Athens has opened up to welcome you again safely.
Thanks to the early efforts of the City of Athens to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the capital, you can now move freely around our beating streets, shop in our stores and neighbourhood markets, sample our vibrant restaurants, bars and cafes, unwind in our public parks, and enjoy our world-famous archeological sites and sun-soaked beaches. (In fact, Athens has been given a well-deserved pat on the back from the World Health Organization over its model handling of the pandemic. In an extensive article, dated August 31, WHO applauds the significant efforts of the City of Athens to contain the pandemic by moving early to cancel large public gatherings, implement lockdown and disinfect public spaces, as well as providing vulnerable groups with access to healthcare, shelter, food, masks, social support and other essential supplies.)
Your Safety - What you Need to Know when Visiting Athens:
All retail spaces and services in Athens are operational (with the exception of indoor cinemas, temporarily suspended as of September 21-October 4). In line with the latest restrictions, all restaurants, bars and catering businesses in Athens and the wider Attica region will close from midnight until 7am. Capacity restrictions and social distancing measures are in effect in all retail spaces and services in Athens. The use of a face mask is compulsory for all the aforementioned including taxis, public services, elevators, hospitals, churches, gyms, spas, saunas, archaeological sites, museums etc. Additionally, it is also now compulsory to wear a mask in all crowded outdoor spaces where compliance to social distancing is not possible (ie. busy bus stops and squares). Non-compliance carries a 150 euro fine. Organized beaches in the wider Athens area must adhere to a cap of 40 people per 1,000 square meters. Gatherings in indoor and outdoor spaces in Athens are currently limited to 9 persons.
Going to an Event?
Most major public events and many performances in Athens have been postponed or cancelled. Additionally, indoor and outdoor concerts are suspended from September 21-October 4. We are doing our best to keep up with this evolving situation but recommend that you check directly with the event organizer or host venue for confirmation either on their website or Facebook page.
International Arrivals and Flying in and out of Athens
We cannot wait to greet you warmly again, as is the Athenian way. If you are planning on visiting Athens via the Athens International Airport, please make sure to read the detailed information on COVID-19, restrictions and measures on their official page.
Stay Safe in Athens
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.
The following hospitals have been assigned to accept and deal with possible Covid-19 cases: