Greece is continuing the process of opening up to tourism again and removing the measures introduced to address the spread of Covid-19.
It is now possible to move freely within the country and retail stores and archaeological sites have reopened, with restaurants and cafes due to follow on May 25 and open-air cinemas and museums on June 1 and June 15 respectively. Organised beaches have also reopened.
International flights will initially only land at Athens’ International Airport when services resume on June 15, but will eventually extend to all the airports on July 1.
Social distancing measures will continue to be implemented (affecting capacity in many indoor and outdoor venues) and the use of face masks will be mandatory in some places (such as public transport, banks and in taxis).
Please be flexible and understanding when you do travel. It is possible that some local businesses and experiences won’t yet be operating, so check where possible and bear in mind that the easing of measures will continue to be monitored closely to ensure the safety of all residents and guests.
In the meantime, we’ll be doing our bit to stay positive and prepare for your future holiday. We know what holidays with your friends and loved ones mean to you. When the time comes, we’ll be here to make sure you relax, recharge and dream the way you want to.
Till then, stay safe.
The Discover Greece team
Advice for travellers
The risk for travellers is considered moderate. It is recommended that travellers avoid non-essential travel to any destination. There is no vaccine against this novel corona virus.
If you are travelling to any destination 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 Greece:
- 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 local 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.
We understand the concern about the protective measures in place to safeguard passengers, the airport community employees and the wider public’s health and safety. Athens 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.
Airport employees and crews are well aware of the warning factors that must be immediately reported to the Airport’s Health Authorities. A sanitation office is operating at the airport as well as a first aid medical center.
Information and guidelines for travelling persons are visible at all airport areas. Protective material is provided to employees and sanitation liquid is available at more than 400 points within the Airport Terminal.
Surfaces and frequently hand touched infrastructure are cleaned with material of appropriate anti-COVID specs. 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.
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 from 18th March, 2020 to 15th May, 2020. Exemptions apply as per the Greek Government Gazette/B/916/17.03.2020. More specifically, excempted 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
Βy order of the Government of the Hellenic Republic, the following restrictions will apply upon entry into the Hellenic Republic to any individual-regardless of nationality:
Passengers are required to remain in isolation for 14 days upon arrival, after having filled in a notification of contact information to the competent state authorities upon arrival to Athens. The relevant form will be distributed to passengers on behalf of the competent state authorities by their airline. Passengers not accepting the above requirements, will not be permitted entry to the Hellenic Republic.
Exempted from the restriction are :
- Passengers in transit
- Aircraft flight crew, ferry flights
- Cargo flights
- State flights
- Humanitarian flights
- Military flights
- Frontex flights
- 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 315 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
No seated F&B services available. Cafes/Snack Bars are available throughout the Terminal Buildings, offering only take-away service.
Smoking in the Terminal Building is not allowed, and the designated smoking lounges are currently closed due to COVID-19 prevention measures.
In the context of the Covid-19 preventive measures, airlines’ CIP lounges at the airport are currently closed.
Access to/from airport
All public means of transport (Metro, Suburban Rail, Urban & InterCity Bus services) are in normal operation at present.
More information regarding specific routes is available through the following links: