Current Situation COVID-19 in Halkidiki
Halkidiki opened its doors to the world and everything that we've been dreaming about for the past 2 years, all the things that we love and all the things that we love to do are back! Halkidiki is back and we are so extremely excited!
The most exquisite, sparkling turquoise waters, our faces meeting the cool embrace of the summer wind and the warm kisses of the sun, our feet diving into the soft, golden sand while the clear blue sky embraces our day, stepping into the endless, vibrant green forests, breathing the trees and the leaves and the wood while our steps leading us up the hill to spectacular views, where the two blues -the sky and the sea- meet are back!
UPDATED: May 3rd, 2022
Are the Greek borders open?
As of May 2021, “Macedonia” Thessaloniki International Airport (SKG) resumed international flights to all travellers coming from EU member states and Schengen countries, as well as from the 33 non-EU countries that have joined the EU Digital Covid Certificate system, namely: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Cabo Verde, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Israel, Iceland, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, “Chinese Taipei (not recognized as a State by Greece)”, Thailand, Tunisia, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, The Vatican, is permitted to enter the country. More information can be found here: Greece travel requirements
Travellers are allowed to enter from the land borders on a 24h basis.
What are the entry requirements to visit Greece?
Following recent announcements by the Greek Government, as of May 1st, entrance is allowed to all travellers arriving to Greece and they are not obliged to present any Covid19 test or Vaccination Certificate or Recovery Certificate.
All passengers entering Greece are not required to fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF).
Which Greek land borders are open to international travellers?
Travellers are allowed to enter from the land borders through the entry gates of Promachonas, Ormenio, Evzonoi, Nymfaia, Niki, Doirani, Kristallopigi, Kipi, Kakavia, Kastanies, Exohi and Mavromatiou on a 24h basis.
Will I have to self-isolate upon arrival?
Incoming air travellers may have to take a random or targeted test. Those who test positive will be quarantined for at least 10 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.
Are accommodation facilities open in Halkidiki?
All hotels and other accommodation facilities like villas, rental apartments & studio, camping sites etc are operating as usual.
The accommodation, as well as the rest of the tourist facilities in Halkidiki, are 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 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.
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.
Which services are open in Halkidiki?
In Halkidiki, all services are open. More specifically, here’s what is now open (or about to open) in Halkidiki this month:
- Restaurants and bars have reopened and operate as usual. The staff are required to wear a mask or face covering, while customers are encouraged to wear a mask;
- Open-air archaeological sites such as Ancient Stagira, Ancient Olynthos, Aristotle's Park are open with strict protocols along with museums;
- Organised beaches are operating again with strict health protocols;
- Retail shops and malls are open;
- Hairdressers, barbers, beauty and nail salons are open (by appointment);
- Parks have reopened and fishing in coastal municipalities is permitted again;
- Live shows in outdoor and indoor spaces and theatre venues resume for seated attendance only;
- There is no curfew.
Keep in mind that the use of face masks is mandatory in all -public and private- indoor spaces.
Does public transportation work?
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. A safe distance must be kept and masks are mandatory during the ride or cruise.
What should I do if I am infected with Covid-19 in Halkidiki?
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 should:
- Self-isolate in the room and avoid contact with other people.
- Notify the hotel reception or the doctor-on-call.
- Hotels must have special medical equipment in case of an outbreak, such as disposable gloves and masks, antiseptics, cleaning wipes, aprons, long-sleeved gown (PPE), laser thermometer.
- The doctor on-call will advise you through the next steps
- Also, consult the Visit Greece app.
National coronavirus helpline: 1135 (24/7).
You can find further COVID-19 advice for travellers here.