Due to the Coronavirus spread worldwide, Greece has taken early precautionary measures and is continually taking new ones for the protection of all people living in Greece and its visitors. Public health protection is Greece’s top priority.
The Greek Government aiming to limit further spread of the virus recommend that high risk people, elderly and visitors, should avoid crowded places, for their own safety and the greater good and should follow personal hygiene rules.
Due to global developments around the coronavirus COVID-19, the City of Thessaloniki is following the decisions and directions of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Culture, and the National Health Organisation.
For the time being Greece has suspended all transport links with non EU countries as well as Spain and Italy till further notice. Seasonal hotels and resorts, as well as year- round Hotels in Greece will remain temporarily closed from March 22nd 2020 until April 30th 2020. One hotel per regional capital will remain open as well as three hotels in Greece’s two largest cities, Athens and Thessaloniki. Youth hostels will remain closed from March 19th 2020 until April 30th 2020. Additionally, ski resorts as well as beaches offering amenities (public, private or run by municipalities) will temporarily remain closed until March 29 2020.
Greece imposes a 14-day quarantine to any new arrival from now on, until further notice. The government also decided to implement a ban on all cruise ships and sailboats docking at its ports. Furthermore, until April 21, departure and docking of private and professional yachts is prohibited at all ports of the country.
Furthermore, mass gatherings have been banned.These combined actions will be in effect until further notice and are as follows:
- Cultural sites, libraries, theatres and creative learning centres remain closed. Additionally, cinemas, gyms, sporting facilities, nightclubs and playgrounds are suspended from operation.
- Museums and archaeological sites will remain closed.
- Bars, cafés and restaurants will remain closed until further notice.
- Social distancing measures are in place in supermarkets and pharmacies allowing one person per 15 square meters. Hand sanitiser pumps have been placed at shop entrances and exits for compulsory use by customers. Cash transactions are to be avoided where possible .
- All organised beaches in the wider area will remain closed until further notice.
Going to an Event?
Most major public events and many performances have been postponed or cancelled. We are doing our best to keep up with this evolving situation, but recommend that you check directly with the event organiser or host venue for confirmation either on their website or Facebook page.
The risk for travellers is considered high. It is recommended that travellers avoid nonessential travel to areas with local transmission of COVID-19. There is no vaccine against this novel corona virus.
If you are travelling to areas with local transmission of COVID-19 you should:
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or a disinfectant, especially after coughing or sneezing, before handling and consuming food.
- Avoid contact with animals (dead or alive), meat markets and meat products (such as raw meat)
- Avoid visiting live bird and animal markets.
- Avoid contact with patients who appear ill with respiratory symptoms.
During your stay in areas with local transmission of COVID-19 you should:
In accordance with the safety and precautionary guidelines issued by the WHO, we advise the following measures:
- Remain at least one metre away from other people and avoid all crowded places where possible.
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (not your hands) when sneezing or coughing.
- Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces to reduce the risk of spreading germs.
- Persons with a fever higher than 37.5° are strongly recommended to stay at home, limit all social contacts as much as possible, and to seek medical advice.
- Postpone your trip if you have fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or with your elbow (not with your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
- Avoid contact with other people if you have fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath.
After your return from areas with local transmission of COVID-19:
- Watch your health closely for 14 days.
- If you develop fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath or cough 14 days after you have returned, it is recommended that you stay indoors and immediately seek medical attention mentioning your recent trip, or contact the National Public Health Organization of Greece (1135, 210-5212054). For further info by the National Public Health Organization see here.
Flying in and out of Thessaloniki
For all flight status updates please contact your airline.
While in Thessaloniki
If you notice any symptoms related to COVID-19, please call the National Organisation of Public Health at 1135. We also recommend reading the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 – Advice for travellers by the National Organisation of Public Health.