Coronavirus put the 2020 retreat season in a spin, provided challenges to 2021 and hopefully will be more of an inconvenience rather than game changer in 2022. Through the mess we’ve tried to update as quickly as possible, reschedule any necessary changes, inform fully and refund anyone at any point. It’s anyone’s guess where this will lead in the coming year but we’re optimistic of an improving situation. Things generally seem to be getting better and we are getting better at navigating with unpredictability.
Anne wrote of a stay here in 2020 when we felt a bit like a corona oasis: 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
We’ll keep you up to date with the current situation in Greece from the Spring. The ups and downs over through the winter feel a little irrelevant to the summer situation here.
Arriving in Greece
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. From 8 November 2021 the Greeks are asking for vaccination proof or negative tests to enter closed retail spaces. Lateral flow tests can now be taken at any pharmacy in the country for a set 10 euro cost.
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
Some guests in 2021 required negative tests to return home. Many countries such as the UK and Germany were OK with ‘rapid’ tests that cost 10 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. Refunds up to retreat start date were important so folk could relax as well as cancel should their situation or feeling change on their holiday.
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. Our team has to be vaccinated or test twice a week as the Greeks are keen not to have a spread from workers within the hospitality sector.
Crete has corona cases now after a very good 2020. Hopefully we won’t have big spreads through the villages this where there is a high proportion of elderly people. 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 and we should be able to enjoy some much needed community, yoga and fun. Whether vaccines, built up immunity or treatment options for Covid prove to be the drivers for an improving situation we do hope to see further improvement in 2022. Improvement we suppose is lower risk of serious illness to lower risk of getting the virus.
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.