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Covid cases in Santorini

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We’re due to arrive on Saturday. We’ve been watching the cases increase in Greece and it’s concerning. Does anyone know the situation in Santorini? Are many people testing positive there?

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Santorini has some of the highest case number per capita in Greece though that is likely due in part to the numbers being distorted by the large number of tourists.

You can find the official numbers here (updated once a week). Click on the region or island to get those numbers: https://covid19.gov.gr/covid-map-en/ . Note the numbers present here are the mean for one day over the last 7 vs the 7 or 14 total used by a lot of other places (so they will seem low compared to statistics reported elsewhere.

The site honestly does a bit better job presenting the data and showing the historical data: https://covid19-greece.tk/index_en.html . You need to scroll down to see regional numbers. Note this site gives you the 14-day total which is more commonly used.

Also for what it is worth the European CDC has put the entire South Aegean islands as deep red and suggests no travel to the islands: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/ecdc-warns-against-travel-to-popular-greek-islands-after-placing-them-in-dark-red-category/ .

A lot is going to come down to whether you are vaccinated or not and whether you have to test to reenter Canada. I am a US citizen who is fully vaccinated and was planning on going to Naxos, Santorini, and Mykonos in the first half of September. I have cancelled that and will do a more laid back vacation of hiking and beaches in a less touristed area of Greece with lower numbers. My concern was really not getting seriously ill but rather testing positive on return to US after a asymptomatic infection. I really don't want to get stuck in quarantine for 7-14 days.

Honestly if you are vaccinated your risk is still low. My calculation was mostly, I could have an equally enjoyable vacation someplace else in Greece at lower risk and cost since a number of the those islands are expensive. So I am still planning on going to Greece just someplace else.

Edited: 23 August 2021, 18:18
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We are vaccinated and we do have to be tested before coming back to Canada. But while we’re in Santorini we won’t be going to any crowded restaurants and bars. We plan to go to the smaller expensive restaurants in Imerovigli since that’s the area we’re staying in first. We have a hotel booked in the area just outside of the main area of Imerovigli which isn’t crowded at all. We’ll also be staying in Kamari but we’ll also be choosing restaurants that have the proper distance between diners. We’ll be outside the whole time. We hope we don’t get stuck in Santorini longer due to testing positive.

Edited: 23 August 2021, 18:53
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Reading both of your recent posts as a single entity, it's pretty obvious that you're very nervous about crowds.

You're coming to one of the busiest islands in the whole of Greece - even in COVID times - so it's going to be difficult to avoid them, and even though you sound as though you're going into semi isolation in Imerovigli, you're going to find Kamari a different kettle of fish altogether - it's going to be VERY busy and to be honest, it's going to be difficult to avoid crowded restaurants. The hustle and bustle of Kamari is not the relative peace and quiet of Imerovigli.

Are you going to be weaving in and out of people while you're out and about? Potentially, you could have a bit of a stressful and maybe not very enjoyable holiday.

On the plus side, you've both had your vaccinations so you're going to be as protected as it's possible to be. You're coming a hell of a long way and the planning and logistics must've been a job in itself. I genuinely hope you make it and have a fabulous time. I'm due to be on Santorini from mid September for 3 weeks, mostly staying in Perissa. I'm double vaccinated too and I'm just starting to look into the various hoops I need to jump through in order to get there and back to the UK in one piece.

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Do private testing companies report result anonymously to the government?

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Not sure quite what you are asking but from what I have read if you test positive in Greece they notify the government (there is nothing anonymous about it). It seems the tourists that have had this happen get a call from the local authorities and then are escorted to a quarantine hotel or in some instances are allowed to quarantine in their hotel if the hotel can accommodate them and meets the quarantine requirements.

Edited: 24 August 2021, 03:03
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Thank you. That was my question. Where did you read this information? It’s vague on the government site and really only explains testing at the airport.

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I just came back from a trip to Greece yesterday. We spent 2 days in Santorini and it was PACKED. You have to walk through crowds of people in the tiny alleyways and most people are not wearing a mask when doing so. Really depends on your comfort level. We went to Athens, Crete, Santorini and Naxos and found Santorini to be the most crowded.

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@6 There have been various postings here on TA such as this one: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g189457-i1615-k13651171-A_Post_to_Help_You_Navigate_Quarantine_in_Kefalonia-Kefalonia_Ionian_Islands.html but there are others. Also a NYT article here reports similar for a couple who tested positive prior to their return flight to US: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/18/travel/blindsided-abroad-vaccinated-but-testing-positive-on-a-trip-to-europe.html .

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Bigsnitch, this will be our 4th time visiting the Greek Islands. We plan many trips like this so it wasn’t difficult. Actually easier than past trips since we’re only visiting Santorini instead of moving around to other islands. We decided to avoid adding the ferry crowds to the itinerary.

Crowded areas outside don’t bother us too much. Although we’ll be avoiding Oia. We don’t much enjoy the packed narrow streets anyways, even before Covid. Although Oia can be nice in the evenings. Once we get through the travel part, we’ll be happy to be in Santorini. We considered cancelling but we’ve cancelled so many trips over the past 18 months It’s time to start getting back to travelling since we’re now vaccinated.

Edited: 24 August 2021, 06:17
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Statesec, I saw that article in the NYT this morning. Interesting that they actually think they caught Covid in the US though, not in Greece.

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