Updated: September 2022

Dear Swimmers,

We hope you are well, keeping busy and swim fit and enjoying the easing of measures; getting back to normal life certainly feels good again! The situation with the persistent COVID-19 virus has been very difficult for all of us across the world especially during the last few months. However, we have managed to run quite a few trips in various locations in Greece during summer 2020 & 2021 and for this we would like express our gratitude for your continued support, patience and belief in us. We have tried our best to make our trips happen and for all of us to enjoy the warm Greek sun, emerald waters and succulent cuisine, this last summer. We had all missed it!

Summer 2022 trips have been going ahead as scheduled and the summer has been unfolding uninterrupted.

The situation in Greece is continuing to get better as the vaccination programme albeit slow at first is progressing well and the current in-country very mild restrictions imposed by the authorities are producing results; Greece has been welcoming visitors since mid-May 2021 and is continuing to do so. Please visit https://travel.gov.gr/#/ for the government’s position on flying to Greece.

LATEST: The Greek government has confirmed that from 1st May 2022, passengers arriving in Greece are no longer required to show a proof of COVID vaccination, a negative COVID test, or a certificate of recovery from COVID. You no longer need to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF).

The UK’s government position is clear now and all restrictions have been lifted; for updated information please go to this official site: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england

THE BIG BLUE REVISED CANCELLATION POLICY book with confidence - special measures that are effective for trips during summer 2022 only

We would encourage you to plan your swim trip with us for summer 2022 as early as possible and in order to make planning and booking a little more certain we have decided to revise our cancellation/refund policy, to suit the current affairs and make it fairer for swimmers; this is with immediate effect.

If the reason for cancelling is Covid-19 related, we will refund all the moneys (excluding the hotel charges if this cancellation is within 3 weeks of the start of the swim trip) or offer you a similar place at a future trip with us and the choice will be yours; proof of positive testing might be required.

If any of our swim trips are cancelled by us, we will refund all the moneys, or offer you a similar place at a future trip with us and the choice will be yours.

If you cancel a swim trip for any other reason, then, our usual Terms and Conditions will apply (please read our T&Cs – under TERMS).

Insurance. Please make sure that you get travel insurance to cover any future travel and flight cancellation.

The Big Blue Swim are monitoring the situation closely and in particular with reference to Europe and specifically regarding UK and Greece. Due to our family connections on the Greek islands we have information readily to hand related to travel and advice given by the Greek government. There are also official sites where you can get updates on travel information and these are some of them:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/health

Please also refer to your own country’s official website for international travel updates. We all hope that the recent life normality will continue and with renewed confidence you will be able to book with us for this coming summer; we really look forward to seeing you out in Greece for a great swimming experience, very soon.

Thank you.

Michael, Lisa and The Big Blue Team

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