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Coronavirus UpdateMonday, 21st September 2020
We’re monitoring news of the Coronavirus across Europe very closely and will keep our customers updated as the situation progresses.
Last updated: Monday 21st September 2020
Boats have been out on the water since June, and aeroplanes have been flying across Europe since July – sailing is happening! This is how we understand the current situation and its likely impact on the sailing season ahead:
What rules are in place for new bookings for 2020/2021?
In general, we can offer lower deposits for chartering a boat this season, with the balance due as little as two weeks prior to the charter start date - the best way to go about this is to book a €20 'Hold for 48 hours' which books the boat whilst we work out the specifics with you (and the operator). If you decide not to go ahead, we'll give you a full refund.
If your booking is affected by new Government regulations in your home or destination country, we can rearrange your charter to later in the season or to 2021 for free (subject to seasonal price changes) - there are no rules about being 'aware of the risk of Coronavirus' when making your booking.
Current travel restrictions
At the moment, internal European borders – including those with the UK – are officially open and travel is possible. This is subject to almost constant monitoring and change, and various Governments can implement new travel bans to - or restrictions on arrivals from – countries at very short notice, and based on somewhat spurious data.
Sailing is currently possible in all our charter areas. You should refer to your own Governments’ travel advice and rules to understand whether it is possible to visit a country, or any rules on self-quarantining on your return – at the moment (21st September), people arriving in the UK from our charter destinations in Croatia, Spain, Malta, Montenegro and France are required to self-quarantine for 14 days after landing in the UK, but you can go sail in (parts of) Greece, Turkey and Italy. In addition, people living in Scotland are required to self-isolate for 14 days if returning from Greece.
Travellers from outside of Europe may also need to wait for wider European border regulations to relax, and or require testing or quarantine upon arrival in the EU.
You can see the latest travel restrictions or advice at the official EU Coronavirus website: https://reopen.europa.eu/
Registration to travel
There are no mandatory quarantines or tests, but customers should be aware that:
In Croatia, it is requested that travellers complete an online form giving their details and accommodation (in this case, a boat) prior to arrival by air or by land – find it here: https://entercroatia.mup.hr/
In Greece, it is mandatory that travellers complete an online ‘Passenger Locator form’ to give details of where they have been for the last 14 days, as well as contact details, etc… After completion, travellers will receive a QR code to print or show on a smartphone on arrival in Greece. Depending upon where you have been, after scanning your QR code, they may require a Coronavirus test to be performed, and they will request that, whilst you continue your holiday as planned, you isolate yourself as much as possible until the results of the test are known. The form can only be completed within 48 hours of your arrival – find it here: https://travel.gov.gr/#/
In Italy, France, Spain and other countries, we are not aware of similar rules.
What shall I do if I have a charter booked? What is the cancellation policy?
We’ve already contacted you if you have a booking with us this summer to update you on this, and to understand your plans. Your holiday will run as planned if you can get out to the boat.
In general, our operators will postpone holidays to 2021 if the Government where you live, your airline, or the Government at your destination formally prevent you from travelling due to Coronavirus.
Please contact your Personal Sailing Expert if you have any queries, or to discuss your booking.