FCO Travel update for Greece update today (local lockdowns)

Greece

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted.

 

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Greece.

Wearing a mask

The following rules are in place around the use of face masks in Greece:

  • Mandatory use of a mask on all public transport within Greece, including on ferries;
  • Mandatory use of a mask at airports and on aeroplanes;
  • Mandatory use of masks in all public indoor spaces, including medical and healthcare facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship);
  • Mandatory use of a mask in high-security areas within camps, social solidarity structures and accommodation for refugees and migrants;
  • Recommendation for general use of masks for a week by travellers to Greece from areas with high coronavirus rates;
  • Recommendation for the use of a mask in all enclosed spaces and in outdoor gatherings where normal social distancing cannot be observed.

Temporary restrictions, including local measures

The Greek authorities are likely to impose local coronavirus-related restrictions in certain areas, if they perceive a heightened case-rate or other valid reason, in relation to that area. You should monitor the situation regularly via media and other information sources, including your accommodation or travel provider. This page will be regularly updated with details of specific local restrictions in place.

Mykonos and Halkidiki

From 6am on Friday 21 August until 6am on Monday 31 August, the following measures are in place both on Mykonos island, and in the Halkidiki Peninsula:

  • A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors;
  • A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant, except for cases where the party consists of family members, where the limit is 6 people;
  • Mandatory use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces.

Poros, Paros and Antiparos

From 6am on 7 August 2020 until 6am on 24 August 2020, local restrictions are in place on the islands of Poros, Paros and Antiparos. These include:

  • Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight – 7am the next day.
  • Suspension of any kind of live events and celebrations such as parties, trade fairs, religious ceremonies, open markets etc.
  • No more than 9 people can gather for any reason in public or private spaces.
  • The maximum number of people allowed per table in dining facilities (including cafes, tavernas, restaurants) is 4, unless your group consists only of close family members you regularly engage with, in which case, a group of up to 6 people is allowed.
  • Mandatory use of masks indoors (except in private spaces such as hotel rooms) and outdoors throughout the island.

Additional checks and patrols will be carried out to enforce the above measures. You should comply with all the Greek authorities’ requirements; failure to do so could result in heavy fines.

Various regions: overnight closures

Until 23 August food and drink outlets will remain closed from midnight to 7am in the following areas: Thessaloniki; Halkidiki; Larissa; Corfu; Mykonos; Paros; Antiparos; Santorini; Zakynthos; Kos; Volos; Katerini. This list of areas may be expanded

Until 31 August, ban on the operation of restaurants and entertainment venues from midnight until 7 am in the morning throughout Attica (which includes Athens), and in Crete, East Macedonia and Thrace. This list of areas may be expanded.

Travel in Greece

It is mandatory to wear face-masks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports and in taxis.

Travel in a private car or a taxi is limited to a maximum of 3 adult passengers per vehicle, in addition to the driver. Any children in the vehicle do not count towards this limit. When travelling in a taxi, all passengers must wear face-masks.

Travel to and from islands

You may travel throughout Greece, including to the islands.

If you are travelling via ferry, you will need to complete a health questionnaire and hand it to the ferry operator before boarding. The necessary forms will be provided by the operator: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, including on open air decks, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing. No celebrations are allowed on board ferries.

If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, you are also required to wear masks throughout the journey. Specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details are in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.

Since 1 August, cruise ships can dock at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu and Katakolo. After their first docking, the ships may visit any other Greek port on their itinerary. Rules will be kept under review.

Travel by private sailboats (and yachts) is now permitted within Greece. If your vessel is arriving in Greece from another country, you must comply with specific requirements upon your first landing in Greece. No passengers are permitted on the vessel, except for the crew. Upon arrival, you must present to harbour authorities, who will require the completion of a health declaration, and mandatory testing (to be paid for by the occupants of each vessel).

Changes to what is open or permitted, including international travel options, are subject to change and may occur at short notice. Keep up to date with the latest information and advice from your travel contact or business partners, as well as the sources in this travel advice.

You can read the Greek authorities’ plans for future changes here (in Greek). These plans remain subject to change, and you should monitor the website regularly for updates.

Public spaces and services

Until 31 August, there is a limit of 50 people on the number that can gather for public and social events, except those to which special rules apply, such as restaurants, theatres, cinemas.

Shops, bars and restaurants are open, as are other service providers like driving schools and private tuition centres (‘frontisteria’). Relevant public health regulations apply when visiting shops, bars, restaurants and other public spaces, including limits on the number of customers per square metre.

Face masks are also obligatory in public indoor spaces, including medical facilities, lifts, staircases and any enclosed venue providing goods or services (including supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, cafes, banks, government and utility providers’ offices, retail shops, barber shops, hairdressers and beauty parlours and places of worship). There are exemptions for dining areas and for medical reasons. No standing customers are allowed in entertainment venues (clubs, live music venues, bars, restaurants, cafes).

You should comply with these requirements, and all other advice of the Greek authorities

Universities are closed, but schools and nurseries are open.

All public events, including concerts and performances with standing attendees are suspended.

Accommodation

All hotels are permitted to open. AirBnB accommodation is also available.

Healthcare in Greece

If you think you have symptoms, including a fever or respiratory difficulties such as shortness of breath or a cough, you should avoid visiting local health facilities, but contact a doctor remotely to see whether a test is recommended. There is likely to be a cost associated with this, for call out, examination and testing, which you will have to pay.

If you are staying in a hotel or resort, your accommodation provider will have a list of private doctors that they will call to assess your symptoms and conduct a COVID-19 test.

If you have arranged your own accommodation you can find details of English speaking, private doctors on our list of healthcare providers.

If you are tested and the result is positive, the Greek authorities will ask you to quarantine or self-isolate. You may be able to remain in your existing accommodation, or be required to transfer into a state hospital or other government-provided accommodation. All costs related to transfer to alternative accommodation and treatment at state healthcare facilities will be covered by the Greek Government.

For more information, consult the Greek National Public Health Organisation (NPHO) online or via telephone (dial 1135, or 210 521 2054, from within Greece).

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.

View Health for further details on healthcare in Greece.

Finance

For information on financial support you can access whilst abroad, visit our financial assistance guidance.

Returning to the UK

When you return, you must follow the rules for entering the UK.

Further information

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.

source – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece

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