Jul 24, 2023 at 6:28 PMUpdate: 3 minutes ago
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has tightened the travel advice for the three Greek islands of Rhodes, Corfu and Evia from green to yellow. This has to do with the fierce forest fires in the various areas, can be read on the ministry’s website.
Travelers who want to visit one of the three islands are advised to contact their travel organization in advance.
Travel organizations will fly with holidaymakers again in the coming days to the Greek island of Rhodes, which has been hit by forest fires. Sunweb will resume the journeys to the north from Tuesday, Prijsvrij and Corendon will follow on Wednesday. TUI is waiting until Friday, because it is now “unable to provide the on-site service that travelers should expect”.
Thousands of people, including dozens of Dutch people, have been evacuated because of the forest fires. Various travel organizations then decided not to bring new travelers to the Greek island on Sunday and Monday.
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Sunweb: most holidaymakers stay
According to a Sunweb spokesperson, the holidays to the north of the island will continue, but not yet to the south. “Here we follow the advice of the authorities at all times,” he says. At Sunweb, about 250 travelers, including a hundred Dutch people, had to leave their accommodation.
The travel organization has arranged for people to return home, but according to the spokesperson, most choose to continue their holiday. The fires are also no reason to cancel the already booked holiday, he says.
Corendon will probably resume the holidays to the south from Sunday, says a spokesperson. “We will contact these guests and try to rebook them, free cancellation is also possible.”
TUI is still waiting to fly to Rhodes
TUI is waiting a little longer to resume trips to Rhodes. “The situation on the ground is being closely monitored,” says a spokesman. “The flights will continue to go on the planned dates to pick up the travelers on site and bring them back to the Netherlands.” TUI has sent thirteen people to Rhodes to support the tour guide and help with rebooking or arranging a flight home.
Most TUI holidaymakers are in the north, where the hotels are open. “The local authorities are still busy relocating evacuated travelers,” said the spokesperson. “The water and electricity supply are quite unstable on the island and a number of roads are closed, because the forest fires have not yet been extinguished.”
On Monday evening, dozens of Dutch holidaymakers from Sunweb, Prijsvrij, Corendon and TUI, among others, will fly back home.
This is what is happening in Rhodes
Thousands of people have been evacuated due to forest fires on the Greek island of Rhodes. Dutch tourists are also among the evacuees. More than two thousand residents and tourists were evacuated by sea north of Kiotari on Saturday. Until Sunday morning, a total of four to five thousand people have been accommodated at various locations. A government official told Reuters that as of Sunday morning, a total of 19,000 people had left their homes or hotels. The Greek Ministry of Civil Protection could not confirm that number. However, it was expected on Saturday that several tens of thousands of people would have to be evacuated from the island. Code red now applies in thirteen Greek areas.