GREECE RISK STATEMENT
Minor applicants (under age 18) must sign and scan a downloaded hard copy with the signed permission of a legal guardian. Applicants over 18 may submit a hard copy or submit the online form on this page.
GPPD Greece Risk Statement
This Risk Statement is to advise trip participants of potential risks of living/working in third world developing nations. Participants willingly accept responsibility for consequences of these risks. Living/working in other cultures imposes risks not found or associated with work in an industrialized nation such as the United States. These risks include, but are not limited to, hazards to a person and property through cross-cultural offenses, accidents, disease, criminal and terrorist acts, weather conditions, emotional and physical stress from culture shock and loneliness, and/or inadequate medical services and supplies. GPPD cannot predict or prepare participants for every circumstance; however, advises trip and overseas ministry participants of the assumed risks associated with work in a foreign country by relaying information of GPPD policies through this Risk Statement.
GPPD will not assign participants to a ministry or area against their will. Leadership provides direction in areas of need and availability of programs, but the participant has the final decision in program involvement and has the right to end service and return to their passport country at their own cost and risk.
Reasonable efforts will be made to provide necessary emergency medical services on the field. Specialized services requiring evacuation from field country will be coordinated with, and under the direction of, the medical/evacuation insurance provider required for participation in the GPPD trip. (Note: Travel insurance coverage is included in trip cost. Additional potential costs, including deductibles and non-covered expenses, are the responsibility of the trip participant.)
The Coronavirus pandemic surfaced new health safety practices for international travel. GPPD is not responsible for the risk of infection, complications, medical treatments, or unforeseen consequences because of contracting the COVID-19 virus during a trip on which a participant voluntarily joins.
The following information regarding COVID/government regulations is subject to (and will most likely) change before our departure date. Please continue to monitor the websites listed below for up-to-date information. GPPD will do its best to keep you updated with any new information that we receive.
The Government of Greece (https://gr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/) requires a negative PCR type COVID-19 test conducted and dated within 72 hours of entry to Greece for those who are NOT vaccinated (at the expense of the trip participant, not included in trip cost). A negative antigen (rapid) test taken up to 48 hours before entry into Greece is also accepted (https://travel.gov.gr/#/) . Trip participants with positive test results will not be permitted to join the team under any circumstance (this includes “false positive” tests). If a trip participant tests positive for COVID-19 before departure, their purchased flight is not refundable.
Before arriving in Greece, travelers must register and complete the Passenger Locator Form online (https://travel.gov.gr/#/user/login).
When arriving in Greece, team members may be selected for a random health screening. This is mandatory.
The CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html) requires a negative COVID-19 test, regardless of vaccine status, conducted and dated within 24 hours of boarding a flight to the US. If a passenger cannot show proof of a negative test at time of boarding (to or from either country), airlines have been instructed to deny travel. GPPD will take trip participants to be tested before departure from Greece to the US (test included in trip cost).
The Government of Greece requires those with a positive COVID-19 test upon arrival in country to quarantine up to 10 days in a hotel, where they will undergo additional testing to confirm diagnosis. Those testing positive will be accommodated in a quarantine hotel at the cost of the Greek state (no charge to tourist).
If a team member tests positive for COVID-19 before their departure for the US, you will be required to follow the current protocol in Greece which would require additional time in country. Additional airline costs to change a flight date due to quarantine and lodging may be required (at expense of the trip participant, not included in trip cost). GPPD representatives will help provide the best possible solutions if this were to occur.
Those willing to join a GPPD trip need to be keenly aware of the additional health, financial, and emotional risks COVID-19 adds to travel. If quarantine is required, participants need to prepare to be away from their family, jobs, and home country for an extended amount of time, some of which could be in isolation.
Since many insurgent, guerrilla, and criminal groups commit crimes of kidnapping and other forms of criminal extortion to demand ransom payment, it is important to understand that, while we are concerned for the well-being of our team and will pray and labor diligently for the release of any member taken hostage, it is GPPD policy to oppose ransom payment, including, but not limited to, cash, commodities, or services. GPPD trip participants should not assume ransom will be paid for release.
Liability and Waiver Release:
In consideration of me and/or my minor aged child being allowed to participate in the trip sponsored by GPPD, it’s partners and/or agents, and in consideration of the benefits to be derived there from, I and/or my minor aged child hereby release GPPD, it’s partners and/or agents, and their present and former directors, Associates and their heirs, administrators, executors, and successors from all claims and liabilities of any kind, whether known or unknown, which arise or are connected with my participation or the participation of any member of my family, on a GPPD organized trip. I and/or my minor aged child recognize personnel, property, and health risks, including, but not limited to, accidents, kidnapping, illness, weather-related injuries, and death, and I and/or my minor child willingly and voluntarily participate on this trip with knowledge of those risks. If for any reason, including COVID-19 related circumstances, I and/or my minor child am unable to complete the planned stay on the mission trip or must extend stay in the foreign country due to quarantine or other reasons, I assume full legal and financial responsibility for expenses and consequences.
In the event of an emergency, I hereby authorize a leader of this trip to act as an agent for me and/or my minor child to consent to: x-ray examinations; medical, dental, or surgical diagnosis; anesthesia; treatments; and/or hospital care advised and supervised by a physician, surgeon, or dentist. I understand this is only for emergency situations should I be incapable of making rational decisions or should my minor child have a medical emergency and I/another parent/legal guardian cannot be immediately reached. I understand efforts will be made immediately to reach my family and/or emergency contact listed on my application.
Signatures submitted by signing the online form or scanned document will indicate the following:
- I have read and understand the hazards and risks to my person and property associated with serving overseas.
- I understand my responsibility to read the State Department Travel Advisories regarding my travel. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html
- I will not hold GPPD liable for injury, disease, delay of return, additional cost due to extenuating circumstances, COVID-19 related consequences, and/or further unforeseen claims while voluntarily participating with GPPD overseas.
- I have read and understand COVID-19 risks, including possible additional costs and extension of stay due to quarantine, and will abide by COVID-19 guidelines set by GPPD, the airlines, and the Government of Greece.
- I have read, understand, and accept GPPD policy regarding ransom payments.
- I accept responsibility for additional costs incurred on my behalf, even if I withdraw from the team.
- I understand funds donated to GPPD for my participation on the trip are tax-deductible and not refundable. I understand if I must cancel my trip, I and my donors will not receive a return of funds, unless the entire trip is cancelled due to COVID related restrictions.
- I understand, even if the trip is cancelled due to COVID related restrictions, donated funds that have already been used for non-refundable purposes will not be returned to me or my donors.
- I understand if I withdraw from the team for any other reason, donated funds are non-refundable. I understand these funds are not for GPPD profit but are used to further ministry work.
- The information I have provided in my application and the paperwork I have submitted is true to the best of my knowledge.