Halkidiki is ready to welcome you again!
Halkidiki has re-opened for summer holidays 2020!
Halkidiki is ready to offer an excellent combination of nature and high-quality services to Greek citizens and international travellers!
Halkidiki is one of the regions in Greece that had been less affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as the transmission rate of COVID-19 was extremely low.
Also, we can assure you that social distancing in Halkidiki is pretty easy! Being a destination of 2. 886 sq. metres and 550klm of coastline with more than 1.000 beaches make it easy to practice safe social distancing outdoors.
As of July 1st, all Greek airports have reopened to all residents of the Schengen area countries (including Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania), as well as to non-EU Schengen area countries (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Lichtenstein), to Ireland and the United Kingdom. In conformity with the European guidelines, Greece has reopened its borders to residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Georgia, Japan, Canada, Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, South Korea, Rwanda, Uruguay, Thailand, Tunisia, China (based on reciprocity). This list will be updated every fortnight.
International flights have resumed to all Greek airports. However, direct flights from the United Kingdom, Turkey and Sweden will resume as of July 15th. The same rules apply to direct and transit flights.
The list of the countries was drawn up after a study of the epidemiological profile of the countries of origin of tourists and after taking into account the announcements of the European Air Safety Agency (EASA), as well as the relevant proposal of the Infectious Disease Committee.
Tourists will be allowed to enter Greece without taking a COVID-19 test or remaining in quarantine, but health officials will conduct spot tests when required.
Land borders have reopened only to visitors from Bulgaria (Promachonas border station), whereas crossing the borders from Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey are allowed only for a compelling reason. Please note that as of July 6th (until July 15th) Serbian citizens are not allowed to enter Greece. Border crossing will be allowed only for essential reasons.
Regarding sea travel, incoming vessels are allowed to dock at Igoumenitsa and Patras harbours.
For all other countries, travel restrictions will continue to apply after July 15, however, the list will be updated and expanded as of July 16th. It should be noted that the current restrictions relate to where flights originate from and not to individual travellers’ nationalities.
Yes as of June 15th, to all international flights coming from the list above. Incoming visitors may have to take a random or targeted test. They will have to self isolate for 24 hours at the address of their destination until the test results are out. Those who test positive will be quarantined for 14 days in a designated hotel in Halkidiki. The Greek state will be covering the cost of treatment for any tourists (including their families) who test positive for Covid-19 during their visit.
As of June 15th, only the borders with Bulgaria have re-opened. All travellers coming from the list of the countries stated above excluding Serbian citizens (until July 15th) are allowed to cross the Greece - Bulgaria borders of Promachonas.
As far as arrivals on other land borders are concerned, from June 15th to July 15th the Greek borders with Turkey, Albania and North Macedonia will remain closed, except for necessary business travel.
All visitors entering Greece until August 31st, 2020 will be required to fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF), at least 48 hours before they arrive, whether by air, sea or land. In this form, travellers will fill in information about their departure location, the address of their destination, their expected stay in Greece, and other details that may be required. For more info, see here.
Incoming visitors may have to take a random or targeted test. They will have to self isolate for 24 hours at the address of their destination until the test results are out. Those who test positive will be quarantined for 14 days in designated hotels in Halkidiki. The Greek state will be covering the cost of treatment for any tourists (including their families) who test positive for Covid-19 during their visit.
According to the Greek authorities, seasonal hotels and other accommodation facilities like villas, rental apartments & studio etc are going to start operating from June 15th while year-round hotels and camping sites will open from June 1st.
The accommodation, as well as the rest of the tourist facilities in Halkidiki, are getting ready to provide safe conditions to the visitors, according to the measures and recommendations of the Greek National Public Health Organization (EODY). The measures are related to the functioning of the hotels and private accommodation, tourist agencies, camps and marinas, air traffic, private and public transportation, restaurants, bars and beach bars.
All the tourism stakeholders aim to provide the maximum safety to the guests as well as to protect the health of the local people along with the health of all the Greeks and international citizens who plan to visit Halkidiki.
All the information regarding the details of the opening of each accommodation facility can be found on their official website and social media.
In Halkidiki, most of the services are open, including the shops, markets, shopping centres, pharmacies, banks, post offices, hairdressers and beauty salons. Cafes, beach bars and restaurants are gradually opening applying all the measures and recommendations of the Greek National Public Health Organization (EODY).
Open-air archaeological sites such as Ancient Stagira, Ancient Olynthus, Aristotle's Park are open to the public along with the museums. Social distancing measures and restrictions will apply.
Keep in mind that there is the mandatory use of a face mask in public transport, taxis, hospitals, elevators, and recommended when visiting public services such as supermarkets, hairdressers and other retail spaces.
The public coaches in Halkidiki are functioning according to the adhered measures and recommendations as well as the ferry boat in Tripiti to reach the island of Ammouliani. The use of masks is mandatory when travelling by taxi, coach and train and there is a 50% capacity restriction. The maximum number of passengers on a ferry amounts to 60% for ships without cabins and speedboats. A safe distance must be kept during boarding and getting off the vessel.
If you notice any symptoms of the coronavirus, such as fever or cough or you have been in close contact with the person infected with Covid-19, you can contact:
National coronavirus helpline: 1135 (24/7) or telephone numbers 210 5212054
You can find further COVID-19 advice for travellers here.