We hope you are fit and well, coping with the current circumstances and have resumed normal life as much as possible. As the situation with COVID-19 continues across the world you will be thinking about your swim trip to Greece and how this might be affected by the pandemic. The situation in Greece seems quite promising and authorities are working really hard to slow the spread of the new infections; there are 16913 reported cases so far (286 since 24 hours ago, some of them from European visitors that were tested positive on arrival) and these are largely in the capital and major cities. Strict measures that were put in place very early by the government resulted in this very slow spread of the virus in comparison to other countries, but cases are now rising like in many other European countries. Various measures are being put in place region by region. Many islands have been infected but the majority are doing well in comparison.
Greece is now regarded one of the safest visitor destinations with strict protocols in place. European citizens can visit Greece and all visitors are required to have filled in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before arrival and present it on arrival. As the situation is constantly changing, please refer to official sites for countries who’s citizens are banned from visiting. The situation is monitored closely and updated daily by the Greek government. For more updated info on Greece, including filling in a PLF visit (or your own country’s equivalent government site):
Although the spread of the virus seems to be under control in Greece with the island being the least affected, we have been forced to reschedule many swims due to flight and border restrictions imposed by many countries, mainly non-European.
All swim trips in Lefkada have now been rescheduled to 2021.
All swim trips in Ithaca have now been rescheduled to 2021.
We have ran one week’s swim in Crete (during September) but all the rest have been rescheduled to 2021.
In Santorini we are running the swim trip 16th - 21st October as planned and our swimmers will stay in a new luxury 5* hotel, overlooking the volcano with sunset views.
Our newly-launched 1 week-long Swimrun camp in May has been cancelled by us and will run again early June 2021.
If the situation changes we will let you know via an email, but we all remain optimistic that the few weeks above will run as normal. The Big Blue Swim are monitoring the situation daily and in particular with reference to the 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 this is one of them:
IMPORTANT Please make sure that you have adequate travel insurance in place when you book your flights (please read our T&Cs – under TERMS) (https://thebigblueswim.com/terms “Terms”); although a percentage of the deposit for your swim trip will be refunded or the choice of an alternative swim week offered in 2021 dependent on availability, we cannot reimburse any travel expenses you might have incurred if any of our swim trips are cancelled.
REVISED CANCELLATION POLICY Due to the unprecedented nature of world current affairs and in view of the fact that governments operate different policies regarding the welfare of their citizens, we have slightly altered our cancellation policy to make it fairer to swimmers and assist you as much as possible in these difficult times. Although some of our swims are going ahead as planned as of this date, if a swimmer cancels or The Big Blue postpones a trip, then either 65% of deposit will be refunded, or 100% of the deposit credited to a swim during 2021.
This revised cancellation policy is effective for all The Big Blue Swim trips that take place up to the end of October 2020.
The above take immediate effect and will be reviewed on a weekly basis. The rest of T&Cs and our insurance policy are still in effect. We all hope that soon enough normality can be resumed and we will look forward to seeing you out in Greece for a great swimming experience.
Michael, Lisa and The Big Blue Team