[Latest update: August, 17th 2021]
Halkidiki's utmost priority is the health and safety of all people (residents and international travellers) at all times. Greek authorities are carefully monitoring, and continuously adapting our response protocols to align with the latest guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) so that the region can continue to successfully contain outbreak risk and welcome visitors in a health first environment.
All partners and stakeholders in Halkidiki are following the best practices as advised by our Greek National Health Organization and are updating their safety precautions.
Employees in the Greek tourism sector are vaccinated with the general population, according to government planning. Until their vaccination, all employees are obliged to undergo tests twice per week (self-test or rapid test). Furthermore, they are encouraged to test even more frequently, in order to ensure timely isolation.
What the remaining rules mean if you’re in Halkidiki:
- Mandatory wearing of masks at all times in indoor spaces - enclosed and outdoors (non-compliance of this and other measures carries a 300 euro fine);
- Masks must now only be worn outdoors in busy places;
- There is no curfew;
- Hotels operate as normal under approved Covid-safe measures;
- Drivers may only carry two passengers in their vehicle (non-household members must wear masks), except in the case of families with young children;
- Churches have strict social distancing quotas in place;
- Open street markets operate at 50% capacity.
But besides all health measures and precautions taken, you still need to keep yourself safe during your travels, according to the WHO (World Health Organization). You have to: