Happily 2021 is feeling even better here than our unusual but incredible 2020 season. Pre-entry testing and simple safety measures at the retreat mean we are all relaxing and connecting. Everyone’s appreciating the open but safe space – needed respite for many after the winter lockdowns.
Anne wrote: I’m still very grateful for the 2 weeks I spent with you. It feels like my second home. Miss you and the beautiful ocean and nature. The good part is that I’m positive and loaded with energy.
Where we are now
Greece and in turn Yoga Rocks are open! YAY! Greece corona rates are plummeting in the outdoor lifestyle of a Greek summer and the atmosphere is one of celebration after problems 🙂
Arriving in Greece – General tourism is to open 14 May 2021
Currently you can travel to Greece with a passenger locator form. This should be filled in at the latest the day before your arrival to Greece. You need also to have a negative PCR-Covid test, or have proof of full vaccination, or proof of having had Covid in the previous 2-9 months to enter.
Tavernas, restaurants and shops etc are open.
Given everyone on your plane will have been vaccinated or had a negative test in the past days we have the feeling it’s safer than the supermarket traveling here at the moment! We have rapid tests available onsite should anyone feel at all unwell.
Return Home Testing
Many guests currently require negative tests to return home. Many countries such as the UK and Germany are OK with ‘rapid’ tests that cost 20 euro on Crete and can be drop in affairs on the return to the airport. PCR tests (50-70 euro) may be needed by some. Depending on the number of guests requiring tests, often we can arrange a local testing centre to do tests at the retreat and email results for those needing PCR tests as well as rapid ones. This will avoid an excursion to be tested, gaining beach time!
The current entry rules are here: https://travel.gov.gr/#/
Yoga Rocks and our Corona response
We have been and will be here to help folk navigate any changes that the situation makes necessary. As it was fast-moving last year we offered full refunds at any point throughout 2020 and continue to do so in 2021.
In accordance with Greek regulations on Corona we’ve taken part in a 15 hour educational seminar in 2020, aiming to ensure the safe operating of the hospitality sector. May 2021 brought an updated course for us to enjoy! Practical changes keep the space relaxed but safe.
Crete has corona cases but not a big spread. In the villages where there is a high proportion of elderly people there is a certain disbelief of corona which is more understandable here than in other places. Normally in the flu season the villages lose some of their older people and that has not happened this year to the degree it can do – deaths are lower than normal. So people are understandably relaxed though mindful of the vulnerable.
Phil lounging on the beach in early corona times before tourism had begun!
The sun will come, super spreaders will have passed through the virus, the vulnerable will have been vaccinated and this will feel very different in a month from now.
We’ll try to keep you up to date here if we have any relevant local news. This site is best if you like up to date figures and charts. The best English language daily updates on the Greek corona situation are found here – it has a breakdown of the Greek cases per island as well as provinces on this island.
We are grateful very to be here.