COVID-19 Resource Hub

Τo help you navigate the rapidly changing travel environment, we have developed a centralized information center that will be continuously updated. 

Since the beginning of the COVID- 19 outbreak, the safety and wellbeing of Marine Tours’ employees and travellers has been our absolute priority. You Can Count on Us!

Based on its vast experience in managing travel during crisis times, Marine Tours continues to support its clients and their impacted travel programs through duty of care, effective, solutions that ensure the safety and security of its travellers.

As the era of managed travel is arising, it is extremely critical for us to help the organizations feel confident and empowered again!

With regards to the situation which has been changing day by day, we are closely monitoring all the recent developments and we have dedicated a page to provide you with official updates and reliable sources and keep you informed in this ever changing environment.

We recommend you to check this page frequently as authorities and suppliers are changing their policies very regularly.

To all of you, stay safe and healthy!

An open letter from Marine Tours' CEO.

 Marine Tours' Duty of Care

Always there. No matter what.

You can plan, change or cancel your travel at any time by contacting us directly. Our Travel Consultants' teams remain available 24/7/365 -by phone or email- and ready to respond to your needs.

Working Hours: 9am - 8pm EEST, Mon - Fri

T: +30 210 3712200

Business Units | Email Addresses

Marine and Offshore Travel: marine&offshore[at]marinetours.gr

Corporate Travel: corporate[at]marinetours.gr

Consolidation for Travel Agencies & Partners: consolidation[at]marinetours.gr

 

Welcome to Greece

Greece is ready to welcome the world.
Learn here how the country will welcome travelers, carry out the necessary diagnostic screening and keep everyone safe throughout the season, according to the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Find here the necessary Passenger Locator Form (PLF) that all passengers must complete at least 24 hours before entering the country.

 

Travel Restrictions and Policies

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted all destinations worldwide to introduce restrictions on travel. A list of international border closures and travel restrictions can be found at the links below, as well as further reports and analysis.

  • Read more about updates on travel restrictions here, as reported by IATA Travel Centre.
  • Access essential information allowing a safe relaunch of free movement and tourism across Europe via Re-open EU – the new web platform launched by the European Commission to help travellers and tourists.
  • Here’s a catch-all dashboard providing country-wise information on restrictions, airline information, and quarantine measures, powered by UN WFP - See Mobile Version here.

 

Instructions for Travellers

Get advice about travelling abroad, including the latest information on coronavirus, safety and security, entry requirements, and travel warnings.

  

Air Travel Alternatives

Despite air services being reduced in many locations, flights through major city airports are available. To arrange your travel, please refer directly to one of our Travel Consultants.

Hints & Tips

If no direct flights are available from your location, you might need to:

  • travel to another airport for your return (larger airports in major cities are more likely to have operating flights).
  • connect to your final destination through another country (this may require bookings with more than one airline).

If no commercial flights are available from your location, you might need to:

  • contact your Embassy in the country you are in to register for repatriation support. Some Governments are arranging special rescue flights for their nationals).
  • travel to another country (via a land border crossing) for onward return travel.
  • check if you require a visa for that country and explore the onward travel options and restrictions active in that country.

At any case, our Travel Consultants are here to assist you, support you and provide to you the best solution possible.

 

Flight Cancellations and Refunds

Given the current situation, travel plans may need to change, thus a big topic of late has been airline ticket refunds. Most airlines have their own policy regarding refunds and flight re-bookings, subject to local rules and regulations.

If you have made a reservation and want to know whether you cancel or change your flight, we ask that you please refer to one of our Travel Consultants at Marine Tours.

 

Hospitality Industry and Related Services

Restrictions and prohibitions have been placed on travel to many locations, as well as staying in hotels or other forms of accommodation and related services.

But your safety comes first!

We understand the need to change your travel plans, and we are here to provide you with answers during these uncertain times. So, whether you choose to stay home or to check in, feel free to contact our Travel Consultants.

 

Seafarers and Shipping

Amassing 40 years of experience in the marine sector, Marine Tours is today the strategic partner of the global shipping community regarding crew travel management.

In the new era of marine & offshore travel, safety is at the forefront of our strategy and protecting seafarers -and keeping trade by sea flowing- has inevitably become the after-effect of our day to day business activities.

In this respect, monitoring and sharing information about the challenges and barriers affecting the shipping sector is critical to us.

  • International Maritime Organization (IMO) has established a website dedicated to COVID-19 with advice and guidance for IMO Member States, seafarers and shipping. This can be found here.
  • Furthermore, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is supporting its members and the wider shipping community with recommendations and information, plus a growing number of guidance documents and useful links. Discover more here.
  • You can find here useful FAQs regarding the operation of ports on a global scale, as shared by the World Ports Sustainability Program, while for a quick visual display of port implications per country, click here.
  • Supporting crew mobility is vital, especially during this turbulent period. Visit the BIMCO's  website here for information regarding ship/shore interface restrictions regimes.

NEWS UPDATE

  • Outcome of the International Maritime Virtual Summit on Crew Changes, hosted by the UK Government on 9 July 2020.

Review here the corresponding Circular Letter.

  •  Recommended framework of protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic:
    - Protocols for joining a ship
    - Protocols for leaving a ship and repatriation

Check here the official published document.

 

Covid-19 Case Tracker

As the virus spreads worldwide, the following dashboards offer a real-time snapshot of all confirmed cases.

Map 1Johns Hopkins University - See Mobile Version here.
Map 2, Covidvisualizer.com

 

Travel Visas

You can check if you require a visa for a destination via the IATA Travel Centre.

If your visa is running out, you should review your Government's travel advice for your location and contact our Visa Department, ready to handle, if possible, this procedure on your behalf.

 

Travel FAQs

1. If I travel, what precautions should I take to help reduce my chances of getting sick?

  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Make sure you are up to date with your routine vaccinations, including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and the seasonal flu vaccine.

2. What is the recovery time for the coronavirus disease?

Using available preliminary data, the median time from onset to clinical recovery for mild cases is approximately 2 weeks and is 3-6 weeks for patients with severe or critical disease.

3. Should travellers wear facemasks or coverings?

Wearing face masks will be customary, and even required by several airlines. At any case, do wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing. Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly.

The range of simple measures, advised by WHO are effective even for passengers on a flight: careful hand-washing on a regular basis or at least hand sanitize, avoiding touching other people, covering coughs and sneezes (and then hand-washing), avoiding travelling if becoming unwell, and avoiding contact with anyone who appears to be unwell.

4. Is the risk of catching a virus on a plane higher than in a shopping centre or in an office?

Cabin air in a modern aircraft is changed more frequently than in offices or shops. The air supply is either fresh or filtered through HEPA filters of the same efficacy as those used in surgical operating rooms.

5. What can I do if I begin to feel unwell or show symptoms of Covid-19 whilst travelling?

According to WHO, those who feel unwell and suspect COVID-19 as a cause should self-isolate as much as possible. If you feel unwell prior to travel, then it is suggested that you should cancel your trip. If you need to change your travel plans as a result of this then please contact one of our Travel Consultants at Marine Tours. You can find the contact details at the top of this page.

6. How can I decide if it is safe to travel?

Firstly, contact your Travel Consultant at Marine Tours to be informed analytically about this topic. Furthermore, there is a wealth of information available, on this microsite and the sources provided herewith.

You may as well visit the Official Travel Advisories issued by the government of the country you reside in or the WHO Website that monitors the situation 24/7. Don’t miss checking the public pages on the International SOS Website.

7. What can I expect when departing to other countries?

Some countries are conducting exit screening for all passengers leaving their country. Before being permitted to board a departing flight, you may have your temperature taken and be asked questions about your travel history and health.

8. What can I expect when arriving to Greece?

It should be noted that in line with government guidance, passengers arriving at Athens Airport will be subject to screening checks.

To find useful travel information when travelling through Athens Airport, press here.

 

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