As 2020 ends, and with the vaccinations against the coronavirus increasing every day, you may wonder what to expect from traveling the upcoming year(s). Here’s what we know.
- Will I need to prove I’ve been vaccinated to travel?
New policies have not yet been announced regarding the on-boarding on charter yachts. The procedure remains the same as the previous season. You will be asked to fill in the Covid-19 form and keep a logbook throughout your charter.
However, international air travelers will in future need to prove they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to board some flights. Many airlines are currently testing technology to streamline the health documentation process, including mobile health apps like CommonPass, ICC AOKpass and VeriFLY to ensure travelers can present their health data in a secure, verifiable way.
- When can I get back on a sailing boat?
Sailing in Greece has been postponed until the current lockdown measures are lifted, which is expected to happen in early 2021. The sailing season officially begins in March, so we all stay positive and look forward to a lockdown-free summer.
- If I need to cancel, will flexible policies still be around?
If your charter will be cancelled because of travel restrictions regarding the pandemic, all the received payments will be refunded to you in full. However, if you would like, you could receive a voucher with the amount you paid, and use it for an upcoming charter.
Regarding our payment policies, for all future bookings we are introducing a new flexible payment plan: advance payment 7 days upon booking to 10%, second payment two weeks upon booking 10%, third payment 20% four weeks upon booking and the rest 60 % one month before the charter. New bookings can be canceled and refunded within 30 days, with zero charges.
- Will I ever feel safe traveling?
In the months since the pandemic took hold, we have been working to create policies and procedures that can apply in times of future crisis — even if that future crisis isn’t a health crisis. We aim to use these changes, particularly in health and safety measures in the upcoming seasons, to provide safer and risk-free holidays for you. Beyond cleanliness and health measures, we aspire to achieve clearer communication, integrate flexible cancellation and rescheduling policies, and improve of technology during every aspect of your sailing experience.
Before you travel
- Follow all the current rules for where you live, including if they restrict international travel.
- Be up to date with the latest developments for your destination before your trip.
- Find out about any entry restrictions, screening or quarantine requirements on arrival that might affect you.
- Read the advice of local authorities and follow all local health measures in place during your journey and in your destination. Local measures and travel restrictions may change before you arrive or during your stay.
- Get travel insurance, and make sure you are content with the level of cover it provides. If you already have travel insurance check it is valid and provides appropriate cover
- Check your cancellation rights. Contact us directly if you have any questions.
When you’re abroad
- Be prepared to comply with measures to manage localized outbreaks such as border closures, movement restrictions or quarantine rules. These could be brought in at short notice.
- If you test positive for coronavirus you are likely to need to get treatment locally and stay there until you have recovered. If you are required to quarantine or self-isolate by local authorities, you should expect to do so in the country.
- You may need to stay longer than you intended. Plan for any delays to your return home and the financial implications or practical arrangements you may need to make.