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About COVID 19

Updated on 1/7/2020

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Greece has timely taken all necessary measures that effectively slowed down its spread in the country. As a result, Greece is now considered one of the safest countries worldwide.

See here detailed data about the progress of the pandemic in Greece.

Having successfully dealt with the health crisis, the Greek government has gradually been lifting the restrictions taken to halt the spread of Covid-19 throughout Greece.


The country’s gradual return to normality began on May 4th with the re-opening of some commercial establishments and services, such as bookshops, electronic stores and hair salons. More shops and services have resumed business on May 11th, and as of May 18th large shopping malls, archaeological sites etc. have re-opened too. The land and air travel and transport across continental Greece and the ferry routes to Crete and Evia Islands have been restored on May 18th. Travelling restrictions to and from the remaining Greek islands have been lifted, too, as of May 25th. This has also been the date for restaurants, cafes and bars to resume their business. On June 1st open-air cinemas have welcomed their first viewers, and on June 15th, museums, archaeological sites and buildings, thematic parks, amusement parks, as well as wellness businesses (gyms, saunas, spas, hot springs facilities etc.) have re-opened to visitors and customers. June 29th was the opening date for concerts and cultural events to take place in open-air spaces.

The government plan for the gradual lifting of imposed restrictions is assessed and updated, based on the daily epidemiological data. The Greek government asks that a safe distance be kept among shop owners and customers; that a limit be imposed on the number of customers per square footage when indoors; and that a face mask be used in all public transport means, in taxis, hospitals and when visiting government services buildings and certain shops.

See the Health Protocols for Tourist Businesses here


Gradual lifting of restrictions for visitors

Year-round hotels and camping sites have re-opened as of June 1st, and seasonal hotels/ tourist establishments as of June 15th.

As of July 1st, flights have resumed to all Greek airports from all countries, except from those seriously affected by Covid-19, as per EU guidelines.

After July 1st, foreign liners, ferry boats, and cruisers are allowed to dock in Greek ports; the same applies to private and professional yachts / sailboats. To the north, land borders are open only with Bulgaria.

Upon entering Greece, visitors will have to fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) where they will provide their contact details in the country. Targeted and random testing will take place to aid the epidemiological research.

Bear in mind that Greece is among the safe tourist destinations.

We have grouped all the answers to questions you may have while you prepare for your trip to Greece. See here.

Advice to travellers

Visitors must consider the risks when travelling. They are advised to avoid nonessential travel to areas with a local COVID-19 transmission. There is no vaccine for this new corona virus.

If you are travelling to areas with a local COVID-19 transmission, you should bear in mind the following:
- Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water or use a disinfectant, especially after coughing or sneezing, and before you touch and consume food.
- Avoid any contact with patients who are having respiratory symptoms.

During your stay in areas with a local COVID-19 transmission you should:
- Postpone your trip if you have a fever and/or respiratory symptoms, such as cough or shortness of breath.
- Cover your mouth and your nose with a tissue or with your elbow (not with your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid any contact with other people if you have a fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath.

After your return trip from areas with a local COVID-19 transmission:
- Stay alert for any symptoms of illness for the following 14 days.
- In case you run a fever and/or have respiratory symptoms, such as shortness of breath or a cough, 14 days after your return trip, you are advised to stay at home and seek immediate medical care. Make sure you mention all the details about your recent trip. You can also contact the National Public Health Organisation in Greece (1135, 210-5212054).

See the Travel Notices at the National Public Health Organisation website, here.

See also the advice to incoming travellers provided by the General Secretariat for Civil Protection, here.

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