Updated 4th August 2020
At BlueVillas we have always been proud in the way we treat our guests, responding to their every need in an informed and prompt manner. Especially during these challenging times, when the global community is largely affected by the coronavirus spread and travel restrictions, we want you to know we are here to support you.
It is our priority that your stay at one of our luxury villas will continue to be a unique experience and we have already implemented a series of measures to help tackle this global issue and provide enhanced safety and security services to you.
The BlueVillas Team is fully functional, currently curating every step of your Greek experience. We got rid of our pajamas, and we're preparing the best Greek luxury experience for you and your loved ones! At the same time, we are closely following updates and monitoring the situation both in Greece and abroad.
We abide by the World Health Organization, EU and Greece Coronavirus guidelines to keep everyone safe and provide Enhanced On-Site Covid-19 Operation Standards as well as Enhanced Housekeeping for all our luxury villas. Visit the pages to find out more about our enhanced services and housekeeping protocols.
Flexible Booking Policy
We have also implemented a new booking policy to make sure you don’t miss the chance to visit a BlueVillas property.
All bookings confirmed after 1st May can be cancelled 30-45 days prior to arrival day, depending on villa and season. The policy is valid for the majority of our properties. It will be possible to adjust or cancel bookings for free and we have already contacted property owners to confirm.
For more information, please contact our villa consultants.
Why Book a Villa
There are many reasons why our villas are the ideal option for a unique, luxurious and safe vacation. Read some below.
- exclusive usage of the space
- cleaning effectiveness
- local knowledge
Exclusive Usage of the Space
- When staying at a villa, you are guaranteed coming in contact with less people, as there are no communal villa areas and you are always the only guests in the property.
- For families with children, the controlled villa environment is a perfect choice for your little explorers. Kids use their hands to ‘meet the world’ and enjoy playing and lying on the ground. At a villa, you can be sure you are the only ones using the space.
- In a villa you have the chance to cook for yourself, in your private fully equipped kitchen. You can prepare healthy and nutritious meals for your close ones with greater peace of mind.
- All our villas have private swimming pools and terraces. Your moments of relaxation are perfectly protected.
- Effective housekeeping practices are immediate and adjusted according to your needs and requests. You can adjust the frequency of cleaning and request specific cleaning products (e.g. eco-friendly, hypoallergenic).
- Our cleaning team is closely monitored, and we take extra care in following all necessary safety measures as regards disease spread prevention. We want to protect the health of both our team members and our guests.
- BlueVillas offers a dedicated, reachable concierge service with local knowledge of the destination. We can help you get access to pharmacies, hospitals, private doctors and other medical professionals effectively and discreetly.
- Daily health check of staff (body temperature/cough/other symptoms) is easy as villa staff members are few and we can effectively monitor their health, thus better protecting you.
- We can help you create an all-inclusive, tailor-made experience in the privacy of your villa. This means you can have everything you want in your villa without having to mingle with the general population. From private dinners to grocery delivery, we can make it happen.
If you want to find out more about what we do to guarantee a safe luxury vacation, you are welcome to contact us and discuss your options. BlueVillas is here for you. Greece is here for you.
The time has come to welcome you just in time for some Mediterranean sun.
Greek Summer 2020 is here!
It was recently announced that visitor accommodation in Greece will gradually reopen starting 1 June with villas reopening 15 June. Greece has exhibited promptness in tackling the Covid-19 spread and has managed to flatten the curve by following all necessary measures. This makes us positive we can safely welcome visitors in our villas in Greece, as BlueVillas closely follows and implements EU, WHO and Greek State recommendations in cleaning, housekeeping and transfers. Visit our Enhanced On-site Covid-19 Operation Standards page to find out more about our enhanced services and housekeeping protocols.
Greece has been experiencing mild spread of the coronavirus. The initial lockdown has been lifted since 4th May 2020 with most shops, cafes, venues and organized beaches in Greece back in operation. Especially in comparison with the rest of the Mediterranean countries, we have managed to better confine the virus and our prompt response makes us look at the immediate future with optimism. For Greece, Summer 2020 is back on.
Here's how to help keep everyone safe!
The yachting restrictions in Greece are being lifted. Initially, the Covid-19 Greece response included a restriction on all yachts and boats wishing to arrive at the country’s ports. Starting 25 May, yachting is again permitted in Greece with sea arrivals from abroad starting 1 July.
Yes, starting 1 July, all airports in Greece welcome travelers. Authorities follow updates on the spread of the virus among the Greek population and the countries of origin, adjusting measures accordingly. At the same time, tourist inflow and accommodation is regulated and controlled to allow for a safe vacation experience in Greece. Many airlines have already started offering flight tickets to Greece from the US, Europe and Asia.
All travelers arriving to Greece either by air, land or sea need to fill out the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 48 hours before entering the country. The form requires visitor details and stay information and is obligatory. Follow the link to access the form: https://travel.gov.gr/#/
Once you have completed the form, you will receive a QR code, which you can display either on your mobile phone, or on a print out. You will need to show this code to the Greek authorities on arrival. By completing the PLF before your flight, you will have a smoother arrival as you will proceed to the baggage claim faster and skip the passenger’s form checking lines.
To find out more about your flight options, consult your airline provider and follow the European Union Aviation Security Agency updates. Bear in mind that for connecting flights, country of origination is deemed to be the first flight among a series of flights preceeding your arrival in Greece. For example, if you travel to Greece from the US, catching a transit flight in France, your country of origin is the US. The country of origination determines your travel arrangements and arrival details.
Monitoring the situation and communicating with your travel service provider is highly recommended. The Greece coronavirus situation has improved drastically and the European Commission urges travelers to opt for travel vouchers and reschedule their holidays if travel prohibitions are in place.
Quarantine measures in Greece have been lifted and the country has resumed normal day-to-day operations. Cafes, bars, shops, services, sites and venues in Greece have reopened. Have a look at the following Greece opening dates:
- Archaeological sites: 18 May
- Yachting: 25 May
- Open-air cinemas: 1 June
- Open-air restaurants, cafes and bars: 1 June
- Indoor restaurants, cafes and bars: 6 June
- Seasonal accommodation: 15 June
- Museums: 15 June
- Gyms: 15 June
- International flights: 15 June (depending on origination)
- Concerts, conferences and exhibitions: 1 July
- Local festivals: 1 September
Starting 15 June, the 14-day quarantine measure will not by default apply to visitors arriving in Greece. To protect the health and safety of travelers and Greek residents, random and regulated Covid-19 tests will take place at Athens International Airport and other international airports, depending of your origination.
Countries of origination are divided into two groups: Group A (random checks) and Group B (regulated checks). The Group list is constantly updated and you can follow the link below or consult your flight provider and/or airport for more information.
If you are traveling from an airport in Group A and are tested upon arrival, you will be requested to self-isolate in the address you declare for 24 hours until the results are available. This includes your final destination address and it means you can freely enjoy Greek summer, safe in the knowledge that health protocols are in place, yet they do not restrict movement. If the test comes back positive, you need to stay in quarantine for 14 days.
If you are traveling from an airport in Group B, you will be tested upon arrival. You need to stay at a hotel/residence in Athens overnight until the results are available. If the test is negative, you are free to continue to your final destination. If the test is positive, you need to be quarantined for 14 days.
*Compulsory testing and quarantine will be limited only to travelers, irrespective of nationality, arriving from airports of affected areas with high risk of transmission of the Covid-19 infection, as assessed by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The list is constantly updated and travelers should check before traveling (https://www.easa.europa.eu/SD-2020-01/Airports#group-easa-downloads).
All other travelers will enter restriction-free and may be subject to random tests upon arrival.
The use of protective masks is not compulsory in public spaces and outdoor areas in Greece with the exception of super markets, public means of transport, airports and stations, ferries, taxis, and vans. Physical distancing is encouraged and the use of masks in other public spaces other than the ones mentioned is recommended but not enforced. Hospitality professionals, shop clerks, drivers and other professionals wear masks to protect guests.
Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, there have been direct international flights from many Schengen Plus airports. Until 15 June, international flights arrive only into Athens International Airport. As of 15 June, international flights resume at the Thessaloniki Airport and as of 1 July international flights resume to all Greek airports. Domestic flights have been allowed throughout.
Yes, ferries are connecting the Greek islands with the Port of Piraeus and other ports in Greece. The use of masks on board ferries is compulsory and for trips longer than 30 minutes you are required to fill out a personal health status questionnaire and submit to a temperature check.
Access to all required health services will be provided by the Greek State free of charge to visitors with no insurance coverage. In the case of EU citizens, all related costs will be covered and then handled according to EU rules and Guidance Notes.