Greece , Rhode island, Gastrenteritis spoils travelers’ vacations, Greek CDC on the Alert

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Gastrenteritis outbreak on a Rhodes’ island hotel in Greece , infects tourists and travelers by person-to-person transmittion. Greek Public Health is set on Emergency Response, announced the Greek CDC, as to urgently avoid further transmittions and identify the factors and the causes of the infections’s outbreak. Patients are recovering, said the Greek CDC, most of them in good health\


Embargo, visas and Russian travel to Greece : a crisis, “diplomatizkaya” by all means…


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Embargo, visas and Russian travel to Greece : a crisis, “diplomatizkaya” by all means….


Embargo, visas and Russian travel to Greece : a crisis, “diplomatizkaya” by all means…


  • Expectations for exclusion of the Greek exports from the Russian embargo expressed by the Greek government 
  • Greek Government spokesperson: “Our Relations with Russia are good”
  • Greek Minister of Tourism: Extensive talks with the Russian side, diplomats involved also

Near half a billion Euros is the bill for Greece, from the Russian embargo on imports, a loss unbearable for Greece and Greeks, on this moment, by the farmers of fresh fruits to appear as the most desperate, since the announcement of the news . The Greek authorities and politicians remain, though, impressively optimistic till now, expressing their estimate, that due to the progress of the two countries’ diplomatic relations, Greece would be excluded from the embargo of Russia’s countries’ list. “Our Relations with Russia are good”, commented on Real Radio Thursday morning the government’s spokesperson Sofia Voultepsi .

Meanwhile, Greece had to face the Russian Travel Agencies’ tsounami which unfolded just the days before, accutely and rapidly, in less than a week .
On Tuesday, another Russian travel agency had gone bankrupt, leaving about 500 of its clients stranded abroad, and depriving about 1,300 voucher holders of their vacation, as the Russian News Agency, Itar-Tass reported .
The Russian Travel Agencies’ Domino 

After tourist agencies Neva, Roza Vetrov Mir, Expo Tour, Ideal Tour and Labirint, that have all wound up their activities since mid-July, on Tuesday  The IntAer travel operator joined the list of bankruptcies on Tuesday in tourist agencies sector.

IntAer said on its website on Tuesday, August 5,  that it had halted its business “due to a sharp fall in demand and purchasing power and the rise in the exchange rates of foreign currencies and the negative political situation.”

In Greece, Olga Kefallogiani, the minister of Tourism in Greece, had appeared reassuring that the problem will be solved but on the first day, at the start of this sequel. Olga Kefalogianni, commenting on air to Manos Niflis, on the Real fm Radio, she pointed out that “the Russian side intends to compensate Greek hotel owners who have been damaged by the bankruptcy of Labirint. We keep in touch, and on constant talks with the Russian side”, she said, “not only with the businessmen, but also with the embassies”.

The Greek minister of Tourism had expressed her satisfaction “for the fact that the private tourist companies showed maturity”, she said, and she stressed that Greece has made a good impression to the tourist market of Russia. She reassured that the Russian customers of the agency in Greece — who are estimated at 8,000 to 10,000 — will soon return to their country.

IntAer’s civil liability was insured at Reso-Garantia insurance company to the total amount of $1.7 million according to the Tass. Russian Tourist Union spokeswoman Irina Tyurina said the union had already sent an inquiry about the number of clients affected by the suspension of IntAer’s activities.

The spokeswoman said IntAer was a small travel agency and therefore “the number of tourists who will be affected will not be so large as was the case with Neva or Labirint travel agencies, for example.”

Meanwhile about 15,000 Russian tourists who have bought travel services from Labirint are currently waiting for their return to Russia.

About 20 tourist companies have gone bankrupt in Russia since 2010 when a series of bankruptcies rocked the Russian tourism sector, while the Current conflict with Ukraine as well as EU sanctions against Russia seems to be worsening their position.


 Russian tourists in Greece, a “good deal”

Earlier this year, when predictions and expectations for Russian Travel to Greece where much higher for both sides, the Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni had promised to to make visa proceedures from Russia obviously simpler, on purpose to abolish the visa from Russia at all. On her meeting in Moscow on April 2014 with the head of the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism, Alexander Radkov, he had described Greece as a “strategic partner” and had noted the rapid advances in bilateral Greek-Russian relations in tourism.

Alexander Radkov, the ANSA MED had wrote, had emphasised that the number of Russian tourists choosing Greece as their destination had increased 80 percent compared within the previous year,mentioning also as very interesting the point that Greek tourists to Russia had also increased in numbers during 2013, contrary to the austerity, by an “equally, impressive 30 percent rise” as he had said.

Visas in 48 hours anbd less

Stating to the press after their meeting, Radkov had thanked Greece’s General Consulate in Moscow for their work, “noting that the season had been a success”

He pointed out that Russians  book holidays at the last minute, which meant that they would select destinations that either did not require visas or where visas could be obtained relatively easily.

Kefalogianni, talking to the reporters, had underlined that roughly 900,000 visas were issued by the Greek consulate in Russia in the first nine months of 2013, adding that Greece was the only EU country “that made this progress, to issue visas within 48 hours and would do anything possible, within the framework of the Schengen treaty, to help Russian tourists. 

She also noted that Greece intends to raise the issue of further simplifying visa procedures with its EU partners notes the Itar-Tass



Ebola, Greece: The Greek CDC recommendations for Travellers to and from the West Africa Country


Travelers visiting West Africa destinations are advised to get informed about the Ebola epidemic, in detail concerning the specific area the traveler is visiting.

Experts have said to the moment, that the risk to travelers is very low, reminding though, that there is no vaccine or medication for prophylaxis, nor does any effective treatment exist, so travelers are oblidged to protect themselves adequately.

Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a very rare but deadly viral infection with no carrier state of the incubation period. Once the virus infects the body, it requires 2 to 21 days of the disease to onset symptoms, which happens accutely and severely, most often fatally.  Usually it starts by a sudden high fever, muscle aches, diarrhea, headache, fatigue and abdominal pain. Symptoms also include skin rash, sore throat and conjunctivitis.

As soon as the fever appears, the patient becomes infectious
The virus is transmitted from person to person through the contact of blood of the patients, and of the tissues and body fluids of patients or deceased, who had contracted hemorrhagic fever Ebola.
Infection also may be transfered by contact or reuse of contaminated needles of the patients.

The virus can also be transmitted through the contact of live or dead infected animals (eg monkeys).

Although Ebola virus human-to-humnan transmission through air droplets has never been reported in health care facilities, the use of mask and eye protection of the healthcare personel is considered mandatory for any case of clinical examination or treatment of patient with vomiting or respiratory symptoms
Measures for Travelers
The traveler is recommended to be aware of the Ebola ways of transmission and take all personal protective measures.

Therefore, direct contact with body fluids of patients, and also with tools or objects that have been used by patients should definitely be avoided .
Furthermore Greek CDC( HCDCP) recommends travellers to West Africa destinations to avoid contact with animals.

If you experience symptoms during your trip or shortly after returning from an African country whith reported Ebola cases, you should seek immediate medical attention and primarily inform the doctor about the symptoms and the county you visited .
The screening for Ebola hemorrhagic fever in asymptomatic travelers returning from Africa destinations or immigrants is not appropriate.


Greece’s successful operation rescues foreign citizens from Libya



After sailing for almost 27 hours on a 650 miles distance departing from Pireus, the frigate Salamis accessed the port of Tripoli, Libya, Thursday afternoon on July 31, 2014.

, The Greek Navy Seals which manned the mission, as soon as the frigate arrived, secured a perimeter as a suitable space on the port area,  settled a boarding mini-station for the needs of the emergency on the port of Tripoli, by securing a perimeter on a suitable space, and helped so the citizens to board on the inflatable boats and be transferred to the frigate which , due to the htreatening situtation taking place in Libya on these moments had to remain sailing near the Tripoli port until the 186 citizens embarked on it .

Due to the large wave height in the sea, it was not possible to transport all the citizens on dinghies, so the transfer continued with two Libyan trailers. The team of the Greek Navy Seals on specially equipped boat was accompanying the boats and trailers on their the route from land to the ship.  The whole mission was successfully completed and the first 186 foreign citizens were  transfered to Pireus/

From the 186 people transferred, 77 people were Greeks, (including the staff of the Greek Embassy), 78 were Chinese, 10 British, 12 people were from Cyprus, 7 from Belgium, one from Albania and one from Russia. • The frigate arrived back at the port of Pireus early morning on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014.


Since the weekend, France, Brazil, Britain, and now Greece and Cyprus have advised their citizens to leave Libya.

Meanwhile, the European Union said it was moving its mission assistance together with its staff members from Libya to Tunisia.

Albert del Rosario, foreign secretary of the Philippines, said he will fly to Djerba Island, which is near the Libyan border to ensure that 13,000 Filipino workers are safely evacuated from Tripoli, Misarata and Benghazi.