Ferry Travel & COVID-19 in 2021

Ferry Travel & COVID-19 in 2021

This page includes useful information and responses to questions about how we can travel by ferry this summer, what are the regulations and safety measures applied to ferry trips, or what you should carry with you to board and travel by ferry.

What do I need to bring with me in order to board on the ferry?

September 14, 2021

According to the new safety measures issued by the Greek Maritime Ministry, all passengers need to carry with them before boarding:

  • Their ferry ticket in printed or e-ticket format.
  • Passport or National ID card
  • Health Status form - completed in digital or print format
  • Proof of a negative Covid-19 test
  • Face mask

You need to have a negative Covid-19 test to board all ferries in Greece.

The proof of negative Covid-19 test could be any of the following:

  • Full vaccination certificate (valid as long as 14 days have passed since full vaccination)
  • Official confirmation of Covid-19 infection issued 30 days after the first positive test (valid for 180 days after the first positive test)
  • Negative result of PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before departure at a private medical center/pharmacy
  • Negative result of rapid test carried out up to 48 hours before departure at a private medical center/pharmacy
  • Negative result of a Covid-19 self-test carried out up to 24 hours before departure, only valid for passengers 5-11 years old (the result is declared either in writing on the printed version of the self-test result declaration form or through the self-test result declaration platform for Greek citizens, as well as on the Health Statement Form)

Children under 5 years of age are exempt from the negative Covid-19 test requirement for ferry travel.

We recommend that you either have your test results in Greek or English. 

Where can I get a Covid test in Greece?

June 2, 2021

You can get COVID-19 tests at many major hospitals in Greece, in medical centers across large cities as well as the Athens Eleftherios Venizelos Airport (at Arrivals level). 

The cost for COVID-19 PCR tests is capped at €60, and for antigen (rapid) tests at €20. Some medical diagnostic centers also do home sampling, with an additional charge.

You can also have a free rapid test in public sampling points organized by the National Public Health Organization (EODY). For example, from Monday to Friday (10.00 - 15.00) you can get a free rapid test at the Athens Naval Hospital (Dinokratous 70, Athens) and the Piraeus Naval Hospital (Akti Moutsopoulou 66, Piraeus). A list of all the available public sampling points can be found here (page in Greek only).

Finally, you can buy a self-test (Coronavirus Antigen Rapid Test Kit) from pharmacies. The cost of a self-test is normally €6. The availability in pharmacies might be short so we recommend buying the self-test in advance and not counting on a last-minute purchase. 

Is the health status questionnaire necessary in order to travel?

September 14, 2021

Yes, all passengers traveling on every ferry route with a duration of more than 30 min are obliged to carry with them and hand over to the ferry crew, a previously filled out health status questionnaire.

In your booking confirmation e-mail, you will find a link to the ferry company’s website from where you can download, print and fill in the form. You can also find the health status questionnaire at ferry agents and ferry companies' offices in the port of departure.

The Health Statement Form is completed by adult passengers for their ferry trip within 24 hours before each ferry trip. If your itinerary includes more than one ferry crossing, you need to fill out the form for each ferry trip, entering the relevant details. You can either print your statement or save it on your mobile device.

Where can I get the health status questionnaire?

September 14, 2021

You can find the health status questionnaire at ferry agents and ferry companies' offices while they are also available to download from the Greek Maritime Ministry website

 

What are the pre-boarding screening measures for ferries?

June 2, 2021

According to the new measures, Greek ports will apply safety measures before boarding in order to assess passengers for possible coronavirus symptoms or suspected exposure to a Covid-19 case. The ferry crew will also provide information about the onboard measures and check that the passengers have with them all the necessary documents as well as masks. More specifically, the boarding control includes: 

  • The entry at the ferry will abide by the necessary measures on social distancing, which means that each passenger will maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters to the other(s). 
  • Trained members of the ferry crew will assess the health status questionnaire for each passenger. 
  • The ferry crew will check that all passengers carry with them and wear a face mask or at least a scarf that covers their mouth and nose. 

Can you be denied boarding?

June 2, 2021

Boarding refusal is possible if one of the following conditions apply: 

  • If the passenger has evident coronavirus symptoms
  • If the responses on the health questionnaire show that the passenger has been in touch with a person that has been infected by COVID-19. 
  • If the passenger refuses the use of a face mask during the ferry trip.

How early should I be at the port?

May 26, 2020

The new safety measures for ferry travelling are strict and apply to each passenger. This means that procedures like boarding might take longer than usual, so we recommend that you arrive at the port of departure at least 1 hour in advance. 

What is the passenger capacity for ferries?

June 2, 2021

The availability of ferry tickets for 2021 depends on the maximum capacity of passengers allowed on each trip. 

More specifically, ferries are allowed to carry 80% of their maximum passenger capacity according to the security certificate of each vessel. In the case that the ferry has cabins the allowed passenger capacity can be up to 85% of the original vessel capacity. 

 

Do I have to wear a mask on board?

June 2, 2021

Yes. The use of a face mask is obligatory for all passengers as well as for the ferry crew.

It is recommended for passengers to use non-medical masks made of fabric. A face mask must be worn at all times while on board, in both indoors and outdoor spaces.

How much distance should I keep on board?

June 2, 2021

During your ferry trip, all passengers and ferry crew members must maintain a safe distance of 1.5 meters as well as avoid any unnecessary movement around the ferry spaces.

The necessary safety distance on board should be kept on all indoor and outdoor spaces of the ferry, while the use of a face mask is also required. The passenger service points (such as reception, restaurant, bar) will have social distancing floor marking signs to show the required distance between passengers. Also, the minimum number of passengers will be allowed in the ferry toilets in order to maintain distances between them at all times. 

Can I travel in a bed cabin?

December 18, 2020

Yes, you can travel in a cabin.

Before you book your bed cabin ticket it's good to know that only 1 passenger will be allowed per cabin. In the case of a group traveling together, up to 4 people are allowed per cabin. People with disabilities can also be accompanied by one person in the bed cabin. 

Can I travel in a numbered seat?

May 26, 2020

Yes, you can book a numbered seat (airplane type seats). For this type of seats, a particular layout will apply in order for passengers to be seated sparsely and maintain distances to each other. Special markings will indicate where passengers are allowed to sit, while the seats directly next to the booked seat will remain empty. 

What health and safety measures will the ferry companies apply?

June 2, 2021

The ferry companies have received strict instructions from the Maritime Ministry in order to deal with the current situation and make sure that all passengers and ferry crew travel safely. Few indicative measures that ferry companies will apply for health and safety are: 

  • All ferries should have informative spots playing on screens and as audio messages on speakers during the ferry trip reminding the passengers of the health and safety measures. 
  • All ferries must provide hand sanitizer stations at the entrance as well as at several indoor and outdoor spaces. 
  • Ferry crews will undergo special training in order to deal with a suspected case of COVID-19 if needed. 
  • All ferry spaces will be regularly cleaned and sanitized. 
  • Passenger service points such as restaurants, bars, cafeterias, and toilets will operate under strict hygiene measures. 
  • Ferries will keep all spaces well ventilated and follow the health instructions for air conditioning and ventilation. 
  • Make sure that all ferries all well-equipped with hand sanitizers as well as necessary medical supplies. 
  • All members of the ferry crew should wear a face mask at indoor and outdoor spaces of the ferry, as well as during their interaction with passengers. 
  • The ferry crew will be doing regular checks on board to make sure that passengers adhere to the safety measures.

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