[Latest update: May, 17th 2020]
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.
On Friday 14 May, Halkidiki - and all of Greece - removed most of the remaining measures to curb the incidence of Covid-19: including the mandatory SMS system of citizen movement texts for shopping, essential outings and exercise. The welcome changes coincided with the official restart of tourism on 15 May, and also follow the country's escalating vaccination rollout. You can read about the specific measures - and what is and isn't allowed right now - in more detail below.
What the remaining rules mean if you’re in Halkidiki:
- Mandatory wearing of masks at all times in public spaces - enclosed and outdoors (non-compliance of this and other measures carries a 300 euro fine);
- There is currently a night curfew from 12.30 am to 5 am. You may only go out outside these hours for work, health emergencies or pet walking near your place of residence. Night workers will need to carry official documentation;
- 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: