Current Situation COVID-19 in Halkidiki

Current Situation COVID-19 in Halkidiki

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!

 

What are the new protection measures imposed in Halkidiki from Aug, 21st?

According to an announcement by the General Secretariat for Civil Protection, authorities have banned parties, open-air markets and religious processions. Additionally, gatherings must be limited to no more than nine people. There may be no more than four people at a restaurant unless they are immediate family members in which case the maximum number is six people. The use of masks is mandatory in enclosed as well as open spaces. On the beach, the use of a mask is not mandatory as long as the social distance between one another is kept.

 

Is it safe to travel to Halkidiki this summer?

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.

 

Are the Greek borders open?

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) and Ireland. In conformity with the European guidelines, Greece has reopened its borders to residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Georgia, Japan, Canada, Morocco, New Zealand, South Korea, Rwanda, Uruguay, Thailand, Tunisia, China (based on reciprocity). This list will be updated every fortnight.

As of July 15th, direct flights from the United Kingdom have resumed. The ban on direct flights from Sweden is scheduled to be lifted on July 20th.

Passengers of flights from Bulgaria, Romania, U.A.E. and Malta, Sweden, Belgium, Spain, Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia (as of August 17, 2020, until 19th of September 2020) to Greece will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before they entered Greece.

This does also apply to Greek citizens, permanent residents of Greece and travellers for essential professional reasons. Travellers should be laboratory tested with RT-PCR of oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swab.

Only travellers who carry a certificate of a negative RT-PCR test result will be allowed by the border authorities to enter the country. The certificates should be written in English and bear the name and passport/national ID number of the traveller.

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.

24 hours before entering Greece, all visitors will have to fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) where they will provide their contact details in the country. Targeted or random testing will take place to aid the epidemiological research. Please, fill in the PLF here.

Land border arrivals from Bulgaria are allowed only through Promachonas border station. Entry from other border stations with Bulgaria is allowed for essential travel. With regards to Albania, North Macedonia and Turkey entry is allowed for essential travel. Please note that, as of July 6th (until July 30th), Serbian citizens are not allowed to enter Greece. Border crossing will be allowed only for essential reasons. All travellers entering the Promachonas border station are obliged to submit a negative molecular test which has been contacted at least 72 hours before their arrival.

For all other countries, travel restrictions will continue to apply after Aug, 1st, however, the list will be updated every week. It should be noted that the current restrictions relate to where flights originate from and not to individual travellers’ nationalities.

 

Has “Macedonia” Thessaloniki International Airport (SKG) resumed international flights?

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.

 

Which Greek land borders are open to international travellers?

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 are allowed to cross the Greece - Bulgaria borders of Promachonas.

All travellers entering the Promachonas border station as of July 14th, are obliged to submit a negative molecular test which has been contacted at least 72 hours before their arrival.

As far as arrivals on other land borders are concerned, from June 15th to Sept 19th the Greek borders with Turkey, Albania and North Macedonia will remain closed, except for necessary business travel.

 

Will I have to self-isolate upon arrival?

Incoming air travellers 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.

 

Are accommodation facilities open in Halkidiki?

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 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.

 

Which services are open in Halkidiki?

In Halkidiki, all services are open, including the shops, markets, shopping centres, pharmacies, banks, post offices, hairdressers and beauty salons. Cafes, beach bars and restaurants are open but until August 31st 2020 there is a ban on standing customers in all night centres (bars, clubs, live music centres, bar-restaurants, café-bars etc.).  Also, from 21st of August, night centres will be open until midnight in Halkidiki. 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 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 all interior spaces such as public transport, taxis, hospitals, elevators, and while visiting public services such as supermarkets, hairdressers, malls and other retail 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 and there is a 65% 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.

 

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 Visit Greece app.

National coronavirus helpline: 1135 (24/7) or telephone numbers 210 5212054

 

 

You can find further COVID-19 advice for travellers here.

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