So you are Getting Married in Greece in 2021/22, but all this Covid business is keeping you unease. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.
“We are facing a reality where cases are significantly reduced, vaccinations are progressing rapidly, self-tests enable us to identify asymptomatic fellow citizens who, knowing that they are carriers of the disease, can limit themselves.”Said the Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis
Many of you are asking how we see the Wedding Season in 2021 and 22. The truth actually is that no one really knows what will happen by next year. But all in all this summer is looking promising! We stay hopeful for this season with announcements of full reopening of Greece to tourists on May 15th 2021.
The experts believe that relaxation of the lockdown measures is possible, with the very good progression of the vaccination program. On top, good, sunny weather and self-tests are proving to be very helpful in this battel against coronavirus. And as last year, Greece is aiming to win the best of the safest destinations this year as well, with the efforts of the “Blue Freedom” operation. Projecting to have all of permanent residents of the islands vaccinated until the end of June.
Greece In The News:
Many news sites are already announcing that the wedding planning is in full swing again and the islands in Greece you must visit! Others are reporting that situation will not change even in 2022. All is looking great so far, but honestly we can’t really know what the future holds. Therefore we can only take it step by step. We are all just waiting for the latest announcements to see how things will develop for each season. The situations and rules are changing fast with every season which is very frustrating and challenging to deal with for everyone. But, there is no need to panic or despair.
We understand each wedding is different and each couple has different needs and wishes or possibilities for their wedding. That is why we are all here to help you plan your destination wedding in this new crazy world!
IF YOU ARE THINKING OF Getting Married in Greece in 2021/22 or just VISITING GREECE, ALWAYS CHECK THE PROPER AND CURRENT GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS FEW MONTHS AND ALSO WEEKS BEFORE YOU ARRIVE.
These are some of the official EU and Greek websites with the relevant and updated Covid-19 information for locals and tourists:
This is the most important page for all tourist coming to Greece. Here you will find more information regarding the travel restrictions and necessary documentation such as the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) which, during the pandemic, everyone must fill before arrival.
Re-open Europe map from European Union with the recent travel information regarding each country for easy travel within EU! App Available in Apple and Google Play store.
Travel info during the coronavirus pandemic in EU
The site for general information from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, an agency of the European Union.
Before your arrival, you can check out more on Covid-19 information on this website of the Greek National Public Health Organization. Call the 24/7 National Coronavirus Helpline at 1335 after you arrive in case you need more information.
The local Map of Greece on Health, Safety and Protection against Covid-19 with the announced measures and restrictions. – In Greek
Collection of news and official announcements from the Greek Prime Minister. – in English and Greek
National Airport Website
At any time, get the latest information from the also from your or Greek news. Set google alerts on some of your local or these news sites about Greece:
After a long lockdown period and travel restrictions, Greece is finally announcing the latest news regarding the 2021 Tourist Season in Greece. If you’re are Getting Married in Greece in 2021/22 see these Covid-19 Updates.
Announced on the 13th of May 2021:
- Wedding and Events are expected to resume in June with max 100 people allowed outdoor
- Ban on live music in bars/venues will continue through May or until further notice
- Greece reopens for tourists on May 15th
- Curfew is set at 12:30 AM or 00:30
- EU’s Green Pass or Certificate, incorporated in the PLF form, will go in effect for EU citizens from June 1.
- Free travel between counties, with Green Pass. Travel by plane, road or boat and visiting Greek islands requires either a vaccination certificate (14 days after the second dose) or 72-hour PCR test or 24-hour rapid test or 24-hour self-test or certificate of illness (2 months after illness and up to 9 months)
- No more SMS, or click-away, shops operate normally, with limited capacity
- Hotels open and operate under approved Covid-Safe regulations
- Random testing at Greek borders will continue
- Masks are mandatory at all times in public spaces, indoors or outdoors, until further notice
Measures for wedding and events industry, which was affected by this pandemic the most, will be relaxing slowly with time and revisions. However, some bans will remain for health and safety to protect against the coronavirus. According to the information, all the data will be evaluated on a weekly basis, with the possibility for new lifted or modified measures every two weeks for the more relaxed season.
Regarding the green certificate, anyone wishing to travel to and from the islands (with the exception of Lefkada and Evia), either by boat or by air, must have a vaccination certificate when booking their ticket (14 days after the second instalment). ) or negative pcr test 72 hours or Rapid test 24 Hour either self test 24 hours. The control will be carried out by the airlines and the shipping companies. Obligatory for all domestic and foreign travellers over 5 years.
In detail, the declaration of self tests should be made on the platform self-testing.gov.gr while those who attend public and private structures for PCR or rapid antigen test should request the digital confirmation with the test result.
The data was gathered from different local news sites and live speech on 12th of May of the Health Minister of Greece, Mr. Vassilis Kikilias
So what can you do if you are Getting Married in Greece in 2021/22?
First you need to think wisely and plan ahead. If you are planning a destination wedding, know that travel could be more difficult especially for non-vaccinated people. Depending on the season and date of your wedding, guest count allowed at a venue might range from 6, 9 or 20, 50, 100 or more people. The numbers of allowed guests are change with lockdown regulations. Therefore make sure to be in close contact with the venue manager, your planner or even your photographer. Make sure you have someone local you can rely on for information. Depending on where everyone is traveling from, there might be different rules for each country.
So keep your guests in the loop. Keep an eye for all new information regarding the regulations. Do the final research few weeks before your departure date to see any changes or announcements. When booking your wedding suppliers, ask all the Covid related questions beforehand. What happens if you need to cancel the wedding? Make sure you read the contracts and terms and conditions.
Then again, it is always a good idea to take a look at the wedding insurance and now more than ever!
To sum up:
- Plan thoughtfully around “open seasons”
- Keep close contact with your vendors such as you planner, photographer and venue owners.
- Make sure to keep your guests updated
- Keep a close eye on the news, set google alerts
- Be on top of the contracts and cancelation policies
- Pay attention to travel restrictions and Green/Red lists, re-visit the updates
- Everyone might be required to present a negative Covid-19 test to enter the venue
- Consider wedding insurance
- Proceed with your planning and adjust if necessary
- Micro weddings or Elopements are probably the safest and least hassle this year
- Think of a less touristic – crowded location
- Consider self-test gifts for guests and the whole wedding team
However it all depends on your country as well. Even if Greece is fully open for tourism, that doesn’t necessarily mean the same for your country. It might be that travel to Greece would be more challenging for non EU countries or if you are coming from a specific country with different restrictions and lockdowns or is not on the “allowed list” at that moment. However, it’s not impossible! Many destination weddings will happen and have already successfully happened in Greece, amidst the pandemic and in 2020 as well.
Therefore, do not despair! If you are Getting Married in Greece in 2021/22, proceed with your wedding planning as usual and adjust your plans, guest count, schedules or itinerary, if necessary. You might need to plan your destination wedding just a bit more carefully this year. Work closely with the local professionals and your planner if you have one, as they will be able to advise you and your case the most. And above all, take health and safety regulations seriously to protect yourself and your family.
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All images by Hanna Monika Photography with Planning & Design by Gamos Crete from Luxe End of Summer Wedding Inspiration from Crete