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Athens and Santorini Mid-May?

Have plans to fly from Chicago to Athens for layover, then a flight to Santorini May 8th.
Our villa is telling me they are good to go on May 1, and therefore our reservation is considered valid. How many of you are planning to travel there during that time frame if everything is once again open and operational?

Posted by
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The US government is cutting most international flights. The Greek government is stopping all in-coming flights.

The Greek government is shutting down all hotels.

May 1 is not that far ahead.

I doubt the virus will be over by then and doubt flights will be allowed in/out of Greece.

If your villa is telling you they are good to go I don't think I would trust them.

Posted by
10821 posts

tommuk5 the question was

How many of you are planning to travel there during that time frame if
everything is once again open and operational?

I think everyone knows the situation.

Posted by
6226 posts

travel there during that time frame if everything is once again open and operational?

I have no plans to go to Greece, but am 'scheduled' for a May 22 arrival in Amsterdam. I suspect I have a 0.0001% chance of that happening.

IF things were functional by then I would go.

Your villa host seems unduly optimistic. My $0.02

Posted by
5019 posts

May 1 of what year?

Exactly. May 2020? Dream on!

May 2021? Maybe, if things go well.

I'm seeing more and more credible sources starting to speak in terms of 12-18 months before things start to settle down with the virus. Then there's the consequences of the global economic depression that's barely begun. That could take a lot longer to abate.

Posted by
3991 posts

I have scrapped all thoughts of going on my June and November holidays in Europe this year. I think the problems will be around into next year, so your holiday in a couple of months has less than 0% chance of happening.

The Greek economy wasn’t exactly the strongest before the current situation and I would imagine that airlines, hotels etc will be out of business before the situation has ended.

Posted by
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I just received a cancellation notice from a hotel I have booked in Athens for 20 May. Here is a quote from their email:

"Just to inform you, the Greek government asked to close all the hotels until the end of April, and we think that this will remain until End of May."

We are now trying to decide if we should rebook for 1 June.

--Geraldine (Pensacola, Florida)

Posted by
16840 posts

I would not put down any non-refundable money on any travel for 2020 or the first few months of 2021 right now. I have made a $500 deposit on a tour to India in February 2021. The rest of the money is due in November. I have a strong suspicion that I'll be walking away from that $500, but I'll see what things look like in the days before the deadline.

Posted by
5719 posts

Your villa on Santorini “may be good to go” but does the Greek government agree? Do you have insurance to cover your deposit?