Current Situation COVID-19 in Halkidiki
What is the current situation in Halkidiki?
From 25.01.2020 to 8.02.2021 a partial nationwide lockdown is imposed. Citizens in need of going out for essential reasons will have to notify it and to provide specific certificates (type A and type B) according to the reasons for their movement. For additional information and for the necessary certificates, please visit www.forma.gov.gr (in Greek).
Furthermore, as of 13.11.2020, from 21:00 to 05:00, a curfew is in place, together with a ban on travelling outside home prefectures. Consequently, only essential movement is allowed (work, health, pet care).
Use of facemasks
As of 3 November 2020, the use of face masks is mandatory both indoors and outdoors.
Citizens are encouraged to apply physical distance rules everywhere. Special social distancing rules have been set for a wide range of places, such as hospitals, medical centres, restaurants, cafés, offices, schools, universities, supermarkets, shopping malls, public transportation vehicles and stations, small shops, barbershops, places of worship, lifts, etc.
Precautionary measures may be subject to variations according to the epidemiological level of the different Regional Units.
Indoor and outdoor meetings, public or private gatherings and events
As of 3 November 2020, gatherings with 4 or more people are not allowed. Individual sports activity with a maximum number of three people is allowed.
Safety measures for public transportation
Public transportation and taxi passengers are obliged to wear a face mask. This includes passengers of ferries, dayboats and sea taxis.
Places of worship
Places of worship are open under specific hygiene protocols. The obligation to use a mask is imposed, as part of the emergency measures.
Due to the increased epidemiological burden in the wider region of West Attica and specifically in the Municipalities of Aspropyrgos, Elefsina and Mausoleum, the Greek Government announced the tightening of the current lockdown. In these areas, all types of ecclesiastical ceremonies are suspended
In case of close contact with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case, it is necessary to monitor your health for the 14 days following the last contact. It is advisable to communicate regularly (daily) with a health professional for the entire duration of the monitoring period. Furthermore, it is required to:
- stay in a ventilated room;
- limit the number of those who care for the person, ideally, it should be a person who does not belong to a high-risk group;
- avoid any visit;
- accommodate the other family members in a different room and if this is not possible, keep a distance of at least two metres;
- limit the person's movements at home as much as possible;
- maintain good ventilation of common areas;
- observe a good hand washing before and after any contact with the person or his/her environment, before and after food preparation, before eating and after using the toilet;
- always cover mouth and nose during coughing or sneezing;
- avoid any contact with potentially contaminated objects such as dishes, glasses, cutlery, towels, sheets;
- clean and disinfect surfaces and objects in the patient's room daily with common detergents or soap.
If the person develops some respiratory symptoms (such as fever, cough, sore throat, difficult breathing), it is advisable to call the doctor or the EODY (tel: 1135, 210 5212 054), in order to receive specific instructions.
Violations and Fines
- Anyone moving during the obligatory curfew (from 21:00 to 05:00) will be fined 300€
- Anyone not using a mask where it is mandatory will be fined 300€
- Anyone attending public gatherings or events that are not allowed will be fined 300€
- Anyone organising public gatherings or events that are not allowed will be fined 3000€ for the first violation and 5000€ for the second one
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, UK) and Ireland. In conformity with the European guidelines, Greece has reopened its borders to residents of the following third countries: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, Rwanda, Uruguay, Thailand, China (based on reciprocity) and the United Arab Emirates. This list will be updated every fortnight.
Passengers of flights from Bulgaria, Romania, UAE, Malta, Belgium, Spain, Albania, North Macedonia and Hungary (as of September 16, 2020, until November 8th, 2020) from the Czech Republic (as of September 28, 2020) and Poland (as of October 3, 2020) to Greece will be required to have a negative molecular test result (PCR) for COVID-19, performed up to 72 hours before their entry to 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 are allowed for essential travel. Please note that, as of July 6th, 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 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.
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 (1 passenger/per ride or 3 passengers, if they are family members), coach and train and there is a 50% capacity restriction. The maximum number of passengers on a ferry amounts to 50% 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.