Travelling By Ferry In Greece (Summer 2021)

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On 14 May 2021, the Greek Minister of Shipping and Island Policy announced the revised health protocols concerning the transports by ferry in view of the summer season 2021. More specific:

  • The capacity of ferries with cabins increased to 85%
  • The capacity of ferries without cabins increased to 80%
  • The capacity of the High-Speed Crafts that have special filters increased to 80% as well

Furthermore, passengers that wishing to travel by ferry should have:

  • either a vaccination certificate (14 days after the second dose)
  • a 72-hour PCR test or a 24-hour rapid test or a 24-hour self-test or a certificate of illness (2 months after disease and up to 9 months)
  • all domestic and foreign travelers, over the age of 5, are obliged to carry these special documents
  • the ferry companies will carry out all the necessary control checks on the documents mentioned

Hellenic Ministry Of Shipping Decides Further Financial Support For The Hellenic Coastal Shipping

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  • The Hellenic Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy decided further financial support to the Greek Ferry Operators by EUR 12 million
  • The total financial support package for the Hellenic Coastal Shipping is EUR 67 million
  • A series of measures for the support of seafarers are still into force (special purpose compensation, unemployment benefits, extension of the insurance of unemployed seafarers, subsidization of the employer’s contributions for the active seafarers, partially financial support -by the State- for the rents of the unemployed seafarers
  • The measures to support maritime labour have a total cost of EUR 15 million

Hellenic Coastal Lines: Measures for the November Lockdown

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According to a new Ministerial Decision, the measures taken concerning the operation of the Coastal Shipping in Greece from November 1 to November 30, 2020 are as follows:

  • Only the permanent residents of the islands will be allowed to travel by passenger or passenger ferries
  • Passengers without face masks will not be allowed to embark on board ferries
  • The allowed ferry capacity is set at 50%, or 55% if they have cabins
  • The operation of all types of ships and boats, including private excursion boats and commercial tourist ships, boats and sea taxis from mainland Greece to the islands and vice versa, as well as between of the islands is forbidden
  • The arrival of cruise ships is prohibited, regardless of the flag for the ship. Cruise ships, that are already in Greek waters can continue without disembarking the passengers in the ports of approach, except the planned final port of the cruise, if it is Greek.


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Minoan To Launch A New Connection Between Patras, Igoumenitsa And Venice

From next June 4, and until the end of the summer season, Grimaldi Group will link Italy and Greece with a new ropax service calling at the ports of Patras, Igoumenitsa and Venice (Marghera).

This new service was revealed by some media in Greece and already on the website of Grimaldi Group-controlled Minoan Lines.

The Visentini ropax VENICE (former CIUDAD DE CADIZ) will be deployed on the route and the frequency will be twice a week, thus competing with the Greek ferry company Anek Lines.

Grimaldi has been serving the line between Venice, Bari and Patras since 2015 bust just for cargo shipments and currently there are two ro-ro ships serving this line (EUROCARGO GENOVA and EUROCARGO ALESSANDRIA).


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The Hellenic Government decided on 15 March:

  • Interruption of passenger sea transport to and from Italy. The transport of goods and freights continues.
  • Ban on cruise liners and sailboats calls in the Greek ports.

All Greek ferry operators that serve the Patras-Ancona and Bari runs announced a conversion-cancellation of tickets on the Adriatic Sea due to the Corona Virus. This policy will be valid until April 3, 2020 and will apply for tickets that have a travel date up to April 30. This policy will be revised if necessary.

Α legislative initiative –with immediate appliance- is expected by the Hellenic Ministry of Shipping which will contain measures that will tackle with the problems encountered mainly in Hellenic Coastal Shipping, in order to maintain the necessary connection of the islands with the inland country as well as the smooth operation of ships flying the Greek flag. Among the measures that are examined are:

  • Allow only permanent island residents to travel
  • Citizens who are not permanent island residents, must prove their necessity to travel to the islands
  • The obligation of passengers to notify -with an official statement- if they come from abroad and from which country.
  • Decontamination of all the ferries’ public areas/spaces on regular basis
  • Maintain the ferry lines given the reduced passenger traffic. The state consider even to subsidy the ferry operators because of the emergency situation
  • Revision of the current sea transport network if it becomes necessary
  • The Hellenic Ministry of Shipping estimates that the crisis is severe and some shipping companies may face a sustainability problem.

It should be noted that according to Michalis Sakellis, president of the Association of Passenger Maritime Enterprises, passenger traffic in the upcoming summer season in Greece is expected to be worse than the winter season which is 20% lower than last year.

SEEN: Greece Ferry Strike Will Cause Major Problems To Travellers

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The Greek Shipowners Association for Passenger Ships (SEEN) called for the Pan-Hellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO) to reconsider its 24-hour strike announced for 3 September, as it is expected to cause severe disruption to ferry transport in Greece.

In a letter to PNO, the association underlined that some 180,000 passengers, 50,000 vehicles and 3,000 trucks are expected to travel that Monday.