Greece was swift in introducing measures to suppress the spread of Covid-19 and is now in a position to welcome visitors again.
Shops, restaurants, bars and cafes have reopened, as well as archaeological sites and organised beaches, and it is once again possible to travel throughout the country.
Year-round hotels and seasonal hotels (such as resorts) reopened on June 15, when flights to Athens International Airport and Thessaloniki resumed from select countries (see below*), with no need to quarantine and only random tests upon arrival.
From July 1, flights to all Greek airports from all countries will resume (with the exception of some where Covid-19 transmission is deemed too high), with no quarantine restrictions and only random testing upon arrival.
Arrivals by sea will also be allowed, although cruise ships won’t yet be allowed to dock at Greek ports.
As you will understand, this is a constantly changing situation, so please check the latest official information from Greece’s Civil Protection Ministry and the Athens International Airport before you travel.
Social distancing measures will, of course, continue to be implemented (affecting capacity in many indoor and outdoor venues) and the use of face masks may be mandatory or advised in some public places, so please be prepared.
Please be flexible and understanding when you do travel and bear in mind that the easing of measures will continue to be monitored closely to ensure the safety of residents and guests.
We look forward to welcoming you to Greece again. And whether you’re here or not, we won’t stop putting you in a Greek summer state of mind… wherever you are.
The Discover Greece team
* Countries from which travel is possible to Greece, without quarantine, from June 15: Albania, Australia, Austria, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Esthonia, Japan, Israel, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Finland).
If you are travelling to areas with presumed ongoing community transmission of COVID-19 you should:
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or a disinfectant, especially after coughing or sneezing, before handling and consuming food.
- Avoid contact with animals (dead or alive), meat markets and meat products (such as raw meat).
- Avoid visiting live bird and animal markets.
- Avoid contact with patients who appear ill with respiratory symptoms.
During your stay in areas with presumed ongoing community transmission of COVID-19 you should:
- Postpone your trip if you have fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or with your elbow (not with your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
- Avoid contact with other people if you have fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath.
After your return from areas with presumed ongoing community transmission of COVID-19:
- Watch your health closely for 14 days.
- If you develop a fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath or cough 14 days after you have returned, it is recommended that you stay indoors and immediately seek medical attention mentioning your recent trip, or contact the National Public Health Organization (210-5212000, 210-5212054).
The following information is from Athens International Airport.
In the context of the protective measures in place to safeguard the passengers’, the airport community employees’ and the wider public’s health and safety, Athens International Airport is adhering to the Authorities’ instructions, and to official guidelines.
We are constantly working closely with the National Public Health Organization (EODY), whilst all instructed measures are diligently implemented.
Specific instructions have been issued by EODY for passengers and airport employees across Greece to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. These can be found on the EODY site.
More specifically, at Athens International Airport, as in all Greek airports, a cluster of measures including, among other, flight monitoring procedures, the presence of doctors and other emergency personnel, as well as the dissemination of information for the maximum possible awareness.
Airport employees and crews are well aware of the warning factors that must be immediately reported to the Airport’s Health Authorities.
Airport employees are constantly updated on the most recent developments regarding COVID-19 and the Authorities instructions for the avoidance of the widespread of COVID-19.
Specific measures currently in place:
In accordance with the guidelines of the national health authorities, the meticulous observance of rules for hand washing / sanitizing and for respiratory hygiene, the use of face masks, physical distance keeping, very good cleaning and sanitizing of spaces and surfaces, especially of those frequently hand touched, are the basis for the protection of passengers and employees at Athens International Airport. Passengers travelling on domestic or international flights #athensairport, should bear in mind the following:
- Entrance in the Main Terminal Building and the airport premises is permitted to ticketed passengers only. Exceptions exist for specific cases (escorted minors, escorted passengers with disabilities).
- The use of face masks is obligatory after entering the airport terminal; the mask will be kept throughout the passenger’s stay in the airport areas (Joint Ministerial Decision of May17th, Gov. Gazette Bulletin 1869/Δ1α/ΓΠ.οικ.30612). Children under the age of 6 as well as those with respiratory problems are excluded. Passengers should also be aware that they may be asked to temporarily remove their mask during security and identity check processes.
- The use of face masks is also obligatory during boarding, as well as during the flight. It is recommended to change the face mask every 4 hours or in the case of the face mask being wet or soiled. Make sure you have enough quantity for your entire trip.
- Airport employees are equipped with all personal protection items (masks, gloves, sanitizing liquids), which they are using at all times during their work.
- Hand sanitizer dispensers are available in over 300 spots at the airport, including bathrooms and restrooms, for use by the passengers during the departure and arrival processes.
- Polycarbonic panels are used for additional protection during the provision of services conducted in direct contact with employees (ticket desks, information counters, etc.).
- Keeping distances is mainly a behavioural measure for passengers and airport staff, and a distance of 1.5 metres should be kept during all phases of the travelling processes on ground. Special signage is placed on floor surfaces alerting the public on this necessity, which is also communicated through airport screens and banners.
- Facilities, machinery, equipment and frequently touched surfaces in the airport areas, are cleaned and sanitized regularly with special materials.
- Airport, airlines and ground handlers’ staff are providing information to passengers with regards to hygiene measures and to the relevant procedures applied in the airport, as well as on board, and supervise the implementation of the necessary measures (physical distancing and face masks).
- Information and guidelines regarding hygiene measures are communicated through a constant flow of public announcements (PAs are regularly made through the airports public announcement system), as well as through visual content on the airport screens and relevant signage in all areas.
- Passengers are encouraged to select e-services options prior to their departure to the airport (web check-in) as well as within the airport areas (web check-in, self check-in, baggage tag printing, drop off baggage, e-parking).
- Seating in all waiting areas has been re-arranged, in order to allow for minimum distances to be kept. It is recommended that one seat be left vacant next to each seated passenger. Families or couples travelling together do not have to keep this distance.
- The air-conditioning system in the airport facilities provides fresh, renewed, and top-down recycled air, in order to limit the horizontal air circulation. Furthermore, the air is filtered for dust, viruses and bacteria or fungi, through special filters.
- For the protection of Passengers with Reduced Mobility, all the above measures are meticulously applied, while, in addition, rules for priority boarding, avoiding lengthy stay in closed areas including the airport’s PRM facility, are implemented. PRM wheelchairs and Ambulifts are cleaned and disinfected regularly, before and after their use, in order to secure the maximum possible protection of passengers against Covid-19.
- You must comply with the health protection measures in force at the airport – these measures are constantly communicated through visual material and repeated audio announcements.
The above measures are subject to the continuous evaluation as to their effectiveness and will be modified as deemed necessary and instructed by the competent State Authorities.
Relevant guidelines by the National Public Health Organization (EODY) can be found here: https://eody.gov.gr/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers/
There is temporary ban of entry to all non-EU citizens; the specific ban applies until 29/06/2020, as announced by the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority. Exemptions apply as per the Greek Government Gazette/B/916/17.03.2020. More specifically, exempted from the restriction are:
- Family members of EU citizens.
- Citizens of Schengen member states and their family members
- Healthcare professionals and health researchers designated to support the Hellenic National Healthcare System.
- Third country citizens who are long—term residents or long term visa holders of an EU or Schengen member state.
- Third country government members, diplomats, staff of international organisations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers in the exercise of their duties.
- Passengers in transit
- Aircraft flight crew
- Non-EU or Non Schengen citizens travelling for imperative family or business reasons provided that the relevant authorization has been obtained by the Hellenic Consulate.
Passengers submitted to COVID-19 testing upon arrival, are obliged to remain in one-day self-restraint in an address provided by them, waiting for the test result. In case test result comes out negative, all movement restrictions cease. In case test result comes out positive, passenger is informed on the required quarantine process and receives necessary guidelines. The procedure of a 24-hour stay at a dedicated hotel, under Greek State supervision, is no longer valid.
- The cleaning services have been intensified across the airport facilities.
- The routine cleaning materials have been replaced with fast acting disinfectants.
- Cleaning and sanitizing of frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles, elevator buttons, handrails, escalators etc., has been intensified.
- In the event of an emergency involving a virus suspicious case, special disinfection or spraying is carried out, in accordance with the Health Authorities instructions.
Instant hand sanitizers have been installed in all toilets, in all the departure gates, and in more than 300 locations within the terminals.
The Health Check Authority takes control, for carrying out the preliminary health check and advises of further actions as per EODY guidelines. Should a transfer to a reference hospital be deemed necessary, this is effected by a properly equipped EKAV ambulance.
Due care is taken for Passengers in proximity to the suspect cases. Cases of certain suspicion are hosted inside the dedicated Airport quarantine facility, in accordance with the decision of the Health Check Authority and until further transfer to a reference Hospital.
The Health Check Authority takes control, carries out the preliminary health check and advises of further actions as per EODY guidelines.
EODY takes control and provides instructions on the handling of such cases. In principle, seriously infected countries are prohibited from air transportation (flights) to/from Greek airports. Relevant announcements are made by the pertinent Authorities.
Passengers must contact EODY in the four (4) digit line 1135 for further advice, otherwise the Airline or the ground handler employees must be notified for further action and notification to the Airport Health Authority.
There are no restrictions imposed for cargo transportation so far.
Terminal facilities & services
Various Cafes/Snack Bars are available throughout the Terminal Building.
Smoking in the Terminal Building is not allowed, and the designated smoking lounges are currently closed due to COVID-19 prevention measures.
Aegean Airlines CIP lounge at the airport / Schengen Area / Departures is again operational. Furthermore,Skyserv Handling Services – Aristotelis Onasis at Non-Schengen Area /Departures is available from 15:00 to 19:00 daily.
Access to/from airport
All public means of transport (Bus, Metro, Suburban Rail and regional buses) are in operation at present.
More information regarding specific routes is available through the following links:
- Bus services: http://www.oasa.gr/
- Metro services: http://stasy.gr/index.php?id=1&no_cache=1&L=1
- Suburban Rail Services: https://tickets.trainose.gr/dromologia/
- Regional buses: For schedule details a interested parties may call either the Airport Call Center 210 3530000 or at KTEL Rafina master station at 22940 23440