed on the ferry monitors. Passengers can also find useful information on coronavirus brochures.
- Crew members have received hygiene and coronavirus prevention training.
- Air-conditioning units are cleaned regularly and fitlered fresh air is not recirculated.
- Ferries in Greece require that you fill out a passenger form to be able to establish contact at a later date, thus ensuring the safety of passengers and crew.
- No more than 2 passengers can stay in a single cabin, unless they are family members or they accompany a person with disabilities.
Professional cleaning staff disinfecting the outdoor space of a ferry
Latest COVID-19 ferry travel updates for Greece
At the moment, ferry travel in Greece is suspended throughout the country. You can only travel by ferry in Greece for non-holiday reasons, as the country is currently on lockdown. Passengers in Greece can still catch a ferry for professional reasons, medical help, essential shopping or to provide assistance to people in need.
The operation of ferries in Greece is under constant monitoring and reevaluation. Ferry travel measures are subject to change depending on the coronavirus situation per region.
Tip: Find available ferry routes on Ferryhopper’s Map of ferries, and check availability on our search engine.
The long sandy beach of Makris Gialos in Kefalonia, great for social distancing
Where to find more information about traveling amidst COVID-19?
For more information on traveling and staying safe from COVID-19, have a look at our FAQ page, contact your ferry company and visit the official Greek tourism website for queries related to the coronavirus situation in Greece.