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Effective today, April 1, new Electronic System for Travel Authorizations (ESTA) for Greek citizens will be valid for one year, instead of the standard two-year validity. The one-year validity period is for new and renewal ESTA applications. Existing ESTAs for Greek citizens will remain valid, unless revoked, for two years from the date of the authorization or until the traveler’s passport expires, whichever comes first.
Former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced March 9, 2010 Greece’s designation as a member of the Visa Waiver Program. Greek citizens are able to visit the United States without visas since April 5, 2010.
Greek citizens with Greek passports that will expire in less than six months may travel on the VWP, as long as their planned stay in the U.S. has been concluded before the expiration date of their passport. Greek citizens are permitted to enter the U.S. with either a valid visa or an approved ESTA using a passport that is valid for less than six months.
Please note that the following applies to all VWP travelers:
Approved ESTA applications are valid for a period of one year, or until the passport expires, whichever comes first, and multiple trips to the United States without the traveler having to re-apply for another ESTA. The ESTA travel information may be updated before each trip to the U.S., but it is not required. When traveling to the U.S. with the approved ESTA, you may only stay for up to 90 days at a time – and there should be a reasonable amount of time between visits so that the CBP Officer does not think you are trying to live there. There is no set requirement for how long you must wait between visits.
If your ESTA expires while in the U.S., it will not affect your departure. Citizens and eligible nationals of current VWP member countries who would like information on the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) may visit http://www.cbp.gov/ and/or http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/without/without_1990.html#. Effective January 12, 2009, all individuals traveling to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) will be required to obtain a travel authorization before initiating travel. ESTA is available with a small fee of $14 and can be completed in 16 languages at http://www.cbp.gov/esta.
VWP travelers should be aware that unauthorized third-parties have established web sites which charge visitors seeking to travel to the United States under the VWP, for information about ESTA, and for submitting ESTA applications to DHS on behalf of the traveler. These businesses and web sites are not endorsed or associated with the United States Government. The United States Government charges a flat fee of $14 for applying and obtaining a travel authorization through the ESTA web site without additional charges for obtaining information.
A new Cretan airline is about to spread its wings…
As from June 2012 the new airline that is called “Minoan Air” will be flying in the European sky.
With well experienced staff with a fleet of 4 aircraft’s Fokker F27 Mk050, 50 seater capacity, the new airline announced its new schedule for summer 2012. According to the airline’s press release the aircraft’s can also organize charter flights.
The flight schedule will be serving the following routes as from June 2012:
Aegean Air is developing innovative services and simplifying procedures, to ensure an even more comfortable and pleasant journey for you. As of December 1st 2011, check-in process becomes more convenient for you.
All passengers can check-in, using one of the user-friendly services:
Following the announcement by the Hellenic Air Traffic Personnel that the previously scheduled strike will last 12 hours starting on Wednesday at 00:01hrs instead of 48 hours as it was initially decided, AEGEAN reinstates back to schedule the following flights on Thursday 20 October 2011.
Following the announcement by the Hellenic Air Traffic Personnel that the previously scheduled strike will last 12 hours starting on Wednesday at 00:01hrs instead of 48 hours as it was initially decided, AEGEAN reinstates back to schedule the following flights on Wednesday 19 October 2011.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Olympic Air announced today that they have signed a code share agreement effective September 1st, 2011. This agreement entitles the airlines to market flights between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos for connecting traffic under each others flight numbers.
Both airlines already operate flights on this route. The new code share agreement enables Olympic Air to increase the number of daily flight offerings to its customers from nine to sixteen per week and KLM will also raise the offering to its customers from two to three daily flights.
On September 12th, this code share agreement has been further enhanced, offering 8 destinations to KLM passengers in the Greek domestic market & 8 European destinations to Olympic Air passengers. KLM passengers will be able book a KLM flight between Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” and Alexandroupoli, Santorini, Chania, Heraklion, Ioannina, Kos, Rhodes, Thessaloniki, for connecting services operated by Olympic Air. Olympic Air passengers will be able to connect at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for flights to Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Goteborg, Hamburg, Manchester, Oslo & Stockholm under an Olympic Air flight number. (more…)
Hellenic Imperial Airways in consideration of the reduced demand for this period would like to inform the travelling passengers that will reduce its capacity on the Athens/New York & New York/Athens route. This means that they will be operating with a B-747 on Fridays only, until the new aircrafts enter into service (early October 2011).
Please be advised that the flight of Monday 12th of September will be the last Monday flight for the time being. If you have booked on a Monday flight after the 12th of September, you can choose to be moved to any of our Friday flights duw to these changes. As it was mentioned above, until the airline will resume to their normal flight schedule to/from United States of America, shortly.
For any further information regarding your flight, please contact the airlines call-centre in Greece toll-free at 11-800-08080 or the head offices at +30 210 9613183 or +30 210 9613179 or for the USA call 1-855-4355271.
You can also contact Hellenic Imperial Airways via email [email protected]
As from August, 27th 2011 the city of Venice has applied the special tourist taxes. Like the taxes in Rome and Florence, the hotel tax in Venice is also partly based on how many stars a hotel has (more stars means a higher per-night tax). In Venice, however, there are added complexities to how much you’ll pay per night. The factors that go into how much the per-night tax in Venice will be are:
• Location of hotel – The highest tax rate is reserved for the historic center of Venice (including the Giudecca). A slightly lower rate is applied to the Lido and the lagoon islands (such as Murano, Burano, and Torcello), and a lower rate still is applied to the mainland.
• “Rating” of hotel – This refers to how many stars the accommodation has. There are star-ratings for hotels and campsites, and vacation rentals are broken into 3 levels they simply call “categories”.
• Dates of your stay – The “high season” tax costs more per-night than the “low season” tax.
It’s kind of confusing, so hopefully this chart will help you figure out what you’ll pay per person/per night for the various accommodation options in Venice. Be sure to read the additional information below the chart, too.
Star Alliance members, TAP Portugal and AEGEAN have decided to expand their commercial partnership, by adding new direct code-share services between Lisbon and Athens, as well as to new destinations in Greece, starting June 4th, when TAP launches direct operations between the two capital cities.
These flights have already been made available for bookings through both carriers own websites, as well as via the worldwide reservations systems.
In addition to the current code-share services already offered between Portugal and Greece, via selected cities in Europe, AEGEAN will now be marketing its own flights on the new direct flights that TAP will be operating between Lisbon and Athens. (more…)
Minoan Lines sea routes will be changed on Sunday May, 1st 2011, due to the strike of the port staff. All boats sailing from ports of Heraklion, Piraeus and Patras will be rescheduled as follows:
• Heraklion-Piraeus (H/S/F Festos Palace) The ship will depart at 22:30 from Heraklion Port.
• Piraeus-Heraklion (H/S/F Knossos Palace) The ship will depart at 23:59 from Piraeus Port, right after the strike ends.
• Patras-Igoumenitsa-Ancona (Cruise Olympia) The ship will depart at 18:00 from Patras port.