Coronavirus Update

Page last updated:  05 October 2021

Goodbye green and amber list! Hello holidays!

We are delighted to have run a wonderful summer season in Samos this summer with the resort opening on 08 July and many guests enjoying the long-awaited and much-needed blessing of a holiday.

Bookings for Ski 21-22 and Summer 2022 are now open and are filling up very quickly as many people are ensuring they have their holiday plans sorted a lot earlier than usual due the expected reduced availability! Get a quote now or give us a call to secure your booking now.

Testing & Passenger Locator Forms

England’s entry requirements are detailed on the UK Government website and Greece’s entry requirements are shown on the UK Foreign Office Website and the Greek Government website.

We are happy to help and share our top tips as follows, but with information changing regularly, it is your responsibility to make sure you fulfil any entry requirements at the time of travel. Please note that the below information refers to adults travelling to Samos; you will need to check the government websites for information about testing requirements for children.

If you have received both vaccine doses at least 14 days before departure and can provide evidence for this, there is no need to take a test prior to arriving in Greece. You will need to provide suitable evidence of your vaccination status. See accepted forms of evidence – as you will see, your NHS vaccine appointment card is not sufficient so please ensure you provide alternative acceptable evidence.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to take a “test to depart” before you travel to Greece. Antigen tests are now accepted and can be taken at home before travel or in the airport before flying, however, you cannot use a free NHS test for this purpose. If you do need a “test to depart”, we have used c19 Testing, who sell Rapid Antigen Tests for £29 per test. These are suitable for entering Greece. You will need to order this in plenty of time to arrive before your holiday and then self-administer the test within 48 hours of your flight. The tests are valid for up to one year after ordering so you can do this well in advance of your holiday but you must not take it sooner than 48 hours before departure. You will need internet access to enter your details online and a certificate will be emailed to you, which you can print off and take with you or show on your device at the airport. 

All passengers are required to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before entering Greece. You must complete this online no later than 11:59pm (local time Greece) the day before arriving in Greece, so it is advised that you do this in good time before your holiday. Please click here to learn more and complete your PLF.

All guests will be required to take a pre-return Covid test (a “test to return”) in Samos towards the end of your holiday in order to re-enter England. You will need to take this pre-return test even if you have been fully vaccinated, since vaccination status alone is not sufficient for re-entering England.

We recommend that you pre-order your test in the UK and take it with you in your suitcase – the c19testing Rapid Antigen test is suitable for this purpose. You can self-administer this test in Samos in the 3 days before the service on which you will arrive in England departs. You will need to ensure you have a device with internet access to upload your results and have your certificate emailed to you to show at the airport. Please note, results from a free NHS lateral flow test will not be accepted.

Alternatively, if you do not have a device with suitable internet access, you can visit a Pharmacy in Samos town to have a Rapid Antigen test taken. You will need to take a taxi to the Pharmacy and visit the walk in clinic – our team will be happy to help with booking the taxi to the correct location. The test will be administered and you will receive a certificate to take with you on your flight. This will cost about 20 euros plus the taxi fare.

All guests must also complete a second Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before entering the UK. You must complete this online within the 48 hours before arriving back in England; therefore, please take a device which can connect to the internet with you to Samos. Please click here for more information and to complete your PLF.

All guests will be required to take a PCR test on Day 2 after returning to England, including those who have been fully vaccinated. If Samos is on the “amber” list at the time of your holiday, you will also be required to take another on Day 8, unless you are fully vaccinated. If you have not been fully vaccinated and Samos is on the “amber” list, you will also need to self-isolate for 10 days upon returning to the UK. 

It is an entry requirement of England to have pre-booked your Day 2 test (and Day 8 test if required), so please ensure you have pre-ordered these before returning from your holiday. You will need to provide the unique reference for each test on your Passenger Locator Form, so please make a note of these references when you receive your order confirmation email.

We recommend Randox Health and we have been given a discount code through our membership with the TTA. Although this supplier represents good value for money and we have had good experience using them, there are several test suppliers available to you, so do make sure you are happy with whichever test supplier you choose.

Randox Health

You can buy either a Day 2 PCR Test if you are fully vaccinated, or Day 2 and Day 8 PCR Tests if you are not fully vaccinated and Greece is still on the “amber” list. 

Enter our discount code TTNG43 at the checkout to bring each test to £43.

Randox Health has their own network of drop-boxes available for you to return your sample to their labs for free (please check their website to find your nearest location) or you can post your sample at your own expense using your preferred courier to their lab address shown on their website.

FAQs

Richmond Holidays provides 100% financial protection on all holiday bookings.

All funds that you pay to Richmond are securely held in trust with the Travel Trust Association until you return from your holiday. We do not access these funds in advance for any reason, meaning you can have confidence that your funds are available to be returned to you anytime, if you are entitled to a refund.

Please visit the UK government’s FCDO website for up-to-date entry requirements for your holiday destination. We recommend that you sign up for FCDO travel advice email alerts so that you don’t miss any updates.

Richmond re-started it’s holiday programme on 08 July 2021 and we have confidence that there will not be a covid-related reason to cancel your holiday going forward.

If, in the very unlikely situation that there are unforeseen circumstances that lead to Richmond needing to cancel your holiday, we will contact you by email to notify you and to offer you a 100% refund of the funds you have paid, or a deferment to a later holiday for with no admin fees.

Yes, it is essential and a condition of booking that you have travel insurance in place. We suggest a policy that covers for cancellations in the event of illness and unforeseeable events as well as for travel disruption in case your flight is rescheduled.

Richmond is currently operating holidays to Samos and will continue to do so unless the very unlikely event that your destination is moved onto the UK government red list.

If Richmond has to cancel your holiday at any point, you can choose to defer your holiday to a later date, with no admin fee charged.

In some circumstances, with more than 10 weeks remaining before your departure date, we may be able to facilitate a deferral to a different date for a £50pp admin fee, subject to availability.

Within 10 weeks to your scheduled departure, it is not possible to defer you holiday. However, you would be able to cancel your holiday and there may be partial refund available subject to our usual cancellation terms. We are very happy to utilise the remaining credit toward a future holiday at dates that are more suitable.

Depending on your reason for deferral, your travel insurance may cover some or all of the costs of these changes. Please do ensure you have reviewed your policy to confirm you have the necessarry level of cover.

It is extremely unlikely that any of the countries we offer holidays to will move onto the red list, due to the fantastic vaccination programmes and low infection rates.

If this does happen, we will contact you to inform you that your holiday has been cancelled. You can then request a full refund, or a fee-free deferment – whichever is best for you.

If you decide to cancel your holiday, this will be subject to our usual cancellation terms as outlined here. Therefore, it is essential that you purchase good travel insurance that will provide cover if you cancel your holiday due to unforeseen circumstances such as ill health.

If you contract or come into contact with Covid-19 before you fly, you must quarantine as per government guidelines. You will be unable to travel internationally and will therefore be unable to come on your holiday. Please let us know as soon as possible as there may be a partial refund available according to our cancellation terms.

Many travel insurers now provide cover for this situation so please ensure you have read your insurance policy and are happy with the level of cover provided.