Backpacking Through Greece Starting 5/6

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1. Posted by benpike20 (Budding Member 4 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I am going a backpacking trip for the 1st time through Greece starting in a bout a week. Looking for advice as Greece is a new place for me to travel. Also, if anyone will be there around the same time I love making new friends.:):):):):):):)

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2288 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Isn't Greece under a national lockdown?

3. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2548 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

>I am going a backpacking trip for the 1st time through Greece starting in a bout a week.

From your previous post about travelling to India I believe you are a US citizen?. If so you should be aware that the US government advice is not to travel to Greece. This advicewill almost certainly affect your travel and health insurance and may well automatically invalidate it. I suggest you contact your insyrance company/companies.

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/greece-travel-advisory.html

Greece is still in lockdown and there is a 9pm to 5am curfew. There are substantial restrictions on movement. Details here:

https://gr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

Not good timing for a backpacking trip around what is, in normal times, a fantastic country....

[ Edit: Edited on 28 Apr 2021, 21:09 GMT by leics2 ]

4. Posted by benpike20 (Budding Member 4 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Greece is the 1 country now besides Croatia in Europe where they are allowing visitors from the US and a few other countries with a vaccine record (that I have) and/or negative test 72 hours before to travel to with no mandatory quarantine on arrival. Starting 5/3, the curfew is being pushed from 9:00-11:00, starting 5/15 travel restrictions will be relaxed. You can check this out in this article here: https://www.garda.com/crisis24/news-alerts/470091/greece-authorities-ease-domestic-covid-19-restrictions-starting-may-3-update-57

Being a US citizen, it's strange to hear different people from different countries talk about their views on the Pandemic. So many crazies here who voted for Trump are constantly preaching their paranoid view that the Pandemic is made up by liberals and the "liberal media", and that everyone should stop wearing masks and stop social distancing. There literally the other day outside my place was a small car parade of people yelling out their car windows with a megaphone that the pandemic is a liberal plot against the world lolololol. And then looking online for how other countries are handling this, the precautions we're now taking are NOTHING compared to other nations.

Admittedly, before I actually got Covid I too thought that the social distancing was a little overboard (not nearly at the same level as the people I speaking here about feel, but I did think it had got out of proportion). After I got Covid, it changed. Fortunately, I did not have a serious case but I remember thinking when I had it, "I could see how if someone older or weaker got this, it could be VERY serious." After I got well and I saw how the beaches here in LA are crammed and there's many many people not social distancing, I really began to feel they are not being very smart. After I got vaccinated, I felt better about being more social but when I go to these places with a ton of people a lot of them aren't vaccinated and they're just not following social distancing, and that's messed up (especially considering you can spread it to older people even with no symptoms).

All in all, I feel that if you are under 40, no pre-existing medical conditions, are fully vaccinated AND you have had Covid once already (these are all me) it should be safe to travel. Greece is also a country that hasn't been hit as bad as others in EU, but I still understand the viewpoint that it's not safe to travel anywhere right now regardless--this would be the viewpoint one would have if you believe traveling to Greece now is unadvised since it's one of the most least hit with Covid countries

My plane ticket from Los Angeles to the other side of the planet was also only $400, so there's that. :):):):):):)

It would be great to get some feedback about the places to go in Greece or any words of wisdom for 1st timers like myself.

5. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 235 posts) 1w 1 Star this if you like it!

I feel that if you are under 40, no pre-existing medical conditions, are fully vaccinated AND you have had Covid once already (these are all me) it should be safe to travel/\.

benpike20, it doesn't matter what "you feel" should be allowed. What matters are the rules and regs for entry to any country which is not your own. You don't have a say in that.

[ Edit: Edited on 28 Apr 2021, 22:50 GMT by goodfish ]

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 3102 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

"It would be great to get some feedback about the places to go in Greece or any words of wisdom for 1st timers like myself."

This TP forum has info for Greece. Same for Tripadvisor and Fodors. (Not to mention hundreds of posts from people with questions and answers.) Sometimes a simple Google or Bing type search will give you quick info. Below info on Greece is from this TP forum.

https://www.travellerspoint.com/guide/Greece/

"any words of wisdom for 1st timers like myself."

Yes, have a budget in mind. If you ask for hotel help include a nightly price range. Always research the current visa requirements to enter the country you are interested in. Never travel with a single debit or credit card because it can become lost or stolen. So, have back up sources for spending money. Safeguard your passport. Do not get it wet, do not tamper with pages and do not scribble in it. (Or you might be told you can't enter and have to immediately go back home!)

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  • For any country you intend to visit you go by their rules!

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A "first step" to normalcy in the US.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/27/us/politics/coronavirus-masks-outdoors.html

[ Edit: Edited on 29 Apr 2021, 05:46 GMT by karazyal ]

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8. Posted by benpike20 (Budding Member 4 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting goodfish

I feel that if you are under 40, no pre-existing medical conditions, are fully vaccinated AND you have had Covid once already (these are all me) it should be safe to travel/\.

benpike20, it doesn't matter what "you feel" should be allowed. What matters are the rules and regs for entry to any country which is not your own. You don't have a say in that.

Your response suggests that you thought I was saying that different countries' rules and regs for entry during the Pandemic shouldn't exist if one is under 40, no pre existing medical conditions, etc... That's not what I meant. I meant that with a country that has opened itself up to travelers like Greece, those conditions that I listed are the reasons I feel safe traveling besides just the fact that Greece has eased its entry restrictions. I know some people who would advise not traveling to Greece right now even though it is possible, and while I respect their opinion the reasons listed above are the reasons why I feel okay about going.

Thanks karazayal for the link and info

9. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 235 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Ah, thanks for the clarity, Ben.

The way it was written, it was unclear you meant that you personally would feel safe if allowed in, not that you thought Greece should be letting tourists in under such-and-such conditions.

Hope you have a great trip!

[ Edit: Edited on 30 Apr 2021, 15:01 GMT by goodfish ]