Travelling in confidence with Olympic Holidays in 2020. Updates on travel requirements available here

Travelling with Olympic Holidays in 2020
Everything you need to know before you go

Last updated: 25 July 2020

On March 23rd 2020, due to COVID-19, travel from the UK stopped for the majority of UK citizens. It’s been a challenging time but now restrictions are being lifted, we’re excited that we can begin to take you on your well-deserved holiday!

To help maintain safety for all, there have been changes to arrivals into and out of the destinations we offer.

It’s really important that you read the information below about the country you’re arriving into. Failure to follow instructions means you may be denied entry.

Please remember that this information is subject to change.

We always follow advice from The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on where it is safe to travel. This is monitored regularly and will communicate with customers if any of their holiday plans are affected by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice, or the local government where you are travelling to.

The following Olympic destinations have some requirements for you to do before you travel.

In ALL destinations:
  • You may be asked to have your temperature taken or other checks at the airport. 
  • Please ensure you take an adequate supply of face masks or other acceptable face covering as you will be asked to wear these throughout your journey. That means in the airport, on your flights, on your transfers and possibly on holiday too. 
  • For all holidays you must have adequate travel insurance.
Greece and the Greek islands:

The Greek government has announced that UK visitors will be allowed from the 15th July. At least 24 hours before your departure you’ll need to:

  • Complete an online form, which you can find HERE
  • Once you’ve completed the form, please keep a copy of the QR code confirmation with you, as you’ll need to show this to border control in Greece.
  • You MUST have this document prior to departure – otherwise you may be fined
Cyprus:

The Cyprus government  has announced that UK visitors will be allowed entry from the 01st August 2020. Within 72 hours before your departure you’ll need to:

  • Complete an online form, which you can find HERE
  • Undergo a COVID-19 test which tests negative
  • You MUST have proof of the test and its result on arrival
Spain, including the Canary islands and Balearic islands: 

The Spanish government has announced that UK visitors are allowed entry into the country from 04th July 2020 . At least 48 hours before arrival, to enter the country or island you will need to:

  • Complete an online form, which you can find HERE
  • OR  download the official app  onto your mobile and complete the form. This form of registration will be mandatory from the 01st August 2020
  • You MUST have this document prior to departure and ready for inspection on arrival

If you are travelling back to Scotland, England or Wales, on arrival back from Spain, the Canary islands or Balearic islands, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days. 

Malta:

The government of Malta has announced UK visitors are allowed entry into the country from the 15th July 2020. There are currently no procedures or  restrictions to enter or leave the country, although you may be required to submit to a temperature check.

Traveling back to the UK

Whilst on holiday, from 48 hours before departure, you must complete the entry form into the UK, which you can find HERE

Please continue to refer to this page for further updates and we thank you for your understanding.

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

If you wish to change your holiday
  • Olympic Holidays is in constant communication with all the airlines. We are following their guidelines, and many are being flexible if customers want to change date, provided they are on sale for the new required date. If you wish to amend your holiday our standard T&C's apply.  Amendments can only be made via our Customer Services team by emailing Customer.services@olympicholidays.com stating your booking details.
  • If you wish to cancel your holiday, our standard T&C’s apply.
Should I pay my balance

For bookings departing up to and including the 31 Oct 2020 but worried about paying your remaining balance, Olympic Holidays will give you the option to pay £299pp as part of your balance due now, and the remaining balance 4 weeks before departure. If you subsequently cancel up to and including 4 weeks before departure your cancellation will be the amount you have already paid. Cancellation within 4 weeks of departure will be the full holiday amount (100%).

** To pay the £299pp, please go to manage my booking payment section, select ‘Other Amount’ and enter the value you wish to pay. If you are a travel agent, and collected this amount, please email accounts@olympicholidays.com to advise you have opted for this option.

Brexit advice for travellers

Updated 4th Feb 2020

Travel after 31 January 2020

Following ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK departed the EU on 31 January 2020. We are now in a transition period (also known as the ‘implementation period’) lasting until at least 31 December 2020. During this time, everything will remain the same and you can continue to travel without any changes.

Common questions about travel after 31 January 2020

Will flights still operate?

Yes. Everything will stay the same until the end of December 2020 and flights will continue as normal.

Will I need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit?

No. UK travellers won’t need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit.

Should I take out travel insurance to cover Brexit?

The best way to protect your holiday is to book a package – it is then the travel provider’s responsibility to make sure your holiday is provided and to offer an alternative or refund if it cannot be delivered.

It is important that whenever and wherever you travel that you have adequate travel insurance which covers your specific needs, including any known medical conditions or activities you plan to do.

Passports

Valid passports can still be used. You do not need to have six months left on your passport to travel to the EU. Your passport does however need to be valid for the whole of your trip.

European Health Insurance Card and travel insurance

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows any EU citizen to access state medical care when they are travelling in another EU country. UK registered EHICs will still be valid throughout 2020.

Olympic Holidays and ABTA have always advised holidaymakers and business travellers to make sure they have appropriate travel insurance, whether they have an EHIC card or not, as there are limitations to EHIC.

When travelling in the EU and beyond, it is important you take out travel insurance and check that it covers your current circumstances, including any medical conditions. If you have an annual policy, make sure you check the Terms and Conditions and contact your insurance provider if you’re not sure.

Driving licences

As long as you have a full UK driving licence, you don’t currently need an additional licence to drive in the EU. This will not change following 31 January 2020. An International Driving Permit will not be required, and you do not need a GB sticker or a Green Card for car insurance.

Taking pets abroad

There will be no change in relation to taking pets abroad after 31 January 2020.

Data roaming

Under EU rules, the cost of making calls, sending messages or using the internet on your phone in the EU is the same in the UK and this will continue after 31 January 2020.

Greece Overnight Tax

From the 1st January 2018 an Overnight Stay Tax was introduced by the Government of Greece. This is payable locally by the individual tourist on checking in to accommodation in Greece and varies according to the official rating of the accommodation as follows:

1-2 star: €0.50 per room per night

3 star: €1.50 per room per night

4 star: €3.00 per room per night

5 star €4.00 per room per night

Payment can be made by cash or card.

All of our accommodation descriptions contain both our ‘flame’ rating and the official rating of hotels and apartments. The amount you’ll pay is based on the official rating of the accommodation you have booked. The Olympic 'flame' ratings given to our accommodation may differ from the official star rating of the accommodation, please refer to our brochure or website descriptions if you are unsure.

Balearics Sustainable Tourism Tax

A Sustainable Tourism Tax was introduced by the Balearic Islands Government aimed at all overnight stays in Tourist Accommodation on Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza from the 1st July 2016. This will be collected on check-in at the accommodation.

The official website of the Government of the Balearic Islands setting out the tax rates can be found here. The rates quoted are for 2018, but we understand that the rates for 2020 are the same.

Please note that the rates quoted are per person per day and that 10% VAT will be added to the stated rates. Children under the age of 16 are exempt from the tax and from the 9th day of your stay the tax reduces by 50%.

All of our accommodation descriptions contain both our ‘flame’ rating and the official rating of hotels and apartments. The amount you’ll pay is based on the official rating of the accommodation you have booked. The Olympic 'flame' ratings given to our accommodation may differ from the official star rating of the accommodation, please refer to our website descriptions if you are unsure.