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Kef 'quakes / Re: Kef 'quakes: wobble watch
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 03 July, 2020 @ 20:57:50 »
Magnitude   ML 2.5
Region   GREECE
Date time   2020-07-02 09:19:50.7 UTC
Location   38.15 N ; 20.83 E
Depth   16 km
Distances   254 km W of Athens, Greece / pop: 730,000 / local time: 12:19:50.7 2020-07-02
80 km W of Pátra, Greece / pop: 164,000 / local time: 12:19:50.7 2020-07-02
30 km E of Argostólion, Greece / pop: 9,900 / local time: 12:19:50.7 2020-07-02
4 km E of Póros, Greece / pop: 1,100 / local time: 12:19:50.7 2020-07-02
Holidays in Hellas / Re: Travel to Greece
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 03 July, 2020 @ 20:51:39 »
Foreign travel advice


Updated:     3 July 2020
Latest update:    From 4 July, Greece is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.
Holidays in Hellas / Re: Travel to Greece
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 03 July, 2020 @ 20:46:41 »
And if your holiday in Hellas doesn't go according to plan...

What Happens If I Get Covid-19 on My Holidays in Greece?

Greece conducted more that 6,500 tests for Covid-19 at airports across the country on the first day it re-opened its borders to travelers on Wednesday, with the first 250 samples coming out negative, airport and health authorities said on Thursday.

But what happens if you do come down with Covid-19 while you are on holiday in Greece? According to guidelines issued by the National Public Health Organization (EODY) and the health ministry the following applies:
Holidays in Hellas / Re: Travel to Greece
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 03 July, 2020 @ 20:41:29 »
Allegedly he flew to Bulgaria then, hm, walked hundreds of miles to the Pelion? It would be one hell of a taxi fare and I can't quite see him getting a bus... and another bus... and another...  not sure how Bulgarian car hire companies would feel about their cars being taken across national borders but I'm sure he can afford to buy a car, never mind rent one.

Now, a bit of news that's handy for Stanley:

Greece on UK's list of 59 countries whose passengers will not have to quarantine
Holidays in Hellas / Re: Travel to Greece like PM's dad Stanley Johnson
« Last Post by Karavados on Friday, 03 July, 2020 @ 11:48:10 »
  No problems traveling to Greece  !

Just do as Stanley has done .

PM's dad Stanley Johnson accused of defying lockdown rules to fly to Greece

I wonder what the local authorities will do, to make his visit … that bit more special … ?

Edit: link shortened
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 03/07/20
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 03 July, 2020 @ 08:07:37 »
The orphaned baby squirrel eating video that went viral

Haven't had time to watch it, heard it's quite cute - just can't figure why a baby squirrel would want to eat a video (player? / cassette?)
Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 03/07/20
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 03 July, 2020 @ 08:03:16 »
Greek army chief warns of rising risk of ‘accident’ in Aegean

The chief of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (GEETHA), Konstantinos Floros, has reiterated warnings of the mounting risk of an “accident” between Greece and Turkey if Ankara insists on raising tensions over the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean.

Two-thirds Of Greeks Think A "hot Episode" With Turkey Will Occur Within 12 Months
Kefalonia News / Re: Weather warning
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 03 July, 2020 @ 04:09:44 »
'High temperatures' warning still in place for today and tomorrow: Temperatures likely to fall slightly after Saturday. So far these a possibility of thunderstorms on Sunday and Monday but these may clear before it happens.
Grapevine / News Briefs / 03/07/20
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 03 July, 2020 @ 03:57:55 »
England's quarantine to be dropped for Spain, Italy, France and Germany
Rule change to come into effect on 10 July, with full list of countries published on Friday

Greece was among the countries the government wanted to set up a so-called “air-bridge” with last Friday but it announced it was banning all flights from the UK until 15 July because of concerns over the UK’s level of coronavirus cases. It is unclear whether it will make the list announced on Friday.

The government is advising that anyone planning holidays or overseas travel should always check the latest foreign office travel advice and whether there are any self-isolation measures in place for their outbound or return journey.

The exemptions from self-isolation apply to all modes of international transport, including sea and international rail routes as well as flights.

Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 02/07/20
« Last Post by Maik on Thursday, 02 July, 2020 @ 22:29:36 »
Open call to foreign pensioners

Greece is about to issue an open invitation to foreign pensioners to relocate their tax domicile to Greece, with a bill to that effect set to be put up for consultation today or on Monday, Finance Minister Christos Staikouras stated on Thursday.

In an interview on Skai Radio Staikouras revealed the bill is ready for public consultation, offering tax incentives to pensioners from abroad that are understood to include a 7% flat tax rate.
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