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Greek Port Authorities Heighten Security Checks on Board Ferries

Piraeus port

Piraeus port, Greece (archive photo)

Greek port authorities are heightening security checks at ports and on board ferries across Greece, in efforts to ensure Covid-19 safety precautions are being adhered to by passengers and crews as the country’s tourism season begins to gradually pick up.

Port authority officials will be carrying out regular inspections on board ferries traveling to the islands throughout the journey as well as at ports of departure and arrival.

According to the ministry’s revised health protocols, ferries without cabin space can travel with 60 percent capacity while those with cabins at a 65 percent capacity.

Inspections, which started on Friday at the country’s largest port in Piraeus, will intensify in the coming months as more visitors from abroad as well as Greeks decide to travel for the summer.

“The Coast Guard is today launching an extensive system of regular inspections for compliance to coronavirus  protection measures,” said Hellenic Coast Guard spokesperson Nikos Lagkadianos, adding that checks will be carried out throughout the voyage.

“The aim of the inspections is to ensure the implementation of full protection measures for crews and passengers in a period of increased movement; which is expected to increase even more with the gradual rise of tourist arrivals to our country,” he said underlining the importance of following safety guidelines for passengers, crews, and island communities.

Vacationers planning to travel by ferry are advised to be at departure gates earlier due to health measures. It is reminded that all passengers will undergo temperature checks before boarding, will be required to fill in a special form and to practice social distancing throughout the ferry, and must wear a mask when inside the ship.

Seating in airplane-type seats is allowed but passengers must maintain empty seating on either side, in front and behind the chosen seat.

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  1. Travel Agent Reply

    Dear GTP Team

    we are impressed with all measures taken to ensure a care free vacation. Your contribution helps a lot.

    Our clients travel from Germany to Greece by car and booked a ferry prior to COVID. We do understand that there are currently only two ports open for sea arrivals. With the restrictions to only 65% capacity, my clients are very concerned about the current lack of information. To our understanding the sailing was booked with 100% capacity.Concerns are that they might be notified only one day prior to sailing about changes or possible cancellations.
    Can you research and advise about current procedures?

    Thank you in advance

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