Before You Travel | How to Get There | Check In/Check Out | What's On Board | What to Bring | Health & Safety

This page provides useful planning, pre-departure and travel information. From servicing airports to base arrival procedures, it will tell you what to expect to make your holiday smooth and care free.

We suggest you read the following information carefully several weeks prior to departure and also print a copy to take with you. You might also find our online cruising guide helpful in planning your holiday itinerary in more detail.

Before You Travel

COVID-19 Travel Guidelines


We are happy to announce that our Athens Zea marina in Greece is now open. 

While our bases in Greece are opening their borders for international travelers on 4 July certain Policies and Procedures will need to be followed when entering the country, before, and during your stay there. Please stay informed and follow all requirements:

  • For bareboat charters, please bring with you a copy of the skipper’s passport and sailing licence.
  • Upon arrival, all adults must complete a Pre-Boarding Health Declaration form. This form must be stored in the chart table on the yacht. If this form is not onboard upon inspection, fines are as follows: €1000 Euros for skippers and €150 Euros per passenger.
  • All yachts will be equipped with a no-touch thermometer on board. Each guest’s temperature must be taken and logged daily, and this record must be logged and stored in the chart table. The log must be left on board as we are required to store this information at the base for two months following your charter.
  • Before departing from the base, the head charter guest must sign a document that explains the steps to follow should there be a suspected case of Covid-19 onboard. This document must be kept in the chart table.
  • Should you require the services of a technician during your charter, the technician must complete a pre-boarding health declaration form, which will be kept in the chart table.
COVID-19 Testing Sites
The hospital is in Sotiria, which is located about 30 minutes from the base by taxi. Testing can also be done at private hospitals, but you must call to arrange an appointment. You can also have a doctor come to you for testing, but you must call +30 2108060098 to schedule an appointment. The PCR test, Antibody test (method Elisa) and B22 Fast Test Antigen tests are available. The cost ranges from 120 Euros to 300 Euros. The results are usually given by phone or email within 24-48 hours.

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The Moorings
Freatida 185 36 – Piraeus
Tel.: +30 210 4530911 – Fax: +30 210 4559031
Email:  [email protected]
37° 55’ 56’’N 23° 39’ 01’’ E – VHF 69

Base Hours 
Monday to Thursday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Friday and Saturday, 9.00 am to 8:30 pm 
Sunday, 9.00 am to 2:30 pm

Season: This charter destination is closed from mid-November till end of March.

Time Zone
UTC/GMT +2 hours; Daylight Savings Time is +1 hour

Tourist Information Centre 
Tourist information centre, Athens – 210-8707 000
Tourist information centre, International Airport – 210-353 04 45

General Information
Area: 81,994 sq. mi.
Capital city: 
Greek and other nationalities
Greek (official), other languages include English and French
Greek Orthodox,  Muslim and others
Parliamentary republic
Major industries: 
Tourism, food and tobacco processing, textiles, chemicals, metal products, mining, petroleum
Tipping waiters, taxi drivers, etc. is generally not expected in Greece, but if you round up the bill it will be appreciated.
230V AC, 50 HZ, two-pin plugs are standard
Local time is UTC/GMT +2 hours; Daylight Savings Time is +1 hour

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How to Get There

“Eleftherios Venizelos” Airport. The distance from the “Eleftherios Venizelos” International Airport to the Marina Zeas base is 31 miles. The transfer takes about 60 an hour.

Due to the number of flights we organise, the Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Please make sure you contact your Holiday Planner before you book your flights.

Olympic Airways
Air France
American Airlines
British Airways
Delta Airlines
Lufthansa Airlines
SAS Scandinavian Airlines

Taxi – The easiest way to reach to Marina Zeas is to take a taxi from the airport (plenty of taxis waiting just outside). Depending on traffic the taxi ride to the base takes about an hour. Our base staff are more than happy organise this for you. Please contact them at [email protected]

Bus –  Take the X-96 from the airport to the port of Piraeus and then take a taxi (max. € 5) to the marina, or take bus 904 from the port of Piraeus to Freatida station where our base is. The X-96 bus takes about 70 minutes from the airport to the port and the taxi ride from the port to the marina takes about 5 minutes, or if you go by bus from the port it's about 20 minutes to the base.

Metro – Take the blue line from the airport, change to the green line towards Piraeus to station Monastiraki. On arrival at the port of Piraeus the easiest option is to take a taxi to the marina (about € 5) or take bus 904 from the port to Freatida station. The metro journey takes about 70 minutes and costs € 10 per person. The bus from the port to the marina take about 20 minutes and costs € 1.20 per person.

Car Rentals
Car rental is available at “Eleftherios Venizelos” International Airport. There are car and motorbike rental operators close to the marina. 

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Check In/Check Out

Check In Procedures
Charter Start Time: Charters start at 3:00 pm. 
Briefing Times: A chart briefing will be provided on arrival day and then again the following day after arrival. This will cover the sailing area and provide some handy tips about the local area.

All skippers must attend a Chart Briefing which covers all you need to know about the cruising area, use of the VHF radio, how to call for assistance, and more. A Boat Briefing will also be provided onboard your yacht.

Yacht Orientation
The yacht briefings will be carried out on a one to one basis on each individual yacht.  This will entail all the technical aspects of the vessel and the team will answer any operational questions the customer may have.

Late Arrivals 
The base personnel will wait for you until 9.00 pm. After 9.00 pm, you will find an information sign at our reception office with a message for you indicating your yacht's berth. Your boat will be open and indicated by a sign with your name. The boat's equipment will be ready for the night. The base personnel will be available the next day at 9.00 am

Check Out Procedures
Charter End Time: All charterers must return to base by 5:00 pm the night before disembarkation for debriefing and checks. Disembarkation is at 9:00 am the following morning. 

A debriefing and final walkthrough will be done upon return so please allow enough time to complete this before the charter end time.

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What's on Board

Moorings Care packages are included on every yacht. These packages contain some of the basics to get you started for your holiday. Additional items are available to be purchased and delivered directly to your yacht. Visit our Provisioning Page to learn more.

Mobile phones 
The mobile network is well developed throughout Greece. You can generally use your own mobile after checking with your supplier to see if Greece is included in your contract.

While most of our newer boats have Bluetooth capability, we cannot guarantee all boats are outfitted with this equipment. For your convenience, we highly recommend you bring an AUX cord so you can listen to music from your mobile devices.

Electricity in Greece is 220V or 380V and electricity is provided at each berth. If you travel to Greece with a device that does not accept 220V, you will need a voltage converter. There is a 12V cigarette lighter outlet by the chart table on all of our yachts.

Internet connectivity
A 3G Key is available to purchase for your cruise. Short-term contracts can be made with Wind Vodaphone or Cosmote in Piraeus town. Please note: shops close around 14.00 (2:00 pm) so you will need to arrive prior to that in order to purchase short term 3G service. Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport offers Wi-Fi access. Wi-Fi in Greece is available in many coffee shops.

For more information on what's included on your yacht, please view the full list here for Bareboat Charters or here for Crewed Charters.

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What to Bring

Customs & Immigration
Entry, exit, and visa requirements depend on the locations you are departing from and traveling to. You are responsible for having the correct documents so make sure to check with the consulate of the countries you plan to visit before you travel. Visit travel.state.gov for the latest information.

Cruising Licences
Click here to review the sailing and power requirements for Greece while planning your charter holiday.

It is imperative that you bring these sailing certificates or sailing qualifications with you.You will not be able to sail without these papers, and failure to supply information in advance could delay your departure from the base. The sailing experience you provide on your booking confirmation is required as proof of sailing experience for the Greek Port Authorities. Please bring any sailing certificates or sailing qualifications with you.

Luggage & Packing List
Soft-sided luggage or duffel bags are best, as luggage storage space on your yacht may be limited. We have no facilities for holding luggage at the base. Pack lightly and review our suggested packing list for required and necessary items to bring.

  • Pack essential prescription medicine and change of clothing in a carry-on bag*
  • Passport and other travel documentation
  • Tickets and paper confirmations for pre-planned activities
  • Light-coloured, light-weight clothing
  • Formal wear for upscale dining establishments
  • Swimwear and cover up
  • Hats and sunglasses
  • Sandals and flip-flops
  • Athletic shoes and hiking boots
  • Travel-sized toiletries and hygiene products
  • Insect repellent and OTC pain relievers/ointments
  • AUX cable for playing music through your device

  • 12V DC to 110V AC power inverter (for boats without generators**)

  • 12V to USB power adapter for charging mobile devices

*We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.

**All boats include a 12V DC outlet (a "car" outlet). Boats with generators have 110V outlets in the Caribbean and 220V in the Mediterranean and Exotic locations.

The use of flying drones may be restricted in some areas. For current drone regulations in this destination, please visit https://uavcoach.com/drone-laws-in-greece/.

Taxes & Fees
You might incur some costs while on charter such as mooring and docking fees or cruising taxes. We highly recommend bringing enough of the local currency to cover these costs as they are not always payable by USD, debit, and/or credit cards. Please see our Base Guide for additional information.

Security Deposit
A security deposit must be paid at the base by Visa or Master Card and is refundable at the end of your charter subject to there being no loss or damage. To significantly decrease your security deposit, purchase our Yacht Damage Waiver insurance ahead of time.

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Health & Safety

Vaccination and Immunisation Information
Greece is generally free from risk of contagious disease.
You are advised to be up-to-date with your Tetanus and Hepatitis B vaccines. An International Vaccination Certificate is not mandatory. Visit cdc.gov for the latest information.

Travel Advice  
Your health and safety are important to us. For advice on how to stay safe while on charter, please review our Travel Advice InformationCurrent travel and safety information can be obtained by visiting travel.state.gov

Travel Insurance
The Moorings offers comprehensive travel insurance for your peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, verify that it covers the destinations and activities of your Moorings holiday.

Emergency Information
Tzaneio General Hospital in Piraeus: 0030 213 2081000
Athens Metropolitan Hospital: 0030 210 4809000

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*Please note country entry/exit and vaccination/immunisation requirements can and do change. The Moorings is not accountable for these requirement changes and we advise visiting the destination's authority website to receive the latest updates.

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